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Intelligent Transport System (ITS)


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The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

Par Admin Eltis / Mis à jour: 28 May 2019

Definition – An ITS is a system that helps to optimise the use of existing infrastructure through a variety of technical means such as traffic signals, journey planners, smart ticketing or cooperative systems (including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication systems). ITS fosters the coordinated management of road and public transport networks and eases the implementation of urban logistics and access restriction schemes. ITS falls within the measureinfo-icon category of management measures.

To ensure greater coherence and interoperability of ITS solutions across Europe, the Urban ITS Expert Group has developed a set of guidelines for deployment of key applications of urban ITS. Best practice and standardisation needs for urban ITS have been identified in this context.

Relevance to SUMP – The European Commission’s Urban Mobilityinfo-icon Package Annex ‘A concept for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans’ identifies ITS as one the topics that should be addressed in a SUMP. It notes that ITS is applicable to all transport modes and mobility services, both for passengers and freight; and that ITS can support strategyinfo-icon formulation, policyinfo-icon implementation and monitoringinfo-icon processes.

Source: EC, 2013

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