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Recapitulation with an ITS POLSKA and KLIR seminar
"Developmental advancement in constructing ITS systems in Poland"
14 May 2015, Kielce



The associations ITS POLSKA and KLIR would like to thank all participants for their involvement in the seminar entitled ‘Developmental advancement in constructing ITS systems in Poland’ organized during the Traffic Expo Fair on 14 May 2015 between 12:00 P.M. and 3 P.M. in Kielce.

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Program:
12:00 PM    Reception - Tomasz Wawrzonek, S-KLIR and Marek Litwin, ITS POLSKA
12:10 PM National Traffic Management system – requirements for the Concept of the Traffic Management System with regard to the tasks performed in scope of the PBDK  – Andrzej Kobuszewski, General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways
12:30 PM First experiences with the functioning of the TRISTAR system in Gdańsk - Radosław Liziński, Roads and Green Areas Authority in Gdańsk
12:50 PM Construction of the ITS system in Poland on the example of the city of Kraków – Krzysztof Gowik, Trapeze
1:10 PM ITS Grudziądz, VOIP communications between the driver and the CNR (Traffic Supervision Center) – Krzysztof Wysocki, Railway Communications Works
1:30 PM Comprehensive ITS system for large agglomerations on the example of the design realized for the city of Wrocław – Kazimierz Liver, Wasko
1:50 PM State of realization of ITS systems in Bydgoszcz, Olszyn and Łódź – Mariusz Kołkowski, Sprint
2:10 PM Electronic toll collection system – Ewa Wolniewicz-Warska, Kapsch
2:30 PM OnDynamic – a step towards an intelligent city – Michał Marek-Latowiski, APM Pro
2:50 PM Discussion
3:00 PM Summary and conclusion of the seminar

The numerous audience filled nearly all the seats of the seminar room prepared for around 80 persons. The seminar was conducted by the Vice President of the S-KLIR Association, Mr Tomasz Wawrzonek. It started with the presentation by Mr Andrzej Kobuszewski from the General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways, entitled ‘National Traffic Management system – requirements for the Concept of the Traffic Management System with regard to the tasks performed in scope of the PBDK’. An interesting fact is that the requirements were published at the GDDKiA website nearly at the same time as the start of Mr Kobuszewski’s presentation. In its subsequent part the seminar took the form of a peculiar journey through Poland, following the implementations of ITS systems under realization and those already completed. First, the participants of the seminar visited Tricity (Gdańsk, Sopot, Gdynia) where during the presentation by Mr Radosław Liziński, representing the Road and Green Areas Authority, entitled ‘First experiences with the functioning of the TRISTAR system in Gdańsk’, they could learn the history of the creation of the system and its construction as well, and above all, of the utilization of TRISTAR as a tool for managing the city. This was especially interesting as it has been described by a person representing the system’s user. Next, we travelled to Kraków, as it was the topic of the third presentation, submitted by Mr Mariusz Kozłowski of Trapeze, entitled ‘Construction of the ITS system in Poland on the example of the city of Kraków’. The lecture covered both the construction of the system and its efficiency, in particular in the context of public transport. It also encompassed a very interesting approach of the contracting authority, which separated two contracts in the order, namely the Traffic Management System and the Public Transport Management System. Another place which we visited in Poland was the city of Grudziądz. Owing to the presentation by Mr Krzysztof Wysocki representing the Railway Communications Works, entitled ‘ITS Grudziądz, VOIP communications between the driver and the CNR (Traffic Supervision Center)’, the participants of the seminar could find out just how significant role may ITS systems fulfill in medium cities, and not only as part of traffic management. The next presentation allowed us to quickly visit three large cities in which the Sprint company is involved in realizing ITS systems. A representative of the company, Mr Mariusz Kołkowski, presented a speech entitled ‘State of realization of ITS systems in Bydgoszcz, Olszyn and Łódź’. The speaker mainly focused on the already realized ITS system in Bydgoszcz, with regard to which, apart from information about its construction, the scope and developmental conditions, he presented numerical effects of the improvement of travel times of trams and individual vehicles. Another speech, presented by Mrs Ewa Wolniewicz-Warska from Kapsch, entitled ‘Electronic toll collection system’, concerned the largest completed ITS system in Poland.  In this case, aside from the history of the implementation, covering also legislative amendments allowing for the realization of the project, the speaker presented a significant amount of information on the inflows generated by the system, its efficiency, data generated by the viaToll system and, above all, about the possibilities of development. This was especially interesting in the context of the ongoing discussion on the future of the manner of collecting tolls for travelling via motorways in Poland. The next presentation, entitled ‘OnDynamic – a step towards an intelligent city’, presented by Mr Michał Marek-Latowicki from APM Pro, pertained to new technologies utilizing Bluetooth devices for monitoring road traffic in cities. Taking into account the constant growth of the number of such devices in vehicles travelling by roads and streets, the speaker’s thesis that this may prove a technology for the future seems justified. The last presentation which concluded our travel through Poland following the realized and completed ITS systems was the speech by Mr Kazimierz Liver from Wasko. It was entitled ‘Comprehensive ITS system for large agglomerations on the example of the design realized for the city of Wrocław’. In this case information pertaining to the multi-module structure of the system and the scope of its implementation history was complemented with numbers describing the degree of improvement of traffic conditions in the city both for mass and individual transport. The presentation focused on the city, which has been the national pioneer of implementing the advanced ITS systems. It constituted a great summary for the seminar.

Compared to the situation from a few years back, the seminar mostly concerned ITS systems which are already functioning or which will be activated in the near future. This confirms that ITS systems in Poland are developing and undoubtedly constitute one of the means to solve traffic problems in Polish cities. What is worth taking into account is the amount of threads of the ITS-related topics presented by speakers. Traffic control is increasingly often presented as only one of the elements of Intelligent Transport Systems. While it still seems that it is one of the most important constituent parts, if not the most important, the conclusions of the seminar, which lead us to believe that the impact of ITS systems on our cities and roads may be significantly wider, undoubtedly define the appropriate direction of development of this area of engineering.

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