TISA Committee meetings- reporting for business

As well as the overall reporting from the TISA Task Forces and Working Groups, Ronald Jorna of Mobycon provoked discussion and cooperation opportunities as an invited speaker presenting the BITS project – Bicycle and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems).

This project led by the Province of Overijssel and in collaboration with other provinces and cities from Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and the UK is co-funded by the EU and runs until December 2022. The project aims to use ITS to provide improved information for and from cyclists such as priority for couriers, safe bike crossings, travel times and in turn encourage greater take-up of cycling and improved infrastructure. Mr Jorna pin-pointed several areas of collaboration between BITS and TISA and also via the NAPCORE project.

A General Assembly with the will to transform

The TISA General Assembly held on 14 June in Brussels strongly celebrated cooperation as TISA members finally met together face-to-face after a long period of meeting on-line. Digitalisation and innovation were key points under discussion.

President and Chairman Thomas Kusche-Knežević awarded TISA Member NNG for its committed approach to supporting fellow members on a quest for safer roads in the context of TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts and Warnings). Chris Greentree, CEO on behalf of NNG received the award. This award was part the result of a trial that NNG carried out in collaboration with fellow TISA Members and the German Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance. TPEG2-EAW aims to implement the dissemination of warning messages through in-vehicle navigation systems.

With the economy a current topic of conversation, fittingly TISA Members had the opportunity to hear a presentation from industry leader, Siemens.  Ian McGann Director of Innovation Office and Steven Dom, Director Automotive Industry emphasised the role that digitalisation can, will and should play in transforming economies, ‘a transformation that is key to business success and for shaping a sustainable future’.

Some key figures that were cited showing how digitalisation can save and reshape resources were in industry: 60% of manufacturing tasks can be automated that will not only improve productivity, but also quality and safety. In infrastructure, 80% of lifecycle costs arise from operations, using digital technologies can unlock the potential for savings. For example, by putting in place digital signalling technology in mobility, a 20% potential increase in transport capacity can be achieved without the need to build additional infrastructure. Siemens illustrated the challenges that prevents AV deployment and revealed the role Siemens is playing by exploring and creating solutions that reduce design and validation costs as well as for example ensuring that sensors developed provide more insights in less time.

During the General Assembly TISA President (Thomas Kusche-Knežević) and TISA Treasurer (Andreas Goršak) were re-elected by members for a further 2-year mandate.

Something new in your car in the Netherlands: emergency vehicle warnings

The Netherlands is set to become the first European country where your car or navigation system will warn you of an approaching emergency vehicle. Over the next three years, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will collaborate with six other stakeholders to provide motorised traffic with more and better safety warnings.

Dutch Minister Harbers says: ‘98% of motorists now use digital information while driving. In addition, pilots and projects show that providing warnings whilst driving has a positive effect on road safety.’

Users of ANWB, Flitsmeister (part of Be-Mobile), Hyundai, Inrix, Kia or TomTom will soon notice something new: their car or app will provide a warning if a vehicle with flashing lights and sirens approaches. Initially, this will be introduced for ambulances. It is planned to include other types of vehicles later in the year.

In addition, drivers will be warned when they approach unexpected and potentially dangerous situations, such as:

  • Wrong-way drivers
  • Traffic jam tail ends
  • Obstacles on the road
  • Roadworks
  • An accident
  • (Temporary) slippery road
  • Exceptional weather conditions, such as a heavy hail shower
  • Closed lanes (‘red crosses’)
  • Road inspectors or other emergency and rescue vehicles along the road

In due course, it will be examined whether it is possible to include travel advice provided by navigation systems that take into account possible unsafe traffic situations, for example to avoid school zones.

TISA presents at the ITS World Congress in LA

Please see below for opportunities to see presentations by the TISA team and its Members at the ITS World Congress in Los Angeles. You can also find us at the exhibition @ GEWI stand #1043. Come talk to us!

TISA SIS Managing Road Traffic in Cases of Large-scale Emergencies

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

OADF Dependable HD Maps for Safe Automated Driving – How do we get There from Here?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Technical Paper- Automated Vehicles: The Case for Real-time External Information, presented by Teun Hendriks

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Technical Paper – TPEG over C-ITS presented by Andras Csepinszky

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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TISA at the 2022 World DAB Automotive

TISA partner bmt participated in the 2022 World DAB automotive conference organised in London in a hybrid format last month. Frank Strässle, Managing Director of bmt  presented “DAB content in the car” and focused on the broadcast of emergency warnings.

Informing travellers with alerts and warnings, such as using the DAB+ radio broadcasting system can be vital in times of emergency. Dr Strässle presented Germany’s trial using the TISA’s specification TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts and Warnings).

Large-scale catastrophes or emergencies (widespread fires, toxic clouds, large-area flooding, severe weather) require quick and effective management of road traffic to avoid vehicles entering dangerous areas or uninformed drivers causing chaos on the roads. While many mobile apps and solutions exist, using a mobile phone while driving is an additional hazard for road traffic. TPEG2 Emergency Alerts & Warnings (EAW) provides an international standardized solution that integrates with line-fit and dash-mount navigation systems (as well as with mobile phones). This application was developed by TISA in collaboration with public emergency authorities.

‘It is important to ensure warnings reach everyone. We must ensure that we inform all travellers through the right alerts and warnings, via an efficient distribution channel, including those who may not speak the local language, nor be familiar with local geography and roads but at the same time not disturb them whilst driving,’ says Mr Strässle.

TPEG2-EAW provides an additional safe and non-intrusive means other than sirens, digital information systems, radio and TV and smartphone – apps.

BMT was founded as a subsidiary of Bavarian regulatory authority for new media (BLM) and Bavarian Broadcasting Corp (BR) and delivers projects in the field of digital broadcasting and media.