The Danube Region Journey Planner is an outcome of the LinkingDanube project (2017-2019)
funded under the
Interreg Danube Transnational Programme. The project deals with the “linking of services” for transnational,
multimodal traveller information and journey planning. Easier access to information on
mobility options and seamless trip planning (across borders and operators) shall support travellers to use
environmentally modes of transport.
The LinkingDanube project did a “proof-of-concept” and demonstrated that the “linking of services” and “open journey planning” is feasible!
To test the feasibility LinkingDanube interlinked six already existing traveller information services from different operators and different countries of the Danube Region based on the “linking of services” approach. To enable this, each journey planner implemented an harmonised API (Application Programming Interface) based on the CEN/TC 17118:2018 standard for “Open API for Distributed Journey Planning”, which enables the linking of different isolated services without any physical integration into one central database. Operators of traveller information services keep the sovereignty over their data, as only routing results are provided upon request via this interface. One central node, including the necessary logic to manage the requests and assemble the route enables the communication within this distributed system.
So the project “LinkingDanube” developed a distributed travel planning pilot service, the "Danube Region Journey Planner", in a transnational semi-operative environment and thus demonstrates the feasibility and suitability of "linking of services" with regard to clearly defined use cases.
This is a semi-operative environment for testing the linking of
services (no fully
operational service!). It was developed along specific use cases and is therefore not covering all areas
the Danube Region. Also, the Danube Region Journey planner links six different services with different
geographical coverages, some of them not covering the complete area.
This pilot was developed for the linking of background systems and not as an end-user service! So usability and graphical issues were not further considered. This pilot version of the Danube Region Journey Planner is published to give you an insight on the feasibility of the “linking of services” approach.
If you are further interested in LinkingDanube please visit the LinkingDanube website , have a look in the LinkingDanube brochure or learn more about the topic of “linking of services” in our LinkingDanube video .
FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND (ERDF), INSTRUMENT FOR PRE-ACCESSION ASSISTANCE II (IPA II) AND EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD INSTRUMENT (ENI)
Bettina Neuhäuser (projekt coordinator)