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Need for interoperability

16 August 2007

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Year after year, the world of transport calls for more and more advanced new technologies in order to offer more diversified services and to answer the important needs for safety and sustainable mobility: optimization of the traffic fluidity, law enforcement, traveller information, ticketing, emergency management, freight and fleet management, etc. These technologies rely on complex information systems whose upgradeability and durability must be guaranteed.

Moreover, the inter-modality issue brings the actors of different means of transport to work together. These evolutions in the world of transport require a new approach in project piloting and management in order to avoid the deployment of systems that are not compatible and difficult to upgrade.

The upstream management and organization of transport systems is therefore an essential key to interoperability and durability of the systems and investments. It is vital to provide the contracting authorities, and generally-speaking the participants of a project, with a method, a model and simple tools enabling quick and efficient thinking.

Aware of these stakes, the Ministry of Public Works, together with the actors of the world of transport, has launched a project whose aim is to encourage interoperability of transport systems via an approach of urbanization and architecture of the information systems. This is how ACTIF was born (Aide à la Conception de systems de Transports Interopérables en France – Assistance for design of interoperable transport in France).

Today, ACTIF is already used for the urbanisation approach of the travel management system in Grenoble, of the Road traffic speed enforcement project(automatic radars), of the SDIR (Road traffic information masterplan), etc.

A procedure followed by many other countries

Other countries around the world, aware of the interoperability issue on the efficiency of their transport networks, have equipped themselves with similar tools: the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy, etc.

ACTIF works closely on these different projects in order to make the most of the foreign experiences and to enable the improvement and coordination of methods, models and tools, namely concerning cross-border transport. There is thus a real partnership with the European architecture FRAME.

2. ACTIF: a method to ask yourself the good questions and to organise your projects

ACTIF encourages the transport contracting authorities to build an architecture approach for their projects that will enable the organisation of sustainable systems which will be able to communicate more easily between themselves.

To contracting authorities, ACTIF offers:

a method to run their projects in a complex context in which several partners and systems need to communicate (urbanization of information systems and interface)
a model, backing this method, which capitalizes on the joint experience of modelling of transport systems and their interfaces with other modes; nowadays, eight fields of activity interesting surface transport are modelled
Tools, free from rights, enabling the simple application of the method and utilization of the knowledge given in the model
How to use ACTIF?

As from now on, the following are available and can be exploited:

a method of urbanization and conception of transport systems
functional models explained and documented
simple and free from rights tools to be used on each project

3. Contacts: Contracting authority / Ministry of Public works

Patrick Malléjacq (tél : 01 40 81 81 17),
Yannick Denis (tél : 04 72 74 59 46),
Eric Bourlés (tél : 01 40 81 81 36),

4. ACTIF leaflet

Download the ACTIF leaflet (pdf: 304 ko)