June 2019: On June 21, 2017, the Critics Ordinance was amended to include the transport and traffic sector as a critical infrastructure. As a result, cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants must carry out an audit in accordance with §8a of the BSI Act every two years. These audits are carried out by independent audit teams with audit competence, IT security competence, industry competence and special test procedure competence according to §8a BSIG. AlbrechtConsult has been commissioned by the City of Munich to cover the industry competence in the audit team.

August 2019: AlbrechtConsult was commissioned by TÜV Trust Austria to cover the industry competence in the audit according to §8a BSIG of the state capital Düsseldorf.

After the successful conclusion of Phase I, the project “Regional Mobility Platform Stuttgart” enters the next phase, which mainly comprises the implementation planning and implementation of traffic management strategies in motorised private transport and road-bound public transport as well as the implementation of the necessary traffic and system infrastructure.

The Verband Region Stuttgart commissioned AlbrechtConsult with the following services for the development of the regional traffic management centre Stuttgart (also called Ring Centre):

  • Implementation planning,
  • Implementation of invitations to tender and award of contracts,
  • Accompaniment of the implementation with test operation and
    acceptance and handover to the client.

AlbrechtConsult is supported by Scholtes IT-Beratung with regard to the specification, testing and acceptance of the microservice-oriented integration platform of the traffic management center.

The project has a duration of approx. 2 1/2 years.

The EU ITS Platform (www.its-platform.eu) is an action for the European harmonized implementation of Intelligent Transport System Services (ITS-Services). It is co-financed by the European Commission, represented by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). For Germany, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) Recipient and the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) are responsible for coordinating Germany’s participation in the EU ITS Platform (EU EIP).

 

Among other things, the BASt coordinates Activity 2 “Monitoring and Dissemination”, which promotes the harmonised introduction of ITS at European level. It provides a basis in which all EU EIP activities, the ITS application corridors and other stakeholders can exchange their best practice experiences and coordinate ITS development in Europe. The three expert groups Traffic Management, Freight & Logistics and Traveler Information Systems were set up to simplify the exchange and structure the content thematically.

 

A central result of this activity 2 is the so-called “European Reference Handbook for harmonized ITS-Service Deployment in Europe”. In terms of content, this handbook consolidates a total of 18 “Deployment Guidelines” that were drawn up in an earlier funding phase (EasyWay 2012, see https://dg.its-platform.eu/activities). The practical application parts of these guidelines have since been updated several times (Best Practice Updates, Part B, most recently 2018).

 

In order to support the BASt in the coordination and development of results for the EU ITS Platform – Activity 2, AlbrechtConsult has been commissioned by the BASt to carry out a revision of the guideline-oriented parts of the Deployment Guidelines (Introduction and Part A) and to conclude with the preparation of the European ITS Reference Handbook. This also under the condition to check the compliance with the regulations of the Delegated Ordinances within the framework of the ITS Directive as well as the harmonization results in the specification of C-ITS services (C-Roads Releases).

Workshop of Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the framework of the “transport logistic 2019” trade fair on 5 June 2019 in Munich

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure hosted again a workshop on the transport of dangerous goods within the framework of the “transport logistic 2019” trade fair in Munich; the focus of the workshop was on the use of electronic transport documents to enhance safety, security and economic efficiency.

During the workshop, particular emphasis was placed on the activities to develop guidelines on the use of an electronic transport document. The objective of these guidelines is to support the introduction and evolution of a harmonized system for the use of electronic transport documents during the national and international transport of dangerous goods. To this end, recent developments in companies and authorities were presented. In addition, information on the planned regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on electronic freight transport information (eFTI) and its significance with regard to the system agreed for the transport of dangerous goods have been provided.

In the following you will find an overview of the presentations shown, which are also available for download.

Recent developments in the fully electronic transmission of the transport document

  • State of discussions in the Telematics Working Group of the Joint RID/ADR/ADN Meeting – Guidelines on the use of an electronic transport document
    Claude Pfauvadel, Ministère de la Transition écologique et Solidaire, Paris, France
    Presentation
  • Demands placed on the internet-based use of the electronic transport document in an international context
    Christian Lüpges, AlbrechtConsult GmbH, Aachen, Germany
    Presentation
  • Presentation and state of play of the technical working group TP1
    Jean-Philippe Méchin, Cerema Méditerranée Aix-en-Provence, France
    Presentation
  • New developments in the dangerous goods data model – lessons learned from the EU project “CORE”
    Antonella di Fazio FDC and Danilo Giaquinto, Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti, Rome, Italy
    Presentation
  • TP 1 exemplified by a practical use case
    Ulrich Mann, GBK GmbH, Ingelheim, Germany
    Presentation
  • From eCMR to eFTI – On the current status of electronic documents in freight transport
    Tim Schneider, Bundesverband Spedition und Logistik e. V., Berlin, Germany
    Presentation

 

Recent developments at the European level

  • Proposal for a regulation on electronic freight transport information (eFTI)
    Lia Potec, European Commission, DG Move, Brussels, Belgium
    Presentation
  • The Benelux strategy on the eCMR and the transition to the eFTI Europe
    Rudy Hemeleers, Luxemburg
    Presentationv

IEEE invited to an IEEE Spectrum Webinar on 09.05.2019. As AlbrechtConsult deals with cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) as a first step towards a future networked, cooperative and automated mobility with a clear focus on the infrastructure aspect, Dr. Josef Kaltwasser has been asked to report on Europe’s Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (I2V) roll-out and its challenges.

Background:

Infrastructure-to-vehicle communication has successfully been developed and tested/piloted in Europe. With the availability of spectrum between 5.875 and 5.905 GHz for transport safety ITS applications, the challenge now is to start regular operational roll-out. On the vehicle side, the introduction needs to be commercially viable. For the infrastructure – mainly operated publicly in Europe – this requires a stable regulatory framework and a broad political consensus. It is well understood that V2I/I2V application means a close cooperation between the private (vehicles and personal devices) and the public sector in many different areas, which has to be established not on a regional or national basis, but on a European level.

The presentation highlights the various initiatives and platforms to address these issues, with the first C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent Transportation) enabled infrastructure in regular operation expected to appear on Europe’s roads before the end of this year.

The presentation can be downloded here

Within the framework of the EU project C-ROADS, the participating member states have created a cross-project platform (C-ROADS Platform). Since the C-ROADS Platform is a joint project of the participating countries, they commit themselves to participate in their working groups and task forces and to support the development of common documents and standards through appropriate resources.

Against this background, AlbrechtConsult was commissioned by ASFINAG and AustriaTech to provide technical advice within the framework of the C-ROADS Austria project. AlbrechtConsult’s consulting services include the following points:

  • Preparation of technical documentation and C-ITS profiles for road operators
  • Moderation of processes in the creation of C-ITS relevant specifications with public and private partners in an international environment
  • Preparation of public tender documents and documents for the roadside C-ITS equipment
  • Acceptance of system specifications and corresponding C-ITS installations through test and validation activities
  • Accompaniment and support in the strategic further development of C-ITS in a multichannel traffic environment (C-ITS Day 1 and Day 2 services)

The city of Hamm in Westphalia intends to modernize its “traffic information boards” in the city area. In this project, AlbrechtConsult will carry out an inventory analysis of the parking guidance system and prepare the documents service description, bill of quantities and maintenance contracts as a basis for the modernisation of the parking guidance centre, the traffic information panels and the parking guidance signpost.

During the “transport logistic 2019” trade fair in Munich, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will hold a workshop on the transport of dangerous goods focusing on the use of electronic transport documents, increasing safety and improving cost-effectiveness. The workshop is scheduled for 5 June 2019.

Central importance in the workshop will be the activities for the development of a guideline for the use of an electronic transport document. The aim of this guide is to support the introduction and further development of a harmonised system for the use of electronic transport documents during national and international transport of dangerous goods. Information will also be provided on the proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic cargo information and its relevance to the agreed system for the transport of dangerous goods.

RIS COMEX (RIS Corridor Management Execution) is a multi-beneficiary project funded by the CEF Framework Programme aiming at the definition, specification, implementation and sustainable operation of harmonised corridor RIS services following the results of the CoRISMa study. RIS COMEX started in 2016 and will last until the end of 2020. The project area comprises a total of 13 different European countries (FR, LU, BE, NL, DE, AT, CZ, SK, HU, HR, RO, RS, BG) with 15 partners, which have joined forces under the coordination of the Austrian Waterway Administration viadonau with the common goal of implementing corridor RIS services in inland navigation. In detail this includes

Reliable route planning through the availability of dynamic and static infrastructure data,
reliable calculation of travel times for travel planning and traffic management,
Improving the transport management of logistics partners.

Within this framework, AlbrechtConsult has taken on the task of developing an RIS corridor concept for the future system architecture on behalf of the Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS).

More information on the project can be found at: www.riscomex.eu

The Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) has received support from AlbrechtConsult in the area of DATEX II in the project Real-time Traffic Information Road Austria (EVIS AT). In a two-day event, the basics of the European communication standard were presented and discussed and sample data from various sources in the project environment were analysed in order to create a suitable knowledge base for the EVIS data communication to be specified based on DATEX II.

The European framework architecture for intelligent transport systems (ITS) FRAME will be developed in this project. The latest activities of various EU member states as well as the ITS Directive, innovative methods and tools will be included. In addition to the development of theoretical foundations, tools will also be developed that make the use of a framework architecture attractive.

The BASt (Federal Highway Research Institute) has commissioned AlbrechtConsult to further develop the framework architecture from a German perspective. AlbrechtConsult will integrate the findings of the project “Development of an IVS Road Framework Architecture” into the European FRAME architecture.

In this project, a comprehensive database with the findings from research projects in the fields of traffic telematics and intelligent transport systems since 2000 will be created and the central findings from past research projects will be recorded. The aim is to record the research results in such a way that they can be researched efficiently. Part of the task is therefore to categorize the collected data appropriately. In addition to a paper edition, the results are to be prepared for integration into the BMVI research information system (https://www.forschungsinformationssystem.de) and a concept for continuous updating of the database is to be developed.

The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) has commissioned AlbrechtConsult to carry out the project.

As a subcontractor of ISB AG, AlbrechtConsult will participate in the project “Concept for the generation of an ISO-compliant UML model and generation of a GML application schema for DATEX II to improve interoperability” of the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt).

The aim of the project is the development of a procedure to generate a GML application scheme based on the UML model of DATEX II in largely automated process steps. A set of rules for a model transformation is required as a necessary prerequisite for this, with which the existing DATEX-II-UML model can be transformed into an ISO-19103-compliant UML model. Thus the basis shall be created to carry these aspects into the specification process of DATEX II and thus to contribute to an improvement of the interoperability of traffic data, static road data and general geodata.

 

AlbrechtConsult and Scholtes-IT-Beratung have been commissioned by Hessen Mobil to develop a concept, system architecture and specifications for the basic system.

This project is stage 1a of the overall project to modernize the VRZ. The basis is the SOA architecture pattern, which guarantees flexibility with regard to changes and extensions of the system by means of the principle of loose coupling. In the course of this project, basic functions, such as the integration platform, user administration and A2X communication, as well as information management, consisting of offline database, basic supply and geoservice, connection to the core system and operational monitoring, will be designed.

In addition to the system architecture, concepts and specifications for IT security, integration, migration and operation must also be developed. The operational concept to be developed will be based on the ITIL® V3 framework.