On 9 April 2018 the conference “National Access Point as a tool to support the quality of travel” took place in Warsaw, a joint cooperation between the CEF projects Crocodile and EU-EIP, ITS Polska and Rzeczpospolita Polska. The conference was successfully organized by Generalna Dyrekcja Drog Krajowych I Autostarad and supported by Ministerstwo Infrastruktury, Ministerstwo Inwestycji I Rozwoju. The conference was attended by approximately 150 delegates, moderated by Mr. Krzysztof Nalewajko. Polish Radio broadcasted interviews with some of the speakers.
All presentations can be downloaded at the bottom of this highlight.
After the opening of the conference by Mr. Marek Chodklewicz, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure, a warm welcome was given by Mrs. Joanna Lech, Director General for national Roads and Motorways. Then, Mr Jarowslaw Orlin´ski offered a good insight into how well cooperation is organised between the State of Poland and the EU to support the development of ITS and infrastructure.
Mr Louis Hendriks from Rijkswaterstaat in the Netherlands and head of the EU EIP National Access Point (NAP) activity presented an overview of the NAP implementation in Europe. There are many different approaches to implementation, ranging from stand-alone NAPs with metadata and links to integration into Marketplaces, Open Data Portals and Data warehouses, all depending on the conditions in each country. The implementation of NAPs often goes through three stages: first is the technical implementation, second the collection of data and the third is the creation of new and better services. Some countries are in the first phase and some are struggling in the second, but the third is still to come. To support the implementation of priority action ‘a’, multimodal travel information services, the program would have to be extended for a year or so. EU EIP has produced a map of links to the NAPs in EU which will be available on the EU EIP website.
The next speaker, Mrs. Jacqueline Barr, IBI Group, described one of the more important outputs of the EU EIP NAP activity – the Common Features and Level of Service support document. The document contains 18 features covering NAP Access, Communication, Finding datasets, Update and maintenance and Dataset information. The features are intended to support good practice, promote dataset discovery and sharing and to help develop high quality NAPs. The presentation explained that feature development began in 2016; features were drafted by reviewing existing and planned access points, selecting beneficial and transferable features, and with EU EIP partner review and refinement, the v1.0 was published in March 2018. This document is a great checklist if you are in progress off starting an implementation of your national NAP. The project is now looking for NAP operators to check the features against their implementations to evaluate the document.
Document link: https://portal.its-platform.eu/filedepot_download/1971/6294
In the next session Mr. Kent Olsson, Swedish Transport Administration, presented the Swedish NAP. Mr. Olsson presented the functionality of the NAP and how a NAP for priority actions ‘b’, ‘c’ and ‘e’, fairly easy can be implemented by using the metadata standard DCAT-AP and the supporting open data software CKAN (used by almost all open data portals). The portal was opened in 2017 and the next step is to get more data-suppliers interested in describing their data in the portal. You can view the portal at www.trafficdata.se.
The Solution to National Access Point in Czech Republic was presented by Mr Luka´s Diblik, Ministry of Transport and Mr. Jan Vicinský, TamTam Research. Czech National Traffic Information Centre (NDIC) operates as National Access Point on http://registr.dopravniinfo.cz/en/ since 2015. Czech NAP aims to provide all required information to potential consumer (speaking Czech or English) when exploring data existence (10 sources), legal conditions, data samples (2 national DDR XML formats and 6 DATEX II formats), schemas and protocol specifications. The NAP architecture conceptually separates data sources from National registry. The registry is using URIs to identify providers, formats, protocols, sources and source types. URI concept could help data exchange if used more widely across Europe. The National Traffic Information Centre (which serves since 2005) shall evolve according to both “Strategic plan for the further development of National Traffic Information Centre during the next 10 years” issued in 2017 and “Action plan for the deployment of ITS in the Czech Republic until 2020 (with the prospect of 2050)” issued by the Ministry of Transport in 2015.
The NAP in Estonia was presented by Mr. Kristjan Duubas under the heading “model for data exchange between the road administration and travel information provider”. Estonian Road Administration looks for several data providers. One important source is road user feedback through the traffic navigation app Waze. The Estonian Road Administration takes the information seriously and will build the chain to fix the problem. Users feel that their voice matters. In Estonia there is no RDS-TMC service providers. This is one of the reasons why road users are very eager to use free navigation apps, especially Waze has large number of users in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This is only real-time traffic information-channel. All Baltic road administrations are joined with Waze Connected Citizens Program, which allows administrations to get access to Waze live traffic data and gives without any costs possibility to forward road owners traffic restrictions and push messages to Wazers. Data sharing allows to get road users geo-located feedback, what we take seriously and will build the chain to fix the road related problems. Users feel that their voice matters.
Mr. Tomasz Przezdziek, CE Traffic, presented findings about the use and need of data. There is a lack of credibility for road work data and the data about accidents are often too late. They are working on improvements.
On the subject administration, Mr. Ronald Jorna from Mobycon presented “How to prevent administrative burden during NAP implementation”. In order to avoid unnecessary administrative burden to all relevant parties (NAP operators, information service providers, data providers, digital map producers, road operators), the EU EIP project in cooperation with TISA has developed a uniform Declaration of Compliance that can be used by the parties involved. The uniform declaration of compliance and associated documents (introduction letter, explanatory note) can be downloaded at: https://www.its-platform.eu/filedepot_download/2216/6242 (RTTI) and https://www.its-platform.eu/filedepot_download/1980/5870 (SRTI). The main benefits of the uniform Declaration of Compliance is that Member States don’t have to reinvent the wheel again, that it contributes to a common understanding of the Delegated Regulations and that is reduces unnecessary administrative burden.
National Access Point in Poland.
Mr. Jarosław Wąsowski, Deputy Director, Dept. of National Roads Network Management, GDDKiA presented “NAP as a data exchange tool about public roads in Poland”. The need to ensure compatibility between the systems of different road managers for the exchange of road data was the fundament for the objective of providing reliable travel information to travellers on all roads in Poland with co-operation with other EU countries. The NAP provides access to road data which will be used directly by road managers, media, emergency services and travel information providers. The Polish NAP is using the European Datex II protocol for the purpose of exchange of the data between the ITS systems connected to NAP. GDDKiA will provide support for users in cooperation with NAP, including through training and submitting documentation to necessary modifications in the systems of road managers. The core benefits for NAP direct users are as follows: for road managers - current information about traffic conditions and road works on the adjacent road network, for information providers - reduction of operating costs as of the data taken from one reliable source, for media - increasing the availability of information about traffic congestion on the roads to society and for the emergency services - support in incident management due to quick and precise access to injured people.
Mr. Sławomir Połukord, Chairman of the Board, QUMAK SA, presented “Experience from the implementation of NAP”. At request of GDDKiA, Qumak SA designed, implemented and launched a service “The National Access Point for information on traffic conditions (KPD)”, for efficient exchange of traffic between public and commercial managers of the roads, emergency services and the media. Mr. Połukord: ”We have used the modern trends in technology –Microsoft Azure tools for Platform as a service (PAAS), mechanisms for consistency with RODO regulations. In accordance with EU regulations we used DATEX 2 protocol for the exchange of messages about events in the Push on occurrence and Open LR library. But the most important is very close and good cooperation with GDDKiA on each of stage of the project. This allowed for quick and efficient implementation of the objectives”.
Krzysztof Modelewski and Zbigniew Cyndrowski, both from GDDKiA gave a presentation about “the NAP development plans”. When preparing the NAP stage 2, GDDKiA has to check out the ecosystem of the current NAP, i.e. stakeholders from both public and private party. The most important for the development of NAP is to change the business model to enable more data receivers to actively provide the data to NAP. The next stage of NAP will also open the possibility to co-operate with the NAPs in the neighbouring states, i.e. Easter provinces of Germany and Czech Republic. The access to NAP 2 will be paperless. The information presented by NAP 2 will cover the traffic management plans, dynamic speed limits, traffic data, information on tolls and the latest changes in the road network. The potential data providers will not to be forced to order traffic information applications – NAP will ensure that every user will have their information and the service providers will be handed over with the application for traffic incidents management free of charge.
At the end of the conference a debate took place, where the following topics were discussed:
Availability; Traffic information is for everyone, not only drivers of cars.
Getting municipalities and cities involved; it´s difficult, especially as they usually don’t get any grants for this and it´s not in their ordinary budget. Information from these parties are vital though for service providers (users of NAP). Can the NAP store data for smaller municipalities to ease the burden?
Self declaration; be careful, don’t push this too hard, it`s not an important issue today. It´s more important to get organisations on board.
Cooperation; much more cooperation between private and public originations is needed.
Accident rate is increasing, why is that? Is it possible to address this?
Information ownership; in some countries it´s important for owner of data, usually public organisations to give the information themselves.
Legislation; This differs between countries and effect the implementation of NAP, self-assessment, quality of data, etc. It will take time to get a more harmonised EU-portal.
Common definitions; to have more common definitions is necessary if we want interoperable services and also for a more unified EU NAP.
Priority to the network; Can this issue be addressed and good data for prioritizing be available? Important to support other means of travel besides cars, especially inside cities.
Roles of road operators; Peter Lubrich from BASt, stated that the roles of road operators, when processing and providing traffic data, may have to be revised in the future. As many new actors enter the field of mobility data, such as service providers and the automotive industry, the individual needs and assets of all actors have to be considered equally. This means that cooperation between public and private partners has to be fostered in order to provide an efficient and reliable data ecosystem
More money is needed in the process, support from European Commission is still vital. The value of the NAP and data has to be discussed and promoted further on. Differences among counties have to be taken into the context. Don’t be afraid of change, keep up the good work and continue to develop the process.
Remarks and hints!
A fantastically well organised conference with many valuable insights. Also, if you are in progress of developing a NAP or want to check your already up and running NAP, use the documents produced by EU EIP for this purpose. http://www.its-platform.eu/highlights/progress-national-access-points-eu
- Common Features and Level of Service support document
- Metadata Guidelines
- Harmonised document for self-declaration
- Visit other EU-NAPs, links on EU-EIP website.
The presentations can be downloaded here:
1_(EN)_NAP as a data exchange tool_JWasowski_GDDKiA PL.pdf
2_(PO)_Możliwości finansowania Inteligentnych Systemów Transportowych w ramach Connecting Europe Facility; doświadczenia Polski i wyzwania na przyszłość - Jarosław Orliński, MIR.pdf
3_(EN)_Rola Krajowych Punktów Dostępowych (KPD) w Europie - Louis Hendriks, Rijkswaterstaat, Holandia.pdf
4_(EN)_Tworzenie wysokiej jakości KPD - wspólne cechy i poziom usług - Jacqueline Barr, IBI Group, Wielka Brytania.pdf
5_(EN)_Wdrażanie KPD w Szwecji - Kent Olsson, Trafikverket, Szwecja.pdf
6_(EN)_Rozwiązanie dla KPD w Czechach - Lukáš Diblík, Ministerstwo Transportu, Jan Vlčinský, TamTam Research, Czechy.pdf
7_(EN)_Model wymiany danych między administracją drogową a dostawcą informacji o podróży - Kristjan Duubas, Maanteeamet, Estonia.pdf
8_(EN)_Wykorzystanie KPD w wytwarzaniu informacji dla podróżnych w wybranych krajach - Tomasz Przeździęk, CE-Traffic.pdf
9_(EN)_Doświadczenia z wdrażania KPD pod kątem organizacyjnym - Ronald Jorna, Mobycon, Holandia.pdf
10_(EN)_NAP development plans - Krzysztof Modelewski, GDDKiA.pdf
11_(PO)_Krajowy Punkt Dostępowy - doświadczenia z realizacji projektu - Sławomir Połukord, Qumak.pdf