A message from TISA’ President

Dear TISA Members,

What an incredible year! None of us has ever experienced something like in 2020. The impact of the pandemic on our private and professional life has made us experience things that we certainly would have done without. Travel restrictions, social distancing, temporary lockdowns – all this kind of stuff was completely unknown to us some twelve months ago.

And today? If not working in the same organization, the only opportunity to meet is usually via WebEx, Teams, or so. We learned to cover our faces with masks. And we need even more discipline for communication and cooperation because of the lack of networking opportunities.

An organization like TISA was extraordinarily challenged by the pandemic. Personal contacts and fruitful meetings are deeply embedded in TISA’s DNA. Lively discussions and lab working are the basis of TISA products. The situation created by COVID-19 could have been a starting point for TISA to fail.

But it wasn’t.

TISA’s Executive Office rapidly set up new opportunities to keep both work and communication channels viable – and visible. We made excellent progress in I4AD. We integrated TISA products effectively in the ITS environment. We positioned EAW as a remarkable milestone for the safety of people, not only in terms of road safety. We have been present on the most relevant events. And in addition, we created the basis for further administrative and organizational development of TISA.

Although we could welcome new members, losing some other was a very sad thing. But our business is highly dynamic and realignment of some stakeholder’s strategies and adaptation of their product developments have played a certain role for a decrease of our membership. The Steering Board has taken reasonable measures to consolidate the budget and to enable TISA to continue its successful work. All necessary decisions were supported by the membership – and in this context I have to mention the change of statutes, agreed on 8 December. Due to the pandemic this was only possible by lots of proxies and I have to thank our members for their trust. Thanks to your support, we can see a positive future for TISA.

Nobody knows how the year 2021 will develop. At least we can hope at some point to witness substantial improvements related to the COVID-19 situation. Then TISA will finally be able to hold a face-to-face meeting again. And that will be a reason to be happy, I’m more than sure of that.

I wish you a merry, peaceful and blessed Christmas season and a happy, prosperous and – above all – healthy New Year.

TISA goes beyond traveller information at the Virtual ITS European Congress 2020

Decision makers, disrupters and high profile companies from a range of industries including the European Commission spoke at the first ever Virtual ITS European Congress on key issues and game-changers for ITS in adapting to the crisis, post-crisis and for the future.  TISA President Thomas Kusche-Knežević spoke at the Highlight Session “Public-private cooperation for Safety on the Road” about the benefits of TPEG.

Public private cooperation for road safety, data-driven actions and strategies, learnings from the cooperation between public authorities and map providers, and much more. The highlight session on public-private cooperation for safety on the road brought together representative from HERE Germany, Technolution, Rijkswaterstaat, ERTICO and TISA.

Once again, TISA served as successful example of how the collaboration between the public and private sector can foster the advancement of technologies in the field of road and traffic safety and benefit the large public. “Today, TISA can boast of a global membership covering the entire value chain for traveller information, with hundreds of millions of TMC devices all over the world, and a significant percentage of devices with TPEG in cars with advanced Assistance Systems.” said Thomas KuscheKnežević in his presentation of the Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW). “Thanks to this cooperation, we at TISA were able to develop technologies that can be used worldwide, such as EAW. In particular, the cooperation between TISA and BBK, founded by the EU/International Security Funds, has been crucial for the development of EAW.”, he concluded.

Participants had the chance to learn about the advantage of TPEG, which is not only the readiness of implementation on every distributions channel, but also its design, which features a powerful tool box. In the framework of road safety, the TPEG EAW application offers the most promising solution, as any alert and warning message can be shown on a TPEG device worldwide, giving the possibility to also choose a preferred language.

The next steps for TISA will be to test TPEG EAW in a field trial in Germany. Stay tuned!

More information about TPEG EAW is available here.

TISA focuses on TPEG2-EAW at the upcoming Virtual ITS European Congress

TISA is delighted to invite attendees of the Virtual ITS European Congress to join TISA President Thomas Kusche-Knežević at the Highlight Session “Public-private cooperation for Safety on the Road”, on 9 November (1 to 2 pm CET).

 

Mr Kusche-Knežević will highlight the benefits of the public-private partnership in preparing the first field trials in Germany for TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alerts Warnings).

Don’t miss the chance to learn about this application, developed by TISA and the BBK (German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance) to disseminate Alerts to travellers/public at large and warn about emergencies.

 

For more information, please consult the Virtual ITS European Congress online programme.

Connected and Automated Driving at the heart of TISA’s September Committee Meetings

An insight into a Connected Corridor for Driving Automation, the moral consequences of Autonomous Driving product developments and an innovation hub for autonomous driving. TISA’s September Committee Meetings started at full speed and gave Members the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with three external organisations and to catch-up with the TISA’s overall reporting.

The first presentation concerned the European-funded project CONCORDA (Connected Corridor for Driving Automation), presented by ERTICO Senior Manager Dr. Eusebiu Catana. CONCORDA contributes to the preparation of the European motorways for automated driving and high density truck platooning with adequate connected services and technologies. The main objective of the Action is to assess performances (reliability/availability) of hybrid communication systems, combining 802.11p and LTE under real traffic situations. The project is deployed in seven Pilot sites in five Member States of the European Union (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain) and aims at guaranteeing the interoperability and continuity of its services on all test sites according to the C-ITS Platform recommendations.

From a test to the other, Robert Siddi, Sales Director at ZalazONE, gave an insight into this European hub project that comprises a test field for Autonomous Vehicles. Unique in its kind, ZalaZone is one of the European centres testing and piloting 5G developments in telecommunications (since 2019), with a EUR 127 million public investment on a 265-hectare area. The hub aims to offer technologically advanced laboratories for educational and research purposes and become one of the main centres of Autonomous Vehicle developments in Europe. A key component of the project is the smart city zone concept, an environment for research and testing of future technologies both in a downtown and suburban context.

Last but not least, TISA Members were given food for thought on Moral Consequences of AD Product Development with a presentation by Nora Blessing from TomTom. Current AD technology can manoeuvre without hitting obstacles, but lacks a great amount of fine-tuning. Today’s situation still presents major roadblocks, such as the lack of robust software that can make human-like decisions in any possible scenario, softwares that do not always recognise humans on the road and accidents and system failures that still occur. In addition, moral aspects are involved: who is responsible for system failures? Shall the vehicle kill an elderly person or save a young child? Throughout her presentation, Ms. Blessing tried to answer how product managers and software engineers can systematically navigate the moral component of their job. She provided a background on TomTom’s process, touching upon a theoretical angle, research and practice and concluded with practical findings on awareness, copying strategies and expectations, and theoretical findings.

With TISA is concentrating most of its work on the impact that Automated Driving will have on traffic and travel patterns, these three presentations offered a valuable opportunity for Members to gain a wider insight into the matter.

All the presentations are available on TISA Confluence.

TISA is presented at the 14th OADF event

TISA once again contributed the OADF discussion platform in its 14th edition. During this mixed online and onsite event, which gathered 140 experts, Teun Hendriks, Co-Chair of TISA’s Technical & Standardisation Committee, introduces TISA’s I4 activities, while Martin Pfeifle, CTO at NNG, presented “The Intelligent Co-Driver” which provides visual and voice guidance created from different sources including TPEG.

Mr. Henriks provided an overview of TISA’s latest activities in the domain of Autonomous Driving (AD) and stressed the need for external information related to I4AD, including design principles for an AD-oriented protocol and a three-phase model for providing information to AD vehicles. As reported by Mr. Henriks, TISA is currently considering three initial use cases in this context: precise work zones, the coordination between AD and manually driven vehicles, and emergency vehicles approaching.

Last but not least, OADF participants had the chance to learn more about TISA’s TPEG3 technical aspects and concepts thanks to the Association’s two white papers, available at this link and focusing on the description of TPEG3 and related technical and business requirements.

More information about the topics discussed at the 14th AODF can be found at this link.