Intelligent Transport Congress in Dublin offers real intelligent transport solutions for Europeans needs

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Intelligent Transport Congress in Dublin offers real intelligent transport solutions for Europeans' needs

Today, the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) European Congress begins with an Opening Ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin in the Docklands. Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí, Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly TD, Matthias Ruete (Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission), Jean Mesqui (ERTICO - ITS Europe Supervisory Board's Chairman), Gerry Murphy (Ireland's National Transport Authority CEO) and Fred Barry (Ireland's National Roads Authority CEO) will inaugurate the 9th Congress.

The Congress is the biggest ITS event taking place in Europe this year with over 1,800 delegates attending the Convention Centre Dublin from 4th-7th June.  This year’s Congress is called ‘Real Solutions for Real Needs’ and will focus on four main topics: sustainable city regions, smarter travel, knowledge sharing and competitiveness through innovation.

"ITS is about making transport more efficient and more sustainable. Many of the best ITS ideas make simple but far reaching improvements to how our daily lives. A great example is Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI), which was first introduced in Ireland by Dublin City Council. It now helps literally millions of people all over the country to plan their journeys more effectively and so improves how public transport works”, said Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí.

"The topic of competitiveness through innovation is perhaps the area where Ireland has the most to offer, we have shown what we can do, for example being the first in Europe to implement barrier free tolling for all vehicle types on the M50. Ireland provides the European headquarter for a host of global players in the social networking, internet and media arenas, we have the people on the ground here in Dublin and elsewhere in the country to create the energy to innovate and I expect to see a lot of new ideas emanate from Ireland.", Minister Alan Kelly said.

The Dublin congress will provide an opportunity to visit some of Ireland's most innovative examples of ITS deployment. Technical visits to the Dublin Port Tunnel, the IBM Technology Campus and the Dublin Traffic Control Centre as well as demonstrations of the T-Systems satellic tolling platform and ESB advanced electric vehicles will run over the full length of the congress.

Speaking about the current priorities of the European Commission at the Opening Ceremony, Director General Matthias Ruete will say in his address to the opening ceremony: "Interactive journey planners are fantastic tools if you need to get from A to B quickly. And there are a lot of such planners available in Europe. But there is not one yet that helps users plan a journey that involves several means of transport and more than one country. Here we can learn a great deal from the Irish "Hit the Road" project, the online multi-modal journey planner that serves the entire transport network in the greater Dublin area".

"This congress sets a landmark for ITS Congresses by achieving what it promises: real solutions for real needs. Intelligent transport systems fulfil users’ needs, provide jobs and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness" Jean Mesqui, Chairman of the ERTICO Supervisory Board will say in his address to the opening ceremony.

The ITS European Congress takes place on 4-7 June at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Visitors and delegates can plan their schedule in advance tailored to their individual agenda and priorities thanks to the Congress mobile App, which is freely downloadable for both Android and iPhone.


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