In the research project “Corridor for New Mobility Aachen – Düsseldorf” (ACCorD), which started on 1.1.2020, Straßen.NRW is testing the networking between vehicle and infrastructure at selected locations as an example for the use cases “switching time prediction”, “green time request” and “traffic situation” based on vehicle data. For each of the three use cases, one or two use cases are taken into account according to the currently valid version of the C-ROADS specifications.

With ACCorD, Straßen.NRW is pursuing several goals:

  • On the one hand, the application of the above-mentioned use cases is to be tested to evaluate both the effort and the expected benefits for traffic signal control and its integration into higher-level traffic management.
  • On the other hand, the system and solution approach of different manufacturers regarding the traffic light infrastructure is to be tested and evaluated under real conditions.

The specific tasks of AlbrechtConsult in the project are:

  • WP1: Concept development for the project process
  • WP 2: Development of the solution model
  • WP3: Specification of technical core components & functions relevant to ACCorD
  • WP4: Specification of local V2X components
  • WP5: Participation in tendering and awarding of contracts
  • WP6: Construction supervision and quality assurance

AlbrechtConsult supports the Autobahn GmbH in the realisation of a customer-oriented network management on strategic motorway corridors under the coordination of the Verkehrszentrale Deutschland (VZD).

Essential components of the project are:

  • Coordination of the traffic centres in the regions involved in corridor management to achieve a consistent control strategy in network management,
  • Integration of the project into the package of measures for the management of strategic corridors on federal motorways (further measures include road works management, cooperative control centre),
  • Creation of a network management application taking advantage of the changed organisational and technological framework conditions with the functions (among others):
    • Traffic situation in Germany,
    • Action support for operating,
    • Strategic coordination and information.

Part of the project is the testing of the project contents as well as an initial assessment of the key performance indicators (KPI) to be set up before the network management is established in the traffic management of all 10 regions.

Concrete tasks of AlbrechtConsult in the project are:

  • WP1: Definition and prioritisation of corridors,
  • WP2: Strategy planning and implementation,
  • WP3: Specification of the target architecture and the requirements for the network management application,
  • WP4: Construction supervision and quality assurance.

In the project “Regional Mobility Platform Region Stuttgart” (RMP), the realisation of the so-called “Ringzentrale” (= ring centre) begins. The name is derived from the future area of responsibility: the road ring around Stuttgart.

The subsystem for operational traffic management will be realised by Gevas Software GmbH, while Prisma Solutions GmbH will contribute the subsystem for strategic planning and quality management. The traffic light control centre for the Stuttgart region will be built by AVT Stoye GmbH.

In the ring centre, several municipalities (including Ludwigsburg, Böblingen, Fellbach) and districts are offered the opportunity to participate in dynamic traffic management across jurisdictions, so that in future they can act on an equal footing with the major players in the region – the city of Stuttgart, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Autobahn GmbH.

AlbrechtConsult accompanies the entire realisation phase as technical advisor to the client “Verband Region Stuttgart” and is responsible for the approval of the subsystems and the overall system.

The planned commissioning date for the ring centre is the end of February 2022.

CEN has carried out a final review of a draft standard for the digital coding of traffic restrictions ordered by road traffic authorities, which is to become another member of the DATEX II family of standards (planned: CEN/TS 16157-11) in the course of 2021.

This standard aims to digitally display traffic restrictions in a machine-interpretable way. This should help improve current ITS services (e.g. navigation), and represent a first step towards the digital deployment of traffic restrictions to support vehicles with a higher degree of automation.

Traffic restrictions have been part of the DATEX data models since the 1990s, but always in the context of other functions and not comprehensively modelled. On behalf of BASt, AlbrechtConsult participated in the CEF Programme Support Action “DATEX II” and advanced the creation of such a dedicated data model, so that the availability of a European standard can be expected in the course of 2021.

The European funding project URSA MAJOR 2, which was managed by AlbrechtConsult, was successfully completed on 31 December 2020. Since the beginning of the € 92 million project in 2014, AlbrechtConsult has been involved in the national and international coordination of the project.

The support provided by our staff ensured a smooth implementation of the project and constant, high-quality reporting, which impressed the funding bodies of the European Commission, represented by CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency), on several occasions.

On 18 and 20 November 2020, the partners of the “lex2vehicle” project met for their project kick-off. Under the motto “Bringing traffic law to the end user”, the course was set not only for a highly innovative project, but much more for the beginning of a paradigm shift in road traffic. Because on behalf of the federal agencies responsible for transport from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ways are being researched to ensure that in future traffic rules can be reliably followed not only by us humans, but also by automated vehicles.

An interdisciplinary consortium led by PRISMA solutions (Mödling, Austria) together with Albrecht Consult (Aachen, Germany), IAV – Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr (Gifhorn, Germany) and Sigmund Freud University (Vienna, Austria) was commissioned with the project. Their expertise covers the required spectrum from digitalisation in the transport sector to European standardisation and the engineering sector, as well as the entire legal scope.

The project is accompanied by relevant stakeholders from public administration, interest groups and industry. With this bridge between technology and law, “lex2vehicle” lays the foundation for the digitalisation of road traffic law – initially for the region Germany-Austria-Switzerland, but also with the clear goal of setting an example for the whole of Europe.

UVAR Box is an EU-funded project that provides tools to help road users find out digitally about access regulations to cities and regions in Europe before and during their journey. Access regulations to cities include low emission zones, parking regulations, congestion charging regulations, traffic restricted zones and pedestrian zones. The project started in September 2020 and will run for two years. The main outcomes are the following:

  • Data structure for data on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs)
  • Machine-readable formats of UVAR data to enable their integration into navigation systems or mobile applications.
  • A user-friendly software tool, documentation and training to help authorities bring their UVARs into this format.

These results will support the harmonisation of UVAR information from local authorities and assist road users in their travel planning across the EU. The UVAR Box will help local authorities and Member States to set up their publication procedures digitally and to comply with European travel information regulations (Single Digital Gateway – SDG) as well as any regulations that might result from the revision of the ITS Directive. AlbrechtConsult is working on this European Commission contract as a member of an international consortium. Further information can be found on the UVAR Box Homepage

In response to the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) initiative and the development of a strategic 5G implementation agenda for Cooperative, Connected, Automated Mobility (CCAM), CEDR, representing European road operators, accepted the invitation to cooperate and contribute to this document with the other stakeholders.

The progress and adjustments that road operators will have to go through before CCAM becomes commonplace will be a major item on the road operators’ agenda in the coming years. Improving connectivity is critical to success, and a coordinated effort between industry and public agencies at all stages of development and deployment will be beneficial to all parties.

The importance of infrastructure providing a proven physical and evolutionary digital network on which automated driving can be built is a key focus. To provide relevant strategic guidance on this topic, we as AlbrechtConsult are fully committed to our partners’ efforts to continue to update the 5G implementation agenda and build a shared vision of 5G in the context of CCAM.

The development of a 5G ecosystem for CCAM and the key drivers for infrastructure rollout will be points for us to focus on in all our areas of activity in the future.

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 (Gesetz über das Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik). 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 (Gesetz über das Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik ) of the city of 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.

 

In cooperation with ITS Hessen, AlbrechtConsult has now offered a seminar on DATEX II and the mobility data marketplace MDM for the second time. At the two-day events in Kassel, Dipl.-Inf. Jörg Freudenstein explained the background and the data model structure of DATEX II to the participants and explained the possibility of specific extensions of the model in a practical way.

The structure and functionality of the MDM were examined as well as the concrete establishment of publications and subscriptions for data providers and data takers. Thanks to AlbrechtConsult’s extensive experience and intensive cooperation over many years in the core topics DATEX II and MDM, the participants were given the opportunity to further their professional education and exchange information.

Find out more about planned follow-up events here: http://www.its-hessen.de/index.php/its-academy

 

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.