TISA takes part at the 25th ITS World Conference

The ITS World Congress is the most important international event for Intelligent Transport Systems, gathering prestigious autonomotive and telecomunications companies, mobility experts, policy makers and service providers around the world.

This year, the Congress was hosted in Copenhagen, Denmark, and TISA was present with its Members to showcase and share with over 10,000 visitors from more than 100 countries its latest findings and technologies.

Starting with a special interest session on “A new Cooperation Approach for an Automated Driving Ecosystem”, TISA‘s Executive Director Matthias Unbehaun represented TISA at the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF), where TISA is one of the founding organisations together with NDS, ADASIS, and SENSORIS. Rather than dwelling on technical details, the session focused on how the OADF provides a horizontal interlinkage between the participating organisations.


In the past, critical topics had been identified by OADF task forces, which were then delegated for resolution into the corresponding organisations. Examples are the embedding of NDS locations in TPEG streams or the ongoing harmonization of lane-level enumerations between all four organizations.

An important contribution on the dynamic map activities in Japan came also from the SIP-adus project, which has joined the OADF, represented by Prof. Satoru Nakajo.

Moderated by Valerie Shuman, VP Industry Programs of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association and Principal of Shuman Group LLC, the SIS quickly turned into a lively discussion between the panelists and the audience, circling around the following questions:

  • How do we develop standards in the AD realm?
  • Which standards are required?
  • How to facilitate the adoption of such standards?

Among the panelists were Martin Schleicher, Elektrobit and Chairman of the NDS Association, Prof. Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo representing the SIP-adus project, Prokop Jehlicka, HERE and Chairman of SENSORIS, Jean-Charles Pandazis, ERTICO ITS Europe’s Coordinator for SENSORIS and ADASIS and Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director and OADF Speaker.

Besides organizing such a successful special interest session at the conference, OADF members were also collocated at the TISA stand in the exhibition hall. ADASIS, SENSORIS and the NDS Association used the opportunity to present work progress and make contacts with new prospective members of their organizations.

The 25th ITS World Congress concluded successfully for TISA and its Members, who appreciated the benefits of attending this international event.


„It is a great opportunity to be here together with TISA in Copenhagen”, said Martin Schleichber from Elektrobit. „I am here representing the NDS association, which has established the OADF together with ADASIS, SENSORIS and TISA and which purpose is to establish a platform that fosters the interaction between several standards that are dealing with maps and location, especially for autonomous driving“.

Jim O’neill from GEWI also expressed his satisfaction for the positive outcome of this Congress. „GEWI is all about traffic, creating products to provide the most accurate traffic information, so the TISA membership aligns quite well and TISA offers a good opportunity to deal with all the people working in the same field and dealing with protocols such as TPEG.”

Danny Woolard from GEWI also commented on this experience by saying that „The industry recognises TISA as a body that helps organizations looking after standards and this attracts a lot of people, so I think that just being here helps us meet and attract a larger audience“.


Dutch Minister to open ITS Forum 2018

On 14 November 2018 Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, will open the bi-annual European conference on traffic management called ITS Forum 2018. She will be accompanied by Federica Polce – Coordinator of the Platform on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Rijkswaterstaat officials will interview Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General of EC DG MOVE.

The ITS Forum offers a varied and interesting programme centred around the theme: “Traffic Management in a changing world”. All of this will take place in a highly innovative and dynamic venue – LEF Future Centre in Utrecht. High level keynote speakers from all over Europe will contribute to the programme among whom Herald Ruijters (EC Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport – DG MOVE) with a keynote on past, present and future perspectives of the European core network, and Pierpaolo Tona (European Commission – Innovation and Networks Executive Agency – INEA) introducing the ITS Programme of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The closing session will see an interview of Isabelle Vandoorne (EC Deputy Head of Unit on Sustainable & Intelligent Transport – DG MOVE) jointly to key experts and high level stakeholders in the field of ITS and mobility (CEDR, IBTTA, FIA, ERF, POLIS).

Traffic management in a changing world
New technologies such as connected, cooperative and automated driving will drastically change the world of traffic management. Traditional ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) will increasingly be complemented by C-ITS (Connected ITS) and other new technologies, allowing new travel services to emerge, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS). And with larger cities and more complex, busier networks, different road authorities need to collaborate and work with industry (car manufacturers, ITS industry, content providers) and knowledge partners. In other words, traditional traffic management and roles are changing.

The main theme of Forum “Traffic Management in a changing world – Digitalization, Multimodality, Smart Infrastructures” reflects a number of objectives of the Forum. Digitalization and smart infrastructures will lead to more data, from vehicles and from infrastructure, which will be used to make transport safer and more efficient. Digitalization will also change the way traffic management centres will operate, e.g. by using smart cameras, using data from other (private) sources, using big data. But also by providing individualized route advices, most likely in cooperation with private service providers, using roadside beacons (G5) and telecommunication (4G, 5G).

On the one hand traffic management will benefit from new technologies and trends (e.g. floating car data, on-board systems, AI, …) and on the other hand new technologies (e.g. C-ITS, automated driving, …) will result in new requirements for road operators and new business models. Road operators/authorities will have to handle these changes in their environment, such as a shift from public to private services, systems as a service, from ownership to sharing economy, etc.

The full programme including workshops, plenary and parallel sessions and speakers can be found here: https://www.aanmelder.nl/itsforum2018/session-overview.

 Facing challenges together
The 2-day forum plus social event is organized by the EU ITS Platform, in cooperation with the European Commission as well as the European ITS corridor projects Arc Atlantique, Crocodile, MedTIS, Next-ITS and Ursa Major Neo. Within the European ITS Platform European road operators and authorities have teamed up with external stakeholders to foster European harmonisation of ITS and deliver prominent results. The ITS Forum is a bi-annual gathering to discuss these results with each other and other stakeholders.

European colleagues gathered in Utrecht
The forum invites all public and private stakeholders in traffic management:

  • Road Authorities/Public Motorway Operators/Private Motorway Operators
  • Urban Road Operators
  • ITS System Providers for Traffic Management and Traffic Information
  • Traffic Information Service Providers
  • Representatives of the automotive Industry
  • Experts in C-ITS Development
  • International Stakeholder Organisations (not covered by the domains above)
  • Consultants
  • Researchers

Special venue: LEF Future Center
LEF Future Center at the Rijkswaterstaat office in Utrecht is specialised in fostering new patterns of thought and forcing breakthroughs. LEF offers a wide variety of diverse working environments and professional guidance. Participants of the ITS Forum 2018 will experience the advantages of LEF’s innovative settings which guarantees a high level of interaction and brings new ideas and insights.

More information
Please visit our website www.itsforum2018.eu for more information about the programme, the European ITS Platform and the venue of the event.

Maven workshop: Automated vehicles and urban traffic management

The workshop aims:

  • to explore how increasingly instrumented vehicles are likely to behave on city roads and how this may affect the traffic management task and wider transport goals.
  • to provide insight to the role that communication technology can play in the shorter-term of connected transport and the longer-term of automated transport.
  • to promote reflection among local authorities on their role and responsibility as connected, cooperative and automated transport evolves.

Date: 24 October 2018
Location: Greenwich

Workshop is targeted at local authorities and other urban transport stakeholders with an interest in connected, cooperative and automated transport

The workshop is free, and limited seats are available. Registration is required via this link

Workshop agenda here

Travel information

MAVEN (maven-its.eu/) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 690727.

ITS Terminology 2018

This is the fourth edition of the Nordic ITS Terminology. It is financed and published by three Nordic transport administrations, namely the Finnish Transport Agency (Liikennevirasto), the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen) and the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). The Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) and the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (Vegagerðin) have supported the work by providing national translations.

The terms and definitions are mainly from the road sector but many definitions are generic and multimodal. The basic philosophy behind this Terminology has been to provide definitions for ITS functions or services rather than products or technologies. However, in an effort to make the Terminology more understandable and complete, many generic concepts as well as some technology related terms have been included.

Feedback and contact

Users are invited to give comments and feedback on the Terminology via www.its-terminology.com or send an e-mail to feedback@its-terminology.com (currently administrated by Arvid Aakre, Traffic Engineering Research Centre , NTNU, Norway). Any questions about use, copyright and formal matters should be sent to contact@its-terminology.com (currently administrated by Kristian Appel, Traficon Ltd, Finland).


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Join TISA in this session on automated & autonomous driving at the ITS World Congress

At the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen, TISA will discuss with the other partner organizations of the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) different approaches on 20 September at 11:00 during the Special Interest Session SIS66 (Room London B3 M3-4). If you are working with digital maps, ADAS systems, traffic information, sharing of sensor data in the cloud or automated driving, then SIS66 is the place to be! Bookmark SIS66 on 20.09.2018 at 11:00 in your calendar. Please come also and visit some of the OADF organizations at the TISA stand C1-120.