The Turkish Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications has joined the ERTICO – ITS Europe Partnership Europe’s leading organisation supporting R&D and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). Joining 100 Partners ranging from mobile network operators public authorities research institutions services providers suppliers traffic and transport industry user groups and vehicle manufactures the Turkish Ministry of Transport has put itself at the heart of the ITS industry in Europe – and beyond.
With large investment in its transport infrastructure including ITS Turkey wants to ensure that its infrastructure is compatible with emerging international standards and indeed to contribute to those standards. By joining the ERTICO Partnership the Turkish Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications will benefit from ERTICO’s expertise in ITS and close relationship with the relevant international ITS bodies and stakeholders while bringing to the table the fast-growing and dynamic Turkish market and innovative ITS sector – already more than 45% of Turkish trade is with the EU and nearly 80% of foreign direct investment in Turkey comes from the EU.
What’s more being a full member of the ERTICO Partnership will facilitate information exchange and allow Turkey to participate fully in R&D and development projects in the field of ITS with eCall being one example – Turkey intends to integrate the eCall system into the existing 112 PSAP in Antalya as part of the proposed HeERO 2 pilot project.
Furthermore the creation of the organisation “ITS Turkey” will bring all Turkish ITS players under one roof so that Turkish industry research institutions and other stakeholders can speak with a single voice and fully participate in the international ITS dialogue.
Erol Yanar Director of Strategy Department Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications said “We believe that successful deployment of intelligent transport systems throughout Turkey will enhance the strength of ERTICO and we think that becoming a member of ERTICO and benefiting from its substantial experience will make a major contribution to the development of ITS in Turkey. We also believe that our young and open-minded population and dynamic constitution will contribute substantially to ERTICO”.
Jean Mesqui the Chairman of ERTICO – ITS Europe said “We very much welcome Turkey into the ERTICO Partnership. Turkey is a strong contributor in terms of competence to develop and deploy Intelligent Transport Systems. We are all very excited to now work together with Turkey in the ERTICO Partnership to make mobility smarter safer and greener.”
A Turkish delegation will also be participating at the 19th ITS World Congress held in Vienna 22-26 October 2012. The Head of Research and Development Department Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communication will be speaking at the “Smart Mobility applications” session (9:00 – 10:30 25 October). The session is jointly organised by the European Commission and ERTICO.
Full statement by Erol Yanar Director of Strategy Department Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications
“As a result of a huge amount of highway investments the length of divided roads approximately tripled and the length of the renewed and maintained highways doubled in the last nine years. Thanks to the continuous improvement of the economical conditions the number of vehicles has almost doubled between 2003-2011 period. These are pleasing developments for Turkey.
We have a vision of providing and regulating the transport and communications services in a qualified safe environmentally friendly fair and economical way for all of our citizens.
We believe that successful deployment of intelligent transport systems throughout Turkey will enhance the strength of ERTICO and we think that becoming a Partner of ERTICO and benefiting from its substantial experience will make a major contribution to the development of ITS in Turkey. We also believe that our young and open-minded population and dynamic constitution will contribute substantially to ERTICO”.
About ERTICO – ITS Europe
ERTICO – ITS Europe is a multi-sector public/private partnership pursuing the development and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). We connect public authorities industry players infrastructure operators users national ITS associations and other organisations together and work to bring “Intelligence into Mobility”.
The ERTICO work programme focuses on initiatives to improve road safety security and network efficiency whilst taking into account measures to reduce environmental impact. Our vision is of a future transport system working towards zero accidents zero delays and fully informed people where services are affordable and seamless the environment is protected privacy is respected and security is provided.
About ITS and Turkey
The Turkish Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications organised the country’s first large scale ITS workshop on 25 May 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of ITS. More than five hundred representatives of Turkish public authorities the ITS industry and academia converged on Istanbul to discuss the current standards in ITS and how ITS can best be deployed.
The Turkish Minister for Transport Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yildirim attended the event giving it his wholehearted support noting that “…ITS implementation is more important than ever in the country. We have to increase ITS deployment to save time and energy. It is also very important to decrease accidents and fatality rates.”
Further information on ITS and Turkey can be found here
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Original Publication Date: Wed 26 Sep 2012