Intelligent Transport System (ITS)

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 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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