The Inaugural ITS Ireland Conference & Exhibition
Friday September 24th 2010 saw our first ITS Ireland Conference held at the excellent River Lee Hotel venue in Cork. The conference, kindly sponsored by Siemens and in part by ITS Road Services, Data Display and Rennicks, included an exhibition featuring various suppliers of ITS products and services.
The conference was well supported with several delegates travelling overseas to attend. The conference itself offered a range of innovative and interesting presentations providing a broad overview of the ITS industry in Ireland, and provoked discussion and debate backed up by a wealth of expertise.
In the opening ceremony, David O’Keeffe gave a brief overview of ITS Ireland to-date and a preview of planned activities including plans to host an ITS Ireland AGM on October 14th, proposals to host the 2013 Ertico European ITS Conference in Dublin and plans are already afoot to host the 2011 ITS Ireland Conference.
James Caffrey provided a Department of Transport’s perspective on ITS Ireland and particularly focused on the need for ITS stakeholders to engage more with EU initiatives and the plans for the Department to shortly issue a regulatory impact analysis on the ITS Directive. A copy of James’s speech can be downloaded in our members area.
Richard Harris, International Director with ITS UK, outlined the benefits of an ITS organisation and highlighted the many activities that are currently undertaken within ITS UK and expressed a desire to establish a close working relationship.
Undoubtedly, the highlight of the open address was the keynote speech by Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe who highlighted that ITS can play a significant role in the creation of jobs in the smarter economy. A copy of the Minister’s speech can be downloaded in our members area.
The conference speakers featured Magda Kopczynksa, Head of clean transport, urban transport and Intelligent Transport Systems unit of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. Magda highlighted the obligations arising for stakeholders in Ireland and other Member States from EU law such as the recent ITS Directive, 2010/40/EU.
Ian Winning of Cork City Council and Simon Edwards of Newcastle University gave an update of the Niches+ Programme (Mobility Management for Smarter Travel) and plans for the deployment of Smarter Travel initiatives in Cork City while Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy with AA Ireland spoke on the demand for real time traveller information and provided his insight into the future of transportation.
Pat Maher, Head of the National Roads Authority’s Network Operations, brought delegates up to-date on the National Road Authority’s ITS Vision while Brendan O’Brien, Head of Traffic for Dublin City Council provided an excellent overview of the public transport real time passenger information project. Brian Maxwell, TICC Manager DRDNI, Roads Services gave an overview on the range of ITS deployments in Northern Ireland.
After an excellent lunch, speakers included Cathal Masterson, Project Manager National Roads Authority who gave a very detailed account on the status on the M50 barrier free tolling since its launch over 2 years ago. John Davis of Transtoll gave an international perspective on demand management while Mark Kenny Client Manager with IBM spoke on IBM’s Smarter Cities Initiative.
The last session of the day featured a comprehensive update from Senan McGrath, CTO with ESB eCars on the eCar programme and the ambitious government objectives to have over 10% of all vehicles electric by 2020 and the infrastructure required to support this ambitious objective. Dave Ward of Parkmagic gave an insight into Cashless payment systems and Dan Preece of Integrated Traffic Services Ltd, spoke on the benefits of MOVA Control for traffic signals.
Presentations from the various speakers can be downloaded in PDF format in our members area.
A selection of various photographs from various sources can be viewed in our gallery.
We especially thank the sponsors, delegates, exhibitors and speakers who collectively made the conference a roaring success. We have received numerous positive commendations on the conference and we hope to see you all back in 2011!