ITS European Congress.

Strasbourg, France, 19–22 June 2017. Europe's leading event for intelligent transport specialists.


Welcome messages

The European Commission is very pleased to invite you to the 12th European ITS Congress, to be hosted in the city of Strasbourg from 19th to 22nd June 2017.

The main theme of the Congress, “ITS Beyond Borders”, is of the utmost relevance for all of us. The single market, an area without internal borders with the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital, can only be achieved when we work together to remove technical and regulatory barriers. Breaking down such barriers is also at the heart of the deployment of ITS. In order to be effective, the roll-out of ITS needs to be coherent and properly coordinated across the EU by public and private bodies. ‘ITS Beyond Borders’ should not only represent the interoperability and continuity of ITS between regions and Member States but also between different modes of transport facilitating multimodality.
A wide range of innovative solutions are available, such as digitalisation in passenger and freight transport and connected and automated driving. To support their development and deployment across Europe cross-sectorial and cross-border cooperation is indispensable. We need to fully tap the potential of digital technologies and let the Digital Society become a reality. It is not sufficient to respond only to current mobility demands, but also to be proactive in anticipating future needs, challenges and options. The ITS Directive, Digital Single Market and Energy Union along with funding instruments of Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility are essential in this regard.

In order to serve such discussions with stakeholders, Strasbourg will serve as an iconic hub at the heart of Europe on how to get ‘Europe Connected’. The 12th Europe ITS Congress will be an ideal opportunity to share and enrich our knowledge as well as show our strong commitment to role and importance of Intelligent Transport Systems.

Yours sincerely,


Violeta Bulc

Member of the European Commission


Carlos Moedas

Member of the European Commission


Günther Oettinger

Member of the European Commission









A. Vidalies, Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries, Ministry of Environment, Energy and The Sea, France.

Mr Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, President of the Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau, France.

Mr Robert Hermann, President Eurometropolis of Strasbourg & Mrs Catherine Trautmann, Economic Development Vice-President for the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, President of Strasbourg Autonomous Port, France.

Mr Alain Fontanel, President of Strasbourg Transport Company (CTS), France.

Cees de Wijs, Chairman Supervisory Board, ERTICO – ITS Europe


A. Vidalies, Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries, Ministry of Environment, Energy and The Sea, France.

It will be a great pleasure to welcome you in France again next year, less than two years after the large success of the 22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux. This time Strasbourg Eurometropolis, as a major place of the evoluting European construction process, will offer the 12th ITS European Congress an ideal setting. More than a setting, a living laboratory of ITS deployment and a life-size showcase for solutions and projects that bring value-to-user and collective benefits throughout a wide transnational space.

For our part, all French key players in ITS and transport at large are involved in preparing this Congress with ERTICO and the host city and partners. My own services, together with ATEC ITS France, are heavily mobilising so to ensure that Strasbourg Congress is exceptionally rich in experience and innovation-sharing, and genuinely fruitful to all of you. And enjoyable too.

In 2015, all the transport ministers gathered in Bordeaux at our invitation did state their confidence in IT solutions being able to help significantly preserving our planet through mobility reshaping. They called for multiplying local experimentations and projects. In Strasbourg, two years after the Paris agreement on climate, we should be able to ascertain the magnitude and impacts of this huge movement, provider of concrete and innovative solutions to address this universally recognised objective. A market-driven wave, supported and called for by most mobility authorities of all levels around the world.

That is why all your ideas, proposals and experiences are very welcome to this event, the success of which will be yours.

Together, we intend to mark one more memorable milestone in the current ITS breakthrough.

See you in Strasbourg, where you will see for real how intelligence spans borders!

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Mr Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, President of the Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau, France.

As Mayor of Strasbourg and President of the Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau, I am very pleased to welcome you in our cross-border region located at the heart of Europe.

How to present all of Strasbourg’s various aspects?

Its more than two thousand years history; its geography in the heart of Europe on the Rhine valley; its culture at the cross roads of Germanic and Latin influences and their traces on the architectural heritage recognised by the UNESCO.

How to introduce the 7th French city that besides Geneva and New York, is one of the world only international capital city without holding a state capital status?

How to refer to its centre place in the heart of Europe?

How to tour the various European institutions that she hosts and bring to mind its cosmopolitan character, its university of excellence, it strategic location in the intersection of multiple transports and communication networks?

How to portrait this avant-gardist city for urban mobility giving its inhabitants an exceptional quality of life where a certain “art-de-vivre” can be experienced in parks and gardens, through museums and auditoriums or in its gastronomic restaurants?

At last but not least, how to explain the genesis of our brand “The Europtimist” that sums up in one word the audacity of the innovations generated on our territory, its entrepreneurship spirit as well as its economic and scientific inventively?

Strasbourg is also part of the Eurodistrict-Ortenau. As a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) the Eurodistricts’ main objective is making fall barriers between countries and being a laboratory of European citizenship. Which topic could be more helpful than intelligent transport systems which help persons to optimize trips in both countries and to find solutions to improve security and accessibility?

Our region is an important European transport hub where several axes cross. Intelligent systems are necessary for making traffic fluent, efficient and environmentally-friendly.
Here, the “land of cars” (Baden-Württemberg) meets the “land of storks” (Alsace). So, ideas get wings! Together, most innovative and sustainable solutions are developed, tested and implemented.

We are very proud to welcome you in 2017 for the 12th ITS European Congress and show you the richness and enthusiasm of our city and our region.

Enjoy Strasbourg where intelligent transport systems know no limits!

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Mr Robert Hermann, President Eurometropolis of Strasbourg & Mrs Catherine Trautmann, Economic Development Vice-President for the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, President of Strasbourg Autonomous Port, France.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you in Strasbourg, just a couple of years after the successful ITS Word Congress in Bordeaux. Strasbourg considers it is a real opportunity to host the 12th ITS European Congress and present the specificities in mobility of a cross-border region.

For more than 20 years the city of Strasbourg and its metropolis, in association with other partners, have been leaders in innovative mobility. During the 90’s, Strasbourg was the first city in France to reintroduce the tramway in order to change the way the city operated and to contribute to the improvement of the environment. In 2017, Strasbourg tramway network will be the first transborder system offering a couple of stations in the border city of Kehl and providing access to the transportation system of the German side.

Strasbourg Eco 2030 roadmap pinpoints digital as a crucial driver for economic development and more specifically for the deployment of intelligent mobility. High investments and large scale projects based on public/private partnerships are being deployed on our territory such as the construction of a connected urban highway contouring Strasbourg city that aims to manage traffic in transit through the urban area as well as to become one of the biggest” open road living lab”.

Such projects as well as the ITS Congress will help Strasbourg transition from a “mobility laboratory” into an “open territory living lab” both as a project generator and as an incubator which benefit the entire Upper Rhine region.

The 2017 ITS European Congress will give companies the opportunity to focus on the people and the users of these systems as intelligent mobility becomes more and more a service. Strasbourg strategic location in the intersection of multiple transports and communication networks makes it a wonderful site to share experiences on topics and projects as diverse as MaaS, urban logistics, inland waterway transport or environment impact of smart mobility.

“ITS beyond borders” is a theme for sharing, experiencing and challenging what ITS have been so far.

With you we will continue to build Strasbourg for the future: a human city, attentive to social innovations and its environment and cradle of Europe experienced by its citizens.

We hope all the participants will have a wonderful time here …. Strasbourg is yours to discover!

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Mr Alain Fontanel, President of Strasbourg Transport Company (CTS), France.

I am delighted to welcome you to the 12th ITS European Congress in Strasbourg.

As Strasbourg Transport Compagny (CTS) President, one of my key responsibilities is to build, in association with the local authorities, an efficient transport network for Strasbourg and its surroundings.

Strasbourg has a long history in the use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Innovation and creativity are the drivers of the City’s ITS successes.

The CTS also contributes to build the city of the future with our cross-border metropolis. As a project manager for the extension towards the German city of Kehl, we also took under consideration the environment and quality of life aspects. The results are two beautiful and avant-garde bridges transforming the urban face of both sides of the Rhine River.

Beyond this spectacular outcome, the CTS participates in the development of new products and services for the everyday life of all users with a customer-centric strategy. Thus the user is put in the center of the organisation and at the heart of the innovations.

For example, I can mention the NFC Mobile App for travelers (called UGO and transfer to the industry) or the “Mobility Pass”, our very unique multimodal service presented as a public transport pass giving access to several services such as park and ride parking, bus and tramway, car- and bike-sharing, etc.

We are working on developing clean, ecological relevant and economical effective solutions. Based on users’ feedbacks we believe we are succeeding in reaching these goals … most of the time.

During your stay, our services will be more than happy to welcome companies, projects holders on our transport network to share and experience together.

I hope you will find Strasbourg to be a fertile ground for your experiments and new horizons and look forward to seeing you taking “ITS Beyond Borders”.

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Cees de Wijs, Chairman Supervisory Board, ERTICO – ITS Europe

On behalf of the ERTICO – ITS Europe Partnership, I would like to invite you to attend and participate in the 12th ITS European Congress which will be held in Strasbourg, France, from 19-22 June 2017. Hosted by the City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, this event promises to deliver an exciting and informative programme under the theme ‘ITS Beyond Borders’.

The Congress will focus on intelligent mobility users, crossing borders in their daily lives and on a number of topics exploring the many facets of ITS including mobility services, next generation goods delivery, the evolution of transport networks, connected and automated transport, satellite technology applied to mobility and ITS and the environment. The extensive Exhibition will showcase technologies and services designed to enhance mobility at all levels and across all borders.

The Congress will also host the second Mayor’s summit which will bring together city mayors and leaders from across Europe, enabling them to share experiences, best practices and opportunities for delivering seamless travel through sustainable, efficient and innovative mobility solutions.

Strasbourg occupies a strategic position in the heart of Europe and is a pioneer of urban travel boasting the largest tram system in Europe as well as providing a benchmark for sustainable and innovative mobility through its improvement of walkability, extensive network of cycle tracks, car sharing schemes and a new road code, thus delivering an excellent quality of life for its inhabitants.

I very much look forward meeting you at the greatest gathering of the ITS community in the heart of Europe.
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