The past and future seamlessly fuse together in the city of Nicosia. As a crossroads for some of history’s most important civilisations who travelled through, you cannot help but be charmed by Cyprus and its vibrant and colourful city. Years later it is the future of multimodality that is under discussion at the European Commission’s 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). This annual event, taking place in Nicosia on 14th and 15th May 2018, is the ideal opportunity for the 9 new Member States of the TN-ITS GO project to meet and plan implementation as well as to network and present the benefits of efficient data exchange.

The European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc ‘noted  the ‘conference was maybe the most important annual conference on European urban mobility’. It is the ideal forum for policy makers, practitioners, experts who put the SUMP concept into practice to network, to debate key issues and exchange ideas on sustainable urban mobility planning. The European Commission has dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, with a focus on the integration of transport modes and combined mobility solutions for passengers and freight in cities and regions and this key theme was presented at the conference.  ‘Multimodality requires planning mobility as a system: break out of the silo approach and develop nodes where people can conveniently switch between different modes; plan for the convergence of networks, transport, energy, payments”, said Maja Bokran Marcich, Deputy Director General for Mobility and Transport introducing the plenary session .

TN-ITS GO, a Programme Support Action (PSA) facilitates seamless spatial data exchange, which is essential for the deployment of ITS applications and used in multi-modality. Crucially, TN-ITS GO sets out to support EU Member States in planning and implementing their ITS spatial data supply chain strategy right from the source all the way to the open TN-ITS interface and into the map database of the end user. To support Member States and pave the way road to a broader adoption of the TN-ITS open interface, the action will focus on developing and maintaining an active TN-ITS expert community. Attributes supported through this unique TN-ITS interface will eventually include essential features for future multi-modal traveling, logistic use cases and automated driving applications. Perhaps these discussions in Nicosia will fire up multimodality, leaving the imprint of our civilisation for years to come, just as civilisations have done before us. TN-ITS –GO will be there to assist.

Any association, partnership, organization, company or corporation, or individual with an interest in the objectives and activities of TN-ITS, may become a member by applying for membership. Consequently they will then be able to access guidance from the expert network and hence be at the fore front of the EU’s data exchange evolution.

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