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All members are cordially invited to the 2018 AGM of the Intelligent Transport Society. It will be hosted at The Innovation Hub on Wednesday 22 August. Please diarise the date. Entry is free, but registration is essential.

At the AGM new Board Members will be elected and we call on members interested in filling Board vacancies to consider standing for election as a service to the ITS industry. Please submit nominations by end of business on Friday 17 August.

Click here to download the nomination form.

The AGM is in the form of a breakfast session with the formalities followed by a keynote speaker.

In the immediate past, big drivers of the ITS industry included the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), Open-road Tolling (ETC) and the Freeway Management Project, often referred to as the DBOM. South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure but with the prevailing anti-toll sentiment the user-pay model is in doubt. Media headlines in the recent weeks proclaimed:

  • Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says ETC
  • You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans
  • Makhura to push for e-tolls to be pulled down
  • Business as usual for e-tolls, says Sanral

Against these diverse views to address the issue of The intelligent application of tolling for South African road funding, the keynote speaker is Coenie Vermaak, CEO of ETC Solutions.

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Re-imagine Smart Mobility

With change the only constant and with multiple “disrupter technologies” keeping the mobility environment in flux, the Board of ITS South Africa is busy with a "re-imagine process” to map future scenarios for ITSSA. This will include asking input from members and industry players. Please watch your mail for invites to participate.

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Go Green – Go Smart Conference and Exhibition

Go Green – Go Smart Conference

The 2018 i-Transport & UATP Go Green – Go Smart Conference and Exhibition boasted a programme with excellent international, regional and local presenters and a representative exhibition demonstrating innovations and new developments in the transport arena.

The Plenary Session was opening by the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, followed by the Secretary General of the International Public Transport Association (UITP), Mr Mohamed Mezghani. The countries represented by the subsequent speakers included South Africa, Namibia, Germany, Botswana, UAE and the UK to give a wide-ranging perspective of transport developments.

At the Conference Dinner the biennial ITS Award for Excellence was awarded to WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT). The other nominations were Mobility Centre Africa, GoMetro and Rea Vaya.

Reflecting on integrated, seamless transport, the conference structure moved away from two parallel streams for ITS and Public Transport and instead had combined sessions on Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Big Data, Sustainability in Transport, Moving People and Making it Work.

Log-in details will be circulated to conference delegates to access the presentations.

A Master Class (Changing from being a Consultant to Become a Strategic Advisor) and a Site Visit (titled Road and Rail) to the Gibela rail manufacturing plant and the Sanral Central Operations Centre were hosted on the pre-conference day.

Delegates will earn up to three Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points for the various activities participated in. CPD certificates will be mailed to all delegates who signed the attendance register.

Many thanks to all our sponsors.

Noting the saying that “the business of business is business”, we truly appreciate all our exhibitors. Click here for the exhibition floor plan to see who exhibited. If you want to contact any of them, please send a mail to for their contact details.

Conference Photographs
A selection of photos taken during i-Transport & UATP Go Green - Go Smart 2018 has been posted on the website. Click here to view.

Should you require more information, please contact Please visit about Go Green – Go Smart 2018.

Connecting the Dots: Transport Data and Cyber Security

The concept of “Smart Cities” revolves around the interconnection of different operators from domains of activity such as transport, energy, health and infrastructure, who all rely on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems to collect, retrieve, process, and exchange data in order to improve their services and the quality of life of citizens. Cyber-physical devices, communication networks and central servers optimise the transport service up to a certain degree of automation. With data becoming the “fuel” of transport planning and operations, To date, the focus was more on interoperability and less so on safeguarding data. Given the escalating threats, Cyber Security has therefore become an area of vital interest for ITS professionals.

With a range of stake holders collecting data from multiple sources for diverse purposes a he “Data Lake” has developed with both historical and real- and semi-real data The emphasis has shifted from collecting the data to mining and using the massive trove of data to apply it to find new and better solutions to transport challenges. This poses the challenge: How do we “connect the dots” This workshop will explore the action steps towards a Virtual Transport Data Warehouse. We need find ways to move to a situation in the transport and data management area where the whole is more than the sum of the parts.

The programme and a date in September will be announced shortly.
Date to be confirmed in September 2018

Click here to download the provisional programme.

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TC 204 Chair appointed

As the number -- and the sheer complexity -- of ITS deployment projects raises, there is a growing need for relevant standards to promote interoperability between subsystems. As such, TC 204 as the standards committee for ITS, plays an important role. Congratulations — and good luck — to Tommie who has been appointed as Chair of SABS-TC204 for a 3 year period.

Ertico 2018 ITS ‘Hall of Fame’

The CEO of ITS South Africa, Paul Vorster, has been nominated for the Ertico 2018 ITS ‘Hall of Fame’ in the category Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a recognition of the role played by ITSSA in promoting smart mobility in South Africa and on the Continent of Africa.

WIMT wins ITS Excellence Award

WIMT wins ITS Award to Recognise  Outstanding Achievement
The ITS Industry in South Africa has grown exponentially over the past number of years and several notable and innovative projects have been implemented, raising the ITS Industry to a new level of benchmarking. ITS South Africa has decided to introduce a bi-annual award be made titled “Outstanding Achievement in the ITS industry in South Africa”.

At the i-Transport & UATP “Go Green - Go Smart” Conference Dinner on 19 June, the award was presented to WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) for their platform for integrated formal and informally run transport data that enables information-based solutions to unique mobility challenges in 21 cities and growing across Africa.

The award was hotly contested by entries from Rea Vaya, GoMetro and Mobility Centre Africa.

The previous award was given to SANRAL for its Freeway Management System.

Membership fees 2018-19

Membership renewal invoices will be sent out shortly based on a moderate 6% increase. Invoices paid before end of August will qualify for a 5% discount.

Member News
Gautrain planning for new rolling stock

Technical and legal complexities are delaying the announcement of the preferred bidder in the three-horse race to provide twelve new four-car trains to the Gautrain system, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe.

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Sanral's freeway management system

Motorists using KwaZulu-Natal freeways can make smart decisions to remain safe and avoid congestion, thanks to the implementation of the Freeway Management System (FMS).

The system relays real-time information to alert motorists about incidents that are unsafe and most likely to cause a build-up of traffic and subsequent delays. The FMS system entails the active management of road networks using Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technologies.

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Vix Technology

Vix South Africa's new offices will be located in Parktown, Johannesburg. The new address Hill on Empire. 16 Empire Road, 1st floor, Building A, Parktown, Johannesburg. The telephone number is 010 880 3400 and the e-mail and the website is

Vix South Africa’s Learnership Programme
Fifteen learners, aged 19 – 30, from diverse backgrounds, were honoured at a graduation ceremony hosted by Vix South Africa. Vix South Africa has achieved unprecedented results with its inaugural learnership programme run over a 15-month period [October 2016 - December 2017] through the Media, Information and Communication Sector Education and Training Authority [MICT SETA]. The work-based syllabus, based on the National Qualifications Framework’s [NQF] criteria, covered a range of modules presented by accredited external training consultants as well as in-house, product specific and industry related subject content presented by Vix South Africa. Click here to read more, or contact René Brummage at

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GoMetro Product Release

Partnering with GMG Technology
Innovative mobility startup GoMetro, domiciled in South Africa, announced it is partnering with international technology distribution and development firm, GMG Technology, domiciled in Mauritius, to launch the transport mapping and data collection platform, GoMetro Pro, to the global markets through a distribution, product development and internationalisation agreement.

Informal Transport
Whether you’re in Ghana where the trotos’s are, on a jitney in the Philippines or in a sometimes ironically named ‘car rapide’ in Senegal, there’s no escaping the fact that informal transport exists in every major city in the world. Even more intriguingly, the innovation and agility displayed in these emerging markets have begun to influence the way developed transport systems in the USA and Europe alike - in a concept called “Mobility-as-a-Service”.

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GoMetro UK has joined an organisation in the UK called TravelSpirit which has been set up to motivate that new mobility systems are open, interoperable and are balanced with really interesting influencing projects in the UK. GoMetro is spearheading the establishment of TravelSpirit South Africa as a chapter of this global movement to share the lessons and what is happening in the rest of the world - and influence what is decided and implemented in SA in this new convergence of technology and mobility - but we need to put together a public/private/academic group to work on making the next generation of transport open - implemented in a global setting.

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First Car Featuring Huawei Connected Car Solution

The DS 7, the first car featuring Huawei Connect Car Solution, made its debuts at the Huawei Eco-Partner Conference 2018. It is the first result of Huawei and Group PSA's collaboration on the world's largest OEM connected car project announced in November 2017. The DS 7 is evidence of Huawei's commitment to ongoing innovation and investment in the connected car domain.

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Coming Events
ITS World Congress Copenhagen, 17-21 September 2018 SARF/IRF/PIARC Regional Conference, Durban, 9-11 October 2019 World Road Association, Cape Town, November 5-7, 2018
ITS World Congress Singapore, 21–25 October 2019 15 World Congress on Transport Research, India, 26 – 31 May 2019
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