UK Public Transport Information – SIRI VM & Data Matching
A walk through of the SIRI VM PTI profile and Q&A
To achieve customers’ expectations and the benefits of real time information is it is important that the necessary data is readily available and of good quality to enable easy processing.
The Bus Open Data programme, coming from the Bus Services Act 2017, places a requirement on all bus operators of local bus services across England to openly publish timetables, fares and location data for their registered services. This includes producing SIRI VM data containing their vehicles location as open data. While SIRI has been around for many years now, and is a mature standard, there are different ways in which data can be constructed within the standard.
As part of the Bus Open Data Service (BODS) programme, the Department for Transport has developed a SIRI VM profile to support BODS.
The aim of this profile is to specify a consistent use of elements and a consistent way of using SIRI VM that will be used within BODS and which will lead to a higher quality data set and, at the same time, lower the barriers to entry by users new to SIRI.
The profile document is intended to be used by three groups of readers:
- Suppliers of systems providing location data to BODS. To ensure they know what data is required, its format and content expected and how it needs to match route and timetable data.
- Technical staff within bus operators who are responsible for ensuring system suppliers are providing compliant data. To ensure they know what data is required, its format and content expected and how it needs to match route and timetable data.
- Developers and technical managers of data consumers. To ensure they know what data they can expect from BODS, its format and content and how it can be combined with PTI-TxC data to create customer information.
Your comments on the profile and the document are sought to make sure that it is fit for purpose for the intended user groups.
This is an open call to go through the profile document and answer questions.
The draft document can be downloaded from the RTIG website: