1.1 Definition of VAS
Value Added Services, VAS, is a term that was coined in the telecommunications industry for services that go
beyond core service, such as mobile voice communications. Such additional services are intended to add
value for the consumers in order to encourage them to use the telecommunications service more often and to
add an additional revenue stream for the Service Provider.
In the context of EFC, a VAS in this strict sense is a telematics service offered to the Service User by means
of an EFC OBE. This service might directly be consumed by the driver in the vehicle, or might, particularly in
the case of heavy vehicles, be targeted at the freight operator and be consumed in a back office. Such
services can be fleet management services like track-and-trace, payment services such as paying petrol
automatically at the pump, or regulatory applications such as Electronic Licence Plate or access control. Such
additional services and applications create additional value to the user, either by the value the new service
creates to him, or in the case of regulatory services, by combining several functionalities in a single device,
thus removing the need to install and maintain several pieces of equipment simultaneously.
In a wider sense, the operator of the EFC service can draw additional benefit from the data collected by the
EFC system. Data from EFC OBE gives a good account of the traffic situation on the charged network, and
may be utilised for statistical purposes, for traffic planning or even in real-time for traffic information purposes.
The scope of this TR covers both the original meaning of VAS, namely both additional services to the user of
the core EFC service and additional value created for the operator of the charging system.
The TR analyses all telematics applications that have the potential to be delivered as a VAS to EFC. The
analysis covers the requirements of the VAS applications and the fit to the resources offered by the EFC
system. It also analyses prerequisites in terms of business and technical system architecture in order to
enable VAS to be delivered, including questions of control and governance, security aspects and privacy
The TR does not analyse commercial viability. Cost to benefit ratio and market potential for VAS are
considered to be out of scope.
The TR analyses the potential and pre-conditions for EFC equipment to serve as platforms for a diverse range
of VAS. The VAS are considered to be add-ons to EFC equipment. The TR does not analyse the reverse
situation, namely the situation where an EFC application is added to a telematics platform that has been
deployed for another core service, such as the suitability of navigation systems to serve as platforms for EFC.
When the standard is harmonized under a directive or regulation, the word Harmonized appear. When such an inscription does not appear, it means that the standard is related to / supporting the relevant directive or regulation.
Directive 2004/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the trans-European road network
СД CEN/TR 16219:2011
60.60 Standard published
Sep 21, 2011