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19th ITS World Congress breaks records: More than 10,000 participants

© Christian Husar
© Christian Husar


Ministerial Round Table with top-class political cast declares to commonly force the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems

Vienna (OTS/BMVIT) - During one week the 19th ITS World Congress showcased the latest developments within the field of Intelligent Transport Systems to an expert audience and also to the public at large on the Public Day. Doris Bures, Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, on whose initiative the ITS World Congress took place in Vienna for the first time, summarises positively: "The ITS Vienna 2012 ultimately marks the evolvement from a purely scientific congress into an event that shows actual products and renders the benefits of new developments visible." The development phase of new traffic technologies is finished - "they are about to make the step from the laboratory to the street."

With more than 10,000 participants from 90 countries the 19th ITS World Congress set a new record in the number of visitors. With 2,000 attendees (and only 1,600 seats), the Opening Ceremony on the first day of the congress was already more than well-frequented. Among all congress participants were 2,090 women, which amounts to a share of 21 percent. The Public Day attracted about 2,400 visitors and produced big interest among pupils. Over 900 children and adolescents, ranging from primary school to senior classes, participated in the guided tours across the congress venue to discover all interesting details about the exhibition and the demonstration programme. The media also showed big interest in the ITS Vienna 2012 and despatched 183 journalists in total.

Austrian companies contributed to 15 projects of the demo programme. Of 23 technical demonstrations overall, eight took place in the real traffic of Vienna. This emphasises the acknowledgement for ITS being ready for deployment. The whole demonstration programme was centrally organised by AustriaTech, which caused a lot of positive feedback and promises to be regarded as a new best-practice for future congresses. Overall, 2,480 demos were conducted, with 550 people already participating on the first day. The specially developed smartphone app Kongressnavigator was very popular as well: Over 1,500 people downloaded it for their iPhone or Android device.

The exhibition featured over 300 companies and ventures from 25 nations, showcasing their visions about future mobility. Over 4,500 exhibition visitors made use of this diversity. The exhibition staff involved 2,400 people in total who knew very well how to competently inform visitors about their activities in ITS.

The 19th ITS World Congress in Austria was the first to feature a Ministerial Round Table with a top-class political cast: Apart from Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, the German transport minister Peter Ramsauer, ten international ministers, four vice-ministers and two state secretaries participated in the political discussion under the direction of Doris Bures, Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology. They commonly declared to force the deployment of ITS and to stronger integrate the outcomes of future ITS World Congresses into the structuring of political frameworks.

"We want to manage the increase of mobility efficiently and environmentally friendly. Intelligent Transport Systems in general as well as the conjunction of all means of transport are part of a forward-looking transport policy to shape traffic systems safer, cleaner, more efficient and more comfortable", states minister Doris Bures.

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