GEWI Announces WZDaaS for USDOT Work Zone Data Initiative

The USDOT Work Zone Data Initiative (WZDI) has established a data format to enable the exchange of Work Zone data in a standard protocol and provide many benefits for Work Zone safety and planning, avoiding conflicts with other agencies and jurisdictions.

To make the adoption of this format easy, GEWI announces a hosted Work Zone Data as a Service (WZDaaS) solution which allows agencies to use their existing systems, and be compliant with the new standard.  WZDaaS also makes the Work Zone data available to navigation systems, broadcasters, other systems, and create CAV compliant data for the emerging automated vehicle market. Agencies looking for more features can use thee TIC software for total Work Zone planning, processing permit requests, issuing permits, Smart Work Zone operations and post project analytics.

GEWI will be demonstrating this solution at booth #216 at ITS America 04-07 2019 in Washington, D.C.  To schedule a demonstration at the conference, contact  For a demonstration after ITS America, please contact a GEWI representative in your region.

TISA participates in the ITS European Congress in Brainport-Eindhoven

The ITS European Congress 2019, which took place from 3 to 6 June in Brainport-Eindhoven, the Netherlands, was a great occasion for TISA and its members GEWI, Be-Mobile, HERE, INRIX, NavInfo and Rijkswaterstaat to meet and showcase their latest developments and technology.

TISA was in the spotlight at ERTICO’s stand with a presentation on TPEG for Emergency Alerts and Warnings, led by Teun Hendriks, with the participation of BBK (the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance).

“The ITS European Congress was a very interesting occasion to present TPEG for Emergency Alerts and Warnings. We had a large audience and the presentation was very well received. Plus, Eindhoven is my hometown, which makes me very proud of having had this opportunity to present TISA’s work”, Said Teun Hendriks.

The next important appointment for TISA will be the ITS World Congress in Singapore, where TISA will be present at stand # 375 together with GEWI, NDS, NNG, SENSORIS and ADASIS.

TISA Members gather in Brussels for the annual General Assembly

TISA’s General Assembly and Committee Meetings were full of surprises this month. Hosted by ERTICO – ITS Europe, TISA members gathered in Brussels on 18 and 19 June. Highlights of the meetings were the keynote speeches done by Aria Etemad (Volkswagen Group Research) and Stephan Hengstermann (Bertrandt), the appointment of the new Steering Board’s Content & Service Chairman and the announcement of the TISA Annual Achievement Award winner.

Each year, TISA members gather for the annual General Assembly and Committee Meetings to summarize activities and achievements of the organization, operational matters, working groups and task forces and to exchange best practice with external and internal participants, who are regularly invited to give keynote speeches.

The first keynote speech was given by Volkswagen Research Group’s Aria Etemad. Mr. Etemand gave a presentation on Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads, focusing in particular on the EU project L3Pilot, which tests the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation on public roads. The project focuses on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, with additional assessment of some Level 4 functions. The functionality of the systems will be exposed to variable conditions with 1,000 drivers and 100 cars across ten European countries, including cross-border routes. The technologies being tested cover a wide range of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on highways and driving through urban intersections. The tests will provide valuable data for evaluating technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, as well as impact on traffic and safety. With the comprehensive piloting of automated driving functions in test vehicles, L3Pilot will pave the way for large-scale field tests of series cars on public roads.


The second keynote speech was given by Stephan Hengstermann from Bertrandt Group, a company that has been providing development solutions for the international automotive and aviation industries as well as the mechanical and plant engineering, energy, medical technology and electronics industries in Europe, China and the USA for more than 40 years. Mr. Hengstermann provided an overview of the company, its end-to-end Engineering Services, technologies and Car Body Development Process Chain, Virtual Development, Concept right up to Testing and Trials and Consulting and Support.

The third highlight of these meetings was the TISA Annual Achievement Award Ceremony. For 2019, the TISA Annual Achievement Award Committee (TAC) awarded Thomas Klein (Robert Bosch GmbH) for his long term commitment to the Location Table Release Team and representation of TISA in the OADF (Open Auto Drive Forum).

“I am proud of having received this award and it is a pleasure to be at this year’s General Assembly, to learn from the two keynote speeches, which are dealing with interesting topics that are relevant for the future of TISA”, said Mr. Klein.

Not only a new winner, but also a new Chairman for the Steering Board’s Content & Service Committee was announced. TISA members formally welcomed Andras Csepinszky and thanked former chairman Alessandro Taddei for his service and work.

Among the different matters discussed, the meetings provided participants information on the new TISA members since 2018 (Parkopedia, Mecom, XERBRIS, SK Telekom, ENGIS and Kuadeng), on the liaison with ITS stakeholders such as RDS Forum, WorldDAB, EU-EIP (European ITS Platform), DATEX II, Open Auto Drive Forum, NDS and the TM 2.0 Platform.  With the General Assembly and Committee Meetings concluded, TISA members are now getting ready for the next important appointment: the ITS World Congress in Singapore. TISA will be present at the European pavilion at stand # 375 together with GEWI, NDS, NNG, SENSORIS and ADASIS.


OADF meeting in Munich breaks attendance record

The 12th Open Auto Drive Forum event on June 12 took place in the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Munich, Germany. With nearly 120 participants, it was the best-visited OADF event ever. At the beginning, Matthias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director, introduced the new participants to the history, structure and objectives of the forum: The OADF aims to foster the collaboration of standardization organizations and individual experts for enabling automated driving with map support.

The program of the day consisted of inspiring speeches on making maps reliable for automated driving (Yali Wang from Baidu and Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit), on generating HD maps from space (Hartmut Runge from the German Aerospace Center) and on a collaborative platform for updating maps (Emil Dautovic from Mapillary).

Following the tradition of the Open Auto Drive Forum events, all member organizations reported on their latest activities regarding automated driving: Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS, Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS), Prokop Jehlicka from HERE Technologies on SENSORIS, Matthias Unbehaun on TISA and Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo on SIP-adus. Furthermore, Klaus Estenfeld from ASAM reported on the OpenDrive standard for supporting driving simulations and on related activities in ASAM. Last but not least Christian Kleine from HERE gave insights to TN-ITS and its recent activities.

Around the lunch break, the meeting participants took the opportunity to discuss pressing topics for automated driving in a ‘World Café’. The discussions addressed the need for maps for automated driving, the need for the identification of stopping places for autonomous cars and highly reliable maps. Also, ways for improving the collaboration between Japan and Europe were discussed. The Word Café has proven to be a tool perfectly fitting to the spirit of the OADF of fostering the exchange of experts from different standardization organizations.

The next OADF event will be hosted by Kuandeng and take place on February 18th, 2020 in Beijing, China.

The OADF Steering Committee with the ASAM representative Klaus Estenfeld at the end of the successful 12th OADF event; from left to right: Klaus Estenfeld (ASAM Executive Director), Satoru Nakajo (representing SIP-adus), Jean-Charles Pandazis (ADASIS Coordinator), Prokop Jehlicka (SENSORIS Chairman), Matthias Unbehaun (OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director) and Martin Schleicher (NDS Chairman)


TISA Members discuss automation, GDPR and Emergency Alerts and Warnings during March committee meetings

On 12 and 13 March, TISA Members gathered in Brussels for the Committee Meetings. Highlights of these two days were a presentation on “Privacy in the Age of the Connected Car” by Otonomo’s Director Business Development EMEA Rob Willekes and the presentation on “Emergency Alerts and Warnings” carried out by Teun Hendriks.

Given the accelerated technological developments for automated driving, it is very important for TISA Members to engage in discussions on how the various aspects related to automation in transport are tackled. In this sense, Otonomo provides a neutral automotive data service platform that paves the way for new apps and services, with the aim to help drivers, municipalities, mobility services and automotive manufacturers at global level to extract the most value from that data. Rob also touched on GDPR, and how this new set of rules can impact data sharing for autonomous vehicles and data sharing services, motivating Otonomo’s work on an anonymization engine.

The second highlight of these Committee Meetings was Teun Hendriks’ presentation on Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW) for TPEG. In case of hazards, the distribution of Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW) is enabled though messages, which are adapted and sent to media devices, such as phones, satellites, the internet and – with the addition of TPEG EAW – also navigation devices, where it can be used to both alert drivers in a way that does not disturb the driving task and to influence the routing of the vehicle to avoid concerned areas. TPEG EAW is based on the widely adopted Common Alerting Protocol (CAP).

The Committee Meetings were also an occasion for Members to discuss 4 new ideas proposed by the members, mainly focussing on the existing TPEG standard EMI (Electromobility Information) and learn about the MaaS Alliance and MaaS Activities, thanks to a presentation given by MaaS Alliance coordinator Piia Karjalainen.

The next Committee Meetings will take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 of June.

Presentations are also available:

  • Privacy in the Age of the Connected Car – Rob Willekes
  • Emergency Alerts and Warnings – Teun Hendriks