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31 July 2012

Dear [fname],

IRF is looking ahead to a very active autumn, especially with regard to its activities in the theme of Intelligent Transport Systems:

  • The annual ITS World Congress will open its doors on Monday 22 October 2012 in beautiful Vienna, Austria, and IRF will be part of it and launch its Manifesto on ITS.
  • IRF is part of the high level EU ITS Advisory Group and will be representing your interest in this eminent panel during the autumn meeting and through participation in intermediary consultations.
  • Firm collaboration with Italy's national ITS Assocation, TTS Italia, will bring you a very interesting seminar on ITS education on 5 December 2012 in Bologna, Italy
  • And we are joining up with ITS Arab to organise a dedicated ITS workshop on ITS deployment in the MENA region, during the IRF Regional Conference North-Africa & Mediterranean on 19& 20 March in Marrakech, Morocco.

We are exited about these upcoming events and would like to extend a warm personal invitation to you to join IRF on these occasions.

We hope you will enjoy this special IRF newsletter edition.

With kind regards,

Caroline Visser
Road Finance & ITS Progamme Manager
International Road Federation

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IRF activities during the 19th ITS World Congress in Vienna

The theme of this year's annual ITS World Congress, the 19th edition, is Smarter on the Way and the congress will focus on benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems to all traffic participants: how it can make transport safer, easier and cleaner. IRF supports this theme and will be actively present at the World Congress. In fact IRF will use the opportunity to launch its IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS – Smart Transport Policies for Sustainable Mobility.

Furthermore, your Federation will be present in the following events:

 Date & time  What  
 22 October 2012
  Ministerial Round Table
IRF representation by Mr. Kiran K. Kapila, Chairman IRF Geneva, handing out the IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS to Ministers participating in the Round Table
 23 October 2012
  Press Conference
Launch of IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS
 24 October 2012
  Joint information meeting of ITS Committees of IRF Washington and Geneva Programme Centres
Open to members of the respective committees and other interested ITS professionals
 25 October 2012
  Special Interest Session 65: How to Sell ITS to Politicians?
Organised by the IRF, this Special session will look into the key policy arguments to convince politicians and high level policy makers to buy into ITS.


IRF to launch its IRF Vienna Manifesto on ITS at the World Congress

In 2008, the IRF established the IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to address the perceived lack of awareness with political leaders and key decision makers about the contribution ITS can make to achieve vital transport policy objectives. The ITS Policy Committee offers participants a high quality, truly global platform for knowledge exchange on topics related to the policy and strategy context of ITS.



ITS Evaluation: IBEC's activities in Vienna

IRF maintains strong ties with the International Working Group on ITS Benefits, Evaluation and Costs (IBEC) and supports its stance to promote the role of ITS evaluation in decision-making. IBEC is always present at the annual ITS World Congress with highly relevant and interesting sessions and a dedicated workshop to foster the role of evaluation.



IRF installed its Policy Committee on ITS in 2008, because it was felt that despite a positive track record, ITS still suffered from a lack of both understanding and visibility among politicians, policy makers and the public at large. As a result ITS has not been fully integrated, if at all, in transport policies.


Other upcoming IRF ITS events - Reserve the dates!

What Joint IRF/TTS Italia one-day seminar
In conjuction with TTS Italia Nuovo Mundo conference
Topic Fostering ITS Policy
Date 5 December 2012
Place Bologna, Italy
More IRF Policy Committee on ITS
What Joint IRF/ITS Arab exclusive workshop
In conjunction with the IRF Regional Conference North-Africa & Mediterranean
Topic ITS deployment in the MENA region
Date 20 March 2013
Place Marrakech, Morocco
More IRF Regional Conference
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