ITS America takes lead role in standards group
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ITS America will once again lead administration of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for Intelligent Transportation Systems, and serve as International Secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization's ITS Technical Committee. ITS America takes over from the Telecommunications Industry Association, which had administered the groups since 2006.
The technical committee, formally known in the industry as Technical Committee 204 (ISO/TC204) is the main body responsible for international ITS standardization, which includes setting standards for information, communications and control systems related to surface transportation, including traveler information, traffic management, transit, commercial transportation, emergency services and commercial services in the ITS field. Excluded from this scope are in-vehicle devices and information which are covered by a separate subcommittee.
The role of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group, which includes government and industry representatives, is to provide guidance, develop and approve U.S. contributions, and provide U.S. technical experts to the work of ISO/TC204.
"Absent global standards, many ITS technologies are limited to local markets due to interoperability issues. The committee's work is critically important to ensure wider market penetration, lower costs and to advance the transportation technology industry," said Scott Belcher, President and CEO of ITS America. "We look forward to helping shape standardization in this fast-growing, dynamic field."
Since its creation in 1992, ISO/TC204 has published nearly 120 standards and with 125 currently under development, ISO/TC204 plays a leading role addressing the commercial needs of the ITS industry, including standards addressing the overall ITS architecture, ITS database technologies, public transport/emergency management, traveler information systems, freight and commercial vehicles, toll collection, wide area communications and cooperative systems.
The next meeting of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group will take place on July 6, 2011 at ITS America headquarters in Washington, D.C. Now is your chance to get involved! Membership is open to all organizations in the ITS industry with a U.S. presence. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Tyler Messa, Director of Standards Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1.202.721.4227.
RITA announces competition for University Transportation Centers
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The U.S. DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration has formally announced plans to hold a competition for University Transportation Centers Program grants for the purpose of performing multi-modal and multidisciplinary research, education and technology transfer activities in support of the department's priorities. Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process on the basis of demonstrated ability, research, technology and education resources, leadership, multi-modal research capability, commitment to transportation workforce development programs, technology transfer capability, the use of peer review and effective partnerships to advance diversity. The notice, which was published in the Federal Register last Friday, is available here. For more information, contact Curtis Tompkins in RITA's Office of Research, Development and Technology at 202-366-5661 or by email at Curtis.Tompkins@dot.gov.
News from ITS Asia Pacific: The 11th Asia-Pacific ITS Forum
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The Asia-Pacific Forum, which took place June 8-10, was a huge success with over 600 participants from 20 countries and regions across the world. The Forum and Exposition was held at the Grand Hi-Lai Arena in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The event successfully created a platform where planners, engineers, government officials, stakeholders and experts in ITS fields from the Asia Pacific region and the world can join together to share their knowledge and experience in the deployment and implementation of ITS.
Prior to the conference, ITS Asia Pacific Board of Directors welcomed ITS Indonesia as a new member, and all members signed a revised ITS Asia Pacific Memorandum of Understanding.
In addition, several bi-lateral MoUs were signed between:
-ITS Taiwan and ITS America
-ITS Thailand and ITS Malaysia
-ITS Thailand and ITS Taiwan
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