Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri – the leader in the global digital mapping industry – has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 23rd ITS World Congress in Melbourne, 10-14 October.
Mr. Dangermond and his wife Laura founded the company in 1969, with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help design a better future. Today, this technology serves 350,000 clients around the world, who collectively create more than 150 million maps per day.
Locally, Esri Australia partners with more than 1,000 of the country’s leading government agencies and commercial enterprises, across industries including: federal, state and local government; national security; law enforcement, utilities, transport, resources and petroleum; agribusiness; banking, insurance; and retail – to name just a few.
World Congress host, ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris said attracting speakers of Mr. Dangermond's calibre highlights the significance of the Congress, the draw of Australia and how digital mapping has become an important technology in tackling traffic congestion in major cities around the world.
“Connectivity of a truly ‘Smart City’ affects all facets of the community, from how individuals make personalised daily travel choices, through to infrastructure that remains resilient in the face of disruption or disaster.
“With the Congress theme of ITS - Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities, Jack’s insight and experience in digital mapping and infrastructure will be timely and relevant.
“ITS Australia looks forward to welcoming Jack Dangermond to Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city, and learning from one of the great influencers in digital mapping and spatial technology – a cornerstone of future smart cities,” Ms Harris said.
Jack Dangermond will present his keynote speech on Day Three of the World Congress, in the Plenary Session titled ‘Smart Cities’ and will explore how technology plays a part in future liveability. Considering more than half the world’s population live in cities, and with projections suggesting this will grow by a further 2.5 billion people by 2050, transport technology, travel demand and individual mobility will be key factors in what makes a city smart.
The ‘Smart Cities’ Plenary Session with Jack Dangermond will be held on Wednesday 12 October 2016, 9.00am-10.30am at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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