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Specialist Task Force 455: Platform for Conformance Testing of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) protocols operated in a Bounded, Secure Managed Domain (BSMD)

Who we are:

Team Leader: Dr. Hans-Joachim Fischer, ESF GmbH, Germany +49-7344-175340
Team Members: Yann Garcia, FSCOM, France
Andreas Strobach, IEB GmbH, Germany  
TTCN Tool provider: Janek Nikolajev, Elvior, Estonia
Dirk Tepelmann, TestingTechnologies, Germany
Vendors: Jozsef Kovacs, Commsignia, Hungary
Eric Koenders, Peek Traffic, The Netherlands

What we do:

This project is part of the approach towards global Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) aiming on International cooperation and harmonization. The task is to extend an existing conformance test platform which was originally developed by STF 424. STF 424 focused on conformance testing related to base standards from ETSI TC ITS restricted to the car-centric road-safety domain of C-ITS. STF 455 will focus on conformance testing of C-ITS protocols operated in a Bounded Secured Managed Domain (BSMD) specified in the ITS communication architecture standard ISO 21217 for global applicability. The conformance test platform will integrate the different ITS test suites from ISO and ETSI, and will allow running conformance tests against ITS equipment were C-ITS protocols according to base standards from ETSI, or from ISO, or from ETSI and ISO are implemented.

The aim of STF 455 is to validate the test specifications for

  • ISO 21218 "ITS access technology support",
  • ISO 24102-4 "ITS station-Internal management Communications Protocol (IICP)",
  • ISO 24102-5 "ITS Fast Service Advertisement Protocol (FSAP)" and
  • ISO 29281-1 "ITS Fast Networking & Transport layer Protocol (FNTP)",

and to validate the respective C-ITS communication protocol standards. By this, STF 455 is supporting the standardization process and early procurements based on C-ITS Release 1 standards.

STF 455 will also demonstrate the usefulness of an "upper-tester access" specified in ISO 24102-3 "ITS station management service access points" and in ETSI EG 202 798 "ITS Testing Framework" which is based on IICP and reduces cost for testing.

The conformance test platform is a reference implementation and available to vendors and other users wishing to assess the level of compliance of equipment. It can be used for certification purposes. Also, with its high degree of extensibility, it can be used for company internal testing.

For more details, see our Terms of Reference

Why we do it:

ISO TC204 "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)" WG16 "Wide Area Communications" is working since more than a decade on various aspects of ITS communications. It works closely together with ISO TC204 WG18 "Cooperative systems". This WG18 jointly develops C-ITS application standards with CEN TC278 WG16. CEN TC278 WG16 and ETSI TC ITS worked together on the EC mandate /M453 on

"STANDARDISATION MANDATE ADDRESSED TO CEN, CENELEC AND ETSI IN THE FIELD OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT THE INTEROPERABILITY OF CO-OPERATIVE SYSTEMS FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY".

Global harmonization of C-ITS standards and cooperation in standardization is the clear intend of the EC/DGINFSO and USDOT/RITA expressed in the

"EU-U.S. Joint Declaration of Intent on Research Cooperation in Cooperative Systems".

Cooperation and harmonization is actively performed and supported by the EU/US Task Force and their Harmonization Task Groups (HTG). ETSI TC ITS and ISO TC204 cooperate on the basis of a Liaison-A agreement with the goal to avoid competitive standards, i.e. to develop complementary standards. ISO TC204 WG16 decided to use the expertise from ETSI CTI to develop test suites and test platforms.

This technical and political background is the reason for STF 455. Further on, this attempt prepares for further implementations of test suites related to base standards from CEN and ISO beside those from ETSI, all of them serving the needs of global C-ITS.

STF 455 will enable early procurement of C-ITS based on protocol standards from ISO and ETSI with test standards from ETSI.

How we do it:

The STF is composed of three groups of experts which work closely together:

  • Core team members
  • TTCN-3 tool providers
  • Vendors presenting implementations of the ISO protocols

In the core team there is one expert for the ISO protocol standards and for International harmonization (Hans-Joachim Fischer), one expert for TTCN and the existing test platform (Yann Garcia), and one expert for software design and development (Andreas Strobach).

The two major TTCN-3 tool providers are Elvior in Estonia and TestingTechnologies in Germany. TestingTechnologies was already involved in STF 424. The involvement of Elvior allows demonstrating that the developments at ETSI do not depend on a specific tool provider.

Vendors selected so far are Commsignia in Hungary and Peek Traffic in The Netherlands. Further vendors are kindly invited to announce their implementations to STF 455.

The work of STF 455 is mainly organized in homework sessions, with some integration sessions at ETSI in Sophia Antipolis. It is intended to demonstrate testing at the ITS world congress in Japan in October 2013.

STF 455 aims on establishing and maintaining links to

  • the EU/US task force on C-ITS,
  • relevant SDOs (CEN, ETSI, ISO, IEEE, ...),
  • stake-holders from industry, administrations, road operators,
  • relevant projects on C-ITS, as applicable, e.g.

o    eCoMove,

o    Score@F,

o    PRECIOSA,

o    E-Frame,

o    CONVERGE.

STF 455 has access to the knowledge of previous projects, mainly the CVIS project which implemented and validated first versions of communication protocols from ISO TC204 WG16.

STF 455 members will promote usage of the C-ITS test platform.

Subsequent to the STF 455 activities ETSI plans for interoperability events where vendors can present their implementations.

Deliverables:

STF 455 recognizes the following standards:

  • ETSI EG 202 798, "ITS; Framework for conformance and interoperability testing"
  • ETSI ES 201 873 Series, "The Testing and Test Control Notation version 3 (TTCN-3)"
  • ETSI EG 202 237, 2Generic methodology for Interoperability Testing"
  • ISO 9646 Series, "Framework and Methodology for Conformance Testing"
  • ISO 21217, "ITS communication architecture"
  • ISO 24102-1, "Local ITS station management"
  • ISO 24102-3, "ITS station management service access points"

STF 455 will finalize / update and use the test suite for ISO 21218 originally partly developed by STF 365:

  • ETSI TS 102 760-1, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Test specifications for Intelligent Transport Systems;  Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Medium Service Access Points (ISO 21218); Part 1: Implementation Conformance Statement (ICS) proforma". 
  • ETSI TS 102 760-2, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Test specifications for Intelligent Transport Systems;  Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Medium Service Access Points (ISO 21218); Part 2: Test Suite Structure and Test Purposes (TSS&TP)"
  • ETSI TS 102 760-3, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Test specifications for Intelligent Transport Systems;  Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Medium Service Access Points (ISO 21218); Part 3: Abstract Test Suite (ATS) and partial PIXIT proforma"

STF 455 will use the following test suites developed by STF 422:

  • TS 102 985-1, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Test specifications for non-IP networking (ISO 29281); Part 1: Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement (PICS) proforma"
  • TS 102 985-2, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Test specifications for non-IP networking (ISO 29281); Part 2: "Test Suite Structure and Test Purposes (TSS&TP)"
  • TS 102 985-3, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Test specifications for non-IP networking (ISO 29281); Part 3: Abstract Test Suite (ATS) and partial PIXIT proforma"
  • TS 102 979-1, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Test specifications for ITS station management (ISO 24102); Part 1: Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement (PICS) specification"
  • TS 102 979-2, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Test specifications for ITS station management (ISO 24102); Part 2: "Test Suite Structure and Test Purposes (TSS&TP)"
  • TS 102 979-3, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Communications Access for Land Mobiles (CALM); Test specifications for ITS station management (ISO 24102); Part 3: Abstract Test Suite (ATS) and partial PIXIT proforma"

STF 455 will provide further the following deliverables:

  • TR 103 101, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Test suite validation; Access technology support ISO 21218"
  • TR 101 611, "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); Test suite validation CALM Fast services"
  • Test platform implementation
  • Various reports to ETSI, ISO, EC/EFTA

STF 455 may provide feedback to ISO and ETSI for further improvement of the base specifications and the test suites.

Working drafts will be made available to members of ETSI TC ITS and to members of ISO TC204 WG16.

Time plan:

STF 455 works with the following milestone plan:

Milestone

Description

Description

Cut-off date

A Progress Report#1 on status of Tasks 2 to 6 presented for preliminary review to ITSWG2#22 (9 Apr 2013) and for approval to ITS#12 (11-12 Apr 2013). ETSI 12-Apr-2013
B Progress Report#2 on status of Tasks 2 to 6 presented for review to ITSWG2#23 (18 June 2013). ETSI 18-Jun-2013
C Progress Report#3 referring of successful conclusion Tasks 2 to 6 presented for preliminary review to ITSWG2#24 (22 Oct 2013) and for approval to ITS#13 (24-25 Oct 2013). ETSI 25-Oct-2013
D Interim Report to be approved by EC/EFTA. The Interim Report must be provided by the STF Leader to the ETSI Secretariat before 1-Nov-2013. The deadline for delivery to EC/EFTA by the ETSI Secretariat is 30-Nov-2013; EC/EFTA approval is expected before mid-January 2014 (45 days after reception). EC/EFTA 31-Oct-2013
 E Progress Report#4 and stable drafts of DTS/ITS-0020021, DTR/ITS-0020050 and DTR/ITS-0020048 reviewed by ITSWG2#25 and ITS#14 (Jan-2014).
ETSI Jan-2014
F Progress Report#5 and final drafts of DTS/ITS-0020021, DTR/ITS-0020050 and DTR/ITS-0020048 approved by ITSWG2#26 and reviewed by ITS#15 (Apr-2014), before AbC. The final draft for TC ITS approval must be uploaded by the STF Leader on the TB contributions area of the ETSI Portal before 30 April 2014. Up to 10% of the total contractual amount may be withheld until milestone H (approval of Final Report by EC/EFTA) is achieved. ETSI Apr-2014
 G Final draft of DTS/ITS-0020021, DTR/ITS-0020050, DTR/ITS-0020048 approved by TC ITS before 31 May 2014 and accepted by the ETSI Secretariat for publication. ETSI 31-May-2014
H All ETSI deliverables required in the ToR published and Final Report approved by EC/EFTA. The Final Report must be delivered by the STF Leader to the ETSI Secretariat before 1 June 2014. The deadline for delivery to EC/EFTA by the ETSI Secretariat is 30 June 2014; EC/EFTA approval is expected before mid-August 2014 (45 days after reception). EC/EFTA 30-Jun-2014

STF 455 aims on presenting results to ISO TC204 WG16 at all of its meetings (C-ITS meeting schedules).

STF 455 aims on demonstrating performance of the test platform at the ITS world congress in Tokyo.

How to contact us:

See the member list above.

Publicly available information will be presented by the experts of the STF.

 

This information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.

Last updated: 2013-03-11 16:52:26