Five smart cities to be featured in special Pavilion at this year’s ITS World Congress


In collaboration with the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS STI Canada), the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has announced five of the cities that will be featured in the ‘Smart Cities Pavilion’ at this year’s ITS World Congress in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

The Smart Cities Pavilion is a dedicated area displaying some of the best examples of infrastructure solutions from around the world. Taking place in Montréal from Oct 29-Nov 2, the 2017 ITS World Congress brings together global leaders in intelligent and transformative transportation to showcase and evaluate the latest innovative concepts, active prototypes, and live systems. In addition to the host city, the confirmed cities to feature in the Pavilion include: Columbus, Ohio; Singapore; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Christchurch, New Zealand. These experiential exhibitions will allow visitors to see the leadership and innovation taking place now, as cities across the globe are using technology to create their vision of next generation integrated mobility solutions in urban settings.

With the themes of Urban Mobility, Engaged Citizenry, Smart Security, Economic Cluster, and Smart Democracy, these demonstrations will illustrate how transformative transportation and integrated mobility solutions are the epicenter of Smart Cities’ critical infrastructure, which seeks to provide seamless connectivity, improved systems delivery, and a better, more equitable quality of life for citizens.

Smart Cities include innovations related to traffic management, roadways, rail, parking, bike share, transit, car share, traveler information, connected and autonomous vehicles, integrated mobility, artificial intelligence, dependencies on transportation, addressing equity issues, smart security, smart energy, smart buildings, smart healthcare, smart government, smart fleets, and more.

“It is with great pride that Montréal welcomes this autumn the ITS World Congress 2017, particularly in this pivotal year of celebrations for its 375th anniversary. I am especially proud of the fact that the initiatives made by our metropolis in smart transit will be exhibited at the Smart Cities Pavilion at the Congress,” said Montréal’s Mayor, Denis Coderre.

“Not only is Montréal innovative, as witnessed by having been awarded Intelligent Community of the Year for 2016 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), but it also aims to become the North American leader in transport electrification and mobility by 2020.”

ITSWC Smart Cities Pavilion chairman John Barton said, “The Pavilion is an opportunity to show how technology can advance the future of integrated mobility, and why it’s important to begin the discussion about the changes that are taking place to make our cities more livable for everyone.”

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