ITS Australia and ITS Ireland sign cooperative MOU at the World Congress in Copenhagen


Alongside showcasing the country’s smart transport technologies and initiatives, ITS Australia has used the 25th ITS World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, to sign a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ITS Ireland.

Over 100 Australian ITS industry representatives have been attending the World Congress, showcasing the country’s intelligent transport systems concepts, trials, programs and products with an international audience through exhibition, presentations and demonstrations.

ITS Australia’s president, Dean Zabrieszach, and CEO Susan Harris have been attending the Congress to participate in ITS Asia Pacific Board Meetings, as well as engage with other global ITS organizations and leaders to further develop cooperative relationships and represent the Australian ITS industry.

The purpose of the MOU between ITS Australia and ITS Ireland is to promote collaboration in ITS research, planning, promotion and deployment of technologies, and to improve membership value through research, education and commercial cooperation. Ireland and Australia are both making strong advances in the development of intelligent transport technology and the exchange of information between the countries will be highly beneficial to continue the progress, and will cement future cooperation.

The MOU will permit exchanges of ITS professionals and information, educational and professional development initiatives, and the joint marketing and promotion of events in each country. At the signing, Zabrieszach and ITS Ireland’s vice chairperson, Donal Hodgins, agreed that the cooperation will lead to more effective and better organized development and deployment of intelligent transport systems in both countries, and facilitate communication between the organizations’ members and leaders.

“We are excited to announce the establishment of a formal MOU with ITS Ireland. We look forward to collaborating more closely regarding ITS developments, in particular connected and automated vehicles, as well as Mobility as a Service,” said Zabrieszach. “We will also look to identify opportunities to collaborate on the education and professional development of ITS professionals in both countries.”

Hodgins (right) added, “As ITS has emerged as a mainstream technology, and ITS Ireland is pushing forward with advances in this area, the global issues surrounding congestion, safety and sustainability must be addressed through international collaboration. This MOU is an excellent step forward.”

As part of its promotional work for the country’s smart mobility sector, the co-exhibitors at the ITS Australia Pavilion include:

• ATC Braums – International distributor for the SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System) Urban Traffic Management platform;

• Austrade – Startup delegation of five companies revolutionizing parking, streetscape analysis, corporate rideshare, fleet management, and car rental;

• Cohda Wireless – World-leading and proven V2X applications and CAV technology;

• Data61 | CSIRO – Data science, engineering, and design advisory services;

• Micro Connect – A leader in connecting traffic signal controllers to the SCATS traffic control software using TCP/IP;

• SAGE Automation – Australia’s leading ITS integrator, showcasing AddInsight, the traffic intelligence system developed by the South Australian Department of Transport and Infrastructure.

Zabrieszach, noted, “The combination of our exhibitors, along with the high number of speakers and participants at this year’s Congress demonstrates to the global ITS industry that Australia continues to innovate and make progress in the application of smart technology concepts, products and solutions.”

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