Feedback and Discussion on ITS Global Trends

detroitThe annual ITS World Congress is a key juncture for all global players to gather and table new projects and innovations. This is also the opportunity where new trends become visible. A number of members of ITS South Africa attended this year’s ITSWC in Detroit. ITS South Africa has asked them to prepare a feedback briefing and introduce a discussion on how these trends may affect the ITS industry in South Africa.

You are cordially invited to a Breakfast Briefing and discussion on global and emerging trends.

Date: Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Time: Registration and light breakfast 07:30 – 08:00, briefing and discussion 08:00 – 09:30
Venue: SANRAL Northern Region
            38 Ida Street, Menlo Park, 0081, Tshwane
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Cost: R250 for member and R500 for non-members

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Smart Cities/Smart Transport Workshop

The ITS community supported the Smart Cities/Smart Transport Workshop and more than 70 delegates attended. ITSSA President Mike van Tonder (Aurecon) welcomed the delegates and the excellent list of speakers from the public and private sector. Mike welcomed especially the strong international delegation. The keynote presenter was Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi.

In the wrap-up of the day’s proceedings, Paul Vorster, ITSSA CEO, emphasised the following points:

  • The “smart city” and “big data” concepts are two of the key drivers shaping the future of Intelligent Transport Systems;
  • ITS systems must be planned and designed noting the socio-economic environment in which it will be deployed, including current and future demographics and land-use frameworks;
  • “Smart Cities” is NOT a destination, but a journey, and one in which we need to take cognizance of the realities/constraints of local government;
  • ITS must take a holistic view and ensure that we break out of the perceived technology silo and engage with other disciplines where ITS can add value;
  • Noting the central role of data – and that we have entered into the realm of “big data” where connected devices generate ever-more data – we need to change from a paradigm of “hoarding data to one where we do data mining and share data as a matter of principle;
  • In addition to the “mind-shift” towards data sharing and an open platform approach, we need to overcome institutional barriers inhibiting this in practice;
  • ITS South Africa undertakes to encourage a strategic conversation within the ITS community and with our multiple partners and associates to move the discussion forward; and
  • Smart Cities/Smart Transport will form part of the overall programme of activities to make it part of the “mainstream” of ITS.

Click here to download the workshop presentations.

Freight Indaba

“Freight is the lifeblood of our economy. It touches our lives through the products and services we consume, which are delivered to us daily by different modes such air, sea, rail or road. Gruesome crashes on our road network caused by some freight companies through unfit drivers and vehicles should not define our perception or perspective of the freight industry as a whole,” Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng, told the recent Freight Indaba.

Click here to read more.

22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux: Call for Papers

ERTICO (ITS Europe) is proud to host the 2015 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, 5 to 9 October, 2015 in Bordeaux, France in partnership with ITS America and ITS Asia-Pacific. Click here for Congress information.

The ITS Congress and Exhibition is the world’s largest event in intelligent transport systems and services. Through the main theme “Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space”, the congress focuses on the fact that we are reaching intelligent mobility and what this will change in our lives, but also on the benefits that space can bring to ITS applications. The new satellite constellations for geo-localisation, earth observation and communication will bring new opportunities to the ITS world.

The deadline for the call for papers is 19 January 2015. Click here for more information.

To watch a video on Bordeaux, please click here.

New Members

ITS South Africa welcomes the following new members.

WhereIsMyTransport

WhereIsMyTransport offers commuters the ability to find out the estimated time of arrival of their awaited transport. By using either SMS, web or our mobile applications, commuters can now find the fastest or cheapest way to get to their destination, utilising a combination of the transportation modes connected to our service. WhereIsMyTransport is represented by CEO Devin De Vries. You can contact him at devin@wimt.co.za. Visit their website at www.whereismytransport.co.za

Black Star SA

We welcome Black Star SA as members to ITSSA. They deal with ICT Infrastructure, Business Intelligence SOlutions, SMart technologies and Human Capital. They are represented by Executive Partner Mr Phineas Moleele. You can contact him at phineas.m@blackstarsa.com

Africa Chapter

As part of opening channels of communication with ITS colleagues elsewhere on the Continent, ITS South Africa some time ago introduced the “Africa Chapter” as a membership category. We welcome Mr Oladayo Akinyemi, Engineer manager at the Michican DOT Transport Management Center as a member of ITS South Africa. Dayo can be contacted at dayoakinyemi@yahoo.com.

Member News

DigiCore turns ship around, report R7,8m profit

TS South Africa members DigiCore Holdings has announced a turnaround in fortunes on Tuesday, with the telematics specialist reporting profit after tax for the year ended June 30 of R7.8-million, compared with a loss of R59.4-million in the previous financial year. Click here to read more.

Vix-Questek

The Questek Group of companies also debuted their latest product offering – Questek Telematics – at the UATP Public Transport Congress. Questek Telematics brings to market an advanced eco-drive system, focusing on fleet efficiency; mechanical and predictive diagnostics; safety and driver technical skills analysis - a first of it's kind in South Africa. This predictive technology is already saving commercial fleets around the world thousands of Rands per vehicle each month, is now available from Questek, a local leader in the application of transport technology.

Opportunities

Experienced Transport Economist

An experienced Transport Economist with a strong background in all aspects of public transport operations, policy, strategy, planning and implementation, BRT planning negotiations and contract management, with a special interest in bus operations and contract services, is looking to relocate to the Gauteng Region.

High level interpersonal interaction combined with sound problem analysis capacity and project management abilities. Well-developed communication, negotiation, planning and conflict management skills. Strong aptitude for troubleshooting and crisis management, versatile dedicated, adaptable and energetic. Click here to download the CV.

Senior Validation Analyst

A Senior Validation Analyst with experience in the tolling industry and a specialist in cash flow management is looking for an opportunity. Experience includes:

  • Cash flow management and administration
  • Planning weekly and monthly cash flow keeping these updated on a daily basis.
  • Keep cash flow records and projections up to date and reconciled with bank statement and pastel.

Click here to download his CV.

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