ITS Associations identify ten features of a resilient transport network

Seven intelligent transport societies from across Europe have published a report advising transport operators what is required to deliver a resilient network, including ensuring enough capacity, having full and reliable connectivity and fully interoperable.

The paper summarises the findings of a series of webinars operated by the ITS Societies of the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, Ireland, Czech Republic and Romania.  It explains not only what is required but what ITS can deliver to enable solutions.

For example, control systems, monitoring, access controls and demand management, and incident and hazard management can be used to ensure sufficient capacity, while connected ITS solutions such as sensing and monitoring, real time modelling, and open data principles improve quality monitoring, intervention, prediction and planning.

The paper also refers to recovery from natural disasters, multi-modality, security against cyber crime, road safety, cross-cross border solutions and always learning and improving.

“This is an unprecedented piece of international work,” commented Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS (UK).  “Coming together online with our friends from across Europe, and discussing issues with their members, we have come up with a very strong series of recommendations on how to use the excellent technology our industry has invented to solve problems of the future.  We look forward to many more of these initiatives in the future.”

Contributions came from the Cities Forum, ERTICO, IFSTTAR, ISG Systems AB, Lagan, LOGMA Consulting, Simplifai Systems Limited, TELENAVIS SA, Triple Sign System AB and the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

The group suggested follow-on network activities such as guidance for building resilience into procurement, looking at resilience in communications systems and how this fits with the European Dataspace for Mobility, guidance for including ITS in pre-agreed recovery plans, consider how resilience can be built into data legislation and educate other organisations about that ITS is in fact a critical infrastructure.

Source: ITS United Kingdom

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