The ITS framework Directive (2010/40/EU) establishes the legal framework for the functional technical, organisational or service specifications to address the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of ITS solutions across EU. In particular the development of standards and harmonization for Multimodal Information Services and Systems (MISS) is one of the priority Actions established by the Directive. The current lack of multimodal data harmonisation is the key barrier to development of the MISS. Interventions to facilitate and improve the use of such data are therefore necessary.
The Action's overall objective is to promote multimodality, while improving transport capacity utilisation and related infrastructure planning, so as to eventually better match the transportation needs of travellers. To deliver the overall objective there are four objectives, which will be met by carrying out five defined activities within the Action.
The first specific objective of the Action is to contribute to the accelerated the deployment of the multimodal information services in Madrid based on the application of new technologies (such as social media) to harmonize and standardize the use and the exchange of information gathered from the infrastructure managers, stakeholders and transport operators.
The second specific objective is to ease and automate the exchange of information among different actors and systems involved in the transport and traffic domain to develop new effective and scalable IT solutions. Such solutions will indirectly promote multi-modality, improve capacity utilization and infrastructure planning and, overall, provide improved services that could better fit the needs of passenger transport.
The third specific objective is to contribute to the standardization of urban multimodal data set, interfaces, information, communication and control systems.
The fourth specific objective is to provide feedbacks, to extend the deployment to the transport infrastructures in other European cities and regions and to propose new business models including a SWOT analysis. In this sense, the Action strives to have a direct effect on mobility, impact on public authorities towards a higher quality of the transport systems and contribute to less congestion and pollution to benefit the citizens.
The Action consists of a study with a pilot deployment of MISSs to validate the approach developed in the study. During the study phase the uses cases and related functionalities will be defined, together with data necessary to be collected from different sources, processed through a harmonized dataset and exchanged (Activity 1).
More specifically the data structure will provide information from multiple, disparate sources into unified, logical, virtualized views or data stores that will be used to implement innovative services accordingly to the real mobility situation. This common reference dataset harmonization approach will be validated during the pilot operations through a service with different use cases. The use cases will be adapted to the need of different users: public transport operators, road operators, and users.
The pilot will showcase specific uses cases, including data collected by on management and exchange. Data will be collected from heterogeneous sources such as operation centres, public transit centres, information service providers (Activity 2). The Impact of the MISSs deployed in the pilot operations will be subsequently assessed to determine their effects on mobility, environment and on public transport authorities, infrastructure managers and traffic operators (Activity 3). An economic exploitation analysis will be carried out to determine the business model for the provisions of the MISSs (Activity 4)