The status of data availability both in terms of static and dynamic data and information has constantly improved since the start of CROCODILE in 2013. While there is consensus on how to deal with some data categories defined in the Delegated Regulations, others are still unclear. The goal of the workshop was to obtain clarification on those in order to be able to implement standards and harmonise the work on traffic data exchange. Therefor road operators elaborated on further actions for implementing the EU ITS Directive and its Delegated Regulations on the Trans-European road network (TERN).
The high number of 35 participants from ten Member States showed the importance of the topics and emphasised the partners’ commitment. Although the main focus is to be laid on what the end user will actually receive, but the roles of the data producer, owner and processor are just as important. Thus a comprehensive view with dedicated focus on each stakeholder’s task in the value chain is crucial. For example, in terms of accidents and incidents the end users are concerned about the impact that an event has on their personal situation. This requires a complex interplay of stakeholders, especially on road networks with lots of intersections or when different operators and service providers are involved. In order to reflect the level of service on the high-level road network, dynamic data processing does not stop at only information but has to cover tolling as well, e.g. in case of certain road segments being closed, the road charges should be adapted as well.
For any information service to be accurate and accepted by end users, a reliable basis of static data is vital and also required by the Delegated Regulations. This encompasses for example lane-specific data on motorways or the gradients of certain road sections, which are of particular interest to truck drivers. However many static data are basically available, they are still incorporated into different databases which sometimes follow different standards. This underlines the work to be done on organisational level in order to enable comprehensive services of high quality and make use of existing technologies. The work of CROCODILE had considerable impact so far and with the evidently strong stakeholder commitment, joint efforts are pushed forward.