ERTICO launches online ITS and C-ITS training platform

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Leading participants in Europe’s intelligent transport systems (ITS) community have joined forces to deliver groundbreaking training and educational courses, which will soon be available via an all-new online training platform, hosted on the Open source edX software.

The platform and courses have been developed by a consortium of ITS experts and professionals under the banner of the European Union (EU) funded ‘CAPITAL’ (Collaborative cApacity Program on ITS Training-educAtion and Liaison) project. Under the leadership of ERTICO – ITS Europe, CAPITAL is a coordination and support action funded by the EU under the Horizon2020 (H2020) Research and Innovation Framework Program Grant Agreement. Its goal is to create a collaborative capacity building community and deployment program to support public and private stakeholders implementing cooperative ITS (C-ITS) with training and educational resources.

The CAPITAL project will assist public and private stakeholders in developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to build technical, business and policy making proficiency of ITS deployment while furthering their career paths.

The project also aims to raise awareness of ITS and C-ITS services. The CAPITAL consortium is made up experts from AustriaTech, CERTH, the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), FIA, City of Helmond (Netherlands), IRU, ITS-Hellas (Greece), Newcastle University (UK), TTS Italia and VTT Finland. Together, they represent ITS organizations, academia, government and industry and are well-equipped to provide hands-on training on the technologies, impacts, cost benefits, financial incentives, and implementation strategies of ITS and C-ITS.

Experienced ITS professionals, including: ERTICO’s Professor Eric Sampson; Dr Simon Edwards from the University of Newcastle; AustriaTech’s mobility manager, Katharina Zwick; and Monica Giannini, senior project manager at the International Road Union (IRU), will guide students and provide expert advice throughout the courses. The online training program consists of nine modules covering various aspects of ITS and caters to all levels.

Course topics include:

• Introduction to ITS;

• Impacts of ITS;

• Financial Incentives and Business Models;

• Data Protection and Guidance on deployment of C-ITS.

Registration for the online training platform and courses has already opened, and the first courses will go live in February 2018. Participants will have the chance to learn about ITS and cooperative ITS services and experience these cutting-edge technologies first-hand, with face-to-face training sessions coupled with live demonstrations across Europe.

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