ITS Toolkit - 2Decide Project
/ 10 May 2017 10:03
2DECIDE has formed a consortium representing an outstanding knowledge in the state of the art of ITS applications, services and technologies as well as ITS evaluation, administrational decision making, European ITS policy and tool development as well as in the area of existing ITS deployment deficits throughout Europe.
Key ambition of 2DECIDE is to support both EU ITS policy goals as well as national ITS deployments strategies to gain the utmost benefit of ITS deployment and the related investments for a sustainable road and public transportation system.
BENEFITS & IMPACTS
The 2DECIDE ITS Toolkit aims to provide a single point of access to European ITS experience. It is a decision-support tool to assist transport organisations in the selection and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems to help them solved traffic transport problems and to address policy objectives.
The Toolkit builds on an extensive knowledge base of expert opinion on a wide range of ITS services, case studies and evaluation reports to outline the ITS measures and likely impacts for these measures relevant to user needs giving an insight into ITS deployments in Europe.
The ITS Toolkit is a starting point for establishing a central point to access ITS evaluation in Europe and shall further grow in content and quality of information and be continuously improved over the coming years.
The ITS Toolkit has its roots in the European ITS Action Plan, adopted in December 2008, which provided a policy framework to guide the development and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for road transport, including interfaces with other transport modes.
One of the measures proposed under Action Area 6 of this plan – "European ITS cooperation and coordination" – was the creation of an online decision support system aimed principally at helping public authorities, infrastructure operators and transport providers make more effective and informed decisions on investing in ITS to solve transport problems and meet policy objectives. This policy goal was realised by the 2DECIDE project, funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7), which has created this ITS Toolkit.
This two-year project collected and assessed existing evaluation results from local, national and EU-wide ITS deployment activities, as well as good practice case studies. Secondly the actual ITS Toolkit and its underlying search and match mechanisms were developed. The ITS Toolkit is a starting point for establishing a central point of access for ITS evaluation in Europe and shall further grow in content and quality of information and be continuously improved over the coming years.
The ITS Toolkit aims to help its users to find and learn about suitable ITS service applications and technologies for a given situation and context. The ITS Toolkit contains a general description of each ITS service, functionality and technology to outline the typical requirements for each ITS solution. Besides the matching of context, e.g. road type, geographical extent and/or problems and goals, the ITS Toolkit aims to provide likely values of impacts experienced in comparable conditions. At the end of each user request the actual evaluation reports of relevant studies (if freely available) are part of the output of the ITS Toolkit, giving user the possibility to study the experiences of others in greater depth.
In the first stage of the ITS Toolkit a basic set of information on ITS solutions for road and public transport modes has been included. The content of the toolkit – the actual evaluation reports – have been collected from a range of European projects, actual deployments at national and local level, and from other sources like journals. The content of the studies are in some cases not available for free to the public. In these cases the ITS Toolkit contains a summary and the link to the source.
The ITS Toolkit aims at a wide audience involved in all areas of transport planning and operation as well as related areas such as environmental issues, safety, security, accessibility, etc. Therefore it is aimed not only at ITS experts but also at those with little or no knowledge of ITS.
The ITS Toolkit aims to provide a single point of access to European ITS experience and its user interfaces are therefore available in four languages (English, French, German and Italian). The ITS Services and technologies have been grouped into a classification system similar to well established international classification schemes.
In technical terms the ITS Toolkit consists of the “knowledge base” – a database where all information about ITS services and the actual evaluation reports are stored. The knowledge base is assessed by the inference engine which matches the user input (context, problem/goal, ITS service) with the data stored in the knowledge base through an advanced search mechanism and an inference algorithm. The two elements of the inference engine allow to not only identify ITS services (and their descriptions) which are relevant to the user’s query, but also give an indication of the impacts – expressed as values or grades – that can be expected in the specified context. In addition, the ITS Toolkit contains information on feasibility aspects (technical, legal organisational) and the experienced user acceptance. Except for the general parts of the ITS Toolkit’s output, all information has been extracted from the existing evaluation reports.
The evaluation reports digested in the ITS Toolkit have been carefully selected under aspects of quality and the coverage of all aspects of road and public transport. In this sense the ITS Toolkit gives an insight into the past and current evaluation practices throughout Europe.
The usability of the ITS Toolkit is enhanced with the creation of a user profile. This allows users to choose and remember their preferred language, store past queries, export the toolkit’s output and submit their own evaluation reports. When registered, the user can also sign up to the ITS Toolkit’s mailing list which serves as a link between the maintenance team of the Toolkit and the user community.
Technology readiness level
- TRL 8 - System complete and qualified