The concept of Communities of Interests (CoI) has been used in a variety of different environments and settings 1. One of the identified definitions is an agglomeration of people – or actors in general, such as organisations – that are concerned with the exchange of information in some subject area 4 or that share a common goal or environment 1.
Using the above definition, it seems are a broad concept that can be used for any group of actors, organisations or stakeholders operating within a given field and/or environment that exchange information and strive towards a common goal. It follows that in the field of ITS, these communities can consist of stakeholders that are working – or at least communicating – with each other while striving towards the common goal of developing and establishing intelligent transport systems or promoting an innovative service / solution into market.
Therefore, joining together an assortment of ITS actors and stakeholders into a community of interest that operates together can be an important step towards moving from ITS to cooperative ITS, and the benefits that they entail 3.
ITS / C-ITS are landscapes that combine numerous different technologies, stakeholders, solutions and applications. We want our community to be a vibrant and active one, to support our members needs and expand their opportunities. Therefore, we are grouping the content in four sub-communities. NEWBITS Network Platform (NNP) is designed to accommodate the foreseen structure of this community, which is a central element for the stakeholder engagement in the NEWBITS project.
Being a registered member of the NNP platform you can access and you may contribute to any of the following four sub-communities of interest.
CoI 1: Sustainable Intercity Mobility
Intercity Mobility. Involving stakeholders providing and participating in Intelligent services based on advanced ITS platforms for city communities. Examples include carpooling and car-sharing services.
CoI 2: Efficient Traffic Management Systems and Strategies
Efficient Traffic Management Systems and Strategies. Involving stakeholders active in the installation and application of intelligent traffic management control systems.
CoI 3: ITS solutions to improve efficiency in hinterland container transport
ITS solutions to improve efficiency in hinterland container transport. Involving stakeholders that are active in increasing transport efficiency for water transport (although not exclusively) through the use of intelligent solutions such as real-time data collection and analysis.
CoI 4: Railway customer satisfaction and safety
Railway customer satisfaction and safety. Involving stakeholders that are active in ITS solutions that increase railway efficiency and safety, through the use of solutions such as predictive maintenance.