First iMobility Forum Plenary Meeting: Paving the Way to the Future
Succeeding to the eSafety Forum, the iMobility Forum, which now encompasses smart and clean mobility in addition to safety on European roads, held its inaugural iMobility Forum Plenary Meeting on 24 & 25 October 2011, in Brussels.
On the first day, the Plenary Meeting was opened by Member of the European Parliament Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, who introduced Europe’s expectations towards intelligent mobility and the conclusions of this year’s Plenary Meeting. The session started off by developing the new focus and directions undertaken by the iMobility Forum, putting special emphasis on the activities of each of the Forum's Working Groups by introducing in particular new working groups such as the Business Models WG, by re-launching the Digital maps and ICT for Energy and Efficiency WGs and by giving a new focus and work plan to the International Cooperation WG.
The second part of the session was dedicated to the iMobility Observers Group giving an overview on the progress of the Forum recommendations, in particular in the UK, Romania and Czech Republic. This represented a good opportunity for Eastern European ITS stakeholders to present the latest developments in their work, as well as to benchmark and share best practices with their peers.
After a half day of fruitful exchanges, the iMobility Forum Plenary Meeting was concluded by giving way to the first iMobility Awards. Rewarding excellence in deployment of iMobility systems, the Awards Ceremony was hosted by Ms. Ţicău, who introduced to the intelligent mobility community this year’s winners: the Industry and Technology Award 2011 went to BMW, the Policy Award 2011 to City of Helmond, and the National/Local ITS Implementation Award 2011 to TNO.
On 25 October, the second and final session of the 1st iMobility Forum Plenary Meeting opened the way to the mobility of the future with ITS experts sharing their views on where European mobility is headed and how to achieve further innovation, research, development, deployment and use of ICT based transport systems and services. Nine European ITS projects were presented to the audience, which appreciated the opportunity to share ideas and best practices based on their respective experiences in the different European countries.
The Plenary Meeting was concluded by paving the way to the future with a presentation of Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - and 3 SMART studies commissioned by DG Information Society aimed to provide input to FP8, as well as by presenting the highlights of the ITS World Congress 2011 and opening the way to next year’s World Congress to be held in Vienna.
iMobility Awards: Rewarding excellence in deployment of iMobility systems
On Monday 24 October, the 1st iMobility Forum Awards were given out to organisations which have been recognised by the ITS community as paving the way to the mobility of the future.
The iMoblity Forum Awards aim to reward excellence in ITS implementation and deployment in Europe. For 3 months, the names of 11 nominees were up for online voting in the following categories: Industry and Technology, Policy, and National/Local ITS Implementation.
After sorting out nearly 250 votes and on the occasion of the 1st iMobility Forum Plenary Meeting, Member of the European Parliament Silvia-Adriana Ţicău introduced to the intelligent mobility community this year’s winners:
Furthermore, there also exists a fourth category to the iMobility Awards, which is not awarded every year, but on special occasions. With the Lifetime Achievement Award, the iMobility Forum wishes to put forward and reward one’s lifetime achievement in the world of ITS. This year, it was awarded to Francisco Ferreira (Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission DG INFSO) for his lifetime dedication to transport and intelligent mobility.
The iMobility Forum Members and iCar Support team wish to warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their significant contribution to the world of ITS.
Presentations are available for download: