Strategic Planning

Ankerbold undertook strategic analysis regarding Intelligent Transport Systems at all levels of government. Strategic planning involves the analysis of institutional and organisational requirements for ITS-based services in road transport, specifying roles and responsibilities. The starting point is to determine those major transport issues which ITS should address. Ideally, this will be based on a survey of the needs of the users: shippers, carriers, distribution companies, bus and coach operators, commercial activities, private individuals, and national and regional governmental organisations.



The key to success can be summed up in four simple rules:

  • ITS should be incorporated into the mainstream transportation planning and investment cycles.
  • Use innovative procurement methods in the public sector, involving multiple evaluation criteria to secure best value (i.e. a move from awarding a contract solely on the basis of lowest cost).
  • Project finance needs to be on a whole-life basis, including maintenance and operational costs as well as the capital for start-up investment.
  • Where appropriate, the private sector can be involved in partnerships and out-sourcing, both for the investment in ITS infrastructure and for ITS operations and delivery of ITS Services.

(Extract from the PIARC Handbook on Intelligent Transport Systems)