Earlier this year we reported on the participation in NordicWay3 and in July Monotch already launched the data exchange node which is connected to TLEX I2V. The Scandinavian C-ITS programme and the associated pilots both enable vehicles, infrastructure and network operators to communicate safety hazards and other information from roads in the Nordic countries between different stakeholders. It is a collaboration of public and private partners in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and serves as a blueprint for a scalable, interoperable C-ITS implementation, with built-in privacy, security and data policy solutions. The NordicWay services aim to enhance traffic safety and fluency as well as environmental benefits by reducing CO2 emissions.
With a successful go-live and completely according to plan, the node data sharing platform for NordicWay3 was launched at the beginning of July. TLEX I2V from Monotch is used for the platform. In addition, a new product, the TLEX Interchange, has also been made available. The TLEX Interchange not only facilitates data exchange between projects and data-purchasing parties, but also ensures the exchange of data with other countries in the region via a special ‘Interchange’ network that has been set up. The data exchange via the platform takes place entirely in accordance with the C-Roads standards. Together with the Norwegian road authorities, Monotch contributes to the development of European C-ITS standards by providing input for further maturity.
The go-live of the data platform simultaneously marked the start of local C-ITS data exchange services for several Proof of Concepts and pilots in Sweden, such as the hybrid initiative in Gothenburg that tests a hybrid information exchange between traffic lights and vehicles by bringing notifications into the vehicle. For the pilots Monotch will bring crucial knowledge gained from Dutch and international ITS projects such as Talking Traffic, Intercor and Concorda to Scandinavia. Pilot flagships Traffic Signal Priority, Emergency vehicle approaching, Roadwork warnings and Geofencing are carried out by Norway, Sweden as well as Finland.
The main motivation for Monotch to participate in the Nordicway 3 programme is to further improve the TLEX I2V platform and add new functionalities, payloads and interfaces. In addition, the TLEX I2V platform can be further developed into a network of functional, scalable and sustainable exchange nodes that meet the needs of the ecosystem in NordicWay 3. Focus of the developments is on the requirements and specifications necessary for large-scale C-ITS -implementation in the Scandinavian countries. Additional functionalities of the I2V platform will be extensively developed and tested in the coming years.
According to Gary Lin, International Business Developer at Monotch, C-ITS and network management require governance and standardization. “In NordicWay3 we can incorporate the C-Road standards into our TLEX platform and implement them under new specifications and architectural set-ups that differ from our previous implementations.”
Christian Berg of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Task Leader Interchange Node development and deployment in NordicWay 3 explains that Monotch brings valuable knowledge and experience to the ongoing work of developing and deploying a federated network with multiple exchange nodes for C-ITS data, helping enhance both quality and scalability of the data exchange between the various stakeholders in Scandinavia, and the rest of Europe.