Be Moved - Smart Cities/Smart Mobility

i-Transport 26-27 May 2015

The strategic value of Intelligent Transport System technologies to help make our cities function better and provide its residents with smart mobility solutions was highlighted at the i-Transport Conference and Exhibition in Midrand. It was attended by about 250 delegates and exhibitors during the course of two days.

Rapid urbanisation is drawing more and more people to live in urban and metropolitan areas resulting in increasing congestion. Combined with an ageing infrastructure it is placing huge pressure on the authorities and the supporting industry to improve transport solutions. ITS technologies provide tools to alleviate the congestion and make transport operations more efficient and more user-friendly. It helps commuters make informed choice about modes of transport and route options, says Dr Paul Vorster, CEO of ITS South Africa.

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The i-Transport theme was “Be Moved - Smart Cities/Smart Mobility”, was attended by about 250 delegates and exhibitors over two days. The opening session was addressed by Gen. George Casey (Ret), past chief of staff of the US Army. He analysed the requirements for leadership is driving change in an environment characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity referencing the VUCA index. The panel of keynote speakers included Jack van der Merwe (Gautrain), Nazir Ali (SANRAL).

Melissa Whitehead (Transport for Cape Town), Yolisa Mashilwane (Ekurhuleni) and Logan Moodley (eThekwini Transport Authority) provided a perspective on transport initiatives in a metropolitan environment. Andre Kilian (Gauteng Dept of Roads of Transport provided an update on the Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25). Ralf-Peter Schaefer (TomTom) discussed how data generated by the Connected Car was driving strategic changes in transport planning and operations.

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Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Transport in Gauteng concluded the day’s session. Dr Vadi said transport solutions require champions and to create better public understanding of transport policies and ITS solutions, ITS South Africa must play an active role in the strategic discussion.

The keynote presenter at the conference dinner was Dayo Akinyemi of the South East Michigan Transport Operations Centre (SEMTOC) in Detroit.

On the second day two parallel streams discussed operational and technical matters. Session one dealt with the “Connected Traveller” and the second with “Connected Operations”.

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