ITS (UK) appoints Carbon Ambassador

In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, and the requirement for transport to dramatically reduce its emissions, ITS (UK) has appointed environment expert Keith McCabe to be its first Carbon Ambassador.

The Intelligent Transport Systems Industry Body is keen to underline how technology is already being used to improve air quality through a range of solutions that make travelling more efficient, from improved traffic management through navigation and modelling to enforcement of clean air zones and reduction in electricity use thanks to solar road studs or renewably-powered roadside units.

Keith McCabe is CEO of both Simplifai Systems and KAM Futures and is a leader in new thinking around distributed energy systems involving virtual power stations, smart grids and electric vehicles.

“It is an honour to be chosen to take on this important role,” said Keith McCabe. “My plan is to first reflect on what has already been achieved technically such as help with resilience and carbon reduction, work with other ITS (UK) Forums to create a carbon-focus across the groups, champion ITS solutions that will help deliver the Department for Transport’s decarbonisation plan and look to work with local authorities focusing on resilience.”

This appointment follows a commitment from ITS (UK) Chair, Ryan Hood for the organisation to double-down on its commitment to decarbonisation, calling on the industry to ensure the full value of transport technology is unlocked to support the environmental effort as we approach the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November. The Society is also hosting an Early Careers prize essay competition sponsored by Simplifai Systems looking for ideas around the innovative application of ITS solutions to achieve decarbonisation goals.

“ITS (UK) has always been a pioneer of using technology for improving the environment,” added Secretary General Jennie Martin. “We launched our Smart Environment Forum over 20 years ago, pretty much before anyone else gave a thought to the pollution caused by our transport systems, and our industry has delivered so many innovative solutions in the last two decades. The appointment of Keith to both publicise the importance of the issue to our members, and simultaneously the brilliance of our members’ solutions to the wider climate industry is a logical next step.”

(Picture courtesy of Keith McCabe)

The two MaaS days of TTS Italia and Club Italia: “We are here, now let’s do it”

“Mobility as a Service is central to the mobility policies that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility (MIMS) pursues in cities with the Recovery and Resilience Plan: the modal integration of public and private transport services is the heart of these policies”, thus Mauro Bonaretti, Head of the Transport and Navigation Department of MIMS closed on July 13 the first day of the” National MaaS Days”, the conference held in Rome, and jointly organized by TTS Italia and Club Italia . “The means of transport is transformed into a service to allow an all-round sustainable mobility”, echoed Mauro Minenna, coordinator of the Department for Digital Transformation of the Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, in pulling the strings of the final session the next day.

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Freight Leaders Council and TTS Italia together for logistics at the service of the Country

A common working table, a long-term collaboration, to develop proposals and strategies for the digital transformation of logistics. This is the commitment made at the end of June in Rome by the Freight Leaders Council (FLC) and TTS Italia.
An operational table that completes a Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the two associations on 22 April last.
For TTS Italia, Rossella Panero (President), Olga Landolfi (Secretary General), and Leonardo Domanico (Project Manager) will take part in the table; for the Freight Leaders Council, there will be Massimo Marciani (President), Clara Ricozzi (Vice President) and Elisabetta La Scala (Secretary).
The goal is to make oneself available to the country system to develop innovative projects for logistics, especially for its digitization, to permanently and definitively change a fundamental sector for the development and recovery of Italian competitiveness.
In particular, the FLC, thanks to the support of its partners and its network, will develop innovative projects for the entire supply chain, from the collection of goods to final delivery, for all means of transport.
For its part, TTS Italia, through the network of members and partners, will bring all those technologies and digital solutions to the attention of the sector, a real moment of innovation in logistics.
A joint action aimed not only at spreading the culture of innovation and sharing good practices in the sector, but also at presenting operational solutions to the Public Administration for the simplification of procedures and control and monitoring processes.
For Rossella Panero, President of TTS Italia “The joint working table with FLC is extremely important for us. We need to combine forces, projects and ideas to create a system and be truly capable of giving support to the institutions in the first place, but not only, for digital and new logistics, not only innovative “.
For Massimo Marciani, President of the FLC: “Innovation and digitalization are the two pillars of the new normal of logistics and a joint work between our two associations will be the engine of this epochal change in logistics, the industrial industry”.

ITS online courses from CAPITAL

CAPITAL is a project funded by the European Union to design and deliver a collaborative capacity-building programme, including training and further education, for public and private sector practitioners in the field of (cooperative) intelligent transport systems (C-ITS & ITS).

CAPITAL’s open online training platform provides a training programme and educational resources to public and private stakeholders wishing to learn more about ITS & C-ITS deployment. It caters to audiences with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of understanding of (C)-ITS.

The online courses can be accessed here>>.

ITS training webinars from ERTICO Academy

The ERTICO Academy is a unique training platform that offers Public Authorities and their teams personalised and interactive trainings in smart mobility on a wide range of topics. The ERTICO Academy facilitates learning and enables participants to upskill with the training provided by experienced mobility experts and state-of-the-art resources.

The training webinars can be accessed here>>.

Dr Angelos Amditis elected Chairman of ERTICO- ITS Europe for a second time

On 8 June, ERTICO – ITS Europe hosted the annual General Assembly (GA) to present the highlights and strategic activities of 2020. Being one of the most significant events of the year, the GA sought to inspire employees, partners and stakeholders to reflect on the previous year and chart the course for the coming year. With more than 70 representatives, the GA webinar presented ERTICO’s future projects and strategy, including the upcoming event: the 27th ITS World Congress in Hamburg in October. During the GA, the Chairman of ERTICO, Dr Angelos Amditis shared the newly appointed Supervisory Board of ERTICO.  The GA also confirmed that Dr Amditis was re-elected as Chairman of ERTICO.

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MaaS for the EU Green Week 2021: the PriMaaS project event

PriMaaS Partners ITS Romania and eGovlab Stockholm University joint CIVINET Romania and Timisoara City Hall, for a two-day online conference on MaaS Solutions in prioritizing clean transport, on 2-3 of June 2021. The event will have a dedicated space in the #EUGREENWEEK calendar as a partner event.
The event will bring to the audience results and experiences from two European projects: PriMaaS (Interreg Europe) – Prioritizing low carbon mobility services for improving accessibility of citizens, also involving TTS Italia among partners, and Civitas Eccentric Munchen, as well as the efforts of #Timisoara and #Stockholm in this field.

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Gaist signs up to ITS (UK)’s Executive tier of membership

The international roadscape and highways technology company Gaist has signalled its commitment to the UK’s transport technology industry by joining the Intelligent Transport Systems trade association ITS (UK).

As an Executive Member, Gaist will sit on the ITS (UK) Council and help steer the overall strategy and profile building of the ITS industry working alongside leading government departments, consultants, contractors and suppliers.

Gaist uses digital processes to provide deep insights into roads and the roadscape and has the biggest ever data bank of highly detailed images of highway network to provide customers with intelligence and analysis.  This includes high level asset information, mapping and location identification, surface materials analysis, deterioration modelling and HD site location imagery.

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ITS (UK), Estonia and Finland meet to build relationships

The UK’s trade body for Intelligent Transport Systems, ITS (UK) is opening doors for its members to work with companies from Finland and Estonia.

The organisation took part in a three-way online trade delegation meeting which involved it meeting with transport technology-related companies from the two countries to begin the process of introducing them to potential British partners.

Some 40 companies took part in the event which also included ministerial addresses from the three countries’ governments and a debate.

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MaaS: working group closed, TTS Italia towards the presentation of the Recommendations

With the online meeting of 31 March, the Working Group (WG) launched by TTS Italia and coordinated by 5T on MaaS, launched in January 2020, ended after more than a year: intense teamwork with the aim of analyzing, discussing, and defining the enabling conditions necessary for the development and dissemination of MaaS services in Italy.
Three core teams identified in the WG to come up with guidelines of 5 chapters: introduction to MaaS, MaaS, and business, MaaS and Governance, MaaS and Technology, the regulatory context at European level. And above all, 12 recommendations were drawn up which can be summarized with the following keywords: trust, openness, market, freedom, public governance, sharing, public transport, multimodality, data, interoperability, support for demand, sustainability.
The Group’s work went hand in hand with the institutional one carried out by the Association which, as announced in recent days, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Technical Mission Structure of the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility (MIMS) to support the full diffusion of MaaS nationally.
Furthermore, TTS Italia was audited by the Study Commission set up by MIMS to propose interventions aimed at reforming the local public transport sector, on March 17th. The theme of the comparison, precisely the MaaS and the role of the public transport in the MaaS.
The guidelines created within the Working Group will be presented with a public event which, in collaboration with Club Italia and compatibly with DPCM and health situation, in Rome.