National Traffic Information Centres


Responsibilities and objectives

The acquisition, cataloguing and distribution of data and information – towards Public Entities, Enterprises, and citizens – concerning the road network events and driving conditions, is the main objective of a National Traffic Information Center (TIC). This objective often extends up to include maritime, air and rail transport events.

An event that causes discomfort or reduced mobility on the territory is a phenomenon of an indefinite duration. It is detected by several possible actors (citizens, local police, traffic police, rescue vehicles) and updated according to the dynamic development of the event.

TIC will receive data and overlying info, in different formats, until the end of the event.

It is evident that this picture becomes even more complicated in the presence of events that are close together in spatial and temporal terms, or still when the event has a progressive territorial impact. In the latter cases, the TIC need to understand to what event the information received from the different operators at the site of the event refers, or what is the correct time sequence of the events, which follow each other on the basis of information sent by different operators at different times.

Duel: a technological proposal to manage complex situations

The IMA and Traffic Over Voice platforms use an expert system to respond effectively to all TIC needs.


The activity of anomaly detection of data and information is left to an expert system. According to defined rules, in agreement with TIC managers and security staff in the TIC territory.

The IMA platform adopts the new DATEX II dictionary, according to the provisions of the European Commission, which offers a wide possibility of describing the event and simplifies its geo-referencing.

The IMA platform also allows for the simultaneous use of different road graphs and graphs of transport means and simplifies the correlation between the traffic events and their impact on transport services.

The automated conversion of the information format- for the different channels of distribution (text, voice and video) with the elaboration and synchronized sending – takes place according to rules assigned to an expert system, for the usage of the different users: local authorities of the P.A others national TIC, regional TIC, radio, television and citizens.

Finally, the Traffic Over Voice service elaborates in real-time large volumes of FCD, referring also to urban areas and available in the major Western countries. It generates from these data traffic alert and information, integrated into the database and managed in a coherent way with other events detected on the territory.

Projects

Implementation of the new CCISS Information System at the Ministry of Transport

For the Road Safety Information Coordination Center, Duel developed and customized the software modules of the IMA info-mobility platform with integration into the Oracle environment. We are responsible for the administration activities and for the technical and evolutionary maintenance of the platform.

For the CCISS, Duel has also designed, installed and supervised the setting up of a television and radio studio for broadcasting services.

Migration to DATEX II

Duel provided the services for the migration of CCISS Information System to the DATEX II standard, a dictionary for the description of mobility events recommended by the European Community to all bodies responsible for the dissemination of information that have an impact on road safety.