iMobility Forum Plenary meeting
On 16-17 April, the iMobility Forum met in Brussels for its 3rd Plenary Meeting. Over the course of the two days, over 80 participants heard from and engaged in discussion with speakers from a variety of backgrounds and organisations.
The event was opened by Mr Paul Timmers Director of the European Commission Directorate General DG CONNECT, who praised the outcomes of the working groups and highlighted the importance of the launch of eCall in 2015 and the evolution of the iMobility Forum as an independent body that must have the ambition to become the reference for smart mobility in Europe.
On 16 April, the latest achievements of each of the Forum's Working Groups were presented, covering all the major topics within ICT for safe, smart and clean road mobility fields. The second part of the session introduced the European eCall Implementation Platform (EeIP), the ITS European and World Congresses in Dublin and Tokyo, as well as the iMobility Challenge project and the collaboration with the iMobility Forum.
Day two of the event was focussed on Horizon 2020 and International Cooperation. Mr Liam Breslin of the European Commission Directorate General DG RTD outlined the New Framework for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 (Horizon 2020) and Mr Pawel Stelmaszczyk of the European Commission Directorate General DG MOVE further presented the challenges and the logic of Smart, Green and Integrated transport in Horizon 2020.
The session continued with presentations on key areas for international cooperation, such as automation, cooperative ITS, harmonisation and assessment of ITS energy efficiency applications, eCall / ERA GLONASS cooperation, probe data and spectrum allocation. The audience were invited to actively contribute to these discussions and to share their views with the attending stakeholders by means of a vote.
The event was brought to a close by Juhani Jääskeläinen from the European Commission Directorate General DG CONNECT, who applauded iMobility Forum members for their continued commitment and dedication to reaching the widespread implementation of ITS.