Date: 21 September 2009
Stockholm, 21 September 2009.
Today, the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) in Stockholm kicked off, under the theme “ITS in Daily Life”. During four days, over 2500 delegates will attend this annual meeting point of transport executives from around the globe, held in Europe only once every three years, to share high-tech transport insights.
Intelligent Transport Systems and Services are the integration of information and communication technologies in various transport modes. Examples of these include high-tech technologies enabling vehicles cooperating and ‘talking’ to each other, electronic tolling solutions, advanced driver assistance systems, real time traffic and travel information services etc... The continuing goal of the World Congress on ITS is to promote awareness and deployment of these promising technologies for all transport modes.
Mr. Antonio Tajani, Vice President at the European Commission (Transport): “This ITS World Congress is a milestone for pushing deployment of ITS forward, in line with the European Commission's ITS Action Plan.”
Mr. Zoran Stanèiè, Deputy Director-General at the European Commission (Information Society and Media): “this Congress clearly shows that it is time now for a European large-scale action to give ITS another major push.”
Both EU officials agreed: “An increased use of ITS will bring benefit in terms of safety, the environment, the economy and standard of living. The EU is committed to getting ITS deployed in Europe.”
Speaking at the Congress Opening Ceremony, Gunter Zimmermeyer (Robert Bosch), Chairman of ERTICO – ITS Europe says: “The theme “ITS in Daily Life” reflects the importance of deploying already existing ITS systems. Public-private cooperation is the key to the success of ITS in Europe.”
The Stockholm Congress takes place during the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. Ministers of Transport will attend a meeting in connection with the Opening of the ITS World Congress. High level EU officials will also be speaking at various executive sessions of the Congress.
With participants from over 60 countries, the ITS World Congress is an unmissable event in the global transport calendar.
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About the 16th ITS World Congress:
The 16th World Congress on ITS is hosted by the City of Stockholm, and will take place from 21 to 25 September 2009. ITS World Congresses are co-organised by three regional ITS organisations : ERTICO - ITS Europe, ITS America and ITS Japan. The Congress alternates yearly between Europe, North America and Asia, and is the world’s most important ITS event.
The Exhibition running in conjunction with the Congress will showcase over 200 companies, public administrations and ITS-related organisations, and will be open to the general public on the last day.
About ITS and ERTICO
ERTICO – ITS Europe is a multi-sector, public/private partnership pursuing the development and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). We connect public authorities, industry players, infrastructure operators, users, national ITS associations and other organisations together and work to bring “Intelligence into Mobility”.
The ERTICO work programme focuses on initiatives to improve road safety, security and network efficiency whilst taking into account measures to reduce environmental impact.
Our vision is of a future transport system working towards zero accidents, zero delays and fully informed people, where services are affordable and seamless, the environment is protected, privacy is respected and security is provided.