Standardization actvities in the domain of Urban ITS were started in 2015 with support from the European Commission. A prestudy was carried by CEN/TC 278 to identify standardzation needs in support of deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Urban areas. The results were used as input to the EC Standardization Request M546, which was adopted in February 2016. In order to support these developments and to carry out the tasks resulting from the Standardzation Request CEN/TC 278 decided to create a new Working Group, WG 17, in May 2016.



  • Act as coordination point for Urban ITS standards development under M/546, including
    • Other WGs of CEN TC278
    • Other CEN TCs
  • Act as leader of Project Teams to progress Urban ITS work items quickly
  • Be the harmonization and consensus forming group for Urban ITS
  • Develop relevant Urban ITS documents that does not fall under other responsibilities
  • Handle international coordination and harmonization (ISO, IEEE etc


Prestudy Urban ITS

A prestudy was carried out by CEN/TC 278  to identify gaps and overlaps in ITS standards that may be needed by Urban Administrations to assist them to implement Urban-ITS. As part of the work 95 use cases for ITS deployment in the Traffic Management, Multimodal Information Systems and Urban Logistics domains were examened. In addition more than140 projects/reports studied for relevance and content.  These were used to create 103 interim recommendations for standards related activities that could usefully help to expedite the speedy deployment of Urban ITS. The report of the the prestudy can be downloaded here:

Executive Report

Full Report (>600 pages)



Programme of work

The European Commission has made funding available to carry out part of the work requested for in EC Standardization Request M546

Work under development:

  • Intelligent Transport Systems ‐ Location Referencing Harmonisation for Urban‐ITS
  • Intelligent Transport Systems ‐ Traffic Management System Status, Fault And Quality Standards
  • Intelligent Transport Systems ‐ Emissions Management In Urban Areas
  • Intelligent Transport Systems - Urban-ITS - Mixed vendor environments Methodologies & Translators
  • Intelligent Transport Systems - Urban-ITS - Mixed Vendor Environment Standards
  • Intelligent Transport Systems - Urban-ITS - Mixed Vendor Environment Guide
  • Intelligent Transport Systems - Traffic Management Systems -TM Data Models
  • Intelligent Transport Systems - Traffic Management Systems - TM interfaces and information
  • Intelligent Transport Systems – Urban ITS - Models and Definitions For New Modes

Proposed work

  • Intelligent Transport Systems ‐ Electronic management of regulations and policies— Part 1: Basic concepts and architectures (METR)