National Traffic Information Service
The Highways Agency is responsible for most Motorways and major A roads in England. The Highways Agency has outsourced its National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) for seven years (2011-2018) to a joint venture between Mouchel and Thales, called Network Information Services (NIS) Ltd.
Update on Transformation
Whilst the new NTIS system is being developed, new DATEX II services have been released when available. Potential subscribers can use the following resources in order to evaluate those services and begin to develop their own traffic information systems and services in readiness for the full launch. The data services currently available are raw MIDAS Gold loop data, raw ANPR travel times, raw TMU loop data, processed traffic data and Network Model Update Notifications.
The full launch of the new system is planned for Q4 2014 at which time all of the remaining services will be available. This includes Events, VMS/Matrix Signal settings and filtering functionality for DATEX II services along with a historic traffic information service (see Daily Aggregated Traffic Data below) and delivery of Event updates by Email.
An External Interface Design Document and associated NIS P TIH 008 User Guide is available describing all of the services available in the current release of NTIS. This includes both raw and processed traffic data, VMS and Matrix Signal settings and the Network Model Update Notifications.
A new Network and Asset Model export is available in DATEX II format to locate MIDAS, TMU, ANPR, VMS and Matrix Signal equipment on the Highways Agency's network.
Future services (due Q4 2014)
An DATEX II External Interface Design Document is also now available describing all of the DATEX II services that will be available in the final release including Events. This may be subject to minor changes as the design of Events is finalised.
The NTIS Model External Interface Design Document describes the format, content and methods of receipt of the Network and Asset Model. This details both the Highways Agency's network and assets installed upon it.
Event updates will be available via Email as described in the Email External Interface Design Document.
Daily Aggregated Traffic Data
All historic traffic information including Events, VMS/Matrix Signal settings and Traffic Data will be made available for download from a website and web service as described in the DATD External Interface Design Document.