The European Commission is very pleased to invite you to the 11th European ITS Congress, to be hosted in the city of Glasgow from 6th to 9th June 2016.
The main theme of the Congress, “Delivering future cities now”, is of outmost relevance for all of us. Almost half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and by 2050 this percentage is expected to increase to 75%; how the cities will look like by then? No-one really knows, but the reality is that our urban spaces face a series of challenges such as congestion and CO2 emissions. Instead of adding to the long list of challenges faced by the cities, our common efforts should aim at turning challenges into opportunities.
Cities are exciting, and they are attractive. They have highintensity communication, competition and cooperation, all these being drivers for innovation. The cities of the future will be shaped by knowledge and ideas leading to less fragmentation and more connection.
We need to fully tap the potential of information and communication technologies, not only to respond to current mobility demands, but also to be proactive in anticipating future needs and challenges, creating a framework for flexible solutions addressing the needs of people and businesses.
The discussions during the Congress will address exactly these aspects by covering inter alia connected and automated vehicles, ways to bring services to users, as well as transport applications of satellite technologies.
Moreover, decarbonisation of transport will contribute to revitalising our cities by means of promoting new mobility patterns which go hand in hand with new forms of economic and social interaction. Following the debates of the 22nd World ITS Congress Bordeaux 2015 and Sustainable Innovation Forum Paris 2015, the Congress in Glasgow will outline the role of ITS in decarbonizing the transport sector and more generally in reducing its environmental impacts.
The Congress will also be an excellent opportunity to get additional impulses for further implementation of the Energy Union and Digital Single Market Strategy as well as ways to make the best use of existing instruments such as the ITS Directive, Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility.
In order to discuss the cities of tomorrow, there is no better place than Glasgow, this city having strong aspirations to become one of the Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020.
To make today’s cities more sustainable we need knowledge and the will to change. The 11th Europe ITS Congress will be an ideal opportunity to share and enrich our knowledge as well as show our strong commitment to more sustainable we need knowledge and the will to change.
The 11th Europe ITS Congress will be an ideal opportunity to share and enrich our knowledge as well as show our strong commitment to more sustainable cities.
Member of the European Commission
Member of the European Commission
Member of the European Commission
Derek Mackay - Minister for Transport and Islands
I am delighted to welcome you to the 11th ITS European Congress in Glasgow.
As Transport Minister, one of my key responsibilities is the management and development of Scotland’s transport infrastructure. Intelligent Transport Systems play an increasingly vital role in the effective operation of our transport networks for everyday use and to support the wider economy. Scotland’s vision is that by 2020, our country will be the global location of choice for the demonstration of smart mobility products, services and business models.
The Congress theme is Delivering Future Cities Now. Glasgow has a long history in the use of Intelligent Transport Systems and Transport Scotland works with all of Scotland’s Local Authorities in the integration of these systems to the Scottish Transport Road Network. Today, innovation and creativity are the drivers of the City’s ITS successes. As well as a compact, attractive and experienced conference city, Glasgow is a welcoming city. The friendliness and hospitality of its people is world renowned.
I look forward to seeing you in Glasgow on 6 – 9 June and to taking ITS across Europe to the next level.
The Rt Hon Sadie Docherty - Lord Provost Glasgow City Council
Glasgow has a great reputation for fine engineering and innovative approaches to Intelligent Transport Systems.
It was the first European City (and the second in the World after Toronto) to commission a computerised traffic signal control system based at the Broomielaw in September 1967. This is only a short walk away from the Congress Site at the Scottish exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the River Clyde.
This innovative work continued with the development of the computer control algorithms for traffic control and internationally acclaimed motorway control, urban traffic and public transport control systems.
It is this recognition of its past performance and continued involvement in innovative traffic control technology which resulted in the City being awarded the ITS UK’s award for Innovation at the ITS World Congress in London 2006.
More recently the City won a £24M Project to run Future Cities which was awarded by the Technology Strategy Board- the UK Government’s innovation agency.
The City also continues with its policy of regeneration which includes great improvements in public health such as the building of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on the South side of the River Clyde.
This 14 floor hospital is one of the largest new build hospitals in Europe. The City’s ITS Infrastructure is incorporated into its design providing visitors with efficient public transport to and from the hospital.
Finally, the City is also known as the Friendly City and provides visitors with countless dining opportunities and places
of entertainment all within easy walking distance of the Congress venue.
On behalf of the citizens of Glasgow and Glasgow City Council I welcome you to Glasgow.
Jennie Martin Secretary General ITS United Kingdom
ITS United Kingdom is delighted to welcome our British and international colleagues to the 11th ITS European Congress in Glasgow.
We have enjoyed working with our Foundation Members Transport Scotland and Glasgow City Council on making the
Congress happen, and now we look forward to sharing an informative, productive and enjoyable week with you all at the event.
The UK was one of the earliest implementers of ITS in the world, and Glasgow was an early adopter on the city level right from the start. It is very fitting that Glasgow and the whole UK ITS community will now welcome colleagues from all over the world to share our experiences and also to learn from you. The Congress theme is Delivering Future Cities Now and many of us are busy doing just that. If we continuously take on board best practice and successes from elsewhere, we are more likely to make a good job of this. This is the essence of the ITS Congresses and we are delighted to be playing a leading role in the 2016 ITS in Europe Congress, exactly ten years after our contribution with the World Congress in London in 2006.
We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow on 6 – 9 June and to being able to share with you the British achievements and
capabilities in ITS.
Cees de Wijs Chairman Supervisory Board ERTICO – ITS Europe
On behalf of ERTICO – ITS Europe and its Partners, I am truly delighted to invite you to attend and participate in the 11th European ITS Congress which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 6-9 June 2016.
The theme for this Congress is ‘Delivering Future Cities Now’ with a focus on five key topics.
Cities already benefit from excellent ITS based services that are transforming mobility for people and goods. Increasing connectivity, bringing new services to users, improving communication, all with sustainability in mind will provide even more benefits to the user.
This emphasis on maximising benefits to the user will be highlighted in the Exhibition and throughout the demonstrations where a wide range of exhibitors including public administrations, industry and ITS-related organisations will showcase the technologies and services available to deliver future cities now.
Students and young professionals will also be a focus of the Congress, which hopes to attract top talent into the intelligent transport sector.
Scotland is already an advanced user of ITS and the support of Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland will ensure that this event will be a success.
Finally, in addition to what is certain to be an interesting and informative Congress Programme, participants will also be able to take advantage of the exciting social itinerary in this vibrant and energetic city renowned for its culture, style and friendliness of its people.
I very much look forward meeting you at the greatest coming together of the European community.
Aug 12, 2016This year’s 11th ITS European Congress featured a dedicated “Young Professionals Day” on Tuesday, 7 June with dedicated sessions for students and young professionals in the field of ITS. The day featured two stakeholder workshops and rounded off...