The 9th of September Technical Committee meeting revolved around the ITxPT roadmap towards a new specification release, the upcoming election of chairpersons, and updates from the Technical Working Group 01 and its subgroups.
Work process milestone
Since the meeting took place on the same day as the Executive Board meeting, it was inevitable to touch on the election of new chairpersons for the committees, which is a milestone for the ITxPT work process evolution. Emmanuel de Verdalle and Jemima Woolverton have held the positions during a trial period, and now the work process will be consolidated by the election of chairpersons for two years.
Emmanuel de Verdalle presented the committee roadmap and talked about functional specifications from the Requirements Committee, ready to initiate work on. The two Technical Working Groups next in line for launch are:
- TWG02 – Maintenance
- TWG03 – Passenger Counting.
He reminded the meeting of the possibility to submit change requests and informed that the ITxPT team is reviewing received requests and will present a proposal next meeting.
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Data Centric reports
Working Group 01 and its subgroups are well underway, and the results will support how to write the specification, by adding a data centric approach. It will also instruct on the MQTT communication protocol implementation.
Subgroup 01, led by Anders Fromell, reported that the group has initiated work with order of priority and data naming conventions and he invited anyone to email him with relevant subgroup topics.
Subgroup 02, led by David Glendining, reported good progress and revealed that they had invented a new word, “Datum”, which refers to a single item in a data dictionary. The group also modifies the use-cases into guides in how to use the document, instead of having them describe specific cases.
Subgroup 03, led by Sylviane Roullier, compares MQTT versions to make a suggestion which version to support in the next technical specification. The group has also readied a proposal for the last will.
The Technical Committee will conduct a review of the published specification based on Change Requests and Requirement Committee outcomes. The next major release will be driven by the results from Technical Working Group 01 and a roadmap for the release will be presented soon.