TPEG for Emergency Alerts & Warnings: a new specification publicly available

Technology is today continuously improving the way we travel: from monitoring traffic conditions, locating the nearest petrol station or even finding the best route, drivers today can feel like they have everything under control.

But what about those unpredictable conditions, such as landslides, flooding, thunderstorms, military or local/private security disruptions?

Sometimes it can be hard to foresee such events.

Being alerted about upcoming geophysical hazards, severe weather conditions, security, environmental and transportation disruptions can be useful and sometimes even save lives or reduce the risk injury, property loss and damage.

This is why TISA, Mecom, BKK joined forces to develop a new TPEG application, called TPEG for timely distribution of Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW), which sends alert warnings to drivers to prevent unfortunate situations.

TPEG EAW sends adapted alert messages to media devices, such as phones, satellites, the internet and TPEG EAW navigation devices, warning drivers in real time and ensuring compatibility with both map-based and map-less devices, so that messages are understandable also for non-native speakers/residents and visitors from foreign countries, making TPEG EAW a universally applicable warning application for domestic and international travellers.

But where does TISA come in?

TPEG EAW is based on the widely adopted Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), an international standard adopted by US, Canada, Australia, Germany for civil emergencies and severe weather, and the supported by WMO-World Meteorological Organisation with increasing roll-out across Europe for safety related weather alerts by EU-MeteoAlarm.

Aligning TPEG’s activities with CAP is essential to ensure a wide spread use of TPEG EAW. This is why TISA has set up a task force which is closely working together with the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK), as requirements from Germany are considered in alignment with other countries and national profiles for CAP, and Mecom, TISA Member since 2018.

Why public authorities?

As the distribution of official Emergency Alerts and Warnings is usually issued by public authorities and/or authorized agencies, TISA launched a call for contribution to Public Authorities to collect more requirements from other countries to meet public policy objectives, among which is the dissemination of public disaster alerts. Although the call is now closed, TISA remains available to answer to any questions or additional requirements coming from Public Authorities.

The specification is available free of charge at the TISA webshop.

Any contribution, particularly from Public Authorities, is welcome. Please contact TISA’s Executive Office at info@tisa.org.

December Committee Meetings wrap up a successful 2019

TISA Members gathered in Brussels for the last Committee Meetings of 2019, which served as a round-up of the year’s activities and planning for 2020.

Highlight of the meetings was the follow-up on TISA’s business and technical white papers related to automated driving, which were presented to TISA Members after a membership review and subsequent updating by the I4AD Task Force.

The Business Whitepaper  discusses the business environment, opportunities and challenges for TISA and its membership, then guiding towards a conceptual framework for future TPEG standards that are geared towards supporting automated driving vehicles.

The Technical Whitepaper then continues from the Business Whitepaper and discusses solutions that will solve some relevant issues in the context of automated driving. The paper starts with describing some use cases and ‘TPEG3 as a product’ in terms of functional and non-functional/business requirements and, after discussing some basic ideas and concepts that address these requirements, ends with a set of solutions.

The committee meetings gave the opportunity not only to discuss these two white papers; TISA Members also focused on Executive Office matters, TISA’s PR activities for 2020, reportes from TISA’s Products Committee, the Content & Service Provision Committee and the Business Application Working Group, which discussed different Use Case Proposals.

Meetings continued with the TISA Technical & Standardisation Committee meeting, which discussed the LTRT status report, the TAWG status report and the ISO Liaison report, concluding with a presentation on Infrastructure Support Classification for Automated Mobility.

Last but not least, the two-day meetings concluded with the progress reporting of I4AD (Information for Automated Driving) TF and a relaunch of the ITS Standards TF.

The next Committee Meetings and BAWG will take place from 17 to 18 March 2020 at AWTCE – Aisin Group in Braine l’Alleud, Belgium.

Not always business as usual: TISA September Committee Meetings feature cyclists’ safety, automated driving, on-site demonstrations and more!

TISA Members gathered on 17 and 18 September in Berlin, Germany, for the Committee Meetings. Hosted by HERE Technologies, the first day’s agenda was full of discussions and presentations. After a warm welcome by Severin Bredahl-Banovic, Head of BSA EMEA, HERE Technologies, the Committee Meetings kicked off with the TISA Content & Service Provision Committee to review the open UCPs and follow up from the report of different working groups.

The second item on the agenda was the report from the Technical and Standardisation Committee’s concluding with the first Committee presentation.

TISA Members welcomed Sean Connolly, CEO of Noroc, a US-based company that has developed an App focused of cyclists’ safety on roads. Sean Connolly presented Noroc’s new ephemeral Proximity as a Service (ePaaS), which connects Garmin’s Edge bike computers to HERE’s Open Location Platform and connected vehicles to save lives on the road by sharing proximity without privacy concerns.

From cyclists’ safety to automation, TISA Members continued the discussion shifting the focus to matters related to Automated Driving with the I4AD progress report. Highlight of this topic was the sneak preview of two demonstrations that will be replicated at the ITS World Congress in Singapore: one demonstration of the ADASIS Electronic Horizon, and the second demonstration of on-site autonomous driving use cases in Sumo.

The following day continued with the Business Analysis Working Group and a presentation by Anton Fitzthum from XEBRIS Solutions GmbH.

Mr. Fitzhum provided participants with an overview on Xebris’ way of enabling an optimized handling of traffic and incident data and presented FLOW, a product suite for data exchange and broadcasting.

 

TISA Products Committee Chair elected

The Committee Meetings were not only an occasion to meet and discuss business and strategic aspects of TISA, but also to reward Members for their service and work carried out in the Membership. In this regard, Stephanie Leonard from TomTom was elected Chair of the TISA Products Committee.

Berlin meetings concluded with an insight into Hungary’s National Access Point management, presented by Máté Verdes, Head of ITS Department, Hungarian Public Roads, and the EU-EIP Quality workshop, aimed at exploring the ongoing work of EU EIP, exchanging ideas on on quality issues in the TISA community and defining the synergies and future work for EU EIP and TISA.

All the presentations are available on TISA’s confluence page.

Discussing the quality of traffic information at 360-degrees with TISA and EU EIP

Context and Workshop Goals

Both EU EIP and TISA has been working for many years on common frameworks regarding Quality of Traffic Information. EU EIP has elaborated some “Quality Packages” with concrete definitions how to describe and assess quality of data and services according to the European ITS Directive, with the focus on the Content Side of the Value Chain. TISA, in the meantime, has developed strategic guidance in form of a “Position Paper”, describing key quality issues for Service Providers, thus looking on the Service Side of the Value Chain.

As Quality along the Value Chain depends on functioning Quality of all segments of that Chain, it is obvious that all involved partners need to exchange on that matter, and find common understanding and agreements. TISA and EU EIP represent a majority of partners in this regard, and took the chance to organise a joint Workshop on current trends and challenges of Quality Information from a holistic, Value-Chain-wide perspective.

The goals of this workshop, hosted on September 18, 2019 by HERE Technologies in Berlin, were:

  • To explore the ongoing work on Quality definitions at the EU EIP activity,
  • to discuss current issues of Information Quality in the TISA community, and
  • to define potential synergies and points of friction between the Quality domains of both EU EIP and TISA.

Workshop Process

The workshop was joined by about 25 international partners from the EU EIP activity (represented by road authorities and ITS consultants) and TISA (represented by the Traffic Information industry). This way, a full picture of actors along the Value Chain was covered.

The agenda consisted of the following items:

Presentations on EU EIP Activity 4.1 “Determining Quality of European ITS Services”:

  • Activity context, set-up, current status and deliverables (Peter Lubrich, BASt)
  • Specific insights and lessons-learnt in the area of Safety-Related and Real-Time Traffic Information (SRTI/RTTI) (Tomi Laine, Ramboll)
  • Specific insights and lessons-learnt in the area of Multi-Modal Traveller Information Services (MMTIS) (Jacqueline Barr, IBI Group)

Quality issues from a Service Provider’s view (Stephanie Leonard, TomTom):

  • Relevance of Information Quality as a competitive factor
  • A reference of a company-internal set of Quality parameters and processes
  • Examples of mismatches of information sources from Road Authorities vs. Service Providers

Quality Implications from a Value-Chain-wide perspective (Leif Rystrøm, Vejdirektoratet Denmark):

 

  • Value Chain as a backbone of Traffic Information flows from the event to the end user
  • Scope of existing Quality definitions on the Content Side of the Vakue Chain
  • Need for corresponding Quality definitions on the Service Side of the Value ChainGroup work to gain detailed feedback on Quality requirements and perspectives from individual actors, looking at the Value Chain for three exemplary SRTI use cases:
    • Use Case “Wrong-way driver” (group 1)
    • Use Case “Brokendown vehicle” (group 2)
    • Use Case “Debris on the road” (group 3)

The workshop concluded with an open plenum, discussing the findings from the group work, outstanding questions and recommendations for further work on common Quality frameworks.

Workshop Findings and Outlook

The workshop gave the chance for individual actors to get insights into Quality perspectives of other, complementary actors in the Value Chain. For example, Road Authorities were able to learn about quality definitions in the domain of Service Providers and vice versa. This way, the participants gained a clear understanding of Quality along the entire Value Chain.

Looking deeper into Quality processes, it became clear that any agreements and consistent definitions on Information Quality across the entire Value Chain may remain challenging. The group work made this apparent, indicating that Quality heavily depends on individual parameters of a use case and the involved technologies, actors and data sources. In particular, such challenges are:

  • Service Providers often rely on 3rd party sources. In this case, 3rd party data must be reliable and trustful. How such “reliability” and “trustfulness” is defined, is often an individual interpretation at the data receiver’s side.
  • Many Quality definitions have a direct link to involved technologies and data sources. For example, new communication channels via C-ITS promise higher Quality levels. For such evolving technologies, any “common” Quality definitions seem not be pragmatic.
  • Some partners identify potential Quality bottlenecks in preceding, “up-stream” elements of the Value Chain. This way, a Service Provider may impose higher Quality responsibilities on the Content Side, e.g. on Traffic Management Centers. Public bodies in this context, in contrast, may have other objectives and resources, so they are not always able to fulfil Service Provider’s expectations.

Despite these challenges, there is still the chance to find common agreements, or at least a common understanding on Quality Issues across the Value Chain, when individual partners continue an open-minded, same-eye-level discourse. Thus, further exchange opportunities between EU EIP and TISA will be fostered.

All you need to know about TISA at the 26th ITS World Congress in Singapore

After the success of the 2018 ITS World Congress, TISA Members are preparing for this year’s event in Singapore. The agenda features demonstrations at the sand and sessions, not to be missed!

Join us at TISA’s stand 375 to take a look at the two demonstrations that will be presented. The first demonstration will show ADASIS’ first interfacing of real-time traffic from TISA Member GEWI’s TIC3 messages. The aim is to demonstrate that AD relevant traffic event messages can be processed by ADASIS, displayed by the Electronic Horizon Reconstructor of Elektrobit.

The second demonstration will present a data protocol transmission that can carry information to AD. From specific GEWI TIC3 XML, this demonstration will show a mix of AD & conventional vehicles and different scenarios thanks to which one can see how real time traffic information can influence the AD vehicles (ex. closing lane, road section not allowed for AD vehicles).

Let’s talk about sessions. Mark your calendar for the Special Interest Session (SIS) 09 on “Challenge of integrating automated vehicles into the digital infrastructure”, taking place on Tuesday 22 October. This session will feature TISA Members as speakers. Join Matthias Unbehaun, TISA, Belgium, Prokop Jehlicka, HERE Technologies, Germany and ERTICO’s Jean-Charles Pandazis, Johanna Tzanidaki and Stephane Dreher to discuss what data is needed to support Automated Driving, how the automated vehicle should be integrated with the digital infrastructure currently under development and whether the traffic will be managed differently.

The second session will feature TISA Member NNG on Wednesday 23 October for SIS 32 on “Strategy of practical implement of V-I cooperative systems for traffic accident avoidance”. This session aims to introduce the development and deployment of V-I Cooperative systems and to discuss some technological and political subjects of V-I Cooperative systems for traffic accidents avoidance.

Don’t forget to pay us a visit at stand 375, where you will also find co-exhibitors GEWI, NDS Association, NNG, ADASIS and SENSORIS.

See you in Singapore!