Bridging boundaries – ITS Austria and the Austrian activities on cross-border cooperation

24 October 2014  •  Author(s): Martin Russ – General Secretary of ITS Austria

Martin Russ – General Secretary of ITS Austria

Martin Russ – General Secretary of ITS Austria

New and innovative mobility solutions enabled by intelligent transport systems (ITS) need foresightful political commitment. The national ITS Austria Platform is all set for strengthening the position of Austria as a key player in ITS development and deployment. To further develop the strong network and exchange between the ministry and the national industry is a main goal of the national platform. All activities of ITS Austria are based on the four priorities for the use of intelligent transport systems: to increase road safety; to improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure; to enhance the overall quality of the traffic network; and to reduce the environmental impact. Mobility must include open data, open services and open platforms. This kind of mobility as-a-service must be in-line with other European priorities and activities, for example like what the ITS Europe Congress 2014 in Helsinki showed. Martin Russ – General Secretary of ITS Austria, explains further.

Openness as a strategic instrument

Subjects such as the ITS Directive and open data or urban mobility have gained importance over last few years, not just for the Platform. The national ITS Action Plan and its strategic measures were first published in 2011. As 80% of all defined measures have been successfully reached, in September 2014 the new and adapted catalogue of measures was released. The Austrian vision was made more concrete, and the strategy refreshed. Stimulated by the public authorities, these issues shall make a contribution to continue the positive developments in ITS. The focus lies on broad and multi-modal travel service information by stimulating innovative mobility concepts. Therefore, Austrian stakeholders concentrate on an overall approach. Projects such as VAO, the traffic information platform Austria, GIP, the national integration platform or SMILE, a national multi-modal booking and ticketing system try to prevent isolated applications.

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