The first webinar of the European ITS Platform took place on 3rd November 2020. Its focus was on the preview of the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service Deployment in Europe” and on the European commitments towards a safer and sustainable road network.
More than 130 users registered from 23 different countries all over the world. More specifically, participants from the following countries attended the webinar: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom.
The event, moderated by Roberto Arditi (Scientific Coordinator of SINA), delivered a great overview of the European agreed goals for the upcoming years, derived from the Green Deal and Vision Zero, and emphasized the important contribution that ITS can make to achieve them. It became clear that, through the large collaboration of road authorities and road operators by developing the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service Deployment in Europe”, an important knowledge base for a harmonized deployment of ITS on the Trans-European Transport Network was created.
Edoardo Felici (European Commission DG MOVE) summarized the European activities towards a sustainable and smart transport system. The key elements consider the European Strategy for Data and the new Green Deal. The importance of making data available and accessible according to the ITS directive, which will be revised next year, were underlined. To support the ITS digital infrastructure, the EC points to the coming PSA on National Access Points. Moreover, the importance of the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service Deployment in Europe” for an efficient and harmonized deployment of ITS Services in Europe, as well as the dissemination of accumulated knowledge was emphasized.
Orestis Giamarelos (Federal Highway Research Institute – BASt, Research Engineer) introduced the topic of the webinar by presenting the responses received from the participants of the webinar on two questions posed to them upon registration:
- Digitalization and Traffic Management: What contribution can European road operators make to the Green Deal?
- What is needed to integrate road operators’ actions in the EU digital strategy?
The responses are visualized in the word clouds below with the keywords/topics that most respondents mentioned in their response being shown most prominently.
Tobias Reiff (Federal Highway Research Institute – BASt, Research Engineer) then introduced the “Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS Core Service Deployment in Europe”. His speech focused especially on the development of interface requirements and information provision standards, which support the users of the Reference Handbook in their efforts to make the available data accessible and compliant to the ITS Directive. In addition, the bridge from ITS services to C-ITS has been established within the EU EIP activities and 100 deployment references were collected (and shared with the ITS community in an annex of the handbook) as part of the development process of the handbook, providing significant knowledge and lessons learned derived from real ITS deployments.
Following the presentation of the reference handbook, a rich debate on perspectives took place with Malika Seddi (ASECAP, General Secretary and CEO) and Serge van Dam (Rijkswaterstaat, Principal Advisor Traffic Management) as main contributors, complemented by all speakers/panellists, as well as the audience. The necessity of European harmonisation with a view towards connected and automated driving was commonly shared by the panellists. Harmonisation activities with respect to new ITS services and new mobility services are a key role to support the European road operator and road authorities in the years to come. Finally, cooperation among all actors is crucial in this path, as well as the need for technological development which is harmonized across Europe, ensuring that “no one is left behind”, as Edoardo Felici highlighted in his closing remark.
For those who could not attend the event (or those who would like to view it again) the recording of the webinar is available. To gain access please create a free account at the special website of the Web ITS Forum of the European ITS Platform and register for the webinar. If you had already registered for the event, you can log in with your credentials and you will be automatically granted access to the video recording.
Be sure not to miss the very interesting webinars that will follow in this series. The upcoming webinars will be announced on the EU EIP Website. You will be able to find more information about them and register on the website of the Web ITS Forum.