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CROSSROADS WORLD ROAD MEETING 2017

Preparations for CROSSROADS WRM 2017 are proceeding well; delegate registrations and sales of exhibition space are proceeding apace, many organizations have become supporters of the event, key sponsors have come on board,media partnerships have been concluded, and a draft program is now available. Among the sponsors we have KMC and SWARCO as Gold Sponsors, Michelin as a Silver Sponsor and 3M as a Bronze Sponsor.

Several special sessions have been announced, including sessions on: Mobility as a Service, on the International Road Assessment Program, on the Future of Mobility, Drive Safe India, on Goods Transport, and on Public Transport.

SMART CITY PAVILION:The cities participating in the Government of India's SMART cities program will be present at the SMART City Pavilion. Participants can meet with representatives from over 100 cities.

INNOVATION CAFE:As part of the exhibition, there will a twice daily innovation cafe lasting 30 minutes each. The objective of the innovation cafe is to highlight innovative products, practices, and services. The exhibitors selected for participating in the Innovation Cafe will have the opportunity to present their innovative product, practices, and/or services and respond to questions from the audience.


All exhibitors taking part in CROSSROADS WRM 2017 will be considered for the Innovation Cafe. An independent panel drawn from industry and academia will select the most innovative exhibitors for participating in the Innovation Cafe.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LAB:CROSSROADS WRM 2017 has arranged for young professionals to attend and present their work during the conference. We urge young professionals to visit the conference website (www.wrm2017.org) and register.

"The conference will give both the private and public sectors an opportunity to interact, on a global platform, to develop and make progress on account of smart mobility such as metro rail, BRT corridors, speed monitoring cameras, and many more." Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, India

CROSSROADS WRM GOLD SPONSORS

KMC GROUP

KMC Constructions was established in the year 1970. The foundation to this august establishment happened when Mr. M Raja Mohan Reddy started a partnership firm Krishna Mohan Constructions. In the year 1994 KMC became a private limited company and in a short span, KMC got incorporated as a public limited company. Being a technocrat with immense focus on quality systems, Mr. Raja Mohan Reddy quickly helped build KMC as a brand in premium Infrastructure space. Under his able leadership, KMCCL has till date executed more than 100 projects related to construction of state and national highways.

Today KMC boasts of an outstanding track record and is recognized as one of India's foremost player operating in premium infrastructure space. Over the last 45 years, KMC group has emerged as one the most reputed construction companies in the highway sector having managed and executed diverse projects across India.

The group has gradually transformed from a pure EPC player to one of India's largest integrated road developers by participation in BOT projects. Additionally, the group has significant business interests in property development and has one of the largest precast element manufacturing units under operation near New Delhi, India.

SWARCO

The traffic technology corporation of Austrian entrepreneur Manfred Swarovski - is a growing international group providing the complete range of products, systems, services and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management.

With almost five decades of experience in the industry, the corporation supports the growing mobility needs of society with turnkey systems and solutions in road marking, urban and interurban traffic control, parking, public transport, infomobility and street lighting. Cooperative systems, V2I communication, electromobility, and integrated software solutions for the Smart City are latest, future-oriented fields in the group's portfolio.

CROSSROADS WRM SILVER SPONSORS

MICHELIN

Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases.

Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 112,300 employees and operates 68 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Center in charge of research, development and process engineering, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia.

CROSSROADS WRM BRONZE SPONSORS

3M

We reduce the weight of power lines so they can carry more power to more people. We help manufacturers use less while accomplishing more. We automate health care data so the right people get the right information. Across the globe, 3M is inspiring innovation and igniting progress, all while contributing to true global sustainable development through environmental protection, corporate and social responsibility and economic progress. We are applying our science and innovation to make a real impact in every person's life around the world.

IRF GENEVA AT MOVIN'ON

The Challenge Bibendum organised by Michelin for the past 20 years has now become "Movin'On". Organised in Canada on 13-15 June 2017, the event had attracted 4'000 participants from the transportation industry from 31 countries around the world.

IRF Executive Director, Ms. Susanna Zammataro, participated in a panel with Mr. Olivier Biancarelli (Engie) on "Rethinking the City of Tomorrow: Solutions in Infrastructure". Key messages included the importance of investing in data, both in terms of collecting data and analyzing it, good governance and the need to transform current regulatory structures to frame the action of new operators, for example of companies like Uber, and the difficulty of policymakers to keep pace with developments in the sector. Addressing these issues is key to transforming cities.

BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE AT WTC CHINA

IRF Geneva was a supporting organizations of the World Transport Convention (WTC 2017) held on 4-6 June 2017 in Beijing, China. Hosted by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and organised by China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS). The convention had as its theme "Green and Integrated Development through Innovations" and attracted 1'820 papers from all over the world and 5'000 delegates.

Mr Kiran Kapila, IRF Chairman, delivered a keynote address in the opening ceremony which was inaugurated by Mr Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology and by Mr Dai Dongchang, Vice-Minister of Transport. In his address, Mr Kapila stressed the importance that the concept of "connectivity" has today and shared briefly about India's Smart Cities initiatives. The future he envisioned is that of a lesser and lesser human intervention and growth of automation.


Connectivity is indeed at the heart of the new and ambitious Chinese initiative known as "The Belt and Road Initiative" or the new Silk Road. A dedicated roundtable was convened on the 4th June (one day before the opening of WTC). IRF Geneva was represented by Susanna Zammataro, IRF Executive Director. The Roundtable discussed in particular the establishment of the International Transport Alliance (ITA), a platform to enhance multi-level and wide-ranging cooperation between the countries along the Belt and Road.


The proposal for initiating the establishment of the ITA was presented and endorsed in the plenary of WTC.

DRIVE SAFE INDIA INITIATIVE

Shell, Michelin, and IRF Geneva have come together with a new initiative "Drive Safe India" (www.drivesafeindia.org) to improve all aspects of safety associated with transport of goods on Indian roads. The goal of the Drive Safe India Initiative is to develop a voluntary industry code to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities by transforming: 1) commercial vehicle standards, 2) driver care and training, 3) vehicle financing, 4) insurance, and 5) road haulage contracts. As part of this initiative, a database of "safe" drivers and haulage companies will be developed. The industry code will be based on pan India research and best practices from around the world. The impact of this initiative will be monitored using real time and collected data.

The adoption of this code is expected to lead to a large reduction in the number of truck accidents and associated fatalities.

In the coming months, the launch partners of the Drive Safe India Initiative will seek to increase the number of partners to join this initiative.

The Drive Safe India Code will be formally launched at CROSSROADS World Road Meeting 2017 that is to be held in Delhi, India from 14 - 17 November 2017.

For more information, or questions, please visit our website (www.DriveSafeIndia.org), drop us a mail at: Info@drivesafeindia.org, or call Mr. Sanjay Chaudhri at: +91 99373 66666.

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY CONFERENCE IN MOROCCO

IRF, together with Autoroutes du Maroc and Institute de Recherche en Energie Solaire en Energies Nouvelles organised the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Mobility in Marrakech,Morocco on 16 May 2017. The conference focused on meeting the challenges of delivering safe and sustainable transport and mobility in Africa, and the role of technology in meeting these challenges.

A key feature of the conference was electric and the provision of innovative mobility on demand services such as those provided by Uber. Another highlight was the presentation by Mr.Himanshu Agarwal from Zydex on their polymer nanotechnology for paving roads. This technology provides a low-cost, sustainable and long-lasting alternative to bitumen ffor paving roads.


The conference was inaugurated by H.E. Mr Khalid Cherkaoui, Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport Morocco, Mr Kiran K. Kapila, Chairman of IRF Geneva, Mr Anouar Bennazouz, DG ADM. Over 200 people participated in the conference from countries as far away as India and Canada!

The Conference was the opportunity for IRF Geneva to release a new knowledge repository on road safety. This knowledge repository, is part of the Global Transport Knowledge Practice – gTKP (www.gtkp.com) and currently hosts all the work produced by Project Groups 1 and 2 of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration Group (UNRSC). The release is being made possible through the work of many of the members of the UNRSC and the support of the World Bank hosted Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), and from RoadSafe UK.

NEW MEMBERS

SWARCO

The traffic technology corporation of Austrian entrepreneur Manfred Swarovski - is a growing international group providing the complete range of products, systems, services and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management.

With almost five decades of experience in the industry, the corporation supports the growing mobility needs of society with turnkey systems and solutions in road marking, urban and interurban traffic control, parking, public transport, infomobility and street lighting. Cooperative systems, V2I communication, electromobility, and integrated software solutions for the Smart City are latest, future-oriented fields in the group's portfolio.

SAFEROAD

Saferoad had led MiddleEast market with their innovative Telematics solutions, which go beyond managing fleets and their maintenance costs, up to optimize drivers' utilization, ensure drivers safety, and help companies to reduce the OPEX and insurance expenses.

The primary goal of Saferoad is to reduce accidents and help drivers in Saudi Arabia to enhance their driving behavior. The effective contribution of Saferoad technologies in the regional economy has gotten the company many awards, including being:

  1. Selected by the World Economic Forum, IFC, as one of the 100 Arab world startups, which are shaping the future in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
  2. Awarded as Best Use of Technology Initiative for Improved Traffic Safety", Smart Mobility, Dubai (IQPC 2017)
  3. Named as one of top growth stage companies in 2016, Arabian Venture Forum (AVF 2016)
  4. Ranked 4th of 100 entrepreneurs companies that shaping Saudi Arabia future in 2015, Forbes Middle East
  5. Recognized as one of top growth 50 companies in 2015, TechTour

NASA Foundation

NASA Foundation is an organization established on 2015 in proud presence of Michelle Yeoh in Nepal.

It assists in Automobile Aspects and Society with close to Nepal Automobiles' Association (NASA), FIA and FIA FOUNDATION. It is also involved in management of FIA Solidarity Fund in Nepal.

It is Autonomous, Independent, Non-Government, Non-Profitable and Charitable Institution running with the involvement of Automobile, and Road &Transport Personals in Nepal.

MEMBERS NEWS

Roads Australia and IRF Geneva to team up again for regional conference in 2018

Roads Australia (RA) has announced that its 2018 annual conference in Sydney will again be co-convened as a regional event with IRF Geneva.

The RA – IRF Regional Conference for Asia and Australia will be held at the International Convention Centre at Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour on May 31 and June 1, 2018. The gala conference dinner will be held at the historic Sydney Town Hall on the first evening of the conference, Thursday May 31.

RA and IRF Geneva last co-hosted a regional conference in Sydney in 2015 – a successful event that attracted over 350 delegates from 16 countries.Roads Australia Chief Executive, Ian Webb, said it was timely to invite the international road community back to Australia, particularly given the rapid pace of development in new land transport technologies including automated vehicleS - "International collaboration is imperative to ensure we have consistency around the policies and regulations that govern the testing and use of automated vehicles," he said.

"Australian state governments and their road agencies are working closely on this with the Federal Government. There is much we can share with the international community about our approach, and conversely I'm sure we can learn much from what other countries are doing in our region.

"At the same time, we want to explore at the conference some of the latest thinking around asset maintenance, road and road-site safety, procurement and sustainability, as well as showcase some of the biggest, city-shaping road projects that are currently under construction in Sydney.

"We look forward to welcoming representatives of the international road community back Down Under for what will be a tremendous networking and knowledge-sharing event."

TTS Italia and ITS Taiwan sign MOU

On 27 June, at the Asia Asia Pacific Forum 2017 held in Hong Kong from 27-29 June 2017, TTS Italia and ITS Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation in the ITS sector. In particular, the MoU aims to promote the exchange of information in the ITS sector, to cooperate on topicsof mutual interest (road pricing, traffic information, vehicle security) and to support the development of ITS in Italy and Taiwan.

The MoU was signed by ITS Taiwan President, YC Chang and the Secretary General of TTS Italia, Olga Landolfi. The signing ceremony was held at the ITS Taiwan stand in the presence of other ITS Associations of the Asian area: ITS Hong Kong , ITS Australia, ITS Japan, ITS Singapore, ITS Korea, ITS Indonesia, ITS Malaysia, ITS Thailand, ITS Canada and the National Center of ITS Engineering & Technology China.

Turkish Road Federation News - Major viaduct project between Konya and Alanya

Eyiste Viaduct Project Contract has been signed between General Directorate of Highways and Nurol Construction and Trading Company. The project comprises a viaduct which shall be constructed in Hadim Valley, between Konya – Alanya, using balanced cantilever beam construction method. The viaduct will have 9 spans and total length will be 1372 meters with a total width of 25 meters. The superstructure will be constructed on 2 abutments and 8 piers with varying heights between 31 meters and 155 meters. The construction period is 1100 days and when the project is completed, it shall be among the highest Balanced Cantilever Viaducts of the world. The current road distance shall be shortened approximately 2.5 km with Eyiste Viaduct Project. Furthermore, the major benefits will be the minimization of journey time, economic losses due to shortened time and reduction of environmental damage while the transportation will be much safer and comfortable.

Evonik supports "Green Campus Project " in Turkey

Istanbul Technical University is counting on bikes to replace cars on its campus. Evonik has sponsored one kilometer of the DEGAROUTE® coating for the new cycle lane.

Getting quickly from one lecture to the next – due to the size of Istanbul Technical University (ITÜ), was often only possible by car. Now, a six-kilometer (3.7 mile) bike lane across the campus provides an environmentally friendly alternative. It is part of the "Green Campus" project, which is supported by Evonik: The company has sponsored one kilometer of the new bike lane and coated it with a durable MMA cold spray plastic."We believed in the idea right away and decided to finance a kilometer of the bike network," says Evonik's Serkan Akoğlu, who is responsible for DEGAROUTE® road markings in the Eastern Europe market. The Altekma Group, a customer of the German specialty chemicals company, applied the lane markings in a two-layer system.

The advantages: "Of all the possible systems that are available globally, the DEGAROUTE® based two-component spray marking is the most durable material. It can be applied quickly and the road can be opened to traffic in minimal time. The product hardens within 20 minutes."

To make the bike lane as safe as possible, a base layer with anti-skid aggregate was applied followed by a top coat. "This created a anti-skid surface," says Melih Durmuş from the Altekma Group. In less than three days, the entire markings were applied and the work completed. A total of four metric tons of materials were used to treat the approximately 2,600 square meters (27,986 ft²) of bike lane.

Serkan Akoğlu points out another benefit: Since the material adheres very well to concrete and asphalt, even thin layers are highly durable. Users who need to provide costings can influence the budget by adjusting the thickness of the application.

The head of Building and Technology at ITÜ is excited about the new Evonik technology: "In the past, we used a different system – but that was a protracted process and was very complex." It took 22 days to create a lane of 800 meters (0.5 mile) and when the temperatures got too low, the lane markings could not be applied. "Therefore, it has been decided to use the new two-component spray marking for all our bike lanes in the future."

Another key advantage is the sustainability of the system: "Repairs and finishing works are no longer a problem." With other systems used in the past, the wear on the paint was much more severe. It was necessary to remove the entire surface of the lane and then apply the coating all over again. "With the Evonik system, the whole process is much simpler."

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

IPS Group Inc., headquartered in San Diego, CA (USA), with offices in Canada and Europe, is a design, engineering, and manufacturing company focused on low-power wireless telecommunications, payment processing systems, parking technologies, and SaaS management software. An industry pioneer, IPS has been delivering smart city technology solutions for over 20 years. The company offers a fully integrated smart product suite comprised of single-space meters, multi-space pay stations, pay station upgrade kits, vehicle detection sensors, smart cash collection systems, and SaaS management software with advanced data analytics. IPS is delivering the Internet of Things (IoT) and Intelligent Parking Systems to transportation and parking operations all over the world.

MEMBER EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

ROMANIAN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROADS AND BRIDGES

Traditionally, the National Congress of Roads and Bridges is an important milestone in the activity of specialists involved in the road field. In the spirit of openness and the desire for professional collaboration, in September 2018 we will organize in Lasi, the 15th National Congress of Roads and Bridges in Romania.

In the context of our country's ongoing efforts to overcome the backlog of road infrastructure, this Congress is an important moment for reconsidering the road industry activity.

We express our wish that this Congress contributes to a better understanding of national priorities in the field of road infrastructure so that through the debates and meetings that will take place, we can make a real contribution to the "transport policy" of our country.

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