ITS congress opens

Registrations for the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) have opened

Delegates are being encouraged to register for the upcoming 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), which will be an opportunity to explore the benefits of intelligent transport systems to cities and communities.

The five-day annual Congress will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 10, 2016.

More than 7,000 delegates from more than 60 countries are expected to attend, alongside more than 300 exhibitors.

Attendees will also be able to experience demonstrations and go on behind-the-scenes technical tours to the Port of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport and traffic management centres for the city’s road, rail and tram network.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle says the world’s most liveable city has a strong reputation for welcoming conference delegates.

"Melbourne is the ideal city to host the 2016 ITS Congress as we are home to commerce, education, health, sport, cultural and residential areas which can all be accessed by foot, on bike, via public transport or in vehicles," he says.

"Connectivity, safety and sustainability have been essential elements of Melbourne’s liveability and prosperity."

ITS Australia chief executive officer Susan Harris says the event is an opportunity to explore the benefits that intelligent transport systems deliver to cities and communities.

"ITS technologies include communication, data processing and electronic technologies for in-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and mode-to-mode systems that increase transport safety and mobility, improve the sustainability of travel, reduce congestion and improve the performance and competitiveness of all modes of transport," she says.

"This is an opportunity for delegates to share knowledge, connect and engage, and participate in discussions and decision making which will shape future transport, mobility and infrastructure in Australia and around the world."

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