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HOLM - House of Mobility and Logistics, Bessie-Coleman-Straße 7, Gateway Gardens,
60549 Frankfurt, Germany (close to Frankfurt airport)
Date and time
28th April 2016, 10.00-16.00
The URSA MAJOR 2 Stakeholder Cooperation Workshop aims for transferring research results to reality by matching the interests of important stakeholders, in particular road operators and service providers. First insight were gained by the project LENA4ITS, looking into essential basics and appropriate measures to ensure interoperability for future cooperation between public traffic management and private navigation service providers. We invite you to discuss the deployment of such cooperation in practice within the URSA MAJOR corridor and beyond.
- Meet experts from different stakeholders contributing to cooperation and interoperability in traffic management
- Discuss expectations, objectives, obstacles and enablers of cooperation between road operators, service providers and other stakeholders in TMP to navigation interfaces
- Get statements concerning readiness for cooperation from the point of view of public road operators and service providers
- Define practical steps for cooperation within the multi-national URSA MAJOR 2 ITS Corridor
The URSA MAJOR 2 Stakeholder Cooperation Workshop “The interface from TMPs to navigation services” – chaired by Hessen Mobil and held in the Frankfurt House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) on 28 April 2016 – brought together approx. 30 stakeholder experts from seven European countries to discuss the deployment of an interface from road operators' Traffic Management Plans (TMP) to navigation services.
In his introduction, Gerd Riegelhuth from Hessen Mobil emphasised the vital importance of a cooperation of traffic control and navigation in the road operator's strategic view on the future of traffic management.
Using the results of the recently finalised German pilot project Lena4ITS as a starting point, experts from URSA MAJOR 2 and other projects like NAVIGAR, TCC2020 or CO-GISTICS, as well as representatives of relevant platforms like TM2.0 and spotlights from recent policy changes in the Netherlands further leveraged by the current Council presidency (by Rijkswaterstaat) and the urban perspective on transferability (by OCA) were presented.
These results, conclusions and visions paved the ground for an intense open space session in the afternoon, were the participants discussed the main issues, potential blockers and enablers for a deployment of such an interface on large scale and in regular operation and products. The morning presentations had already shown clearly that many projects in the last ten years had proven technical feasibility as well as a general mutual interest of stakeholders. Therefore, the discussions focused on solutions for remaining concerns.
Are road operators and navigation service providers interests conflicting, or is there enough common ground for mutual benefit that might foster the emergence of successful business models? Will end users accept 'road operator recommend routes', and what additional information might stimulate this acceptance? How can road operators provide their information with sufficient data quality and service level at affordable costs?
These were just a few of the questions that arose during the vivid discussions that were held around four flipcharts with the following headlines:
- Strategic Approach and Business Model
- Regulations and Commitment of Cooperation
- Value Chains for Traffic Information
- Technical Implementation and Interfaces
The discussion revealed that service providers require consistent information of high integrity with certain specific quality criteria (e.g. low transmission latency) and would in principle prefer information that is validated by a human operator as opposed to purely machine generated output. Regulations don't seem to be required, the general information flow seems sufficiently addresses by Delegated Regulation (EU) 962/2015. The participants emphasised a cooperation and agreement based approach instead, applauding the URSA MAJOR 2 strive for a Memorandum of Understanding to provide such information for the whole corridor network. Differences in policies and business models can only be overcome when a strong stakeholder cooperation is established and an iterative approach is applied: Take first steps first, but start now! Technology seems sufficiently mature, but details need to be elaborated (e.g. the access via National access points) and harmonised interfaces and data format needs to be agreed and used by all operators.
Concluding the findings of what was perceived as a very valuable and fruitful workshop, as a "Frankfurt Impulse" the participants agreed that it is time now to go for real world deployment of such an interface. The presented projects results – as well as the recommendations as outcome of the afternoon discussion – are encouraging and will be presented at the next URSA MAJOR 2 Moving Group meeting in May in order to support the notion of an URSA MAJOR 2 MoU regarding the deployment of such an interface on the whole corridor. URSA MAJOR 2 has already launched a task force on the topic which will initially analyse the URSA MAJOR 2 operator position – based inter alia on the output of this workshop – and will then establish a stakeholder cooperation network to make sure that the road operator initiative will be taken up by the service provider market.
Here you can download the agenda and the presentations as pdf-files.