ERTICO:In-Time Package Available!


(Date:14 November, 2011)

The In-Time Package allows cities and TISPs to set up an In-Time service in their city or region.

In-Time defines a general, pan-European technical service infrastructure to support the efficient provision and operation of Multimodal Real Time Traffic and Travel Information (RTTI) services to road and transport users. In-Time is piloting and validating its innovative pan-European approach to RTTI services, using real travellers in real cities – Brno, Bucharest, Florence, Munich, Oslo, Vienna.

The “In-Time Package” has been prepared to provide In-Time Follower Cities and Traveller Information Service Providers (TISPs) with the technical documentation and material necessary to understand, set-up and use the In-Time infrastructure.

The interoperability between different systems and data/service sources is the key aspect of the In-Time infrastructure. This is achieved through a Service-Oriented, distributed Architecture (SOA) where nodes – content and service providers – are inter-connected via a B2B, Multi-standard, Commonly Agreed Interface (CAI) defined on the basis of EU open standards in the domain of ITS, geo-spatial data and Web Services.

In-Time provides a way to enable easy access to and use of essential contents and services underlying multi-modal travelling, including  individual traffic, public transport, weather, location based services, flight, freight and intermodal journey planning.

In-Time is conceived to facilitate the cooperation between local content/service providers  – e.g. Local Authorities, Transport Service Operators, etc. – and Traffic Information Service Providers (TISPs) in the provision of value-added RTTI services to travellers.

The In-Time Commonly Agreed Interface (CAI) enables standardised access to local RTTI services and information provided by Regional Data/Service Servers (RDSS) in any city or geographical  area implementing In-Time. By using the In-Time access layer, TISPs are able to access local data and services via a standardised interface bundling all transport information in the area, and exploit these to offer enhanced services to the road and transport end user.

In-Time package content:
• In-Time conceptual Data Model encoded in Unified Modeling Language, UML
• The Application Schema of Geography Markup Language (GML) derived from the Data Model as the exchange format for In-Time data
• WSDL files, also generated from the conceptual definition of In-Time services.
• XML schema definitions (XSD-files) for each Application Schema of the In-Time Data Model. XSD files are the starting point for the concrete use of the In-Time specifications as they enable the automatic generation of code libraries, the configuration of OGC’s WFS and WMS etc.
• A code library in C# and Java
• An introductory guide with links to download publicly available full documentation providing detailed explanation of the principles, architectural design, standards and enabling implementation technologies underlying the definition of the In-Time infrastructure
The In-Time package can be downloaded on the website.

Find out more by listening to the In-Time webinar on 2 December at 10:00 AM CET. Marco Boero, Head of Research and Innovation at Softeco Sismat Srl, will present In-Time, how it works, and explain how it can be applied in other cities.
To register to the webinar, click here.

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