The scope of the project was to enhance the interoperable use of ITS for traffic monitoring and control along road transport networks at transnational, regional and local (urban/peri-urban) levels. The project results will set a long-term sustainable strategic and operational framework for institutional and operational integration of ITS in SEE countries. Through SEE-ITS, the technical requirements for the assessment and the harmonisation of the European Union’s ITS Directive (2010/40/EU) by the SEE countries were identified and successfully established.
In accordance with the EU ITS Directive, the main areas covered within the SEE-ITS project were:
SEE-ITS demonstration activities
The demonstration activities included the development of seven different ITS with the objective of evaluating and assessing their impacts in all SEE-ITS countries.
The Greek demos composed of the development of Advanced Traveler Information Services (ATIS) for the provision of real-time travel time information in the cities of Thessaloniki and Patras. The Austrian demo included an ATIS for the provision of multiple information to drivers deriving from Cooperative ITS. In Romania, a multimodal route planner (urban Public Transport, suburban railways, inland waterway, private transport routing) along a specific corridor was developed. The Hungarian multimodal route planner for cyclists was developed for the urban area of Budapest. In Bulgaria, an ITS was established for the enhancement of Road Safety at a highway Junction. In the region of Emilia Romagna in Italy, an integration, of existing and proprietary ITS of transport service providers for exchanging information about dangerous goods with the regional public stakeholders, was realised.
Capitalisation of results
Integral part of the SEE-ITS activities was the effective capitalisation of its results as well as the establishment of cooperation mechanisms among various ITS-related stakeholders. Three thematic workshops took place aiming at identifying the various perspectives and views on ITS deployment according to the EU ITS Directive. Invited speakers, representing the vast majority of ITS stakeholders across Europe, participated in fruitful discussions on ITS issues that led to valuable inputs for SEE-ITS activities.
Moreover, a panel of ITS stakeholders was created in order to provide external expertise and knowledge during the project. The Stakeholders panel will be alive after the end of the project serving as an expert forum for the exchange of best practices, networking communication and cooperation between the related key stakeholders.
Another vital tool that was developed under the SEE-ITS project is the "SEE platform for ITS", which acts as a policy platform for SEE countries. The platform will also be active after the project finalisation in order for all interested entities to benefit from this information exchange.
SEE-ITS project facts
Project title: Intelligent Transport Systems in South East Europe
Project acronym: SEE-ITS
Funded by: South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme
Total budget: 1.581.669,90 €
Project Leader: Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) – Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT)
Project duration: 27 months
Starting date: October 1st, 2012
End of project: December 31st, 2014