A message from TISA President Thomas Kusche-Knežević

Dear TISA members,

For all of us, 2020 has dramatically changed the culture of working and business. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had to say goodbye to the practiced cooperation models completely unprepared. This was an incredible challenge for the whole economy – and even more for any individual.

I am more than grateful that obviously none of you have been harmed by the terrible COVID-19 disease and that the entire TISA community has so far survived the pandemic in good health.

Because we have to comply with legal requirements, TISA was forced to find alternatives to the mandatory general assembly – a face-to-face session in Brussels (or elsewhere) was out of the question simply because of travel restrictions. Thus Executive Office and Steering Board decided to organize the GA of 2020 as a virtual meeting. This format fulfils the requirements of Belgian law sufficiently.

TISA would not be TISA if the initial reactions from members had not been particularly understanding – I thank you expressly for this. It even seems to be an advantage that the participation of members from all continents has been made much easier with that online meeting.

So this is my big request today: register for the General Assembly, take part in the secure vote and show in this way that the TISA community is strong and able to act even in difficult situations.

The general conditions will not change for an uncertain time. However, TISA is committed to continue serving its members with the highest quality. The OADF will also host their next event online too. I hope you will participate in designing the future of I4AD!

I am really looking forward to meet you online! Stay safe!

Thomas Kusche-Knežević
TISA President

BBK presents a new road safety specification

BBK (Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance), in collaboration with TISA, has presented a universally applicable specification for issuing warning messages on navigation devices: “TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts and Warnings)”.

So far, road users have not been able to receive warning messages other than traffic reports, a condition which lead to the search of new, alternative solutions. Consequently, as part of the German federal-state project “Warning of the population”, a new specification was developed in collaboration with TISA and Mecom: TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts and Warnings).

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.

The specification now published by TISA will be tested in a field trial as part of the ISF project Warning to the Population over the next two years. At the same time, the TPEG2- EAW user specification is updated and best practices are compiled in a policy document.


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Make a difference, contribute to the European ITS directive

ERTICO and its Partner VVA are undertaking a support study for the European Commission DG MOVE’s new Working Programme regarding the ITS Directive (Directive 2010/40/EU), which establishes a framework in support of the coordinated and coherent deployment and use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) within the Union, in particular across the borders between the Member States, and sets out the general conditions necessary for that purpose.

By completing the survey, you could be invited to participate in a workshop meeting in May and cover, among other topics, the preliminary findings of the study.

The survey serves six main purposes:

  • Providing insights on objectives and necessary services introduced by the relevant legislation (Delegated Regulation 2015/962);
  • Assessing the data currently accessible through the National Access Points (NAPs) and at local level;
  • Quantifying data gaps and optimal geographical coverage of RTTI (Real-Time Traffic Information) data;
  • Understanding the opportunity of in-vehicle generated data for business-to-government road operation purposes;
  • Identifying the necessary quality of data;
  • Identifying possible solutions to give access to data and the roles of the actors involved.

ERTICO and VVA invite everyone to take part in the survey by 21 April 2020 at 16h00 CET, and to share the link with contacts who might be interested in contributing.

Click here to take the survey.

The survey should take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete, depending on how many of the non-obligatory sections one chooses to answer.

For more information, please contact VVA’s study team at rtti@vva.it.

OADF 2020 postponed to July

Due to the current situation affecting China, the Open Auto Driven Forum (OADF) has been postponed from 18 February to 9 July.

TISA releases a new specification: TPEG2-PTS

TISA starts the new years with a brand new, publicly available specification: TPEG2-PTS (Public Transport Information Service).

TPEG2-PTS is designed to allow the efficient and language-independent delivery of public transport information directly from a service provider to end-users. It is intended to cover all modes of public transport (i.e. collective), both inter-urban and intra-urban travel.

The PTS design is based on three main use cases:

  • Provision of alert information: This alert warning indicates an emergency situation. It is specifically relevant for broadcast / push mode, for major deviations / disruptions and relevant for a large number of travellers. A dedicated alert request is also defined and can be used if a backchannel is available.


  • Timetable information, both scheduled and real time: This information is in some cases relevant for broadcast, e.g. in case of large events for the transport modalities to/from the event site. A dedicated timetable request is also defined and can be used if a backchannel is available.


  • Individual requests for trip information (backchannel is required).

This specification is available for TISA Members at this link.