For anybody interested in the latest trends in smart and integrated mobility, June’s ITS European Congress in Brainport-Eindhoven represents an opportunity to share knowledge and learn about the latest technologies and policy developments.
That is the message from organiser Ertico – ITS Europe, which adds that the Congress in the Netherlands is expected to attract around 3,000 participants from over 50 countries, and will feature more than 100 sessions and workshops, many demonstrations and technical tours - as well as a series of associated events and social occasions.
“This year we are also looking forward to the biggest exhibition to date at an ITS European Congress, with over 100 companies and organisations from all over Europe showcasing their intelligent transport and smart city technologies and solutions and an additional start-up area,” Didier Gorteman, Congress director & CFO of Ertico, says.
The demonstration venue in Helmond will have nearly 20 demos of implemented ITS solutions, “pushing the boundaries of modern and future mobility”. These vary from vehicles with various driver assistance systems, to semi-automated and fully-automated driving. Connected vehicles, smart data exchange, intelligent infrastructure, electric car-sharing and drone deliveries will also be featured.
Under the slogan ‘Smart Mobility, Dutch Reality’, there will be an emphasis on the Netherlands’ nationwide C-ITS implementation too.
Brainport-Eindhoven is part of Europe’s technological backbone and enjoys global recognition as a centre for innovation and mobility solutions. “This, combined with Ertico’s work on promoting, developing and deploying smart mobility systems and services promises an excellent Congress programme,” the organisation explains.
Participants can also look forward to meeting start-up ventures in a dedicated zone and networking with other ITS professionals through the Congress ‘matchmaking’ programme. This will also be where Ertico launches its own start-up initiative. “There is great excitement surrounding this initiative and we believe the European Congress is the perfect occasion to unveil our latest effort,” says Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of Ertico.
The organisation promises delegates “an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest ITS technologies and new mobility concepts” with discussion on policy issues, research findings and best practice sharing around the Congress main theme of ‘Fulfilling ITS Promises’.
There will also be Technical/Scientific and Special sessions addressing the seven Congress topics:
1. Deploying new mobility services
2. A breath of fresh air
3. Connected, cooperative and Automated Mobility
4. Enhancing efficiency of freight transport
5. Enablers of digital infrastructure
6. Transport network operations
7. Disruption, start-ups and future workforce
Plenary and Executive sessions will focus on three main streams: Smart Cities, Integrated Mobility and Automation.
A week of activities
The Congress also hosts a Ministerial Roundtable on Monday 3 June and a Mayor & Industry Leaders Summit on Wednesday 5 June.
The week’s activities will kick off on Sunday 2 June with a Mobifestival at the Automotive Campus in Helmond for the general public. For the festival, the Dutch public is invited to get up to speed with the various applications of ITS, to learn more about smart mobility and to try out new hands-on technologies. Furthermore, citizens will be able to witness multiple innovative demonstrations, which will be part of the ITS European Congress week.
There is also the ‘Your Future Festival’ event on the evening of Tuesday 4 June, organised for the first time by Ertico and Here Technologies. This is the place where top students, young professionals and companies can connect with each other to share inspiration, research and experience and make valuable connections for the future.
• ITS European Congress takes place on 3-6 June in Brainport-Eindhoven, Netherlands: A detailed programme will be available in early April
Registrations are now open – go to www.2019.itsineurope.com