POSSE guide to open specifications and standards in ITS

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Tool type

Guidance document / Manual

Application area

  • Dissemination and communication

Target Audience

  • Small cities
  • Medium-sized cities
  • Large cities
  • Metropolitan regions


The POSSE project has undertaken a range of activities to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge and experience on how to develop, implement and maintain Open Specifications and Standards for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as applied to urban road traffic management.

The POSSE brochure gives a good introduction to Open Specifications and Standards, and it is aimed at all those involved in ITS and traffic management, whether a traffic manager or systems supplier or regional or national government.

How to use and promote the development of Open Specifications and Standards can be a difficult concept to understand for those not already familiar with their use. This brochure wants to ensure that this is not a barrier to their development and implementation across Europe. The opportunity to exchange knowledge between project partners with a very wide range of ITS systems, experiences and challenges has been very beneficial to all parties. Not only has it benefited the transfer sites but has also given ideas to the good practice initiatives on how they could develop in the future.


Good Example

Cambridge—Automatic dissemination of traveller information via twitter and Facebook through Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) is an example of innovation delivered by new companies entering the market due to open systems.

Liverpool—UTMC Strategies are able to implement automated responses to event management combining data from a number of sources, managing area wide signals in response to this and the provision of traveller information.

Frankfurt – Open Communication Interface for Road Traffic Control Systems (OCIT) has resulted in significant cost savings in the 160 junctions upgraded.

Reading— to ensure compatibility with Reading’s existing variable message signs, car park systems and traffic management systems, all Reading had to do was specify “UTMC Compliant” in their specification document for new signs.

Thematic areas

Smart, Sustainable, Connected and Shared mobility
  • Connected and automated transport
  • ITS for traffic

Behavioural change & mobility management
  • Mobility marketing and awareness raising
  • Mobility Planning


Suzanne Hoadley, Polis

shoadley [at] polisnetwork.eu

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