Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) - Articles and news items

Eurotransport’s Leaders’ Series 2017: Jacob Bangsgaard

Issue 2 2017  •  10 April 2017  •  Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe

In the second instalment of our Leaders’ Series, Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe, gives his take on how intelligent transport systems (ITS) can improve public transport services and discusses how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) could change people’s travel habits.

Committed to the sustainable and smart mobility revolution

Issue 2 2017  •  10 April 2017  •  Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries for France

Across the transport industry, the need for technologically innovate modes of transport and a sustainable infrastructure that benefits not only its passengers, but the environment too, has long been clear. In this article for Eurotransport, Alain Vidalies, Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries for France, explains how the country is ready and eager to meet this ideal, and is already taking steps to achieve it.

C-ITS – just a technology for cars?

Issue 1 2017  •  19 February 2017  •  Suzanne Hoadley, Senior Manager at Polis

You may well be questioning why there is an article about C-ITS (cooperative ITS) in Eurotransport, a quintessential public transport publication. After all, isn’t C-ITS a technology invented by car manufacturers to make journeys smoother for car drivers? This is often the reaction that Suzanne Hoadley, Senior Manager at Polis, receives when the subject of C-ITS is raised in discussion with her public transport colleagues, as well as some local authorities. In this article Suzanne addresses the progression of the technology in recent years, highlighting how it can be better utilised in the public transport sector.

Jacob Bangsgaard appointed CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe

Industry news  •  9 January 2017  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

ERTICO – ITS Europe, the intelligent transport systems umbrella organisation, has announced the appointment of Jacob Bangsgaard as Chief Executive Officer.

ITS deployment in Bulgarian urban areas

Issue 6 2016  •  30 November 2016  •  Christina Nikolova, University of National and World Economy (UNWE) & Marta Klisurova, Transport Research Institute

In this article Christina Nikolova from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) and Marta Klisurova from the Transport Research Institute, outline the requirements needed to develop and deploy Intelligent Transport Systems in Bulgarian cities and highlight that although progress has been made, there is still much to do.

ITS & Transport Management supplement 2016

Issue 4 2016, Supplements, Z homepage promo  •  19 August 2016  •  Eurotransport

In this supplement: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – a new way of using ITS in public transport; ITS is dead, long live ITS; ITS Netherlands and the future of public transport; City of Turku leads the way towards public transport digitalisation and MaaS in Finland…

Intelligent Transport Systems driving innovation

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  7 July 2016  •  Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS UK

Ahead of her article in Eurotransport Issue 4, Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS UK, provides an overview of developments in Intelligent Transport Systems and how it helps drive innovation in the public transport industry…

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) & Traffic Management supplement 2015

Issue 4 2015, Supplements  •  2 September 2015  •  Eurotransport

Dominik Grögler, Head of Engineering at BERNMOBIL takes a look at big data in public transport, Simon Beasley, Transport Network Manager at Reading Borough Council explores the wider picture of open standards and Paul Kompfner, Head of City Programme at ERTICO – ITS Europe says that ITS can be an urban mobility dream. Plus we preview the 22nd ITS World Congress…

Whitepaper: Intelligent Transportation Systems is one of the most important investment sectors in the EU Market

Whitepapers  •  1 February 2015  •  Advantech

Intelligent Transportation Systems are advanced systems which enhance productivity and aim to provide ground-breaking services by integrating advanced Information and Communication Technologies into the transportation infrastructure and into vehicles…

Whitepaper: Connected Car Brings Intelligence to Transportation

Whitepapers  •  29 January 2015  •  Nexcom

We show how the growing challenge of traffic jams can be met with by the Connected Car and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) from NEXCOM…

Bridging boundaries – ITS Austria and the Austrian activities on cross-border cooperation

Issue 5 2014  •  24 October 2014  •  Martin Russ – General Secretary of ITS Austria

New and innovative mobility solutions enabled by intelligent transport systems (ITS) need foresightful political commitment. The national ITS Austria Platform is all set for strengthening the position of Austria as a key player in ITS development and deployment. To further develop the strong network and exchange between the ministry and the national industry is a main goal of the national platform. All activities of ITS Austria are based on the four priorities for the use of intelligent transport systems: to increase road safety; to improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure; to enhance the overall quality of the traffic network; and to reduce the environmental impact. Mobility must include open data, open services and open platforms. This kind of mobility as-a-service must be in-line with other European priorities and activities, for example like what the ITS Europe Congress 2014 in Helsinki showed. Martin Russ – General Secretary of ITS Austria, explains further…

Kapsch CarrierCom acquires Prodata Mobility Systems NV

Industry news  •  17 July 2014  •  Kapsch CarrierCom

The acquisition will further strengthen Kapsch CarrierCom’s proposition for public transport operators…

Sofia – a city in motion

Issue 6 2013  •  16 December 2013  •  Evgeni Krussev, International Projects Expert, the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country. The population of Sofia is approximately 1.3 million inhabitants and its territory is 1,311km2. The organisation, management, supervision and finance of Sofia public transport as an integrated process are assigned to the Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, or SUMC. The development and operation of the open-space parking system in Sofia is also the responsibility of the SUMC. The SUMC defines and proposes measures for improvement of the parking situation and, if approved by the Sofia Municipal Council, applies these measures. Parameters of the public transport system Sofia’s public transport system is the biggest and the most complex urban transport system in Bulgaria and includes tram, trolleybus, bus and metro operations. The public transport network is well-developed with 93 bus lines, 15 tram lines, nine trolleybus lines and two metro lines. The public transport service in Sofia is performed by three municipal companies – ‘Stolichen Avtotransport’ EAD, ‘Stolichen Elelktrotransport’ EAD and ‘Metropolitan’ EAD, plus three private bus transport operators. In 2012, the provision of public transport services was 61.3 million vehicle kilometers. The number of public transport vehicles in Sofia at its peak hour is 839, which includes: 169 trams; 95 trolleybuses; 549 buses; and 26 metro trains…

Ireland’s key ITS activity brings passenger benefits

Issue 5 2013  •  11 November 2013  •  Tim Gaston, Director – Integrated Ticketing Scheme, National Transport Authority of Ireland

The National Transport Authority (NTA) of Ireland is a state body that was set up in 2000 and is responsible for managing public transport operators and regulating the small public service vehicle sector (i.e. taxis, hackneys and limousines). The governing body of the NTA consists of a Chairperson and 11 authority members appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The principal functions of the NTA are split into the following two areas:

National principal functions include: entering into contracts for the provision of public transport services; providing funding for specified bus and rail travel services that are considered necessary for economic or social reasons; licensing bus routes; regulating the taxi sector; promoting an integrated public transport network; and implementing integrated ticketing, fares and information schemes.

ITS & Traffic Management supplement 2013

Issue 4 2013, Supplements  •  23 August 2013  •  Stefan Burkhart, Pierpaolo Tona, Carla Coppola, Martin Böhm

Buses and trams continually monitored (Stefan Burkhart, Head of Telecommunications, SSB)
Compass4D: a tale of seven cities (Pierpaolo Tona, Compass4D Project Coordinator and Project Manager / Carla Coppola, Communications Officer, ERTICO – ITS Europe)
Multi-modal journey planners are becoming reality for Central Europe (Martin Böhm, Head of Unit ‘Mobility Systems and ITS Deployment’, AustriaTech)

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