Whether it's for work, shopping or a weekend trip to the mountains – millions of people use the Swiss motorway network every day. The demands on the road infrastructure are correspondingly high: it must be available at all times and constantly maintained to ensure that the general public can go about their daily business.
So the motorway network needs to be managed. For roughly 12 years now, this has been done using the Management Information System for Roads and Road Traffic (MISTRA). But MISTRA is made up of multiple applications that can only be accessed via different interfaces and are is now showing its age. It is therefore planned to be replaced with the Road Infrastructure Management ASTRA (or RIMA for short).
With RIMA, the Federal Road Office (FEDRO) has set itself the goal of making the applications for managing the Swiss motorway network infrastructure accessible via a centralised and standardised GIS platform. For instance, specialists can manage operational maintenance, tunnels and bridges, operating and security equipment, and wastewater systems. Traffic monitoring and elements of road safety are also to be integrated into the system. But RIMA is not confined to FEDRO specialists. Participating engineering firms can use the system as well, for example to call up information about the road infrastructure on a specific route or to display the locations of emergency telephones.