Activity 4: Integrate the urban dimension of ITS (METR)

Submitted by admin on Monday, 18 May, 2020 - 12:37
Activity description

This activity will provide DATEX data models to support the publication of electronic traffic bans and traffic regulations. It is intended to support the exchange of informational content from road traffic authorities issuing traffic regulation orders and organisations implementing these orders to other organisations providing ITS services or onward information exchange.

One major field of traffic related data not yet properly covered by the DATEX II model is traffic regulations. When the DATEX II Situation model had been created initially in the early millennium years, the focus of DATEX II had very much been on traffic management. Traffic regulations were hence covered mainly from the perspective of road operators. The parts of the model that cover them mix this aspect with pure traffic management activities like providing recommendations or information. On the other hand, it has meanwhile become clear that current ITS service – like navigation – suffer from the aspect of missing clear information about traffic restrictions due to traffic regulation. Future infrastructure support for automated driving will mandatorily require detailed traffic regulation information. This Activity has therefore been started to refactor traffic regulation in separate DATEX II v3.0 packages that can cover today’s requirements – e.g. regarding restricted zones in urban environment – and are prepared for future automated driving support.


Activity 4 has successfully agreed during 2019 on the use cases and design decisions required for the development of a DATEX II v3.0 data model for METR. This model has been drafted now and has been issued for a Committee Internal Ballot in CEN/TC 278 Working Group 8 as a first step on its way to be standardised as CEN/TS 16157 Part 11.

Active partners

• AlbrechtConsult on behalf of BASt, Germany
• AustriaTech, Austria
• ITS Belgium, Belgium
• Cerema, France
• Autostrade Tech, Italy
• Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands
• ARMIS, Portugal
• STA, Sweden
• Highways England, United Kingdom
• Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Norway
• Electronic Solutions S.R.L. (ELSOL), Romania
• Egnatia Odos AE (Egnatia), Greece
• DGT, Spain

Activity lead

Introductory statement:
• Josef Kaltwasser is a general manager and consultant at AlbrechtConsult in Aachen, Germany. He received his Diploma in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University, and later his Doctorate for research on V2X communication in the first phase of C-ITS development. His focus is on data communication, distributed systems and software architectures, in particular for intelligent transport systems. His current work at AlbrechtConsult is focussing cooperative ITS as a first step towards future connected, cooperative and automated mobility, with a clear focus on the infrastructure aspect. He has been involved in the project since 2018 as leader of Activity 4 representing BASt, the active beneficiary from Germany.