ITS America signs Memorandum of Understanding with World Bank


(Date:14 December, 2011)

Organizations to Collaborate on Technology-based Initiatives
to Improve Transportation in Developing Nations

 Washington, D.C.  – During its Board of Directors meeting last week, the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Bank to formalize their desire to cooperate and exchange ideas about how transportation technologies that enhance information capture, analysis, communications, and sharing can improve surface transportation safety, mobility and environmental sustainability.

Mr. Jose Luis Irigoyen, Director of the Transport, Water, Information and Communications Technologies Department at the World Bank, joined ITS America’s President & CEO Scott Belcher in outlining a framework within which the two organizations may develop and undertake collaborative activities to more effectively pursue their respective goals.

The MOU formalizes the intent of ITS America and the World Bank to cooperate and collaborate on a number of activities, including:

•promoting academic, public and private sector exchange and joint research activities between the Participants;
•delivering lectures and joint symposia;
•the exchange of research materials, publications and scientific information;
•training and education;
•implementing cooperative and joint research programs; and
•supporting the development of harmonized standards that enhance the deployment of transportation technologies.
Project topics might include mechanisms for public-private financing, technology and knowledge transfer, intermodal transportation solutions, standards harmonization that have as their focus the role of transportation research and technology that addresses safety, mobility, and sustainable transportation.

Photo:Mr. Scott Belcher and Mr. Jose Luis Irigoyen

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