March 2017 TISA Committee Meetings in Taipei

Group pictureAfter signing the MoU with TTIA in August 2016, the TISA Committees decided to
hold their March 2017 Meetings in Taiwan for underlining the importance of Asia-Pacific for TISA as well as strengthening the collaboration with TTIA and the TISA members in that region. The meetings of the Technical & Standardization Committe, the Content & Services Committee and the Products Committee were complemented by a Business Analysis WG meeting. A special session for Public Authority matters discussed successful public-private partnership collaborations, such as the joint work between the EU EIP and TISA on the Quality of Traffic Information, experiences from implementation of QBench in Australia, the collaboration between LTA Singapore and Quantum Inventions, or the lessons learned from the workshop organised by BASt on harmonization of road works warning in the European C-ITS corridor project.

Our partner organisation TTIA had further arranged a Seminar on Smart Traffic Information Services as well as two site visits to the electronic toll collection company FETC and the traffic control center for the M5 highway/tunnel corridor to Yilan. These ancillary events were much appreciated, as they provided interesting insights into the well-developed ITS industry in Taiwan as well as stimulated many fruitful discussions among the participants.

Brian Smith (Intelematics) receives the 2017 TISA Achievement Award

BrianTo honor his long-term commitment to TISA, Brian Smith of Intelematics, Australia, received the 2017 TISA Achievement Award. Brian delivered significant contributions to the TISA work on the Quality of Traffic Information. He spearheaded the implementation of QBench at Intelematics, where it is now used to continuously improve the service and customer experience. “Working with TISA and the exchange of knowledge with other TISA members was very helpful in that respect”, states Brian. Further, he provided vital support to TISA in preparing and conducting the TISA activities at the 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne. After receiving the award, Brian concludes: “It is a great honor for Intelematics and since much of the work is a team effort, I need to thank my colleagues at Intelematics for all their support”.

Seminar on Smart Traffic Information Services

MaaS seminarDuring the seminar Dr. Ming-Whei Feng, Director of III Smart Network System Institute, provided an overview of ITS technologies in Taiwan, with a focus on wireless systems and spectrum regulation. Dr. Wang, Director General of the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC), and Dr. Chien-Pang Liu, University College of London, presented the ambitious ITS plan for Taiwan, which was recently published by the MoTC. The Ministry will provide local funding to support the development and roll-out of the Mobility-as-a-Service concept in the country, starting with pilots in the Taipei-Yilan corridor.

Reporting from Europe, Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director, presented on behalf of the MaaS Alliance their current activities and the status of the different pilot projects in Europe. The presentation was complemented by an analysis of how TISA plans to position itself in the MaaS ecosystem and where TPEG can play a role in connecting MaaS public transport offerings with individual mobility.

Site visits to FETC and M5 Control Center

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Taiwan has a fully-automated toll collection system using electronic tags for drive-through payment of road tolls. The system is operated by the company FETC and participants of the TISA Committee Meetings were invited to visit the FETC headquarters, where the companies CEO Y.C. Chang shared interesting insights in the history of development of the automated toll collection system in Taiwan as well as future plans of FETC towards a connected society and MaaS services.

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M5 visitFurther, the group visited the Traffic Control Center of the M5 highway corridor between Taipei and Yilan, which features a 13km long tunnel. Various ITS systems are in place for monitoring and managing the traffic, which exhibits specific rush-hour phenomena. The lack of alternative routes is an additional challenge for the
overall traffic planning. The visit, which included a presentation by the Chief of Station, stimulated fruitful discussions with TISA members on how to further optimize the traffic flow and how the Taiwanese Highway Agency could share their experiences with other countries that face similar traffic problems.

GEWI Enables Pothole Repair Projects Using Waze Data

GEWI recently completed work on a component for the TIC Software which will collect Waze data and automatically take actions based on the specific Event type and Subtype.

One example is the ability for the TIC Software to automatically create road repair projects based on user-generated pothole reports from Waze.

The process uses the Project feature of the TIC Software, which allows a public agency to decide the specific steps to be taken when a pothole is reported.  For example, based on the location of the pothole, a notification can automatically be sent to the maintenance department responsible for the specific roadway.  Further specific steps can be assigned based on the repair process specified by the agency.

Broken asphalt pavement on a highway resulting in unsafe driving conditions.  Shot with shallow dof. Focused on second pothole.

Broken asphalt pavement on a highway resulting in unsafe driving conditions.

Information about the repair can also be distributed to Waze in the Waze data format. After completion, all steps can be analyzed to create management reports and implement ongoing process improvement.

TIC can also be configured to prioritize pothole repair projects based on road class so that potholes on more heavily traveled roadways receive more immediate attention

The process can be completely automated, or an agency can first have an operator review, verify, prioritize and assign the repair project manually.

All of the other advanced traffic information features of TIC are available within the repair project as well, so information can be distributed to navigation devices, broadcasters, VMS signs, portable devices, web pages, and directly to Waze.

For more information or to schedule a demonstration of this feature contact jim.oneill@gewi.com