ITS Platform- A new Danish platform for the development of intelligent traffic


(Date: 26 May 2010)

ITS Platform
– A new Danish platform for the development of intelligent traffic

In the next few years lots of resources will be allocated to the ITS field in Denmark. One of the larger ITS initiatives is conducted in The North Denmark Region, which intends to be the Danish ITS region where new technologies are developed and tested before they are implemented throughout the country. The ITS Platform is the first large project and thus the first step in realising out this vision: an ITS Platform which is open and available for new applications. The ITS Platform has a total budget of €5m, and will be implemented 2010-2013.

The ITS Platform functions as an open platform and is to be the basis on which the actual ITS applications are built. It will contain the prevalent and general ITS functions which have a broad scope of use across the various applications,e.g. position, sensor data, and communication or data processing functions in the individual box in the vehicles as well as data management and data exchange on the server. The basic ITS functions are sent through a number of interfaces which are accessible for the applications – both on the server and on the mobile unit.

The ITS Platform makes it possible to develop complete and integrated system solutions without having to build such a system from scratch. It will be tested in 500 cars and to begin with the development of the following applications is planned:

The platform handles automatic payment for parking so the driver doesn’t have to do anything actively. In the case of time-limited parking, the driver is notified before the time runs out. The parking application is developed in cooperation with the Municipality of Aalborg, Parking North and PBS (direct debit service).

Driving statistics:
This function can be used to collect data about driving style (energy efficient driving, hazardous driving) which can be relevant for both the driver himself and for employers. Furthermore it is possible to print a log of the driving which fulfils the demands of the Danish Tax Authority. In the case of theft, the car can easily be tracked.

Traffic information:
The project cooperates with the National Road Directorate and the Municipality of Aalborg on optimising the continuous traffic information for the benefit of all drivers, including the ones who do not have the system in their cars.

Traffic statistics:
The ITS Platform will collect data which can be used for mapping of both localities with congestion, congestion dependent travel time and localities with speed violations. This information is useful for public authorities but also for private actors who are developing route planning systems and tracking systems.

For further information, please contact Project Director Svend Tøfting, North Denmark
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Figure 1. The ITS Platform will be tested in 500 vehicles in which the OBU and the developed applications will be installed

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