RTIG newsletter February 09
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RTIG Newsletter Issue 11, February 2009 Chair’s message Autumn Conference highlights Welcome to the latest RTIG newsletter. The third RTIG workshop of 08/09 took place in Bristol on 28th October as part of a joint It’s been a little while since we have issued one of conference with INFORM and the Smartcard these. As you know we have been beavering away National Forum SCNF. The theme for the in the background, working on the details of the workshop was “Personalised Information”. merger with INFORM. The day began with presentations on the Bristol I am delighted to say that we have overcome all context from the City Council, First and Acis. the hiccups on the way and got a result. So, not only is this the latest RTIG newsletter, it’s also the In the RTIG session, Mark Cartwright summarised last! RTIG will wind up on 31 March 2009, and the current set of RTIG activities, before Doug RTIG-INFORM will start operations on 1 April. Gilmour of Mobius gave a presentation on mobile network delivery and capacity, with a variety of From the RTIG member’s perspective, the examples. transition will be seamless: membership grades (and costs) are identical and will simply be rolled Continuing on the theme using Personalised forward. What you will notice is an enlarged Information Marc Allen (Reading CC) provided an group, with more members, greater profile and interesting presentation on Reading’s experience more action. of RTI systems. Alastair Pocock (Mott MacDonald) concluded the session with a presentation focused We’re starting that now. Unlike previous years, on the delivery of personalised information to the AGM this year – which will be the inaugural passengers. RTIG-INFORM AGM – will be incorporated within a day’s meeting, at the London Canal Museum. This A parallel workstream run by SCNF addressed builds on last year’s experience of partnering with smartcards. the INFORM Autumn Conference – about which more below. The last session of the day concerned the theme of integration. There was a presentation on the Indeed the theme of working together is being state of play with the National Technical tackled on a broader front too. The newly-formed Framework for ITS; Nick Illsley gave a personal PTIC brings RTIG together with ATCO and perspective on what was important for the Traveline; and there are some tentative but Framework to address; then two international exciting developments in the Joint Chairs Group. speakers (from POLIS and Hogia) provided an international perspective. All in all, it promises to be a great year. The INFORM Conference continued on 29 October with some user-oriented talks from RNIB, Ito, Neil Scales Cityspace and the EU-funded Itacitus project. Chair, RTIG RTIG session presentations are available through the members’ area of the RTIG website. Other presentations are available on request. Page 2 Issue 11, February 2009 Working Groups update Annual survey PTIC The Annual Survey is now in its final phase. All surveys have been collected and we have had our The Data Suppliers Group held its first joint best ever year returns rate with almost 85% of meeting with ATCO and Traveline at CPT, on Local Authorities completing their questionnaire. 27 November. More than 40 people were present. Unfortunately due to delays in getting other base This was an outstanding success and the group data (the Little Red Book wasn’t published until agreed to consolidate as the Passenger Transport Christmas), it has taken longer than expected to Information Coordination Group, PTIC. DfT has complete the analysis. However we expect to adopted PTIC as the “official” industry forum for have the final document ready within a week or matters related to TransXChange, NaPTAN etc. two, so watch this space! The next meeting is on 12 February. Air Interface WG Upcoming events The Air Interface Group has met several times to The next workshop will be held in conjunction develop a protocol document outlining the content with the inaugural AGM for the combined RTIG- of messages transmitted by buses outlining their INFORM on 16 March 2009. The venue will be the identity, location and status. The focus of this London Canal Museum, two minutes walk from group is on digital communications such as GPRS. Kings Cross Station. The day will start at 10:00 for refreshments (10:30 for presentations) The specification has now been issued, on a to- comment basis, to RTIG members. We are now The subject for the day will be “Getting the exploring opportunities to work with European Message Across”. We will explore the whole area partners to broaden input to and take up of this of informing users about ITS services, from protocol – with good interest so far. publicity to display best practice and ensuring ease of use. Future of RTI The formal part of the AGM will begin at 15:00. The Future of RTI WG has met three times, and For formal reasons you will need to register the document is in a full but rough draft. separately for this. A calling notice and papers will be circulated in late February. The document covers what we can expect to see happening in RTI over the medium term of 2-5 years, including operations, functionality, legal constraints, integration and new technologies. Joint Chairs Group The Joint Chairs Group met on 16 December 2008 and again on 4 February 2009. These two If would like to be included in any RTIG working meetings had as a key focus the potential role of groups please contact Leslie Knoop at JCG within the emerging National Technical firstname.lastname@example.org. Framework for ITS (NTFI). We are delighted to say that, having considered Interoperability testing the discussions, DfT has invited the JCG to submit a proposal. If accepted this could entail the JCG Members are indicating an increasing desire to evolving into the NTFI management group. ensure interoperability of actual products, as well as the publication of protocol standards. We will of course keep you updated as things develop. RTIG can’t justify offering full conformance testing services. However we are intending to hold a multi-supplier test-and-demo day during the new FY to open test specs – possibly focussing on the cleardown/TLP protocol. Please register interest! Page 3 Issue 11, February 2009 Publications Note: Subscriptions Two key publications have been issued since that Members will finally have received subscription last newsletter. invoices during early January – thank you all for settling these promptly. The Digital Air Interface Protocol (RTIGT028) has been issued at version 0.7, so while it is Apologies again for the extended delay. substantially complete there may be significant changes to come. Contact Details We have also upissued to version 1.0 the document Managing Buses during Civil For all administrative matters and enquiries please Contingencies (RTIG-PR006-D003). Thanks to contact: South Yorkshire for getting review comments from their emergency planners. RTIG Secretariat c/o Centaur Consulting Ltd Surrey Research Park Executive Committee Members Guildford Surrey The current Executive Committee is as follows: GU2 7YG Chair Telephone: +44 (0)1483 688270 Neil Scales (Merseytravel) Fax: +44 (0)1483 688271 Local Authority Members Chris Fowler (TfL) email: email@example.com Ian Mathie (SESTRAN) website: www.rtig.org.uk Tim Rivett (TSY) Bus Operator Members RTIG documents are listed in the Library Paul Clear (First) catalogue, which is available in the public area of Roy Jeffries (Stagecoach) the RTIG website. Private documents are available Bill Johnston (Lothian Buses) in the members’ area, to which RTIG members Supplier Members should have password-controlled access. Brian Higbee (Continental) Miles Robinson (Atkins) If you are having problems accessing the website, please let us know. The RTIG-INFORM Committee will be appointed at the AGM on 16 March. Its first meeting is expected to take place during April 2009. Something to say? RTIG is a members’ organisation. If you have something you’d like to share with other members, please contact us and let us know. If appropriate we will include an item in a future newsletter.