1.PIANC Working Group 24 has:
- considered the state-of-the-art of vessel traffic and transport management in inland navigation
- developed guidelines for river information services (RIS Guidelines 2002)
- made an inventory of the various RIS applications in the world
- co-operated with IALA in the development of relevant and complementary guidelines.
2. RIS is a concept for harmonised information services to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including interfaces to other transport modes.
3. The generic elements ofRIS are :
- Fairway information service
- Traffic information service
- Traffic management
- Calamity abatement service
- Logistic services
4. These services should be supported by currently available technical systems like :
- Mobile radio communication systems for inland navigation (VHF radio)
- Ship and shore based radar
- Mobile data communication systems
- Global navigation satellite system (GNSS)
- Electronic chart and display and information system for inland navigation (Inland ECDIS)
- Automatic identification system for inland navigation (Inland AIS)
- Ship reporting systems.
5. Harmonisation of services and systems will substantially improve the performance of inland navigation.
6. Harmonised RIS elements will facilitate the implementation of multi-modal transports, because similar systems exist for sea, road and railway.
7. Implementation of RIS will reduce the need for infrastructure works, like channel widening or building of new locks.
8. Apart from navigation, RIS will support other activities at the waterways like flood warnings and environmental protection.
9. In order to enable better understanding in the professional world, the terms, definitions and the RIS architecture depicted in the RIS Guidelines 2002 should be used.
10. Continued international exchange of experiences and international standardisation of RIS elements are needed.