History of the HITS

In Hungary, we also face the international tendency that intelligent, computer- and software-aided systems are based on unique solutions, and therefore they are difficult to connect, and sometimes even develop and operate. In the case of road ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems), the European ITS Framework Architecture has been designed to tackle the problems of conformity and development potentials. HITS is the domestic version of EITSFA.

Hungary has been following the development of KAREN (Keystone Architecture Required for European Networks) and FRAME from the very beginnings. Upon the initiative of ÁKMI Kht. (today Hungarian Public Road Company), a pilot project was launched in 2002 wherein the Hungarian applicability of the European ITS Framework Architecture was tested. In the fields of traffic control, event management and on-the-route information support, the user demands deemed to be indispensable for the traffic control of motorways were selected, and the associated functional structure was examined. We contacted some of the actors of transport, and in the light of their responses to our questionnaires the actual Hungarian situation of ITS systems was assessed. We found isolated development efforts, which justified the establishment of a Hungarian ITS System Development Framework Architecture to operate within a uniform development framework.

In the following years, the Hungarian version of EITSFA was finalized, and thus the description of user demands, the elaboration of the functional and physical structures became available in the form of the associated documentations. In 2005, all the versions having been prepared so far were processed and integrated, and a national survey was also started to compile a list describing special, domestic demands. Last year, in addition to the entire documentation the Hungarian ITS Framework Architecture was given a unique name on the basis of the designation of the European partners: Hungarian ITS Framework Architecture or HITS for short.

In 2007, the Hungarian parts having been elaborated so far were collected, updated in the light of the current version of EITSFA, while the Selection Tool software was localized to facilitate the use of HITS. Another objective has been the dissemination of information on the HITS framework architecture by way of leaflets, information sessions and professional forums, publicity days. The professional responses and proposed amendments are expected to answer the questions that have arisen so far: for instance, what a form of HITS can give the best support to designers, developers, investors or users.

Last update:2009