International Membership Category for ITS South Africa

Introduction

Many of our members have some form of agreement or arrangement with one or more international partners and ITSSA encourages such collaboration and is looking to recruit more international members. Below is a summary of a new International Membership Category we consider introducing. Should you have any comments on this plan, please send your comments to info@itssa.org by no later than 5 December 2014.

Background

The ITS market in South Africa generates a lot of global interest, especially after the successful hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Several international companies have established South Africa offices and we are proud to have them joined as members of ITS South Africa.

Many other international companies have an arrangement with a local agent or distributor, i.e. a different company, to represent them in South Africa. For these international companies interested to participate in the South African ITS market without their own local office, we established a new membership category “International Member”.

International members will qualify for the rights and benefits as all other members, but because they are expected to engage less frequently in events such as workshops, site visits and member networking meetings, the “International Membership” category qualifies for a reduced fee.

Benefits

The benefits include:

  • Listing in the Members Directory of ITS South Africa in both the alphabetical and the “by industry sector” categories. Multiple sector listings are allowed;
  • Access to the details of business opportunities contained in the on-going ITSSA Tender Alert”;
  • Access to the details of ITS and transport news in South Africa and Africa as contained in the weekly Industry News;
  • Access to the website, which includes the ability to search the Industry News archive by key word;
  • Access to read and load career opportunities in the Careers section of the website;
  • Preferential member rates for participation in events such as the i-Transport Conference and Exhibition and workshops and seminars;
  • Access to online electronic library/case studies and also have the option to submit their own case studies; and
  • Networking opportunities.

Criteria

Companies will qualify for membership of ITS South Africa in the category “International Members” if they:

  • Do not have their own local office in South Africa for their company; and
  • Complete the membership application form and pay the category fee in full.

Members Meeting

A successful Members Meeting was hosted on 11 November to give feedback on the main trends emerging from the ITS World Congress in Detroit, and to discuss the implications of such trends for South Africa.

Dr Johann Andersen (Techso) introduced the discussed and clustered the trends into Connected Vehicles, Big Data and Smart Cities. Lively discussion followed from the more than 25 delegates that attended the breakfast meeting.

Many thanks to SANRAL for hosting the event.

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.

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