Together, everyone achieves more. That’s why we at ERTICO believe in the importance of a public-private partnership to find the best solutions to develop the transport of tomorrow. ERTICO found it important to be present at the 2018 edition of Intertraffic, one of Europe’s major events in the field of infrastructure, traffic management and safety parking, with more than 800 exhibitors gathering in Amsterdam to showcase their latest products and innovations, exchange knowledge and seek new partnership opportunities.

We focused our presence on smart mobility and displayed two of our Innovation Platforms: TM 2.0 and MaaS Alliance. MaaS Alliance was also the organiser of two sessions: one focused on the importance of enabling and building a smooth, seamless travel chain between the MaaS operator, the system provider and the public transport operator; the second session focused on the role of data and different architecture options for MaaS.

Intertraffic was also an excellent opportunity for us to meet our Partners in the transport sector. On the first day, we had the pleasure to speak with the Dutch Minister for Transport, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, about the developments of smart mobility in the Nederlands and on the 2019 ITS European Congress in the Brainport region. “We are working with smart and intelligent mobility and I think that the more digitalisation we see in society, the smarter everything gets, including the mobility sector. This is one of the reasons why more and more companies and organisations are interested in joining and being part of ERTICO and our work“, said our CEO Jacob Bangsgaard in an interview with Smart Highways. “Copenhagen will be a great event, we are expecting some 10.000 people and it’s also a celebration of our 25 years of ITS World Congresses, that’s why we intend to make it a special one”.

We were also delighted to be at Connekt’s stand with the North Brabant Provincial Minister for Mobility and Cooperation, Christope van der Maat, Dynniq’s CEO and ERTICO Chairman, Cees de Wijs, and Connekt’s Managing Director Nico Anten, to discuss about the latest developments in mobility and focusing on the upcoming events, which are not only an opportunity for already established companies, but also for startups. “If we want to move forward we need brains”, said Minister van Nieuwenhuizen, who stressed in particular the importance of investments, especially for new businesses. For this purpose, Intertraffic was an opportunity for ERTICO to meet different startups at the ITSUP, the pavilion dedicated to these new businesses, with the aim to continue the support in the wake of the Startup Prize for Mobility, which ERTICO greatly supported.

No man is an island and each one of our Partners contributes to the overall development of the mobility sector with their innovations. From Trafi’s  Corridor as a Service, to Kapsch’s traffic management solutions, the “Swarco City”, Dinniq’s next generation traffic controllers and Siemens’ Vehicle2x, every Partner brought their contribution to the mobility of the future.

Events such as Intertraffic and the ITS European and World Congresses are a small yet important piece of the bigger picture. We look forward continuing the discussion with many of the exhibitors, delegates and start ups in Copenhagen at the ITS World Congress next September.