Qatar’s emergence as a regional hub for innovations, and technology development will get a fillip with the 4th European Telecommunications Standards Institute Technical Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (Etsi TC ITS) Workshop which begins tomorrow (February 7, Tuesday) in Doha.
QU Wireless Innovations Centre (Quwic), based at Qatar Science & Technology Park, is hosting the three-day event at Qatar National Convention Centre with the support of Qatar National Research Fund.
“This workshop will give more than 160 participants from across the world a chance to learn about and discuss the progress made globally in the area of Co-operative ITS,” Quwic executive director Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya told Gulf Times yesterday.
It aims to present the progress made with regard to Co-operative ITS where the first release of Etsi standards are close to finalisation.
Issues related to standards development, pilot deployments, regulatory aspects and emerging applications will be discussed in particular.
“The field of Co-operative ITS, as evidenced by the tremendous global attention to car-to-infrastructure and car-to-car communications, will undoubtedly re-shape the future of ITS in the years to come,” he explained.
More importantly, the deployment of standard-based car-to-x technologies (the wireless exchange of information between vehicles and between vehicles and transport infrastructure) promises to usher a new generation of applications that will make driving safer, smarter, and more enjoyable.
“Thanks to the effort of organising committee from Etsi and Quwic, a strong technical programme has been prepared with contributions from more than 30 distinguished speakers from all over the world,” Dr Abu-Dayya said.
The speakers represent significant segments in the ITS Eco-system: Standard organisations, government agencies, car makers, technology providers, research institutions, universities, service providers, and industry consortia.
The fact that Qatar and the region are witnessing strong interest in the deployment of ITS solutions, services and applications increases the relevance of the Etsi TC ITS Workshop.
“To capitalise on this interest, coupled with the fact that ITS is a rich area for using wireless and mobile technologies, Quwic since its inception in 2009 has adopted the area of ITS as its main focus area for R&D and is working diligently with strategic partners to deliver ITS innovations to the market,” the official pointed out.
Through a focused technology development strategy, Quwic is championing the development and piloting of Co-operative ITS in Qatar. Some early results of this effort will be demonstrated using Quwic’s connected car in the exhibition hall.
“With the honour of winning the right to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup and the ensuing significant initiatives that are being put into action especially in the transportation field, Qatar will have a chance to lead in the development, testing, piloting, and deployment of state of the art Co-operative ITS services that will utilise the emerging Car-to-X technologies,” Dr Abu-Dayya observed.
The Quwic executive director also hoped that deliberations in the workshop can create opportunities for sustainable collaboration in this area.
The Etsi produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and Internet technologies.
It is officially recognised by the European Union as a European Standards Organisation.
The mission of Etsi’s TC ITS is the creation and maintenance of standards and specifications for the use of information and communications technologies in intelligent transport systems to be deployed across the world, for example vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside communications.
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