The project brings together 14 partners from six Alpine Space countries that tackle the common challenge. Within LinkingAlps the travel information service providers committed themselves to make their data accessible over an API (Application Programming Interface) service so that end user services can build-up to provide cross border routing.
Following Partners are working together within the LinkingAlps projects:
- AustriaTech – Federal Agency for technological measures ltd. (ATE)
- South Tyrolean Transport Structures (STA)
- LINKS Foundation- Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society
- University of Maribor (UM-FGPA)
- Traffic Information Austria (VAO)
- ARIA Lombardia S.p.A. (Regional Agency for Innovation and Purchasing Ltd)
- Consulting company for control, information and computer technology GmbH (BLIC)
- Transport Association of Tyrol Ltd. (VVT)
- Centre For Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country planning (Cerema)
- Metropolitan City of Turin (CMTo)
- Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR)
- Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
- Federal Office of Transport (FoT)
- Transport and Energy agency Canton Grison (AEV)
AustriaTech – Federal Agency for technological measures ltd. (ATE)
ATE is owned by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, supporting the deployment of new technologies in traffic and transport. As a neutral partner ATE is able to harmonise between authorities, infrastructure operators and industry, advises on the content of government decisions due to comprehensive technological knowledge and specialised process expertise. One of the main tasks is the harmonisation of mobility services with a specific focus on Traveller Information Services across borders and the definition of frameworks in terms of organisational and technological issues to ensure sustainable system development and implementation.
ATE is coordinator of LinkingAlps and also contributing to all WPs in the role of a policy stakeholder (subsidiary of Transport Ministry) to compile the Framework Strategy.
Organization project webpage: https://austriatech.at/de/projekte//showprojekt/38/LinkingAlps
South Tyrolean Transport Structures (STA)
STA is entrusted with strategic transport projects by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. STA owns railway infrastructure and trains, plans strategic public transport projects and runs the information systems. The public transport travel planner and ticketing is hosted and operated
by STA. Hence STA contributes in LinkingAlps as a travel information service provider that will be interlinked in the decentralised service. STA will develop jointly the interface and particpate as an "active system" within the distributed system. The location of South Tyrol as a bridge between Austria, Switzerland and the rest of Italy as well as the strong tourismus predestines the region as a project partner for the connecting of the travel planners.
Within LinkingALps STA is one of the “participating systems” to build up the transnational mobility information services and will jointly develop the methods and framework strategy.
Organization project webpage: https://www.sta.bz.it/de/news/2020-01-20-grenzueberschreitende-reiseinformation-im-alpenraum/
LINKS Foundation- Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society
LINKS is a no-profit Foundation the aim to boost the interaction between research and business, focusing on Territorial Systems and Smart Cities. The Urban Mobility and Logistic Systems unit deals with transport planning and modelling and provides public and private bodies with studies, applied research and know-how to support decision making in transport planning and governance.
LINKS are leading the citizens-related activities and evaluation activities in the project bringing their scientific and technical research knowhow.
University of Maribor (UM-FGPA)
University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture / Chair for Construction and Transportation Informatics
The Chair of Construction and Transportation Informatics (KGPI) was established in 2000 and actively contributes to the development of EU Standards in the area of public transport (CEN/TC278 WG3 Public Transport). It brings in technical competence on data exchange formats/frameworks in order to enable interoperability of the involved systems and compliance with relevant EU Standards (set out in EU legislation).
Within the project UM-FGPA brings its standards and engineering expertise to the methods development ( in particular in A.T1.1 and A.T1.3) and is activity leader for the compilation of O.T4.1 the Decision Support Handbook for Future Adopters.
Organisazion project webpage: https://www.fgpa.um.si/en/linking-alps/
Traffic Information Austria (VAO)
VAO provides an intermodal journey planner for all over Austria and has experiences in operating such services. Data from different sources of Austrian traffic infrastructure and service providers in the field of public and individual transport is used to build up these common services that offers door to door routing with real time information for public transport, cars, bicycles, pedestrians and even for combinations like “park and ride” or “bike and ride”.
VAO will contribute in specifying requirements, interface and contribute to a joint testing. The developed interoperable interface to other systems in the
decentralized architecture for Austria will be operationalised at VAO after end of the project. VAO contributes as "active system" to LinkingAlps by implementing the common interface and the distributing node facilitating communication in the decentralised system.
Organisazion project webpage: https://verkehrsauskunft.at/#projekte
ARIA Lombardia S.p.A. (Regional Agency for Innovation and Purchasing Ltd)
ARIA is a public-capital service company as an initiative of Regione Lombardia Government Agency. ARIA designs and implements ICT Systems for the Regional Government. ARIA manages and has the responsibility to develop the following regional portals: MUOVERSI Public transportation on line timetables, E015 Digital Ecosystem, Lombardy Region Open data portal, GIS Geoportal.
Within LinkingALps ARIA will be involved as a regional service provider and pilot site. It will update Muoversi Journey Planner to the common interface (as passive system ) and will actively contribute to the pilot. Moreover it will jointly develop methods and strategies and bring in the regional knowledge through close links to Lombardy Region.
Organisazion project webpage: https://www.ariaspa.it/wps/portal/Aria/Home/cosa-facciamo/innovazione-digitale/progetti-europei
Consulting company for control, information and computer technology GmbH (BLIC)
BLIC is a specialized consultancy and engineering firm in the segments of planning, procurement and supervision of complex systems and solutions for public transport. Since many years, BLIC is leading in support of public transport authorities and operators in the fields of passenger information systems, ticketing systems and more. BLIC is actively contributing to the further development of mobility information services in Germany (DELFI) with regard to standardisation of data hubs for integrated passenger information services. It will guarantee harmonisation of developed tools with regard to the regional information services DELFI and EU-SPIRIT (transnational version). BLIC is actively invloved in the drafting of EU Standards for public transport and is an expert on cross-border interoperability.
The main focus in LinkingAlps will be bring in its experience in order to achieve (beside of organisational alignment) also a technical alignment among the system by drafting technical service exchange specification. It will definde an overall technical architecture of a fully decentralised system and will lead evaluation activities in the project.
Organisazion project webpage: https://www.blic.de/de/unternehmen/news/details/linking-alps
Transport Association of Tyrol Ltd. (VVT)
VVT acts for the improvement of the public transport in Tyrol. Especially the coordination of the traffic and the ticket offers under consideration of transregional aspects and the open tendering and coordination of public transport along with distribution, marketing, and the information of the passengers is the main focus of the company. VVT is lead user and co-developer of the public transport app VVT SmartRide that also uses the services of the VAO GmbH, the Traffic Information System Austria. VVT has experiences in co-developing tools and apps (journey planner) for public transport.
VVT brings in the regional solutions and provides the link to target groups (travellers & regional government). Hence contributes to the citizens-realted activities A.T1.1 and A.T4.5 and supports stakeholder consultations in T3.3.
Organisazion project webpage: https://www.vvt.at/page.cfm?vpath=ueber-uns/unsere-leistungen-2/innovation-projekte/interreg-projekt-linking-alps
Centre For Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country planning (Cerema)
Cerema, public body rooted in local territories, had worked on French deployment and assessment of traffic information services for the FR Ministry of transports. It is working with Ministry in charge of transports to support the setting up of the ITS directive and the National Access Point for the provision of the relevant information.
In LinkingAlps Cerema is the link to policy level (Ministry) and brings in the FR requirements for transnational mobility service within the Framework Strategy and is the link to future adopters in PACA region and facilitates evaluation of the approach with regard to the FR service providers (CityWay).
Organisazion project webpage: https://www.cerema.fr/fr/actualites/ameliorer-information-deplacements-transfrontaliers-espace
Metropolitan City of Turin (CMTo)
CMTo is a local authority at sub-regional level and has the following purposes: Metropolitan strategic planning; coordination of economic/social development; integrated management of public services and infrastructures; mobility and viability planning, mobility management; promotion of cooperation with cities and metropolitan areas. The CMTo Transport Department plans and controls the extra-urban public transport service (PTS), in cooperation with the Piedmont Mobility Agency, and also deals with planning of the regional road PTS, identification and financing of urban PTS in “weak demand” areas and the promotion of the integration of urban and provincial PTS.
CMTo will contribute to the decentralised travel information system through its “in house” company 5T operating the Piemonte trip panner in the role of a "passive system" (providing access to data via the interface). CMTo will cooperate to the definition and test of actions aiming at raising citizens’ awareness on trip planners.
Organisazion project webpage: http://www.cittametropolitana.torino.it/cms/europa-e-cooperazione/sez-eu/progetti-europa/progetti-europei-in-corso/progetti-in-corso-2014-2020/progetto-linkingalps
Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR)
LUR is responsible for regional development by: preparation of RDPs, coordination of 26 municipalities, expert support for regional decision-making bodies, implementation of development schemes and transnational projects in the fields of sustainable mobility, human resources, economy, infrastructure, environment and spatial development. LUR is operating the journey planner (AtoB Ljubljana) that is the related front-end of the multimodal travel and traffic information platform in SIovenia. LUR participated in LinkingDanube project and brings in the know-how on "linking of services" in the development of methods and specifications.
As partner with direct link to municipalities and transport operators LUR is responsible for exploitation and activities including citizens involvement.
Organisation project webpage: https://rralur.si/projekti/linking-alps/
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
SBB is the main railway operator in Switzerland. It is operating the Open Data Plattform fo Public transport in Switzerland (The Open Data Platform Swiss Public Transport) and is the core entity for public transport data management in the country. The objective is to develop new applications for passengers and increase the attractiveness of Swiss public transport through multimodal, seamless travel information.
In the LinkingAlps project SBB is the link to public transport information in Switzerland and the main national hub. It will contribute to the project by implementing the interoperable interface to link Swiss public transport data with the other systems across the borders and contribute as "active system" facilitating the communication in the decentralised system and integrate the routing results into mobility information end-user service (SBB App).
Organisation project webpage: https://transportdatamanagement.ch/de/
Federal Office of Transport (FoT)
FoT is the Swiss Expert for the delegated act on Multimodal Travel Information Services and responsible for the elaboration of the action plan of Swiss government for the provision and exchange of multimodal data. FoT is also Project leader for multimodal activities of the federal confederation and has experience in multimodal mobility in several transport enterprises in Switzerland. FoT is the regulator and supervisory authority responsible for public transport in Switzerland (railways, cableways, ships, trams and buses) and responsible for safety, finance and infrastructure, as well as the legal and political frameworks of public and freight Transport, is financing Open Data services for all public transport in SBB. FoT is integrating the activities of Swiss cantons in the project which are interested as potential future adopters.
FoT contributes in LinkingAlps as strategic policy stakeholder, supports exploitation and communication by disseminating results to Swiss cantons, public transport operators, tourism organisations.
Organisation project webpage: https://www.bav.admin.ch/bav/en/home/topics/mmm.html
Transport and Energy agency Canton Grison (AEV)
AEV is reponsbile for the whole public transport in Canton of Grisons and for 15 transborder lines to Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. Traveller information services, as well as ticketing are an important part of AEVs activities.
Within the Project, AEV will focus on the regional aspects and requirements of small regions in the Alpine region. It also provides the link to the target group travellers and regional governments and hence contributes to the citizens-related activities.
Organisazion project webpage: https://www.gr.ch/DE/institutionen/verwaltung/bvfd/aev/oev/projekte/europavernetzung/linkingalps/Seiten/default.aspx