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Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 - 11:00

ITS United Kingdom Public Transport Interest Group Celebrates 15th Birthday


ITS (UK), the Intelligent Transport Society for the United Kingdom, has celebrated the fifteenth birthday of its Public Transport Interest Group.  The PTIG covers all aspects of using Intelligent Transport Systems technology for public transport:  ticketing, information, fleet management, safety and security, and so on.

 The Group was founded in 1999 by Dr Chris Querée, then of MVA.  Chris was at the birthday celebrations, with three more attendees from the 1999 meeting:  John Austin of Austin Analytics, Peter Warman of WarmanConsult, and Jennie Martin of ITS (UK).   

Gary Umpleby of Hogia, the current PTIG Chairman, said "I consider it a privilege to have been Chairman of the Public Transport Interest Group at this prestigious '15th Birthday' meeting, and to be able to share the occasion with the Interest Group Founder and the first Chairman of twelve years’ standing, Dr Chris Querée.  Chris confirmed: “ITS (UK), underpinned by a dedicated and enthusiastic staff, provides the UK ITS industry with a unique opportunity for open discussion, review, and comment on important issues affecting our industry. The '15th Birthday' meeting of the Public Transport Interest Group was certainly no exception, with a day of excellent presentations from both UK and international speakers accompanied by lively debate and discussion around a range of key issues."

Daniel Hobbs of AECOM, Honorary Secretary of the PTIG said “It was a great opportunity to look back at the amazing developments that have taken place in passenger transport, information and technology over the last fifteen years, but also demonstrated the exciting opportunities ahead. I am looking forward to the next fifteen years.”


Picture shows (left) Gary Umpleby, Hogia, Chairman of the ITS (UK) Public Transport Interest Group and Daniel Hobbs, AECOM, Honorary Secretary.




For further information, please contact:


Jennie Martin, ITS (UK)

Tel: +44(0)20 7709 3003

Notes to editors:

ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.  The term ITS covers the use of IT and communications technologies for surface transport applications. 

The membership, over 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, Police Forces, consultants, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.

Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.

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