Pan-European Travel Information Exchange: The Interchange Project
Published September 1, 1993 by ISATA - Dusseldorf Trade Fair in United Kingdom
Event: ISATA 1993
INTERCHANGE is a DRIVE II project which aims to establish a pilot network for the exchange of traffic and travel information between European countries, based on commonly agreed specifications and standards. The first priority for the INTERCHANGE pilot network is to exchange traffic event information between participating national traffic information centers. Other types of information may be added later, when further countries are added to the system.
Traffic and travel information services have already proved their value to citizens of many countries within Europe. Traffic information exchange is also regarded as essential for the efficient and the safe management of transport systems by the appropriate authorities. With continuing growth in travel between member states, due to increased business contacts, commerce, and social cohesion (associated in part with the completion of the Single European Market), the need for international travel information exchange continues to expand.
Achievement of an efficient and cost-effective European Traveler Information Network requires internationally accepted standards for information definition, selection, coding and transmission. INTERCHANGE seeks to establish a permanent information exchange network and evaluate its performance. One prerequisite for establishing the international network is agreement of a language-independent means of exchanging traffic/travel information. The work to date in these areas is reported in this paper.