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).