JULY 27, 2017, Washington, DC: In collaboration with Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada), the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) has announced five of the cities that will be featured in the “Smart Cities Pavilion.” This is a dedicated area displaying some of the best examples of infrastructure solutions from around the world at the 2017 ITS World Congress in Montréal, October 29–November 2. In addition to the host city, the confirmed cities to date include Columbus, Ohio; Singapore; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Christchurch, New Zealand.
These experiential exhibitions will allow delegates and other visitors to see the leadership and innovation taking place now as cities across the globe are using technology to create their vision of next generation integrated mobility solutions in urban settings.
“The ITS World Congress Smart Cities Pavilion is an opportunity to show how technology can advance the future of integrated mobility, and why it’s important now to begin the discussion about the changes that are taking place to make our growing cities more livable for everyone,” said John Barton, ITS World Congress Smart Cities Pavilion Chairman.
With the themes of Urban Mobility, Engaged Citizenry, Smart Security, Economic Cluster, and Smart Democracy, these demonstrations will illustrate how transformative transportation and integrated mobility solutions are the epicenter of Smart Cities’ critical infrastructure, which seeks to provide seamless connectivity, improved systems delivery and a better, more equitable quality of life for citizens. Smart Cities include innovations related to traffic management, roadways, rail, parking, bike share, transit, car share, traveler information, connected and autonomous vehicles, integrated mobility, artificial intelligence, dependencies on transportation, addressing equity issues, smart security, smart energy, smart buildings, smart healthcare, smart government, smart fleets, and more.
By 2025, nearly 60% of the world’s population and more than 4.6 billion people will live in cities. In 2050, 80% of the world’s population could live in major metropolitan areas. Technology and mobility are two issues that will dominate the conversation about how society can help provide a high-quality life to billions of people.
“It is with great pride that Montréal welcomes this fall the ITS World Congress 2017, particularly in this pivotal year of celebrations for its 375th anniversary. I am especially proud of the fact that the initiatives made by our metropolis in smart transit will be exhibited at the “Smart Cities Pavilion” at the Congress. Not only is Montréal innovative, as witnessed by having been awarded Intelligent Community of the Year for 2016 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), but it also aims to become the North American leader in transport electrification and mobility by 2020,” said the Honorable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal.