ITS European Congress 2016

Jun

06

EMPOWER are looking forward to attending the ITS European Congress, Europe’s largest event in Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, in Glasgow, from 6 to 9 June 2016.

The Congress will take place from 6 to 9 June at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) which is just a short walk from the City Centre on the banks of the River Clyde. The Congress theme is “Delivering Future Cities Now” and is based on Glasgow’s pioneering work on Smart Cities which recently resulted in a £24M award and is based on the City’s and Scotland’s long history of innovation in Intelligent Traffic Control which started in 1967 with Europe’s first computerised traffic control system.

The event consists of an extensive exhibition, with an adjacent area for live demonstrations and a programme of high level and technical sessions providing the opportunity for the industry’s experts and political leaders to discuss current issues both formally at over 100 sessions and more informally during an extensive social programme.

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 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.

The 11th European ITS Congress 2016 is proudly organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe in partnership with the European Commission, and hosted by Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland.

 

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