Smart mobility from A to Z: the importance of sector vocabulary

We have been working in the ITS sector for years and we find ourselves progressively designing and implementing more and more elaborate solutions for increasingly structured customers. Domain knowledge is fundamental to have a successful dialogue at the highest levels. A component not to be overlooked is sector vocabulary, which in a rapidly evolving environment such as smart mobility is quickly enriched with new concepts and new acronyms.

This is why for some months now we have been careful to draw up a list of acronyms relating to the world of Intelligent Transportation Systems in the strictest sense and cross-referenceable to closely related and requisite technological domains.

Why did we take the time to compose this list? Because when you take on the time and efforts of addressing large, comprehensive project and tender documents, best practices in terms of quality (we talk about it in this article) require clarity with the customer, and in a well-written document – usually in third place, after the title page and index – it is good practice to reserve a place for a list of acronyms used. The list below is the one we use internally as a reference for this purpose, and if you like, you can do the same.

It may seem like a simple result but we decided to share it on the blog because it is the result of meticulous work – which will continue with an incremental improvement – and because it can be of help to those who work in our sector and want to master the most used acronyms.

4G4th generation of broadband cellular network technology (sometimes LTE)
5G5th generation of broadband cellular network technology
ABTAccount Based Ticketing
AFCAutomated Fare Collection
APIApplication Programming Interface
AVLAutomatic Vehicle Location
AVMAutomatic Vehicle Monitoring (System)
BLEBluetooth Low Energy
BYODBring Your Own Device
DMSDynamic Message Sign
ECElectronic Cash
EDGEEnhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (standard of mobile communication)
EMSEletronic Message Sign
EMVEuropay MasterCard VISA
FMSFare Management Systems
FMSFleet Management Systems
GDPRGeneral Data Protection Regulation
GISGeographic Information System
GPRSGeneral Packet Radio Service (service for data transmission in GSM networks)
GPSGlobal Positioning System
GSMGlobal System for Mobile Communications (standard of mobile communication networks)
GUIGraphical User Interface
HCEHost Card Emulation
I/OInput / Output
IDIdentifier (Unique identifier, such an alphanumeric sequence)
IFMSInteroperable Fare Management Systems
IoHInternet of Humans
IOPSInput/Output operations Per Second
iOSApple mobile operating system
IoTInternet of Things
ISOInternationale Standardisierungs-Organisation (International Organization for Standardization)
ITInformation Technology
ITCSIntermodal Transport Control System (equivalent to AVM)
ITSIntelligent Transport/Transportation System(s)
ITxPTInformation Technology for Public Transport (standard for IT architectures in public transport)
JSONJavaScript Object Notation
LANLocal Area Network
LDAPLightweight Directory Access Protocol
LPTLocal Public Transport
LTELong Term Evolution
MaaSMobility as a Service
NeTExNetwork Timetable Exchange [Standard CEN/TS 16614]
NFCNear Field Communication
OBUOn Board Unit
OpRAOperating Raw Data and statistics exchange
P&RPark & Ride
P+RPark & Ride
PANPrimaty Account Number
PAYGPay As You Go
PCPersonal Computer
PCI DSSPayment Card Industry Data Security Standard
PIIPersonally Identifiable Information
PINPersonal Identification Number
PISPassenger Information System
PIVPersonal Identity Verification
POSPoint Of Sale(s)
PTPublic Transport
PTAPublic Transport Authority
PTOPublic Transport Operator
RTPIReal Time Passenger Information
RTTIReal Time Traffic Information
SAMSecure Access Module
SEPASingle Euro Payments Area
SIMSubscriber Identity Module
SIRIService Interface for Real-time Information relating to Public Transport Operations [Standard CEN/TS 15531]
SIRI CMService Connection Monitoring (equivalent to VDV 453 ANS)
SIRI ETService Estimated Timetable (equivalent to VDV 454 AUS)
SIRI PTService Planned Timetable (equivalent to VDV 454 REF AUS)
SIRI SMService Stop Monitoring (equivalent to VDV 453 DFI)
SIRI STService Stop Timetable (equivalent to VDV 453 REF DFI)
SIRI SXService Situation Exchange Service
SIRI VMService Vehicle Monitoring (equivalent to VDV 453 VIS)
SMSShort Message Service
SPIDSistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale (Italian Public System of Digital Identity)
TBETicketing Back-End
TMSTraffic Management System
TSI-PRMTechnical Specification for Interoperability – Persons with reduced mobility [Regulation (EU) n.1300/2014]
TVMTicket(ing) Vending Machine
UMTSUniversal Mobile Telecommunications System
USBUniversal Serial Bus
UVARUrban Vehicle Access Regulation
VDVVerband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (German association of transport companies)
VDV 453 ANSConnection guarantee protection service (from the German “Anschlusssicherungsdienst”)
VDV 453 REF DFIScheduled passenger information system (from German “Referenzdatendienst Dynamische Fahrgastinformation”)
VDV 453 VISVisualization service (from the German “Visualisierungsdienst”)
VDV 454 AUSTimetable information service (from the German “Fahrplanauskunftsdienst”)
VDV 454 REF AUSScheduled information service (from German “Referenzdatendienst Fahrplanauskunftsdienst”)
VDV-453 DFIDynamic passenger information system (from the German “Dynamische Fahrgastinformation”)
VMSVariable Message Sign
VPNVirtual Private Network
WLANWireless Local Area Network
WMSWeb Map Service
XMLExtensible Markup Language

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