On 3 October ITS Japan (represented by the Chairman Dr Hiroyuki Watanabe) along with other 16 winners received the prize at “FY 2011 Information Month” award ceremony in Tokyo for its activity in enriching the information society.

ITS Japan received the “Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism award” for its innovative initiative to release the “Traffic Performance and Blocked Road Map” on the website soon after the Great East Japan earthquake on 11 March 2011. The service successfully integrated the huge traffic information which had been independently collected by the car/car-navigation companies public sectors and the expressway operators and the map helped many people to find the appropriate routings to transport people and goods for the disaster reconstruction activities. (See the related news)

This award was established in 1972 by the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) and it is jointly coordinated by the METI the Cabinet Office (CAO) the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) the Ministry of Finance (MOF) the Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The award is given to individuals companies and information processing systems for their contribution to society with new information technologies.

The service “Traffic Performance and Blocked Road Map” is going to be featured in the ITS Japan exhibition booth as well as in session programs during the 18th ITS World Congress in Orlando.

Dr Hiroyuki Watanabe Chairman of ITS Japan receives the “Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism award”

This article has been published in cooperation with ITS Japan.

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Original Publication Date: Wed 19 Oct 2011