IBTTA Global Summit Focuses on New Technologies Transforming Modern Highway Systems Across the Globe
Innovation, Road Safety and Environmental Sustainability Take Center Stage at IBTTA’s Global Summit in Prague, Czech Republic
The IBTTA Global Summit: Innovations & Technologies for Sustainable Mobility, Environment and Road Safety taking place in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, serves as a “one-stop shop” for the latest technologies transforming rapidly evolving modern highway systems across the globe. The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them, with support from ASECAP, the European Association of Toll Road Concessionaire Companies, have brought together transportation and tolling leaders to share and explore new technologies that are making mobility more efficient for drivers.
“Throughout this year, our theme has been Customers and Collaboration,” said Mike Heiligenstein, IBTTA President and Executive Director, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Austin, Texas. “In Prague, we have the opportunity to emphasize this theme on a global level and hear about best-practices from around the world. Regardless of your geographic location, it’s certainly an exciting time to be part of our industry that is enhancing mobility around the world.”
The 2014 IBTTA Global Summit began this past Sunday, October 19th with a technical tour highlighting some of the newest Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies on the Czech Motorway. The Summit continues through today where more than one hundred conference attendees will hear discussions centering on “The Technology of Highway Safety” and “Road-User Charging & Tolling Around the World.”
“Transportation leaders from around the globe are here to focus on solutions to solve the biggest challenges that confront all citizens,” said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA, Washington, D.C. “These challenges include congestion, funding, safety and adequate maintenance.”
“Mobility experts from incredibly diverse backgrounds and countries are gathered here to exchange and learn from one another the newest ways to best serve our customers, the driving public,” said Emanuela Stocchi, IBTTA Second Vice President-elect and current International Vice President, Responsible for International Affairs for Associazione Italiana Società Concessionarie Autostrade e Trafori (AISCAT), Rome, Italy.“
Malika Seddi, IBTTA’s 2015 International Vice President-elect, Director of International Affairs, ASFA (Association Professionnelle Autoroutes et Ouvrages à Péage) Paris, France echoed Stocchi’s comments stating this year’s Global Summit is focused on “making mobility through user-financing more safe, secure and reliable. Transportation is the backbone of our society. Providing customers the most technologically advanced, highest-quality road and road service is our industry’s number one priority.”
Transportation leaders at the IBTTA Global Summit are sharing best practices in the areas of policy, finance, environment and technology. During the 2014 Global Summit, attendees are gaining new insights into customer expectations, emerging new forms of road user charging, the rise of Big Data and smart cities. The discussions and presentations are showcasing the differences and similarities among the technologies used in the global tolling market.
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The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ibtta.org or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.
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