ITS (UK) Interest Groups & Task Forces 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. 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: Dr John Walker, University of Southampton The RUCIG is the UK’s expert group in RUC-related matters. It promotes best practice in the application 14 ITS REVIEW Annual Review 2015 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; Ian Routledge, IRC 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 Hill Hon. Secretary: Jenny Jebson, Mouchel 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.
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