Policy analysis


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The development of Intelligent Transport Systems is a constantly evolving process. Cities and regions can lay the foundations for this by developing the policy framework and an ITS architecture to provide direction to specific and local ITS deployment.

 The high-level policy framework for ITS is an opportunity to analyse the requirements for deploying Intelligent Transport Systems and assign roles and responsibilities, budgets and priorities. The framework needs to reflect current policy concerns such as environmental sustainability, economic development, safety and security.

  • It must reflect what needs to be done to meet the local transport policy objectives and other requirements.
  • It should also consider the place of “added value” ITS services, which the private sector can provide on a commercial basis, as well as the public sector services.

“A well-developed ITS Policy Framework will provide the basis for specifying ITS system architecture and consider the ways in which individual ITS systems can be brought on stream and integrated.” – Extract from the PIARC Handbook on Intelligent Transport Systems

Ankerbold’s contributions to the development of ITS Policy have been strategic, such as the assistance given to the European Commission during the development of an Action Plan for ITS in Europe; and specific, for example on the policy for licensed use of Highways Agency traffic camera images.