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Recap: 2017 Annual Meeting “Connecting Smart Cities”

Source: ITS Midwest - Nov. 6, 2017

Six weeks ago, ITS Midwest held its 21st Annual Meeting, “Connecting Smart Cities”, in Columbus, Ohio. The meeting was a success.

On September 27 and 28, 2017, ITS Midwest held their annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio focusing on the Connecting Smart Cities theme. The theme was more than a play on the fact that the focal point of this year’s gathering was the Columbus Smart Cities Initiative. It also reflected the emerging emphasis on connectivity across vehicles and with infrastructure towards the ultimate goal of autonomous vehicles. Research has shown that such a future will reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths on our roads and highways. ITS Midwest is committed to participate in and support this goal.

The Annual Meeting sponsors included MH Corbin, Jacobs, Baldwin & Sours, CHA Consulting, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, and ITS Engineering. Thanks to their sponsorship, support and participation, we put on a very successful event.

With 134 attendees, and 25 vendors, the meeting was well attended.The Organizing Committee was excited to see a 18.6% increase of attendees over the last year!

Two days were filled with speakers and presentations all presenting around the Connecting Smart Cities theme. In addition to Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, there were presentations on Smart Cities, new technologies, data driven operations, and transportation management and operations. Jim Barna, Chief Engineer for ODOT kicked off the meeting as the keynote speaker with a presentation entitled “Preparing Solutions for a Smart and Connected World”. Mr. Barna discussed the state of ITS in Ohio including current and future projects. In addition, Jason Goldman, the Vice President for External Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement for ITS America, was the lunch time speaker. In his talk “The Road to the Next Generation of Mobility”, he provided an update on ITS America activities. These and other presentations featured at the meeting are now available online: download “Connecting Smart Cities” Presentations now.

The annual meeting was not just techinical talks and vendors information. Attendees, sponsors and exhibitors were also invited to partake in the social event at Brewcadia the first night for an evening of fun and games. ITS Midwest Annual meeting ended with a technical tour of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the Ohio State University.

Last but not least, ITS Midwest was proud to recognize two outstanding ITS projects: both Naperville Centralized Transport Management System (City of Naperville) and OHIO River Bridges (Indiana Department of Transportation) were presented the 2017 ITS Midwest “Project of the Year” award at the Meeting.

Triggered by this year's success and lead from our passion to connect people, agencies and organizations we already set the location for next year's meeting. We look forward to seeing you at our 2018 Annual Meeting in Indiana as we continue to develop, design and deploy transportation technologies in the Midwest and Great Lakes and to build and strengthen ITS Midwest.

ITS Midwest

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