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Friday, 8th April 2016 - 11:00

Glasgow hosts the 11th ITS European Congress

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With the theme “Delivering future cities now”, ERTICO – ITS Europe is organising the 11th ITS European Congress in Glasgow with the support of the European Commission. ITS United Kingdom has been involved in the Congress from the start, supporting Members Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland with first the bid and then the planning process. The event will take place on 6-9 June 2016 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), the country largest exhibition venue.  This year’s theme focuses on increasing connectivity, bringing new services to users and improving communication in a sustainable way. Maximising benefits of ITS to the user will be highlighted throughout the Congress, the Exhibition and the Demonstrations with thousands of participants including public administrations, industry and ITS-related organisations showcasing technologies and services available to “deliver future cities now”.

Hosted every year, when the ITS World Congress is not held in Europe, the ITS European Congresses represent the largest event and exhibition fully dedicated to intelligent transport systems and services. About 2,500 participants from all over Europe are expected to travel to Glasgow in 2016 for the event, with over 80 exhibitors from 50+ countries on a 5000sqm area and over 100 sessions around 5 Topics (Automation, Services to user, Space technologies, Sustainable transport for people and goods, Climate).

Glasgow is the UK’s first ‘Smart City’ having won a £24 million (nearly 33 million Euros) Future Cities Demonstrator grant from the Technology Strategy Board – a body set up by the UK Government to stimulate technology-enabled innovation. Glasgow has strong aspirations to become one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020. Hosting the ITS European Congress & Exhibition in 2016 will demonstrate a legacy of the city’s first ‘themed’ year – Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 – which will deliver a high profile series of events and initiatives to encourage local businesses and communities to support environmental, social and economic sustainability.

This year Congress highlights:

  • 3 Plenary Sessions and 9 Executive Sessions with high-level speakers
  • Mayor’s Summit – Wednesday 8 June
  • Gala Evening at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Wednesday 8 June
  • Over 100 Sessions (including dedicated Student Sessions to engage the young generation)
  • 4 Technical Visits
  • More than 10 Associated Events

Follow the event on Twitter (@ITS_Congresses), using #ITSGlasgow16

 For more information on the Congress Programme, contact Pamela Valente at p.valente@mail.ertico.com 

www.itsineurope.com   

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.

Quotes from some members of the European Programme Committee

Didier Gorteman, Chair of the EPC and Director of Congress, ERTICO – ITS Europe

“The Congress is designed to provide insight into the real life ITS solutions of today and showcase the ideas of tomorrow with an interactive and wide array of programmes and activities. In addition to the session discussions, demonstrations will give participants the chance to experience technological advancements first-hand while the exhibition will provide the opportunity to stumble on some of the ingenious ideas revolutionising transport today”.

Hamilton Purdie, Mott MacDonald Ltd, Project Manager ITS Glasgow 2016

“After a stimulating week of knowledge sharing we invite delegates to immerse themselves in all that Glasgow has to offer from world class art and cultural activities through medieval castles to the endless stream of coastlines and picture-perfect lochs”.

Jennie Martin, Secretary General, ITS United Kingdom

“Glasgow is an exemplary ITS City in both senses:  within the city, Intelligent Transport Systems are widely used to support the users and operators of roads, rail and buses, and the city was an ITS pioneer back in the 1980s with the CITRAC system, a very early traffic management ITS example.  It is also exemplary from the ITS Congress point of view – a medium sized European city with a mix of industry, retail and service employment, with a city centre mainly built in the 19th and early 20th centuries laying down the parameters for how transport can be organised, an important but not dominant tourist industry, and a past as a major sea port – a typical eurocity in many ways”. 

Andrew Davidson, National Operations Manager, Transport Scotland

“The Scottish Government continues to recognise the essential role transport has to play in supporting businesses and communities both locally and internationally. Over the next year just over £1bn worth of transport projects and contracts across all modes of transport will be supported. Within all this transport investment and active travel agenda Transport Scotland is applying the ITS Directives and continue to expand ITS related customer focused services to the people of Scotland. At the end of 2014 the Transport Minister launched our Active Travel Vision, which aims to encourage more people to walk and cycle for everyday shorter journeys, building on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy as well as focusing on our commitment to progress a low carbon economy, reduce emissions and tackle climate change”.

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