Providing real-time cross-border traveller information to ease mobility
EDITS (European Digital Traffic Infrastructure Network for Intelligent Transport Systems) was set up to provide cross-border multimodal travel information based on harmonised traffic data, and information gathered on a transnational level.
" It is the first time in Europe that operators from different neighbouring countries are committed to the exchange transport-related data covering public transport as well as road transport with the aim of providing accurate services to travellers. "
Travel-information systems often only provide information within a local or regional area, without much addition of cross-border information. EDITS is tackling this problem by creating a system that allows for transnational cooperation. Sharing information helps address climate change and traffic congestion.
The project brought together public institutions and transport operators from five different central European countries to facilitate such exchange of information. For this purpose, the project produced an interoperable and multimodal EDITS-GIP (Graph-Integration-Platform) and an EDITS-GIP-interface, a tool that enables the exchange and provision of travel relevant data and information.
“The technical specifications for data exchange formulated within EDITS have the potential to form a single basis for the specifications on multimodal traveller information services in accordance with the European ITS Directive (2010/40/EU),” says Martin Böhm of AustriaTech.
Better information services for transport
By improving existing traveller information services, users of EDITS will have access to support before and during their journey within and beyond a single region. Moreover, the service enables EDITS’ partners to deploy different end-user services depending on the data available to the participating operators in their specific region – for example, specific travel information for individual transport, public transport and intermodal transport.
The EDITS system will be implemented and tested in three demonstration areas: the Centrope region (Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary); the triangle area between Austria, Italy and Slovenia; and the Italian bordering provinces of Modena and Ferrara.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “EDITS” is EUR 2 424 272, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 1 907 599 from the Operational Programme “Central Europe” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.