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An update of TN-ITS as the reference platform for exchanging road data (changes)for ITS applications in Europe

Stephen T'Siobbel

(Submission #189)


The Transport Network ITS Spatial Data platform, or TN-ITS, was set-up in 2014 as an initiative to facilitate and foster the pan-European deployment of road data exchange services to realize the transfer of (changes) road data from data ‘owners’ as road authorities & road operators, to ‘data users’ such as leading map providers. The latter ensure that the provided information is processed timely and is correctly integrated in a digital map which is then made available to a variety of map enabled ITS applications. TN-ITS is organized as a members association under ERTICO and is supported by the EC, JRC and its members, reflecting public authorities, map providers and several other stakeholders. It builds upon many initiatives as ROSATTE, the Transportation Pilot, etc. and answers to the different Directives from the EC. Three working groups address issues related to location referencing, specifications and standardization, and implementation support. Over the last two years, the Swedish and Norwegian road authorities have published over hundred thousand changes of speed limit and other attributes for their road network using TN-ITS. Currently, in the context of a CEF EIP 4.7 project, similar TN-ITS services are being piloted in Ireland, Flanders, Finland, the UK, and in France. With the announcement of a Programme Support Action for the implementation of data exchange used for digital maps for Union-wide multimodal travel and real-time traffic information services on the TEN-T network, there are encouraging opportunities to further increase the number of TN-ITS services across Europe. We will also see progress in the development of a CEN Technical Specification (TS) for the TN-ITS framework as the recruitment of experts has been delegated by the CEN Secretary General to the secretariat of CEN/TC 278. The Connected & Automated Vehicles of the (near) future will need a detailed, accurate and reliable digital road infrastructure that is kept up-to-data via multiple channels involving surveying, mobile mapping, processing vehicle sensor data, but certainly also via the feed of road data updates provided by road authorities and road operators.


Topic Area:  [1.10] Transport - Mobility
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Comments:   Standardization, Road data exchange infrastructure, Digital Mapping, Map maintenance

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