Mobile communication for future ITS

On 27 June, ERTICO hosted a workshop on the role of mobile communication for future ITS services in Brussels. The workshop followed the preparation of a draft thematic paper written by Ericsson on the role of mobile communications for future ITS services to promote discussion on the subject area within the ERTICO Partnership. The paper and the following meeting are looking at setting the framework and highlight related issues as well as to discuss the issues that the Partnership should be looking at.

Anders Fagerholt from Ericsson presented the benefit of mobile communication for ITS technologies and services; he explained the concept behind the connected car and ITS as well as looking at business and operational support, the V2X landscape and issues related to cellular car2car and LTE car2car. Several issues such as connectivity and roaming charges were raised; Mr Fagerholt assured that this last issue on roaming is being dealt with in the context of the GSMA Connected Car Forum as well as by the European Commission. In addition, MNOs are developing SIM cards with international roaming. The involvement of public authorities is also imperative. Anders Fagerholt reported that the release of the band on 700MHz on LTE in the USA covers 98% of the population, primarily for the emergency services that have priority. Achieving this would be more difficult in Europe as the market is much more fragmented. Regardless, former TV broadcast bands on 800 MHz are gradually being opened for LTE giving excellent coverage.

Amongst the other speakers, Pierpaolo Tona, Compass4D coordinator, presented the project, looking for the ideal solution in terms of cellular communication VS short range communication. One of the issues discussed during the workshop was the achievement of a low latency (150-350 ms) and the need to have the right competencies around the table to come up with the right solutions. According to Mr Tona, latency is less of an issue for many cases, however reliability is very important and concerns the public authorities for liability. 

You can download the presentation of Pierpaolo Tona here   .pdf (1.2 MB)

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