Baltic Sea Ferry Data Pool: Enabling Multimodal Traveller Information Services

Ferry transport plays an important role in the Baltic Sea. On long distances ferries are usually part of intermodal trip chains that can include the car, ferry and public transport. From the travelers’ point of view at least car route descriptions, timetables for ferries and public transport are needed while planning the trip. The problem is that all these information is scattered on different websites, portals or only partly or inaccurately included in car route planners or travel planners for public transport. Travellers need to consult several information sources to gather all relevant information. The situation can be alleviated by integrated services that provide information on car transport, public transport including ferries from one hand. One of the main obstacles towards integrated services is the lack of a comprehensive ferry database that service providers can connect to their travel information services. Within the euro-regional project VIKING - supported by the TEMPO program of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Transport and Energy - Road Administrations and Ministries from Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Northern Germany are jointly improving the information provision on the ferries in the Baltic Sea and are setting up the Baltic Sea Ferry Data Pool. The focus in this stage is on static data for passenger transport. The article reports on the technical and organizational issues concerning the data integration and the development of a first pilot service.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01016027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 6 2005 10:38AM