Traffic Management Systems (TMS)
Traffic Management Systems (TMS) are solutions to apply information and communication technologies to the transport sector. Through TMS, transport can be made safer, cheaper, more reliable and "greener" and can often be done rapidly and with a smaller financial effort compared to other solutions. Some TMS applications are inherently easy to understand and we encounter them in our daily lives. Car satellite navigation systems or booking portals for train services fall under this category. Others, such as ERTMS and SESAR for instance, are less known by the general public, but are nevertheless of paramount importance for transport.
The Agency manages a number of TMS projects, spanning all the major transport sectors (road, rail, air, water) and encourages the deployment of TMS services across all transport sectors, in line with the European Commission's priorities.
The total co-financing for the TMS projects managed by the Agency is over €1 billion for the 2007-2013 funding period.
The Agency groups the main TMS projects according to mode:
ITS projects for road transport use innovative technology for traffic management, accident detection and response and electronic toll collection to ensure a safer, more secure and more efficient road network.
ITS services for the road sector tend to be the TMS applications more commonly known, as they are used by millions of people almost daily. These include onboard satellite navigation devices as well as dynamic driver assistance and variable message signs. One of the largest TMS projects managed by the Agency, the EasyWay project, involves ITS for Roads.
See all the ITS for Road projects
GALILEO, the trans-European positioning and navigation systems network, receives funding from the TEN-T programme. By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo will deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the metre range. It will guarantee availability of the service under all but the most extreme circumstances and will inform users within seconds of any satellite failure, making it suitable for safety-critical applications such as guiding cars, running trains and landing aircraft.
See all the GALILEO projects
ERTMS is a harmonised command and control system recommended for the European railway network composed of a unique European Train Control System (ETCS) and radio system GSM-R. ERTMS is designed to gradually replace the existing incompatible national systems throughout Europe. ERTMS and its related projects aim at ensuring continuity and interoperability, bringing users a high-level of security and safety. The Agency produced a short brochure to explain what ERTMS is and how its uptake is being supported through the TEN-T Programme.
Due to the importance of ERTMS/rail transport in the European transport policy, a European Coordinator, Karel Vinck was appointed to this area in July 2005.
See all the ERTMS projects
The trans-European air traffic management (ATM) network comprises the airspace reserved for general aviation, airways, air navigation aids, traffic planning and management systems and the air traffic control system (control centres, surveillance and communications facilities) that are necessary for safe and efficient aviation in the European airspace. The Agency promotes and manages projects aimed at harmonising ATM services throughout Europe with the ultimate aim of moving from the current situation to functional airspace blocks (FABs - which join national ATM services) and eventually to a Single European Sky.
The SESAR project, which is currently managed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, receives financing through the TEN-T Programme.
See all the SESAR projects
River Information Services (RIS) and its related projects involve traffic management infrastructure on the inland waterway network. Specifically, this includes the establishment of an interoperable, intelligent traffic and transport system to optimise the existing capacity and safety and improve interoperability with other transport modes. RIS will make river and canal navigation more efficient, thus ensuring modal shift from other, less environmentally efficient modes of transport.
See all the RIS projects