Open standards for urban ITS: POSSE Project

Figure from POSSE report on developing open specifications and standards for urban ITS.

Guide to developing open specifications and standards for urban ITS, from the POSSE Project.

The POSSE project, funded by the European Commission’s Interreg IVC program, looked at how to improve interoperability of urban intelligent transport systems (ITS).  Here’s some interesting information from their final report:

Benefits of Open Specifications and Standards

  • Improved integration of ITS which enables more efficient traffic operations
  • Cost reductions, particularly for traffic controllers
  • Better innovation in product terms and in the emergence of new sectors
  • Simplification of tendering procedures, due to the impartial technical specifications and transfer-ability of tendering documents

One size does not fit all

A key finding of the project is that the diversity of Europe, notably its institutional and market culture, makes it extremely challenging to have a single approach or framework for achieving interoperability of urban ITS. The original intention of the POSSE project was to deliver a combined approach to OSS, building on the Germanic and UK approaches; however, this has proved unattainable. Furthermore, while the approach of UTMC and OCA in generating and disseminating standards was found to be very valuable, it was not appropriate to simply adopt their specific technical frameworks in other countries. However, the overall principles are transferable and these have been brought together in the POSSE Good Practice Guide.

More Information

2-page summary of the POSSE findings.

POSSE urban ITS Good Practices Guide and Examples

H/T to the POLIS Network – European Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions.

Andy Nash

January 18, 2015


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