CAPITAL project launches questionnaire for ITS industry

The CAPITAL project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, has released a questionnaire to identify the needs and knowledge gaps for building tailor made training programmes on ITS and (C)ITS.

About CAPITAL

The aim of the CAPITAL project is to build a collaborative capacity community and deployment programme to support public and private stakeholders in the implementation of ITS (C-ITS) with training and educational resources which enable knowledge transfer about the benefits and deployment of ITS. The project will assist public and private stakeholders in developing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to build technical, business and policy making proficiency of ITS deployment while furthering their professional development.

Objective of this questionnaire

This survey is especially designed for public authorities, transport operators, transport related service operators, ITS Associations and ITS experts, with different levels of know-how. CAPITAL also encourages people unaware of ITS to also complete the questionnaire. A short explanation on ITS is also included in this questionnaire. 

The main goal of this inquiry is to identify most crucial deployment priorities of ITS from the view of the public sector, best-practices cases as well as major challenges that hinder further ITS deployment. At the same time, this questionnaire aims to identify the current level of ITS expertise as well as knowledge gaps in different topics, which will help CAPITAL to assess specific training needs and priorities. Building on this information, CAPITAL will develop tailor-made supporting training modules and materials.

The main themes of the questionnaire include:

  • Priorities within different ITS deployment topics/fields
  • Collection of best-practices and business models your country/organisation
  • Difficulties that hinder deployment
  • Existing knowledge gaps and training needs

The completion of this questionnaire should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time.

The questionnaire will be open until 3rd of May 2017.

Follow this link to access the questionnaire.

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

Visit

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.

FETC visit 2

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.