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Record Setting Public Sector Involvement at 2013 ITS America Meeting & Exposition

Date: 2013-03-31
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This April 21-24, two thousand transportation and high-tech leaders from around the nation will gather in Nashville, Tenn. for one of the most important transportation events of the year, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s (ITS America) 23rd Annual Meeting & Exposition being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

The event will showcase the latest transportation innovations being developed and implemented across the United States – solutions such as Connected Vehicle technology, adaptive traffic signals, advanced traffic and incident management systems, electronic tolling and pricing systems, smart mobility apps, and real-time traffic, transit, navigation and parking information. 

“We are excited to announce that this year's Annual Meeting and Exposition will feature more public sector participation than ever before,” said Scott Belcher, President and CEO of ITS America. “Leading transportation professionals from public agencies, private industry, and academia will explore new ideas and opportunities for improving safety and mobility while also modernizing the nation’s infrastructure.”

The Annual Meeting will kick off on Sunday, April 21 with a State DOT Roundtable featuring 20 State DOT CEOs from across the country who will share strategies and opportunities for making better use of ITS technologies to finance, manage and modernize their transportation network.

The Annual Meeting will also feature senior U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials including Under Secretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott, Research and Innovative Technology Administration Deputy Administrator Greg Winfree, ITS Joint Program Office Director Ken Leonard, House Energy and Commerce Committee and Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and numerous other state and local officials.

This year’s program will also feature:

  • State DOT Roundtable – More than twenty state DOT CEO’s from around the country will discuss ITS deployment after MAP-21 and share best practices and discuss strategies for making better use of intelligent transportation systems to finance, manage and modernize their transportation systems.
  • Future of Telematics – The opening plenary will feature a panel of senior executives from three of the world’s largest telematics companies – Agero, Airbiquity, and Hughes Telematics (A Verizon Company) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland – who will discuss the future of vehicle telematics and auto safety.
  • U.S. DOT Programs Update – Senior officials from U.S. DOT’s Office of Transportation Policy, Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Research and Innovative Technology Administration will present the latest developments in federal highway, transit, and safety programs, including the ITS Strategic Plan and what lies ahead for 2013 and beyond.
  • Movement of People and Goods – The closing plenary will feature top research and business leaders from FedEx, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Intelligent Imaging Systems and the University of Memphis as they share their views on how intelligent transportation systems can keep freight moving on our already congested roadways.
  • Legislative Breakfast and Town Halls – Attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear from and provide input to policymakers who have jurisdiction over transportation and technology legislation, participate in town hall meetings with issue experts on transportation financing and connected vehicles, and attend a special mileage-based user fee symposium.
  • Training – State, city and county transportation professionals can register for training courses on numerous ITS-related subjects. The training sessions are hosted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  • Sessions – 28 special forums on safety, sustainability, transportation management, commercial vehicles and freight among other issues.

Finally, make sure to check out the exhibit hall for a close-up look at the technologies that are changing transportation across our nation and tour Nashville area transportation projects underway such as the TDOT Region 3 Traffic Management Center and the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America represents more than 450 member organizations including public agencies, private corporations, and academic institutions involved in the research, development, and deployment of technologies that improve safety, increase mobility, and sustain the environment. For more information, visit www.itsa.org.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via ITS America, 3/28/13)

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