The first day of the workshop concentrated on available data in the CROCODILE Member States. It seems that a lot of static and dynamic traffic data is already available in the single Member States. But due to the splintered responsibilities in some countries (e.g. different road operators) it is sometimes unclear which data are available from which side and in what level of quality. In some countries traffic data are currently made available to the private sector (e.g. TomTom), but not properly exchanged among national stakeholders which underlines the fragmented status quo. In addition the interpretation due to different wording is sometimes difficult and therefore decisions have to be taken.
The discussion once more revealed the necessity of bilateral agreements between Member States on traffic data which should be exchanged. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – signed in the course of CROCODILE – between Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia is a starting point for cross-border data exchange between MS. The project CROCODILE is therefore an important catalyst in defining the technical and legislative preconditions for the operation of these entities.
The second day was focused on the role of DATEX II within CROCODILE. Bard de Vries, chair of the DATEX II Strategic Group, presented the current status of DATEX II and the possibilities for a Common DATEX II profile for CROCODILE. Currently the CROCODILE Member States are on a different level, but none has a final solution for cross-border data exchange up to now. Therefore the participants of the workshop decided to sit together in the upcoming weeks to work on a common CROCODILE DATEX II profile. Five technical experts with the support of AustriaTech will prepare a first concept which will be presented during the upcoming Steering Committee meeting in April.