The second TESTFEST has been co-organised by the InterCor project together with the partners of SCOOP@F project . The TESTFEST took place on April 23 – April 26 around the city of Reims, France, on the A4 and A344 highways. The main goal of this TESTFEST was to check the use of different Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs) and the authentication of messages sent from different ITS stations. In total, 144 people from 11 countries have participated to this event.

Different security scenarios have been tested on a 23 km loop along the highway with services such as roadworks warning (RWW), fixed or mobile, salting vehicles, hazardous location notifications (stationary vehicle, human on the road),  etc. Twenty-two On-Board Units (OBU) and 12 Road Side Units (RSU) have exchanged messages and around 30 000 messages have been received by each RSU installed on the loop.

Day 1 – Monday 23 April 2018

The morning of the first day of the PKI Security TESTFEST was reserved for welcome, set up and desk top testing for 80 participants. Peter Schmitting, ERTICO – ITS Europe gave an introduction to the participants and explained the mandatory safety rules. After solving some expected technical obstacles, all the present teams received DENM (Decentralized Environmental Notification Message)  from French and Dutch Road Side Units (RSU).

The afternoon was reserved for open road testing with scenario #1. During the first test run 19 car platoons drove around the test trajectory with promising results. All participants’ On Board Units (OBU) were successful and received and understood the RSU generated events. Part of the vehicle generated DENM remained invisible for some participants due to the distance between their car and the message emitting vehicles. In the second test run participants report same or better results.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 24 April 2018

On the second day of the PKI TESTFEST participants had the opportunity to test the vehicles in morning and afternoon sessions. In both sessions several platoons and individual test runs took place including repetitions of scenario 1 from the first day. The results reported scenario 1 as successful for all participants. Scenario 2 was reported well by half of the participants while technical restrictions made it not testable for one quarter of the participants. The testing was redone on day 3 for these participants to verify results. While the scenario 3 has proved successful for most participants, a few had to repeat the test for various reasons. All in all, the participants considered the second day of the TESTFEST a good day of testing. Scenarios 2 and 3 would be re-tested on the third day in parallel with scenarios 4 and 5.

Day 3  Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Day 3 of the InterCor PKI TESTFEST saw three platoon test runs where participants tested scenarios 4 and 5 and also re-tested scenarios 2 and 3 to verify the test results of day 2.

Two participating RSU providers configured their equipment to add extra test events (e.g. human on the road) to the test track around the university campus. Those events where successfully recognized by the OBUs of the other participants.

Day 4 – Thursday, 26 April 2018

The last day of the TESTFEST was reserved for a second round of testing of all six test scenarios with 9 events (routes). During the afternoon debriefing of results has been done with the participants and later also with InterCor partner. Participants have proven satisfied with the testing and the preliminary results were promising.

InterCor PKI TESTFEST in numbers

During the four days for the TESTFEST 27 different institutions participated to the TESTFEST including ministries, 10 different PKIs were used and nearly 12 tours for each OBU have been made.

A total of 144 participants used tablets to record results and USB sticks to save traces for further in-depth validation. Around 30 000 messages have been received by each RSU installed on the loop.

InterCor is excited to organise the pre-TESTFEST in Helmond in 13-14 June 2018 and the next TESTFEST in the UK Member state in October 2018. More information will follow soon on the website.