Ministerial/EU send off for ITS Ireland

Cork in European transport technology spotlight

Ministerial and EU leaders will join transport professionals from the RoI and Northern Ireland in Cork on Friday 24 September for the public launch of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Ireland at its inaugural conference sponsored by Siemens. The new grouping will give Ireland, for the first time, a national voice in the global transport technology industry.

 Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe TD will highlight the national and export importance of ITS in the Irish economy. From Brussels, Magda Kopczynska Head of the EU’s Clean Transport Unit, will outline key messages from the EU’s July 2010 Directive on a framework for ITS deployment in road transport.  A representative from the Department of Transport will emphasise the important role of ITS in facilitating safer, more efficient and more sustainable travel and transport.

 In a further European-level contribution, Ian Winning from Cork City Council will update delegates on the city’s plans for a Travel Information Centre, due for full implementation on Smarter Travel in 2011. The scheme is enjoying support from the EU’s New and Innovative Concepts for Helping European transport Sustainability (NICHES+) programme, in which Cork is a partner.

 Also giving presentations are the National Roads Authority, Dublin City Council, AA Ireland and ITS specialist companies IBM, Transtoll, ESB eCars, Parkmagic and Integrated Traffic Services. Brian Maxwell, of the Northern Ireland Roads Service, will update delegates on ITS deployments in Northern Ireland.