A comprehensive plan for developing the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) architecture of Taiwan, representing the major prerequisites for achieving technological development in the economy and society in the 21st century, is now in progress through the corroborative effort by the Institute of Transportation of Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). The system architecture, however, mainly focuses on the road transportation and lacks other transportation modes of so-called the whole and seamless transportation system. In order to supplement it, this paper presents a conceptual architecture framework for intelligent railway systems. The approach for developing a system architecture based on international experiences is to (1) classify users' needs and ITS services , (2) develop the logical architecture and the physical architecture, (3) define areas subject to standards. An infrastructure-oriented architecture framework is proposed to describe five principle layers that deal with various information and functions. It is expected that the proposed framework for intelligent railway systems will set a fundamental milestone to achieve a more comprehensive ITS system architecture in Taiwan.
新世紀軌道運輸國際學術研討會論文集=Proceedings of the International Conference on Rail Transportation of New Century，頁407-420