With some of the world's global leaders in transport technology set to descend on Bordeaux in October for the 22nd Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS Australia is taking with them their own delegation of headline acts.
Led by Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Warren Truss, Australia’s delegation includes the Australian Ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, the Victorian Agent General to Europe and the UK, Geoffrey Conaghan and chief executive representation from key national and state transport agencies.
Taking place from 5 – 9 October 2015, ITS Australia will be heading to Bordeaux to showcase the best the country has to offer, and still riding the high of Melbourne being named the World’s Most Liveable City for the fifth year running. In addition, participating in Bordeaux will give Australians the opportunity to be recognised on a global stage amongst international counterparts at over 60 sessions.
The significance of Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister leading the delegation has not gone unnoticed by ITS Australia CEO, Susan Harris.
“The visit to Bordeaux for the 2015 World Congress will be instrumental in positioning Australia as an integral player in the transport technology space, and creating an appetite for people to visit Australia when the Congress arrives in Melbourne in the following year,” Ms Harris said.
“The Deputy Prime Minister will set the scene for the Australian delegation on the Monday, participating in high level discussions at the Ministerial Roundtable along Mr Alain Vidalies, French Secretary of State of Transport, and other international transport leaders.
"Australia has long been leading the charge with transport technologies, and to be accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister to further promote our performance in this sector is hugely important for us as an organisation, and for the future of the industry in Australia," Ms Harris adds.
To fully leverage the Deputy Ministers' attendance, ITS Australia have planned a number of activities over the four day event, including a toast to the event’s three co-hosts, ERTICO, ITS America and ITS Asia Pacific at the Asia Pacific lounge, co-hosted alongside the ITS Australia stand.
The ITS Australia stand also includes networking drinks on Wednesday 7 at 3:30pm where delegates will get the opportunity to sample Australian wines and compare them to those of the Bordeaux region, which will be a fantastic opportunity for networking between key partners and an International contingent.
Sure to attract an International crowd of visitors, ITS Australia will be co-exhibiting with Cohda Wireless, Intelematics Australia and National ICT Australia (NICTA) on stand A38.
Cohda Wireless - The world's most advanced and experienced V2X provider
Dominating the field trails and deployments, Cohda’s engagement in V2X is second to none. With more than 60% of vehicles involved in V2X trials incorporating Cohda products, this has resulted in over one million vehicle-days of testing as a result.
Also participating in the demonstrations program, Cohda will showcase three vehicles running conventional Cooperative G5 network protocols, and will drive participants through an urban style environment.
Intelematics Australia – Toyota Link connected vehicle program
Intelematics is a leading provider of connected mobility services, traffic information and telematics solutions. Working extensively with automotive industry brands, Intelematics Australia recently received the 2014 ITS Industry Award for the Toyota Link and Lexus Enform (Entune), and will be presenting their Connected Vehicle Program on the stand at Bordeaux.
NICTA – National ICT Australia
National ICT Australia’s (NICTA) Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Team are delivering innovative ICT solutions that transform the efficiency, safety and sustainability of transportation systems and infrastructure networks. NICTA seek to improve the international competitiveness of Australian academic ICT research and industry innovation by tightly linking the two in order to achieve greater economic and social impact.
Bordeaux and beyond
The world’s largest event for intelligent transport systems and services, this year’s Bordeaux Congress will focus not only on how achieving intelligent mobility will change our lives, but also on the benefits space can bring to ITS applications.
What will be delivered in 2015 will be preparation for what’s to come in 2016, where Melbourne is set to host the 23rd World Congress from 10 -14 October.
Brian Negus, President of ITS Australia says “There is no doubt Bordeaux will be a fantastic event, and this will certainly give the ITS world a taste of what’s to come in Melbourne 2016.
“It is a great honour for Australia to be selected as the host nation for this prestigious event next year, particularly for Melbourne, having been named the world’s most liveable city yet again for the fifth time in a row this August.
Hosting a successful event in Sydney at the 2001 World Congress 15 years ago, we will be sure to build on that experience, and follow suit with what Bordeaux has to offer,” Mr Negus said.
All Australians, New Zealanders and Asia Pacific delegates attending the congress are invited to use the stand as home base and further networking opportunities. To keep up to date with planned activities, drop by the stand where you can also collect your free Aussie koala.
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