ITS World Congress, Vienna

This years congress allowed the world of ITS to come to Europe for the first time since 2009, where the hottest topics in smart transport were addressed in depth with a wide range of subjects and an overview of a diverse variety of technologies, systems, services & actual deployments.

Ireland featured in a number of these high profile presentations and as a taster of what is to come in 2013, presentations were given by a high profile list of Irish speakers. The Irish speaking panel consisted of:

  • John Davis, ITS Ireland, Tolling (ORT, national interoperability, interlink with HGV strategy to achieve safety outcomes);
  • Erik-Mark Huitema, IBM, Smart Cities;
  • Senan McGrath, ESB eCars, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project;
  • Peter Soutter, Good Travel Software, Car Share;
  • Johan Blondelle, DG RESEARCH, Horizon 2020;
  • David Laoide-Kemp, NRA, Motorway Traffic Control Centre; and
  • Brendan O’Brien, Dublin City Council, Summary of other ITS (GoSafe, AVL, NJIP etc).

Click here to view all presentations given.

The focus towards the end of the congress was on the next ITS European Congress which will be held in Dublin from 4-7 June 2013 at the Convention Centre in Spencer Dock at the heart of Dublin city centre.

Ireland’s Minister of state for transport, tourism and sport Alan Kelly was at the World Congress in Vienna, demonstrating how seriously the importance of ITS technology is being considered by Ireland. Alan Kelly is Ireland’s Minister with lead responsibility for real-time passenger information, integrated ticketing, smarter travel initiatives and the country’s National Sustainable Transport Office.

Speaking at the Congress, Minister Alan Kelly underlined that Government participation at all levels in ITS development is critical is driving successful deployment. He said: “The theme for our event next year is all about real solutions making a difference” “I actually think that one of the main ways of delivering that goal is to have as many public bodies involved as possible, from national government, to local government and other public bodies.” Describing Dublin as one of Europe’s great cities, the Minister assured potential visitors that they will receive a typically warm welcome to the country.

As well as being a focal point for doing business and networking, the event will also include an ‘Irish Night’ at the famous Guinness Storehouse – a Congress not to be missed!