ITS New Zealand has announced that it will host the 2014 Asia Pacific ITS Forum & Exhibition, following a decision by the Asia Pacific Board.
The event will take place from 28-30 April 2014 in Auckland. New Zealand was competing with ITS Indonesia to stage the forum; it has now been decided that the 2015 event will be held in Indonesia.
The 2014 theme, which will mark the 10th anniversary of ITS New Zealand, will be SCORE – Safety, Choices, Opportunities, Results, Efficiencies. ITS is well advanced in New Zealand said ITS New Zealand director Martin Leak, pointing to projects such as the NZ$100 million ($82 million) Auckland motorways interactive ramp sign signalling and motorway management scheme.
Winning the 2014 forum involved two years of lobbying and successfully running two ITS summit conferences to raise awareness of the sector with the NZ government and decision-makers in governmental organisations, he added.
That effort had paid off in the form of backing to stage the 2014 Forum from the country’s transport ministry, added ITS New Zealand's Peter McCombs.