Nowadays, Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) constitute an important technological and organizational basis for a broad range of applications in the road traffic sector. ITS refers to systems in which information and communication technologies are used in road traffic as well as at interfaces to other modes of transport. The increasing importance of these technologies and their increasing connectivity create new challenges for the introduction of new ITS services and for the integration of existing ITS. Compatibility, interoperability and continuity of information and services as well as the associated integration of the relevant systems are important preconditions for ensuring the existence of “intelligent” mobility in Germany and Europe. In a four-part research project, the ITS Architecture Framework for Germany (RIAD) has been developed as well as three reference architectures which has used RIAD and concurrently have fed back their experience with the creation process into the RIAD development. In addition to the technical perspective, which is often at the forefront of discussions, content-based and organizational cooperation between the mobility providers have also been considered.
These concepts are contributed to the European ITS architecture project FRAME NEXT which is co-funded by the European Commission.
The subject architectures for Intelligent Transport Systems is advanced by BASt for many years. First preliminary work at FGSV led to the document “Notes on structuring a framework architecture for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Germany – Necessity and Methodology”. Building on this, the development of an ITS framework architecture was adopted to the ITS Action Plan ‘Road’ of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. BASt was given the task to put the measure into practice which led the the activities described above. For the future, the challenge will be to maintain the framework and to inspire potential users as well as to support them in the use of RIAD and thus receive new inspirations.