When the European Commission selected ITxPT as the Technical Manager for Data4PT, it recognized its central role in EU mobility standards. Within the project, ITxPT cooperates with the project coordinator UITP and nine different EU-member states in the Data4PT consortium. Read more about Data4PT here.
Today, access to free and standardized data is the key to well-functioning public transport and mobility systems. The aim of Data4PT to enhance availability of European mobility data goes hand in hand with the ITxPT open architecture, which provides data accessibility and interoperability between IT systems.
In 2017, ITxPT participated in Siri and NeTEx standardization activities that led to the initiation of Data4PT by the European Commission. Therefore, it is natural for ITxPT to engage in the project as Implementation Body and Technical Manager.
It is not just standards and technical specifications that make it logical for ITxPT to engage in the Data4PT project. The ITxPT stakeholders are, to a great extent, the same as the target groups of Data4PT. Thereby, the project can benefit results at a reduced cost, through shared resources.
A central activity in the Data4PT project is to develop validation tools to verify data to feed to the National Access Points.
ITxPT will supply validation of the European data standards, NeTEx, and SIRI through the project. Implementing these standards makes it easier for public transport providers to deploy services and meet travelers’ ever-changing mobility demands and behavior.
Labs in operation
The ITxPT labs already validate standard compliance within the ITxPT labeling process, which can expand to encompass Siri and NeTEx. The validation process is vital for Data4PT, and by broadening its scope, ITxPT can provide the necessary validation tools and methods.
By hosting the tools during the project, ITxPT can continue to provide the services after the project finishes and keep support and validation tools available beyond the end of the project in 2023.