Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) is the architecture and technology platform for future ITS services. It now provides the framework for all new ITS deployments.

Q-Free has been at the center of standardising and validating this technology, and we are now offering a complete suite of modules.

A hardware unit called an ITS Station

  • This unit can be a Vehicle ITS Station, or a Roadside ITS Station, by changing the housing and the software configuration.
  • The ITS Station is a complete, self-sustained unit with communications and sensors, requiring only an external PoE power source to perform basic C-ITS services.
  • Default interfaces include 3G/4G, two 5.9GHz (G5/M5/WAVE DSRC protocols), Bluetooth, WiFi and Ethernet. All radios have internal, high-gain antennas.
  • Sensor package with accelerometers, gyros, GNSS (GPS/GLONASS/Galileo) with typical accuracy ^1m.
  • Internal data processing and storage is PC compatible.


Q-Free also offer proven pilot applications that includes easy back office and operation support. These services can be adapted locally and provisioned quickly, and is scalable from a few units to thousands of vehicles and roadsides.

  • Emergency electronic brake light
  • Stopped/slow vehicle
  • Turning warning for crossing traffic
  • Turning warning for pedestrian/bicycles
  • Red light violator warning
  • Road works warning
  • In-vehicle signage
  • Back-of-queue warning
  • Guidance at signaled intersection (GLOSA)
  • Service provisioning
  • Probe Vehicle Data

Install with ease

Much attention is made to the ease of deploying large number of vehicle ITS Stations. The drivers can install the devices themselves with ease

  • The device is magnetic mounted on the vehicle roof.
  • Single, thin cable run into the vehicle to attach to vehicle power through supplied PoE adapter.
  • All antennas and sensors are inside Station – no stiff coax cables to run from inside the vehicle.
  • Connection to vehicle network can be done via WiFi or Bluetooth OBD-II interface.
  • All configuration, personalisation, validation and service provisioning is automatically done from Host Management Centre, meaning no need for experts to do this work for each vehicle.

Roadside ITS Stations are easily managed

  • Single device with internal antennas needs to be mounted with line of sight to coverage area, otherwise no special restrictions.
  • Single Ethernet cable with PoE for power and communications, but may also use 3G/4G for backhaul.
  • Continuous monitoring and control from Host Management Centre means automated services with minimal human intervention.


  • The ITS Station is running the latest LTS version of Linux, with automated security patching.
  • C-ITS protocol standards are mainly provided through a Java based Facility (OSGi).
  • Applications and services are either implemented as native code, or as Java bundles under the OSGi framework.
  • This framework is open for third party developers, and we encourage the users to develop their own services based on the supplied example day-1 services.


  • Q-Free has its own high-performance security implementation.
  • Follows ETSI and IEEE standards.

HMI – user interface

  • Tablet mounted for driver interaction.
  • Personal smartphones for quick, basic interfaces.
  • Connected to ITS Station web page via WiFi.
  • Tablet running a full OSGi Host environment for complex applications requiring significant computing and graphical interaction.
  • Simple web interface for applications requiring less processing and interaction.

Back office services for pilots

These are services provided to quickly set up operation, and may be used as examples to build a production quality system.

  • Service Provisioning or “App Store”.
  • Remote management, configuration and watchdog functionality.
  • Data collection for system performance and application data.
  • Map interface to show status of services and stations in the system.
  • Day-1 service generator. This allows simple configuration of a number of the most important C-ITS services, so that a system can be up and running in a very short time. Also easy for the system owner to reconfigure and deploy new services with little system competence.


Q-Free has a leading role in developing the C-ITS standards, and we keep all our C-ITS products up to date with the still evolving standardisation landscape.


Technology experience

  • C-ITS started in the CVIS project (2006-2010), where Q-Free had the technical lead role and supplied several hundred vehicle and roadside ITS stations.
  • A second generation was developed for the eCoMove project (2010-2014) with a similar spread of sites around Europe.
  • The third generation was developed for national pilots to optimize usability and performance. This generation is now deployed in several Australian C-ITS projects in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Q-Free in the center of developing C-ITS

Q-Free has been a central supplier of equipment to many of these, and recently Q-Free has completed its third generation of pilot product, the Universal ITS Station. This Universal ITS Station can function as a vehicle mounted or roadside device.

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