The 11th ITS European Congress kicks off in Glasgow

Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums — By on June 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

11th its congress 2016 glasgowGlasgow, 6 June 2016 – Councillor Bailie Liz Cameron, Hugh Gillies (Director of Trunk Road and Bus Operations, Transport Scotland), Violeta Bulc (Commissioner for Transport),  Cees de Wijs (Chair of the ERTICO Supervisory Board), and John Parkinson (Director of Motoring, Freight and London, Department for Transport), marked the start of the 11th ITS European Congress.

This year Congress’ theme is “Delivering future cities now”, largely focusing on increasing connectivity, bringing new services to users and improving communication in a sustainable way. In the next three days, over 500 speakers will discuss latest topics and trends, present services and mobility solutions, and highlight policies and needs to a large scale deployment of ITS.

“It is a very exciting time for ITS and under this year’s Congress there are 3 major trends revolutionising mobility in our cities: Cooperative ITS, Urban freight and Mobility as a Service”, Cees De Wijs, Chair of ERTICO Supervisory Board, stated in his opening speech. “We will not only see that these trends will gain in momentum over the upcoming years but that they will converge. This convergence will be driven by connectivity and data exchange which will break down the existing silo thinking in the mobility industry”, he continued.

This year’s Opening was followed by the Best Paper Awards, covering the topics of cooperative ITS (C-ITS) and safety, and the first Plenary Session on connected and automated vehicles, with the participation of Magda Kopczynska (Director, Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at DG MOVE), Jacob Bansgaard (Director General, FIA), Morten Kabell (Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, City of Copenhagen), and Erik Jonnaert (Secretary General, ACEA).

The ITS European Congress takes place in Glasgow from 6 to 9 June at the SECC, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe in partnership with the European Commission, hosted by Glasgow City Council and Visit Scotland, and supported by the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), ITS United Kingdom, Transport Scotland and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (People Make Glasgow).

This year’s Opening was followed by the Best Paper Awards, covering the topics of cooperative ITS (C-ITS) and safety, and the first Plenary Session on connected and automated vehicles, with the participation of Magda Kopczynska (Director, Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at DG MOVE), Jacob Bansgaard (Director General, FIA), Morten Kabell (Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs, City of Copenhagen), and Erik Jonnaert (Secretary General, ACEA).

The ITS European Congress takes place in Glasgow from 6 to 9 June at the SECC, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe in partnership with the European Commission, hosted by Glasgow City Council and Visit Scotland, and supported by the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), ITS United Kingdom, Transport Scotland and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (People Make Glasgow).
ERTICO – ITS Europe organises either an ITS World Congress or an ITS European Congress every year. The ITS World Congress rotates between Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas, returning to Europe every three years. The ITS European Congress is held in the years when there is not a World Congress taking place in Europe.

The Congresses provide the ideal opportunity for all stakeholders to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward and to develop their business by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions. The Congresses also showcase the latest ITS achievements from the city and region hosting the Congress, and can help increase awareness of ITS in the Host region itself.

The ITS Congresses (European and World) consist of three main areas; Congress programme (sessions and presentations of the latest developments in ITS), Demonstration (showcases of current ITS technology being developed and deployed throughout the world) and Exhibition (exhibition booths and dedicated sessions/events). Participating in these three areas offers a unique opportunity to show and explain the latest technologies and services, with a slightly different focus for each.

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