ITS – Russia brings together experts and institutions in the automobile transport telecommunications navigation and telematics industry as well as scientific and research institutions and public organisations. ITS – Russia provides a unique platform for the effective cooperation of the scientific and professional community public authorities and organisations and engages in best practice and research activities to build ITS Architecture in the Russian Federation for all modes of transport.

ERTICO: What are the main goals and priority areas identified by ITS – Russia at the local and international levels? 

Vladimir Kryuchkov: The engine of ITS deployment in Russia has been started. Public bodies and business organisations have begun to actively participate in its development. The ITS market in Russia has huge potential but it needs a level playing field that will enable a comfortable and efficient national and international mobility system. ITS – Russia works closely with the Russian Ministry of Transport and the Federal Road Agency as an expert consultant for the development of Russia’s ITS strategy and ITS Action Plan. It also co-chairs the working group for preparing the draft of the ITS Deployment Federal Law. These documents will set out the priority areas and objectives for ITS development in Russia as well as the relationship between public and private stakeholders.

Standardisation of ITS is the second component of this work. ITS – Russia and the Ministry of Transport initiated the creation of the national Technical Committee on the standardisation of ITS. Finding and deploying solutions to transport problems requires enormous public funding. An investment of 6 billion roubles is planned for 2011 with a further 20 billion forseen by 2020 for the modernisation of Moscow’s road transport system alone. Similar capital-intensive projects are planned in various regions of Russia.  In addition to national standards international standardisation is key. To this end the Technical Committee on ITS standardisation will be the public body responsible for the regulation of the ITS market in Russia and will represent Russia in the international standardisation bodies – CEN/TC278 and ISO/TC204.

Pilot projects constitute the major focus of deployment. The full list of the federal regional and local ITS projects is not finalised but we could name ITS for Moscow Sochi Kazan Perm Saint-Petersburg Ryazan Kaluga Kursk and Dubna. Alongside the Federal Road Agency we have developed ITS field-test and research centre in Stavropol southern Russia. The Federal Road Agency’s programme of strategic long-term development foresees the construction and reconstruction of 1380 km of federal roads including the trans-European transport corridors N2 N9 A1 and Europe-Western China. Some projects are looking at the possibility of implementing tolling systems on the federal highways. The most recent projects we started this year pertain to electric vehicles and ECO-city.

In July 2011 the international working group for the modernisation of transport dialogue between Russia and the EU determined several joint projects:

  • Digital tachographs
  • Maritime transport safety information exchange in the Baltic and Barents sea
  • Deep integration  of transport infrastructure in terms of the Northern Dimension partnership and multimodal transport
  • International collaboration for the project “Trans-Siberian Railway in 7 days”
  • High speed rail transportation between Russia and EU
  • ITS for traffic flow management and road transport safety

ITS – Russia promotes the integration of Russia into the world ITS market through facilitating the interpenetration of technologies participation in European and World ITS Congresses and providing opportunities for companies to participate in the events held in Russia.

ERTICO: In your view what are some of the main benefits anticipated by ITS – Russia in joining the Network of ITS Associations and how will this new membership affect the quality and availability of services within Russia?

Vladimir Kryuchkov: In 2010 &2011 ITS – Russia signed MoUs with most national ITS associations and joining the Network of ITS Associations completed our “moneybox”. This facilitates the establishment of  bilateral relations and direct dialogue with ITS professionals from different countries. Through our cooperation with ITS Ireland we had the opportunity to apply their expertise in promoting electric vehicles on the market. Likewise expertise in major urban traffic management projects is a key competence of TTS Italia which will play a major role in organising large events crucial for ITS projects. For example  the World Students Games in 2013 in Kazan and the FIFA World Cup in 2018 which will require connecting 13 Russian host-cities. Joint projects with ITS Finland include the Helsinki – St.-Petersburg international transport corridor multimodal transport and logistic centres and border crossing stations. With Connekt/ITS Netherlands we recently agreed on a project for the management of Baltic Sea traffic between Amsterdam and St.-Petersburg.

ERTICO: ITS – Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ERTICO in September 2010; can you describe the achievements since then?

Vladimir Kryuchkov: The cooperation between ERTICO and ITS – Russia has progressed since 2008 and our participation in the EC funded SIMBA II project. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in September 2010 between our organisations settled our mutual interests and future roadmap thus facilitating and enhancing the exchange of information. .

Actually ITS – Russia connected the missing link of the chain forming the Global ITS Market.

The big international ITS project that we are coordinating alongside ERTICO is eCall/ERA GLONASS. The working group was set up in March 2011 ensuring that the international harmonisation of the requirements and standards for both systems are met aligning their deployment on the Russian and European market. For the moment the requirements for the ERA GLONASS system which has to reach the market in 2013 take into account the requirements for eCall  technical and functional needs of the OEMs and suppliers and are being finalised to become a standard for the emergency call systems in Russia. ERTICO ITS – Russia and NIS (Russia) – Federal Network Operator of GLONASS – will run a meeting of the working group in Brussels on 28 July 2011 that will consolidate and dissect the European response to the ERA GLONASS Terminal Requirements.

With ERTICO we promote efficient and vigorous interaction between Russian European and other international companies as their best practices are very valuable for the development and deployment of global transport systems. Primarily we are creating a legal basis and establishing professional contacts for this cooperation which we expect to be a two way street promoting the most efficient ITS solutions for the benefit of people living in Europe  Russia and the rest of the world.

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Original Publication Date: Wed 27 Jul 2011