ΙΤS Hellas, the “Hellenic Association for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems”, organized its 4th Conference entitled: “Intelligent Transport Systems in Greece: Latest developments” on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 December 2018 in the premises of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Athens, Greece.
The main objective of this event, organised under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE), the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute for Logistics Management (ΙLME) and the Greek Cold Storage and Logistics Association, was to discuss the broad deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a tool to achieve economic growth and prosperity and ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of transport for the benefit of the respective industry, the end-users and the environment.
During this important for the Hellenic transport sector event, opened by the Greek Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Mavraganis, prominent Greek and foreign speakers thoroughly discussed and presented a number of key-topics, through several sessions and round table discussions:
- Session: "Intelligent Transportation Systems: Best practices at a European level"
- Session: "ITS and Smart Cities: towards the development of a Sustainable Urban Mobility"
- Session: "ITS applications in the Supply Chain and Logistics"
- Round Table Discussion: "ITS applications in the Supply Chain and Logistics"
- Session: "Funding opportunities for the development and the adoption of ITS"
- Round Table Discussion: "Strategies and Policies for the deployment of ITS"
- Session: "ITS for safe and integrated mobility"
- Open Discussion: "New collaborative logistics models using cognitive, IoT and networking technologies - Opportunities and barriers"
The conference attracted great interest from the transport community, as can be realised by the high number of delegates attending (totaling 230, obligating the organizers to block further registrations one week before the original deadline). The speakers included representatives of the European Commission, ERTICO-ITS Europe, ASECAP, Greek road operators (e.g. Attiki Odos, Egnatia Odos) the industry (e.g. Renault, TomTom), port authorities and port services providers (e.g. valenciaport, Piraeus Container Terminals), the Transportation and Mobility Departments of municipalities in Greece, Research Institutes from Greece and other European countries, Universities, mobility consultants, as well as startups in the ITS field.
The European ITS Platform was invited by the organisers to deliver a presentation in the session „Intelligent Transportation Systems: Best practices at a European level“. The presentation of the platform entitled “Disseminating Operational Excellence: The European ITS Platform” contained an overall presentation of the objectives and tasks of EU EIP, with an added emphasis on the Deployment Guideline update process and specific results on the collection and dissemination of Best Practices collected all over Europe. The presentation concluded with a presentation of an example of the Best Practices collected in the course of the project. The remarkable achievements of the platform in the collection of Best Practices all over Europe were especially acclaimed by the delegates. In addition to the presentation, EU EIP took an active part in the discussions among the stakeholders that took place during the conference.
More information and the conference minutes will be published on the website of ITS Hellas.