St. Petersburg hosted the 4th International Conference “Role and Place of Intelligent Transport Systems in Highway Network of the Russian Federation. Current Development Trends” (ITSONROAD) for the forth time.
A need for a quantum leap in the field of employment of intelligent transport systems and closure of several existing gaps by way of making use of experience and potential available both domestically and abroad has been proved in full during the conference.
Various technical solutions have been discussed which very shortly may be used on roads in Russia.
Issues related to introduction of intelligent transport systems through active collaboration of “Russian Highways” State Company, GLONASS Union and Agency of Technological Development, Autonomous Non-for-Profit Organization have been discussed during plenary and other sessions. Successful experience in establishing partnership relations with small and medium-size business companies with considerable contribution thereto made by JSC “RSMB Corporation” allows it to involve in the introduction of ITS both business flagships and new companies which just enter the market with innovative solutions and pilot projects.
Intelligent transport systems represent a multi-purpose tool available to the state which may be employed to increase the speed of traffic flows and improve safety on roads. Neither any single focal point of the existing transport policy may be properly addressed nor any target related to economic development of any specific region or the state generally achieved without intelligent transport systems.
During the conference “Russian Highways” State Company signed contracts with Swarco AG ООО, OSSP, Northern Capital Highway LLC, North-Western Concession Company LLC, Western High Speed Diameter OJSC, Avtodor-Toll Roads LLC, Non-Commercial Partnership for Promotion of Navigation Technologies Development and Application and Mobile National Human Resources, Interregional Non-for-Profit Organization for Promotion of Higher Labor Mobility. As a result, upon execution of one of the foregoing contracts transponders by Avtodor may be used to pay tolls within the Western High Speed Diameter in St. Petersburg (and vice versa) from November 1.
Further opportunities for improvement of traffic safety and development of multi-purpose tools for advanced road users as well as issues related to innovative solutions available domestically and use of international experience have been as well discussed during the event.
Issues related to weight and dimensional control and related tools and devices, social and legal support of collaboration with road users have been discussed at a dedicated session where speakers and attendees have been afforded an opportunity to exchange their views as to practical employment of methods of weight and dimensional control on federal and regional roads.
During the exhibition held as part of the conference Russian and foreign companies showed their developments and inventions related to intelligent transport systems.
At the wrap-up meeting discussion moderators have offered unanimous opinion that this conference is very important in the context of ITS introduction in the Russian road industry and economic development of the country in general. They expressed their gratitude to organizers and wished that this discussion shall be continued during the next-scheduled conference.