Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technologies include communication, data processing and electronic technologies for in-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and mode-to-mode systems. These systems increase transport safety and mobility, improve the sustainability of travel, reduce congestion, and improve the performance and competitiveness of all modes of transport. ITS (UK) Mission and Aims The Intelligent Transport Society for the United Kingdom (ITS (UK)) is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members’ subscriptions. It promotes the benefits of Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS) and supports the interests of member organisations by: ◆ providing readily accessible opportunities for practitioners and stakeholders to meet on an equal footing to promote mutual understanding and to increase knowledge and awareness of ITS best practice; ◆ leading informed and balanced debate on ITS and influencing relevant policies by acting as the recognised reference point for information on ITS; ◆ engaging with, supporting and influencing policy and strategy at national, European and international levels; and ◆ promoting the international excellence of UK technology, expertise and solutions. ITS (UK) Strategy The mission and aims are achieved by: 1. drawing together active players and interested parties, by means of targeted Interest Groups, Task Forces and other fora, to lead the debate about and knowledge of ITS deployment; 2. engaging with Government (Directorates, Agencies and Departments) nationally, regionally and locally and with Parliamentary bodies and members (including the 8 ITS REVIEW Annual Review 2015 Transport Select Committee) to influence policy and strategy for the UK 3. engaging with the European Commission, ERTICO, ITS America, ITS Asia Pacific and the large number of national ITS associations to influence ITS policy overseas; 4. educating and informing, in an accessible way, practitioners and stakeholders both within and beyond the current ITS community; 5. providing other membership benefits and services sufficient to attract and retain high membership uptake across all categories of ITS practitioners and stakeholders; 6. adopting and maintaining high national profile and influence and an international reputation through: • a high-profile President able and committed to promoting the mission; • a Chairman and Vice Chairman, committed to the ITS (UK) Mission and holding senior positions in the ITS sector: • an Ambassador dedicated to raising the profile of ITS (UK) • the use of relevant people and media (including the press) to raise awareness, knowledge and debate about ITS issues of both strategic and topical relevance; and • promoting participation in targeted international activities; 7. developing, maintaining and promoting leading edge ITS seminars and documentation, demonstrating best practice, forethought and relevant case studies and indicating the economic, social and environmental contribution of ITS to transport policy; and 8. identifying, brokering and commissioning research unlikely otherwise to be commissioned on issues relevant to ITS deployment.
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