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ITS (UK) Interest Groups & Task Forces

Automotive User
Chair: Cyriel Diels, Coventry University
Hon. Secretary: Vacant
The AUIG advises the ITS sector on the needs and abilities of road vehicle users in the design, development and deployment of ITS. This also utilises and promotes the skills and knowledge of the UK Human Factors community engaged in research, design and implementation of ITS.

Capabilities Working Group
Chair: Fraser Sommerville, Atkins
The CWG will undertake the following tasks:

  • Survey the challenges faced by ITS (UK) Members with regard to ITS skills and staff development. DELIVERABLE:  A published survey.
  • Define what jobs / tasks / people make up the “ITS employment sector”  DELIVERABLE: A definition of the sector in terms of employment.
  • Decide which are the most suitable routes of entry into working in the ITS field. DELIVERABLE: A “Guide to entering the ITS sector” with sections pitched at both young people and at mid-career switchers.
  • Survey the existing routes to formal qualifications and professional registration relevant to working in the ITS sector and if necessary make recommendations for changes to the awarding bodies. DELIVERABLE: A “Handbook of Qualifications Options” pitched to be useful to ITS workers at different stages of their careers including a list of selected training providers/courses.
  • Agree Best Practice for in-house staff development. DELIVERABLE: A Best Practice Guide pitched at employers (SME and larger organisations).
  • Propose the role of ITS United Kingdom in this. DELIVERABLE: short report to Council and discussion record.

Connected Vehicles
Chair: Andy Graham, White Willow Consulting    
Hon. Sec: Ian Pengelly, Mouchel
Cooperative Systems and Autonomous Vehicles are areas attracting huge interest. They potentially offer a new set of tools for traffic managers to improve capacity, safety and the environment, after current initiatives like ATM have delivered all they can. They also offer road users opportunities to use less fuel, have a more comfortable journey and avoid accidents. And last but not least, they allow the vehicle industry to add value to their products and achieve better vehicle performance.
This is a very broad area –  from guided vehicles to the simple sharing of information, such as a vehicle telling other vehicles and the road operator that the temperature has fallen below zero, traction control is going mad, so watch out for black ice and get a gritter here.

Chair: Nigel Wall, Shadow Creek Consulting (TAN)      
Hon. Secretary: Peter Vermaat, TRL
The CIG provides a route to inform Members about developments in transport-relatated telecommunications in the UK and overseas: this includes notifying members about external meetings and events; Standards activity where Members may need to respond; and regulatory changes. It also acts as a forum for discussion of topics of concern to Members including understanding best practice and identifification of strategic needs of ITS stakeholders concerning communication technologies. Where appropriate these concerns are channeled as appropriate into UK, European and international policy fora.

Chair: Geoff Collins, Jenoptik
Hon. Secretary: John Jones, Atkins

The EIG works to identify the factors effecting compliance to traffic regulations and laws, including enforcement, and to identify the requirements of the Police, Local Authorities and other statutory bodies that may be helped by ITS technologies.  It promotes awareness of ITS technologies available and needed to encourage compliance with, or enforce road traffic law or regulations, and seeks to correct misapprehensions and incorrect information in the public domain.
It also identifies and seeks to address the potential legal and institutional barriers to implementation of ITS technologies.  Finally, it works to ensure that any international standards in compliance and enforcement technology are appropriate and workable from a UK viewpoint.

Chair: Steven Norris   
Hon. Secretary: Geoff Clarke, AECOM
The objective of the FIG is to allow freight and logistics practitioners to access leading edge developments in telematics so as to illustrate what is or may be on offer, and to allow ITS members the opportunity to learn of the challenges and problems currently facing the logistics and freight industry.

Inclusive Mobility
Chair: Bryan Matthews, University of Leeds
Hon. Secretary: Kristine Beuret, Social Research Associates – part of TAN

The IMIG brings together ITS professionals, implementers, suppliers, researchers, and end users, including a wide range of disabled and older people and their representative bodies.  It has been successful in attracting the regular participation of disabled members who provide valuable insights and advice into how ITS can best be used to assist with their travel requirements.
The IMIG informs implementers and the user community of the latest developments in ITS, whilst implementers and the user community advise on the needs of disabled and older people in the design, development and deployment of ITS. External experts are invited to contribute to the IMIG as required.

Local Authority / Urban
Chair: Steve George, SGTI
Hon. Secretary: Gavin Jackman, TSS (Aimsun)

The LAUIG provides a forum for all ITS United Kingdom members with an interest in urban and local transport matters to meet, discuss their views and study the uses and benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the urban environment. The group includes those interested in transport matters within large and small urban centres and the links to their surrounding hinterland. The group expects to be of value to Local Authorities and those responsible for the operation of transport networks in urban environments, public transport operators, consultants offering services to these organisations, manufacturers and service providers selling into the urban environment, and also to universities studying the transportation needs of urban areas.

Maritime ITS Interest Group
Chair: Vacant
This group works to identify the current passenger and freight logistics handling requirements of the ports, logistics companies and other bodies that may be helped by ITS technologies.  It promotes awareness of available ITS technologies and how they may be used to enhance transfer of passengers and goods within and without ports and in the surrounding hinterland, including integration with the road and rail networks, and road and rail network management systems.
It also seeks to identify and seek to address the potential legal and institutional barriers to implementation of ITS technologies, and works to ensure that any international standards in the use of ITS technology in a ports environment are appropriate and workable from a UK viewpoint, and compliment related existing UK and international standards.
Finally, it highlights the use of new technology on board vessels and how this is likely to enhance the efficiency and environmental performance of the sector.

Mobility as a Service Interest Group
Chair: Andrew Pearce, Jacobs     
Hon. Secretaries: John Paddington, AECOM;  Andy Taylor, Cubic
This Group is in the process of being set up.

Public Transport
Chair: Gary Umpleby, Hogia
Hon. Secretary: Daniel Hobbs, AECOM

The Public Transport Interest Group provides a focus for ITS (UK) members and others who are interested in the use of ITS in public transport:  passenger information systems pre- and during trip, safety and security systems, fleet management, AVL, smartcards and other forms of ticketing, ticket retail systems, etc.

Road User Charging
Chair: Keith Mortimer, Wyeval Consulting
Hon. Secretary: John Walker, University of Southampton

The RUCIG is the UK’s expert group in RUC-related matters. It promotes best practice in the application of road user charging solutions that contribute to infrastructure improvement, congestion management and environmental benefits. This is achieved through regular meetings, group bulletins, debates and consultations. Membership includes local authorities, industry suppliers, tolling operators, consultants and academics, and Government agencies. The group facilitates information exchange about the implementation of RUC, from the use of charging technologies to back office and central systems. It assists in assessing technology and systems standards requirements, including interoperability, and proactively supports contributions to international RUC standards developments that are relevant to and in the interest of RUC deployment in the UK.  The RUCIG tracks developments in the UK and internationally, and disseminates relevant industry and market news for interested ITS (UK) members.

Security & Resilience
Chair: Mark Beecroft, University of Aberdeen
Hon. Secretary: Vacant

The SyIG has two remits:  firstly the security of ITS, including potential threats against such systems and methods of prevention, and secondly exploiting ITS to enhance the security of the national infrastructure, reduce the impact of major incidents such as natural disasters, reduce the impact of criminal activity, and secure the continued operation of services and infrastructure in the event of major security incidents.

Smart Environment
Chair: Margaret Bell, Newcastle University
Hon. Secretaries: Tim Gammons, Arup; Keith McCabe, KAM Futures;

The SEIG  provides a forum for all ITS United Kingdom members with an interest in effects of transport and environment related impacts on exposure, health and climate change. It enables them to share knowledge, discuss their views and investigate the feasibility of and resulting benefits from the application of ITS to manage the environment and deliver long term sustainability. The group includes those concerned with the measurement and modelling of the environment and climate change impact of travel choices and distribution of goods and establishing ways to deliver targets set by the Government.  The group works to be of value to local authorities, air quality managers, highway and traffic engineers, planners, transport operators, consultants offering services to these organisations, manufacturers and service providers developing and selling related products and services, and to universities and other research establishments.

Women in ITS
Chair:  Gemma Tredwell, CH2M
Hon. Secretary:  Priscilla Nagashima Boyd, Siemens

No bra-burning, no knitting.  Rather, a group of female engineers and transport professionals seeking to promote the attractiveness of the industry to all, especially women who may be a little put off by the apparent male dominance of ITS.   It makes sense to have something that focused in particular on the ITS field, but in addition the WITS works closely with other initiatives that work  towards the same aims such as the Women in Transportation Seminar and Women in Science and Engineering.  The WITS wishes to recognise the strengths and differences in the way in which the genders work in industry and also interact with ITS as end customers. With this in mind, its objectives are to inspire women in ITS, facilitate the professional development of women in ITS, improve women’s image of ITS, promote  ITS as a career, and contribute knowledge and experience from a woman’s perspective to professional debate.

Young Professionals in ITS
Chair: Martyn Minear, Arup  Hon Secretary: Soffia Marlin, Atkins
This Group provides a focus for the younger generation of ITS professionals. It holds regular events to inform and create networks, and shares relevant information.  It has a particular interest in training, career development and qualifications in ITS. The YPIG enjoys a growing international participation which helps the UK participants build valuable networks for their future careers.  The Group also provides advice and intelligence to the ITS (UK) leadership on recruitment, training and development issues.