Zagreb, 30 November – Transport Community Permanent Secretariat organised a two day training on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and functionality of traffic control centres. The Secretariat, in partnership with the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb, the Croatian Motorways and the University of Belgrade, organised a training for twenty-two participants from the Western Balkans dealing with ITS legislation, road management and traffic control.
Deployment of ITS on the road network and building of traffic control centres has begun in the Western Balkans. Adequate planning, design and maintenance are essential elements of this process, which will allow operators and other stakeholders to anticipate the demands on the road network, initiate traffic control strategies, and coordinate their responses to incidents. On the other hand, trained experts are essential for successful delivery.
The training program focused on the traffic control centres’ history and detailed description of EU legislation pertinent to ITS deployment, interoperability standards, procurement strategies, design and operation. The participants were actively engaged in hands-on exercises on all the phases and processes in planning and defining the functions of the traffic control canter. On the second day, a study visit was organised on the premises of the traffic control centre of the Croatian Motorways, where the discussion was focused on the day-to-day operation, training of operators and the progress of EU projects CROCODILE II and III.