The 25th ITS World Congress has concluded in great ceremony with the orb being passed to Singapore for 2019.
During the last day of the Congress, Brian Negus was able to chat with a number of high profile ITS leaders, including Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO (ITS Europe). Having attended ITS World Congresses over the past 18 years, either as leader of ERTICO or as a leader at FIA, the events are continuing to be special. Topics may have changed over 25 years, but the focus is as ever to utilise ITS technology to make the transport world a better place – safer, cleaner and more efficient.
Conversations also took place with Richard Harris, OHMIO UK noted the agenda of the Congress was driven by what people are interested in. MaaS really hit the headlines in Melbourne ITS World Congress, and it has continued to be a strong theme.
Daniel Ruiz, Meridian Mobility, UK – Smart communities as a term is being used more regularly in Europe, in part because it is recognised that the parts in between the European cities are just as important at the cities themselves. Safety is of utmost importance from when collaborating on ITS technologies and advances.
Graham Scott, ITS UK announcing that following the submission of a white paper earlier this year, a fund of GBP2m has been set aside by the Scottish Government to test MaaS concepts starting in early 2019.
Also worth noting that if anyone fancies a trip to bonnie Scotland, a CAV conference is being held at the end of October!
Brian Negus has continued chatting with ITS luminaries – Shailen Bhatt, President, ITS of America, and the original ITS Hall of Famer, Russ Shields currently Chair of Ygomi.
Brian also chatted with Hajime Amano, Secretary-General, ITS Asia Pacific. Amano San reflected with Brian on “the need for the communities we are working in to be a part of the process in delivering the best possible outcomes for them, noting that it’s particularly interesting to consider the countries that rate highest in the World Happiness Index are currently majority Scandinavian. Four different countries have held the top spot in the four most recent reports- Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and now Finland. With Congress in Copenhagen this year it’s helpful to consider learnings from our peers and local governments on what we can do better in our home countries to work to achieve higher ‘happiness’ ratings in our communities.”
Brian continued that theme with Shailen Bhatt on the importance of communities over technology for technologies sake. Reflecting on his years as head of the Department of Transport in Colorado and prior to that in Delaware, Bhatt said “he was looking forward to next year’s Congress in Singapore”, and that he “agreed while some amazing work is being done in the nation-state, the challenge of stakeholder and community engagement is different around the world.”
Finally, Russ Shields and Brian discussed the complicated and contentious communications question: DSRC or 5G. Russ is a font of knowledge on the history and legacy of this issue and has a lot to say on how “maybe some in the transport sector have misconstrued the issue and the importance of recognising the enormously valuable real estate we’ve been offered in our spectrum allocation. As well as the incredible safety benefits it offers.”
During Day 3 of the 25th ITS World Congress, Brian Negus our voice from the Congress had an opportunity chat with Andrea Ash, VP Marketing at Cohda Wireless.
Cohda Wireless is in Copenhagen demonstrating, amongst other things, the use of break-down alerts from vehicles to generate street light amplification in smart cities for safer roads.
Brian also caught up with Daniel Hoyne, Project Manager with VicRoads who is also Program Manager for AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) and the opportunities this living laboratory provides to test highly-integrated transport technology, and deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.
Day 2 at the ITS World Congress, Copenhagen has been busy with announcements:
In Conversation With…
To bring you news direct from the Congress, and to reflect Brian Negus’ new role as ITS Australia Ambassador, we’ve asked him to be our ‘voice’ at the Congress.
Over the course of the next 5 days, he’ll be speaking with luminaries and newbies of the ITS world and reporting back to our members in Australia.
The first interview is with Paul Retter, National Transport Commission and you can listen to it here
The 25th ITS World Congress kicked off today!
Over 5 days and with an estimated 4,000 delegates ITS World Congress is the biggest event on our industry’s calendar. The Congress always offers amazing opportunities to meet, hear, and test new people, ideas and technologies and make our industry one of the most exciting and rewarding possible.
ITS Australia VIP Cocktail Function
Continuing tradition, the ITS Australia VIP Cocktail function took place on Monday night in Copenhagen. Ambassador Mary Ellen Miller, Ambassador to Denmark delivered a brief speech to the attendees who included Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO, and Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS of America.
Top photo: Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia; Ambassador Miller, Australian Ambassador to Denmark; Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS of America; Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia; Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO
Over 100 Australian ITS industry representatives will be attending the 25th ITS World Congress being held in Copenhagen, Denmark showcasing the fantastic Australian intelligent transport systems concepts, trials, programs, and products with the international audience through exhibition, presentations, and demonstrations.
Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia and Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia will be attending the Congress to participate in ITS Asia Pacific Board Meetings as well as engage with other global ITS organisations and leaders to further develop cooperative relationships and represent the Australian ITS industry.
ITS Australia Ambassador (and Immediate Past President), Brian Negus will also be attending and meeting with ITS leaders from around the globe to continue to learn about what is taking place overseas.
The ITS Australia VIP Cocktail Function on Monday 17th welcomed Ambassador Mary Ellen Miller, Australian Ambassador to Denmark addressed the attending guests which included Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO, and Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS of America. ITS Australia has received support from AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) and National Transport Commission.
ITS Australia will host the Australia Pavilion which will provide the ideal opportunity for the Australian ITS industry to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward locally and internationally by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions.
The co-exhibitors on the Australia Pavilion include ATC Braums; Austrade – Start-up delegation; Cohda Wireless; Data61 | CSIRO; Micro Connect; SAGE Automation together with Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia; and ITS Australia.