Traffic is seamless and uninterrupted throughout different regions and countries and thus traffic management in neighbouring areas should be collaborative, in order to achieve more beneficial results. Key tools that can support not only efficient transport infrastructures’ management but also seamless traveller information provision are the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Consequently, the deployment of ITS is imperative, as an operational and strategic management and traveller information provisioning tool for every region. The latter is also strongly promoted by the European Union’s ITS Directive (2010/40/EU), focusing on the deployment of ITS in Europe.

In order to maximize benefits out of ITS deployment in the South East Europe area, there is a need to identify the existing gaps in the deployment of ITS, possible shortcomings in the development of a regionally integrated multimodal transport approach and the necessary steps that need to be followed for effectively adopting the EU ITS Directive 2010/40/EU by the SEE countries.
Expected Outputs

Expected Outputs

The project results comprise the means for enabling partners from SEE countries to accomplish a common view and approach in deploying collaborative and transnational traffic management tools. More specifically the following concrete results are envisaged:

  • Identification of good practices and definition of best practices
  • Holistic approach to integrated traffic management requirements according to different modal systems (road, motorways and inland waterways), and road hierarchy (motorways, regional, secondary rural and urban road networks)
  • Definition of actors and roles, taking into account the differences between institutional needs (public vs. private, motorway operators vs. regional authorities)
  • Mapping of integrated processes by actor
  • Definition of required technologies and content exchange requirements
  • Common methodology for integrated spatial and transportation planning and impact assessment
  • Long term planning for cross-border investments
  • Set-up, execution and evaluation of the main ITS deployment areas, as defined by the EU ITS Directive and the ITS Action Plan.

SEE-ITS will pave the way for large-scale, transnational future actions that will integrate multimodal traffic management and traveller information mechanisms in the SEE area, with a focus on road transport. Multi-level integration is a real need that requires a harmonized approach and Euro-regional actions rather than simply local actions. The basic problem is institutional and a matter of collaboration within the multi-actor transport sector rather than pure technical. Collaborative traffic management will assist multi-modality and ease congestion, safety and environmental problems in an area that is expected to suffer by increasing road traffic. The main tools to achieve the long term objectives will be the harmonization of institutional frameworks, the establishment of a sustainable user forum and the preparation of investment plans envisaging public-private schemes among other funding possibilities.




SEE-ITS is a transnational project aiming to stimulate cooperation, harmonization and interoperability between isolated Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in South East Europe. SEE-ITS focuses on setting the framework for ITS deployment in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport based on the guidelines of the European Union’s Directive (2010/40/EU) dealing with ITS deployment.

The scope of the project is to enhance the interoperable use of ITS for traffic monitoring and control along road transport networks at transnational, regional and local (urban/peri-urban) levels. The project results will set a long-term sustainable strategic and operational framework for institutional and operational integration of ITS in South East Europe countries.

The main areas to be covered within the SEE-ITS project are:
  • optimal use of road, traffic and travel data
  • continuity of traffic and freight management ITS services
  • ITS road safety and security applications
  • linking the vehicle with the transport infrastructure
Project Structure

Project Structure

Starting point is the analysis of the current situation regarding the deployment of ITS in the SEE area. The existing ITS status will be compared against international best practices in terms of operational and technical interoperability. Additionally, the four priority areas of the EU ITS Directive will be investigated from the viewpoint of their deployment in SEE countries. As a result, a knowledge base will be created together with roadmaps, based on which the project will define a set of optimum ITS Integration Scenarios instantiated for the SEE area. The knowledge base will include requirements for ITS deployment, mapping of actors, mapping of their roles, system architectures, technical interfaces and business processes towards harmonized organisational structures. The collaboration scenarios will be assessed through demonstration activities in the participating countries, proof-of-concept investigations and feasibility studies.

Project Structure

The results of the assessment studies will provide impacts for transport efficiency and regional cohesion through a common methodology. Finally, the project will deliver a Regional Integration Framework for collaborative, transnational ITS schemes and a long term plan for future sustainability.

The final results of the SEE-ITS will be communicated to selected stakeholders and key experts both from the public and the private sector in workshops that will be organized for this purpose. The project will also include continuous project management and communication and dissemination activities. The communication/ dissemination activities of the project’s findings comprise an additional key parameter of the SEE-ITS project.


The SEE-ITS consortium consists of eight core partners, coming from seven EU member states, namely Greece, Austria, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovenia, and five Associated Strategic Partners coming from Italy, Greece, Hungary, Croatia and Albania. The objectives of SEE-ITS are covered in a collective way in this consortium.

The partners have different experience backgrounds, which when put all together comprise a consortium that covers all disciplines that are essential and necessary for the successful implementation of the project. Organizations such as transport research centres and universities, Ministerial organizations, Regional authorities and ITS associations that represent the industry, are all represented in SEE-ITS.

The consortium has been built upon principles that will ensure the successful work flow and expected final result:

high level of technical competence, various levels of related stakeholders participation, sharing of responsibilities and workload, capability of partners to exchange all necessary data and smooth information flow among each other, working complementally rather than in a discrete way and proven experience in both each partner’s fields of expertise and in the execution of successful projects.

The partners have structured a solid, experienced, well-balanced and motivated consortium that will best accomplish the objectives set both by the SEE Programme, as well as those set by the SEE-ITS project in all its stages. As far as the geographical spread and coverage of the consortium is concerned, the location of the project partners and the represented SEE regions are considered to be ideal for the successful execution of the SEE-ITS project and the further exploitation of its results.

Partners List

Demo Sites

Related Docs

The term ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’ or ‘ITS’ is used to define the use of Information and Communication Technologies (or ICT) in the field of transport, to create real time flow of information and data in order to enable more ‘intelligent’ use of infrastructures and vehicles and to enhance the management of traffic and mobility. The vision for ITS, as stated by ERTICO1, is one of ‘intelligent mobility towards fully informed people, zero accidents, zero delays, with reduced impact on the environment, where services are affordable and seamless, with privacy respected and security provided’.
ITS are being identified as a domain of high potential to tackle the many challenges facing the Transport sector both within each of the modes and (most importantly) in creating interfaces and integration across the modes. In fact, besides infrastructure, the ITS are considered as the single most important ‘factor’ that can be used to effect cooperation among the various modes of transport and create a seamless transportation system across Europe. Today, there is also an important stakeholder community which is either providing or utilizing ITS applications and services.
Deployment of ITS systems and services has so far been largely ‘unimodal’ in scope and extent leaving the wider ‘cross modal’ application of current systems behind, and further development to be sought for in the future. Also, the development and application of unimodal ITS applications, is seen by many as still incomplete and not widespread enough to cover in a comprehensive way the totality of potential applications and market uptake. Achieving ‘critical mass’ for self-sufficiency and sustainability of integrated ITS applications is currently still a goal to be achieved in many cases.

(Part of the “Overview of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) developments in and across transport modes”,
G. A. Giannopoulos, E. Mitsakis, J. M. Salanova. EC – JRC Scientific and Policy reports, 2012)
1 European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination

Useful Links

Useful Links

1. South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme:

2. European Commission – DG Move:

3. European Institute of Innovation and Technology:

4. Intelligent Transport Systems and Services for Europe:

5. European Commission – Horizon 2020:

Useful Links

6. European Transport Research Alliance:

7. European Conference of Transport Research Institutes:

8. ITS European congress:

9. ITS World congress:

10. Intelligent Transportation Society of America:

Useful Links

11. Intelligent Transport Systems Australia:

12. Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada:

13. ITS Japan:

14. China Intelligent Transportation Systems Association:

15. German Society for Intelligent Transport Systems:

Past News

Action Plans

• First workshop questionnaire is available (21/03/2013)
Fill in the questionnaire
• Participation in conference
Mr Robert Rijavec, representative of University of Ljubljana,
presented the current status of ITS deployment in SEE area in the 21st International Symposium on Electronics in Transport that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 25-26, 2013.
• 1st SEE-ITS Workshop
The first SEE-ITS project workshop, took place in Budapest on March 21and 22, 2013.
File(s) : Photos , Press Release
• Participation in conference
Mr Panagiotis Iordanopoulos, representative of CERTH-HIT, presented the current status of ITS deployment in Greece during the 2nd International Conference on Traffic and Logistic Engineering that took place in Istanbul,
Turkey on March 15-16, 2013.
File(s) :More Info
• Kick-off meeting of SEE-ITS project
On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th of November 2012 the kick-off meeting of the SEE-ITS: Intelligent Transport Systems in South East Europe project took place in Thessaloniki, Greece.
File(s) : Press Release

• SEE-ITS consortium consolidated its commitment for further cooperation
SEE-ITS consortium signed the Declaration for increased cooperation and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in South-East Europe after the end of SEE-ITS project.
File(s) : Declaration
• ITS Next: Full sessions on line
The videos of all sessions of the SEE-ITS final event are now available through the channel of CERTH/HIT in YouTube

CERTH/HIT channel
• 3rd  SEE-ITS workshop
The third SEE-ITS workshop was successfully organized in in Timisoara, Romania, on the 28th of March 2014.

File(s) : Photos , Minutes

•Participation of the SEE-ITS project in the SEE ANNUAL EVENT in Bucharest, 19th June 2013
File(s) : Photos , Press Release

Older Deliverables

Older Publications

•The third SEE-ITS newsletter is now available in 8 different languages
GR | EN | DE | IT | BG | RO | SL | HU
•The second SEE-ITS newsletter is now available in 8 different languages
GR | EN | DE | IT | BG | RO | SL | HU
•The first SEE-ITS newsletter is now available in 8 different languages
GR | EN | DE | IT | BG | RO | SL | HU
• SEE-ITS project poster is now available
– Poster
•SEE-ITS project initial brochure is now available in 8 different languages
GR | EN | DE | IT | BG | RO | SL | HU

• Presentations of the 2nd SEE-ITS workshop, Sofia, 27th September 2013
– Download
• Presentations of the 1st SEE-ITS workshop, Budapest March 21-22, 2013
– Download

• SEE-ITS project overview presented by Dr. Evangelos Mitsakis during the kick-off meeting of the project
– Project Overview


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