EASYWAY: A UNIQUE PROJECT UNITING 30 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES FOR ITS DEPLOYMENT
EasyWay is a trans-European project co-fi nuanced by the European Commission (DG MOVE) www.easyway-its.eu
EasyWay is the biggest European project focusing on the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for roads. EasyWay involves 30 European countries and addresses EU transport objectives, regarding namely the deployment of ITS on the major road networks across Europe. EasyWay is supported under the TEN-T programme (Trans-European Network for Transport).
The main objectives of EasyWay are to improve safety, reduce congestion, reduce environmental impacts, and promote the continuity of services at regional and European level through the coordinated deployment of real-time information, traffic management and freight and logistics services.
EasyWay unites road authorities and road operators from across Europe along with associated partners, including the automotive industry, telecom and service operators and public transport stakeholders.
EasyWay is a unique platform bringing ITS expertise and recommendations up from the operational level within the Member States to the European level.
EASYWAY DEPLOYMENT GUIDELINES: A FIRST STEP TO ITS DEPLOYMENT HARMONISATION IN EUROPE
From its beginnings in 2007, EasyWay has established a huge body of knowledge and consensus for the harmonisation of ITS deployments.
This knowledge has been set down into documents providing guidance for ITS Core Services deployment: the EasyWay Deployment Guidelines.
In their first step, the EW Deployment Guidelines provided best practices which have successfully contributed to the deployment of ITS all over Europe, and a first definition of common Levels of Service for ITS Core Services.
Building on from this fi rst approach, EasyWay partners have moved a step forward in order to propose for each ITS Core Service: a clear definition, requirements and recommendations to facilitate a harmonised deployment in Europe.
The Easyway Deployment Guidelines provide valuable information in the scope of the ITS Directive (2010/40/EU) process, which has been established to define a legal framework for ITS deployment in Europe.