ARENA and Blekinge Institute of Technology invite to a seminar on viable business framework for EETS and other ITS services.
According to the EFC directive* the European Electronic Toll Service – EETS, should have been in operation by October 2012. Although a group of prospective EETS providers, AETIS**, have been formed, no operational service has yet been established. Nevertheless, the service could potentially involve almost a 100 million users and have a turnover making it one of the biggest economical activities in Europe.
A key question for the current ARENA seminar is; how can the road sector benefit from knowledge in other areas when it comes to provide attractive ICT services and establish a well functioning business model in support of the service? In fact, several initiatives within the field of ITS – Intelligent Transport Systems and Services for road – have faced the same destiny; good ideas that fail due to the absence of a working business model for service provision and appropriate remuneration for the efforts made. The European Electronic Toll Service is in the centre of our interest, but the discussion will approach the whole area of ITS for roads.
When: April 9th 09.00 – 16.00 and a get-together-dinner at April 8th at 19.00.
Where: Malmö, Sweden.
The seminar will be held in English and is free of charge. It is supported by the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Vinnova – the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems and the Regional Council of Blekinge through the ARENA project.
ARENA seminars attract professionals across Europe with an interest in business models for ICT service providers and more specifically stakeholders in EETS and ITS. This includes toll chargers, equipment suppliers, national and international authorities and road operators, consultants and researchers within ICT and ITS.
* Directive 2004/52/EC and its subsequent decision 2009/750/EC.
** AETIS – Association for Electronic Tolling and Interoperable Services.