Season’s greetings by TISA president Thomas Kusche-Knežević

Dear Members and Friends of TISA!


Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success, Henry Ford said.

How could Henry Ford know what should happen in 2007?

When TISA was founded in Berlin, Germany, a huge crowd of navigation interested people and companies came together to foster the market for TMC and to bring TPEG to fruition. We kept ourselves together and worked together – in between for nearly 10 years.

Today, TISA is entitled to say that this has been a very successful period of time.

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TISA holds its committee meetings on 13 & 14 December in Brussels

The last TISA committee meetings of 2016 took place just before the Christmas holidays at ERTICO premises in Brussels. Aside from the usual TISA business, the two day meetings saw also three special speakers.  Marjolein Masclee, Chair of DATEX II Strategic Group presented the latest DATEX II Developments. Michael L. Sena, Allianz Telematics gave a presentation on the role of artificial intelligent in ITS and tackled the status of traffic information in the age of robot-driven vehicles. More in-depth discussions on the topic can be read in the chapters of Michael’s book entitled “Beating Traffic: Time to Get Unstuck”. Frederic Roulland of Xerox introduced the new urban mobility paradigm emerging within large cities based on the growing usage of multimodal integrated transportation services and the challenges and opportunities which are implied around the use of traveler data.

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Click here to see all the photos of the 13-14 December 2016 Committee meetings

The next TISA committee meeting will take place in Taipei, Taiwan in March 2017 (dates to be confirmed).

GEWI Partners with Waze Connected Citizens Program to Enable “off-the-shelf” Waze Data Integration

7 December 2016 – GEWI today announced a new global partnership with Waze the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers, to provide public agencies worldwide with an “off-the-shelf” solution for collecting, harmonizing, and integrating Waze data with existing public agency data using GEWI’s TIC software.

“As a global company, this partnership is an excellent fit between GEWI and Waze”, commented GEWI founder and global CEO Hagen Geppert. “GEWI customers worldwide can now have access to Waze data directly within the TIC Software platform, enabling Waze data to be immediately related with other agency data already in their system, and the improved data can also be shared back to Waze.

“We expect his two-way data exchange between GEWI customers and Waze to be a powerful tool to help increase data accuracy”, said Geppert.

This partnership is facilitated through the Waze Connected Citizens Program, a free two-way data share that empowers its partners to harness real-time driver insights in order to help ease congestion and make better informed planning decisions.

“Waze provides each Connected Citizens Program partner with the same set of free, data-driven tools and resources to foster collaboration and communication between all partners,” said Adam Fried, New Business Development Manager at Waze. “Working with GEWI allows Waze to further scale the program and create additional opportunities for our partners to collaborate and help each other incorporate the power of crowdsourced data into their traffic management strategies.”

Founded in 1992, GEWI develops TIC software, a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product used by public agencies, automobile clubs, commercial service providers, car and navigation manufacturers, toll road operators, and radio stations.

TIC is used for many types of market solutions including traffic and travel information services, work zones, road incident management, asset management, real-time information for navigation, and traffic news announcements, many of which can benefit from Waze data.

TIC is available from and supported 24/7 by GEWI offices in Europe, North America, and Asia, and by partners globally.

To find out more about the Waze Connected Citizens Program, visit For more information about GEWI visit

Teun Hendriks presents TPEG-EAW (Emergency Alert Warning) at 15th GSDI conference in Taipei, Taiwan

TISA Technical &  Standardisation Committee Chair, Teun Hendriks  attended the 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference (GSDI) taking place from 29th November to 2nd December 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan  to present TPEG for timely distribution of Emergency Alerts and Warnings.

Teun Hendriks’ paper discussed the importance of emergency alerts and warnings as one of the primary duties of any public or private broadcaster or service provider alike:  to warn the general public of impending danger.

Teun Hendriks’ presentation and paper are both available on TISA Intranet.

The 15th GSDI Conference was jointly hosted by GSDI and its Taiwan-based members, the Taiwan Association of Disaster Prevention Industry (TADPI) and the Taiwan Geographic Information System Center (TGIC), with strong support from Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Government of Taiwan.

Theme of this year’s conference was “Under the theme of “Spatial Enablement in the Smart Homeland,” with the aim bring together engaging speakers and participants to explore the challenges that service providers and users face with respect to increasing access to and use of geospatial data.

The Conference showcased strategies, policies, best-practices, and innovations that are driving collaboration and interoperability with respect to spatial data collection, access, visualization, and analysis.

The 15th GSDI conference Book is available on the GSDI website.


About GSDI World Conference

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association was formed in 2004 as an inclusive networking organization of academic and research institutions, government agencies, commercial geomatics firms, national and regional GI associations and individuals (geo professionals and students) from around the world.

The purpose of the Association is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure (SDI) research and implementations that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance, including sustainable development.

Since 1996, the Association has conducted GSDI World Conferences around the globe, offering significant networking opportunities and offering the opportunity for SDI researchers and SDI implementors to present their latest work, challenges and solutions.

TISA meets and sees HERE connectivity table demonstration in Berlin

TISA TAWG met last week at HERE Offices in Berlin and viewed a demonstration of HERE connectivity table.

img_0094This demonstration consists of an interactive table that illustrates the impact of increased connectivity between all mobility providers. The interactive table that simulates the traffic flow of cars, public transport and fleet. The degree of connectivity can be manipulated as can the time horizon from today to 2020 finally to 2030. By means of different personas who want to travel from A to B, the impact of transportation, connectivity and time of day can be experienced on a personal level. This demonstration would allow us to invite interested parties, partners or infrastructure providers to discuss their vision of the future of mobility. With this demo we will walk the audience through what is available today in urban environment of Berlin, what is possible to achieve in the future for urban environment such as Berlin, and how connectivity impacts the city as well as individuals under various unknown scenarios such as weather and traffic.

For more information please contact Scott Hurley;