18 May 2023 | Innovation

British SMEs hail European opportunity at ITS Lisbon congress

The Transport Technology Forum is being praised for supporting a British delegation of small and medium sized enterprises taking part in the ITS European Congress in Lisbon next week.

Zenzic, Navtech Radar, Clearview Intelligence, Nicander, Now Wireless, Angoka, Ito World, Neology, Arup, Grid Smarter Cities, See.Sense and VESOS are participating on the UK Pavilion, which will showcase a range of the country’s latest innovations in improving sustainability, transport network efficiency and safety.

Thanks to the support of the Department of Business and Trade (DBT), the TTF and LCRIG, companies were offered an extremely cost-effective way of exhibiting to more than 2,500 delegates from across the continent and beyond. The three-day event also includes a visit from the British Ambassador to Portugal, and a drinks reception on the stand on Monday afternoon (22 May) at 2.30pm plus the signing of a new engagement plan between the TTF and ERTICO – ITS Europe at 9.30 on Wednesday (24 May).

“As a start-up micro-SME, we would never be able to afford a presence at an event like the ITS European Congress without an initiative like this from the Transport Technology Forum,” commented co-founder of VESOS, Danny Woolard. “Our technology improves the value of the eCall in-vehicle safety system and therefore has applications across Europe, so we really appreciate having the opportunity to have a presence on the UK Pavilion in Lisbon which will help us spread our safety message much wider.”

“Clearview Intelligence have been delivering technology products and solutions to the highways and transport sector for over 40 years, so we are particularly proud to be part of TTF’s UK contingent”, enthused Clearview’s International Channel Manager Nora Ali. “Improving road travel safety through technology are at the heart of what Clearview Intelligence and the Transport Technology Forum stand for. Speaking to high level contacts within the British Government structure allows an SME, like Clearview to raise its profile and benefit from the years of experience within the embassy.”

Deborah Kobewka, CEO, Ito World said: “I look forward to engaging with like-minded smart mobility enthusiasts who are passionate about sustainability and using technology to enhance efficiency and passenger experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the UK Ambassador’s views on emerging trends in the industry, as well as deepen my understanding of the challenges authorities face and market dynamics related to data and analytics.”

“Neology are supporting the TTF stand as we are strong believers in the power of partnership to fulfil the needs of the ITS industry within Europe, and globally,” added Managing Director Luke Normington. “We were excited to be asked to join this prestigious event, given a significant innovation and development investment which Neology has, and continues to put into European marketplace.”

Neil Herron, founder of Grid Smarter Cities said the opportunity is a very cost-effective way to reach potential new customers: “To me, the point of events like the European Congress is to open up new export opportunities,” he said. “We have a world-leading solution to the key issue of kerbside management that affects cities everywhere and I appreciate the TTF’s support to let me get our message to many more people. Hopefully I can deliver some new international customers to boost the revenues of UK PLC.”

Richard Barrington, Director, Smart Cities and Land Mobility commented: “ANGOKA is delighted to be a part of the TTF delegation to ITS Europe. This landmark event is important for us to demonstrate how our technology is essential for the safe and secure operations of Smart Mobility and its associated infrastructure. It’s great to be associated with the UK pavilion and the support of the UK Government is really helpful in bringing market insight and presence that underpins our European expansion plans.”

Barbara Fitzsimons of Zenzic is enthusiastic about the opportunity saying: “Zenzic is supporting TTF’s stand in Lisbon to demonstrate our commitment to collaboration and fostering innovation in the field of smart mobility. By aligning with TTF, we aim to showcase our dedication to driving effective and efficient management of road networks, which is essential for the successful implementation of Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) solutions. Participating provides us with an opportunity to present ourselves to the international community and showcase our expertise and offerings in the CAM ecosystem. By engaging with partners and stakeholders from various sectors at the congress, we can build valuable connections and collaborations that contribute to our goal of making the UK a leader in the self-driving revolution.”

Tim Gammons, Arup’s Intelligent Mobility Lead commented: “The TTF provides a positive perspective and welcome to new and old organisations in the mobility sector to demonstrate the value and benefits the industry can bring to delivering transport services and reducing transport’s impact on the environment. It will be a great place to learn about new developments and meet people.”

“We are proud to be part of such an amazing showcase of ITS technology from the UK,” added Meirion Winmill, ITS Global Marketing Manager at Navtech Radar. “At the event, we’re looking forward to catching up with our European customers and partners, and sharing more widely how our highways safety system can advance safety and improve journeys for everyone.”

For Nicander, Business Development Manager Sam Brierley commented: “We are extremely proud of being able to represent the UK, TTF and the wider transport industry at the ITS European Congress, demonstrating our technology, sharing our experiences and learning from our peers.”

“At a time when technology is playing a crucial role in helping provide solutions to several challenges on our highway and transport networks around the globe, NOW Wireless is proud to support the TTF Pavilion at the ITS European Congress at Lisbon. We look forward to meeting visitors that want to discuss starting their smart infrastructure journey with us. Smart infrastructure is what powers successful cities. It enables them to be more connected and more efficient and effective as well as provide great places to live, work, play and travel,” said Paul Hudson, Project and Sales Manager, NOW Wireless.

“See.Sense is proud to take part in the UK Transport Technology Forum’s stand, exhibiting our cycling and micro-mobility data and technology solutions to foster safer, smarter, sustainable communities” concluded the company’s co-founder and CSO Irene McAleese. “We eagerly anticipate connecting with European peers, sharing insights and exploring collaborations. Our aim is to learn, inspire, and contribute to shaping the future of transport technology across Europe”.

Members of the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and Intelligent Transport Systems UK will also be participating on the stand.

(Picture – UK stand in Hamburg)