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Professor Eric Sampson CBE, ITS United Kingdom Ambassador, elected to the international ITS Hall of Fame

The worldwide Intelligent Transport Systems community has completed voting for the 2016 ITS Hall of Fame Awards.

The Board of Directors of the ITS World Congresses decided in 2010 to recognise personal and corporate achievements by election to the Hall of Fame.  The Awards offer an opportunity to highlight the successes of the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative ITS deployments and to reward the people and organisations most worthy of recognition and praise.

One person from the Europe / Africa / Middle East region is elected to the Hall of Fame for Lifetime Personal Achievement each year.  This year, that honour goes to Professor Eric Sampson CBE, formerly of the UK Department for Transport and currently visiting Professor at Newcastle University, UK and Ambassador for ITS United Kingdom.

The Awards will be presented and celebrated during the ITS Hall of Fame Ceremonies during the ITS World Congress in Australia 10-14 October 2016.

Professor Sampson commented:  “I have had a very good week:  on Monday HMCE notified me of a tax refund, and on Tuesday I was contacted by Dr Hermann Meyer, CEO of ERTICO, with the news that I had been elected by my peers to the Hall of Fame.  When I look at the previous winners I have doubts on my being fit to join them – but I’m not giving back my place.”

Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS (UK), added:  “Eric is a leading figure not only in the UK but respected and liked throughout the worldwide ITS sector.  Having had a very successful career, he now spends his time working for the good of the sector as a whole:  contributing to keeping the ITS Congresses up to date and relevant, mentoring younger ITS professionals, and always giving generously of his time and expertise.  ITS (UK) is privileged to have him as our Ambassador and we congratulate him on this well deserved recognition.”

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ITS United Kingdom at the 2016 ITS in Europe Congress in Glasgow

The 2016 ITS in Europe Congress was held in Glasgow 5-9 June, only the second time the Congress which was established in 1992 has been held in the UK.  The previous occasion was the World Congress 2006 in London.

The Congress was a great success for ITS United Kingdom in terms of the very popular stand where ITS (UK) was supported by Members Nicander, Bartco/MVIS, IDT and the IET, and also because the effort ITS (UK) had put into promoting the event to a UK audience paid off with the largest ever UK delegation to the European Congress attending.  ITS (UK) put a lot of work into reminding UK ITS practitioners that the Congress is unlikely to be back in this country for a decade or so, and that visiting it will not be as cheap or easy for a long time.

Jennie Martin of ITS (UK) said:  “We are very pleased that the message was taken up.  UK speakers, demonstrators and exhibitors joined together to showcase UK ITS expertise to the international audience, and the many attendees proved the commitment of the UK ITS sector.”

ITS (UK) also contributed to twelve sessions in the Congress programme as organisers, speakers, moderators and authors.

It also organised a special networking event for young professionals at the Congress, with the assistance of Mouchel and IBI.

“Excellent expo with quality clients and a well organised friendly stand –  well done to ITS (UK)” was the reaction from Pat Musgrave of Bartco/MVIS.

Trevor Platt of Nicander said that “The ITS (UK) stand once again gave us high profile presence at an international conference and exhibition at an affordable cost for an SME.”

Dr Anna Bonne of the IET commented that “The 11th ITS European Congress and Exhibition was one of the most anticipated events of the year for us. The IET was thrilled to be part of the ITS (UK) stand at the ITS Congress in Glasgow. We were in a prime location which meant that our members could find us easily and we could promote our new project on ITS in Local Authorities to a huge number of experts. The IET would like to thank the Congress organisers and all those took an interest in our work.”

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Network of National ITS Associations elects Officers for 2012/14

The Network of National ITS Associations met in April in Copenhagen as the guests of ITS Denmark and the City of Copenhagen.

Three positions in the leadership of the Network were up for election:  the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and one of the Co-ordination Committee officers.  The current post holders were all re-elected, and the Co-ordination Committee now includes:

  • Jennie Martin, ITS United Kingdom – Chairman
  • Norbert Handke, ITS Network Germany – Vice Chairman and Project Champion
  • Christer Karlsson, ITS Sweden – Past Chairman and Congress Champion
  • Reinhard Pfliegl, ITS Austria
  • Florin Nemtanu, ITS Romania
  • Rui Dias Camolino, ITS Portugal
  • Hermann Meyer, ERTICO / ITS Europe
  • Anna Limbrey, ERTICO / ITS Europe – Network Secretariat

Jennie Martin said:  “I am very pleased to have been elected for a second and final two year term as Chairman of the Network.  It is a model organisation in terms of delivering a lot of benefit to its participants at minimal cost.  I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in the other national ITS associations, and with our hosts ERTICO / ITS Europe, to promote co-operation in ITS throughout Europe.”

Norbert Handke commented: “I would like to thank all members for their confidence in my work – not primarily as Vice Chairman, but above all as Project Champion. There are interesting possibilities ahead of us like the “regional funds” or the upcoming ELSA themes of the Commission or the co-operation with the public sector regarding the ITS directive, so I hope we all together will have two successful years to come.”

Photo shows Jennie Martin, ITS (UK), and Reinhard Pfliegl, ITS Austria

More information about this press release is available from: Jennie Martin tel: 00 44 20 7709 3003 or mailbox@its-uk.org.uk     More information about the Network is available from:  Anna Limbrey tel:  00 32 2 400 07 19 or a.limbrey@mail.ertico.com

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