After 3 different phases (ARTS-I, II & III) a stable framework for collaboration has been established between the public administrations, the private toll motorways and the consultancy companies from Spain, Portugal and France involved in the project. They have been working since the end of 1997 to carry out the first studies about the feasibility to investigate how the co-ordination of traffic telematic installation projects at regional, bilateral and multilateral levels could improve the continuity and quality of the service, that users of the roads within the TERN zone of the South-Western Europe and mainly the South-Atlantic axis are receiving.
In the frame of the TEMPO programme, the ARTS partners have defined some long-term activities with the objective of improving the previous collaboration and to finalise the integration of different systems and services to provide continuous non-border traffic services in the corridor.
The main objective of ARTS was to stimulate a harmonised and synchronised deployment of ITS systems and services on the Trans-European Road Network (TERN) in order to guarantee users a high, uniform and continuous level of services, comfort and safety.
ARTS was organised in a set of working domains, each one with a particular objective:
D1) Road Monitoring Infrastructure:
To provide the implementation of high quality monitoring infrastructure for reliable ITS services, enabling the provision of estimated travel time, enhancing the collection of appropriate statistical data and guaranteeing a continuity of services.
D2) European Network of Traffic Centres:
To create and enhance the European network of TCC/TIC/TICs, interconnecting them in order to improve all the strategies that require coordination among the different organisations involved.
D3) Traffic Management and Control:
To foster the deployment of appropriate traffic management measures and plans on the major international corridors and urban bypasses including strategic urban/peri-urban links in order to create adequate tools for removal of bottlenecks and easing of traffic flows.
D4) Traveller Information Services:
To develop an easy access to high quality Travel Information Services, including the interface with other modes of transport.
The project was structured in a set of eight domains, proposed by the DG-TERN, each of them has been split in different activities, which were related with more specific works. The contents of these domains reflected the particular actions and projects taken by the different countries and administrations in order to reach the strategic objectives defined both at Euro-regional and National level. Domains related with studies and implementations of services had a vertical structure which allowed focusing in the particular objectives of each activity and that the general technical tasks would be co-ordinated by the partners involved in them. Apart from the vertical domains, there is an horizontal domain, that grouped and coordinated all the common activities between the rest of the domains.