ITS (UK) continues standards commitment by providing new BSI standards development chair

The UK’s Intelligent Transport Systems industry association, ITS (UK) is continuing to support the setting of the right standards in the transport technology industry, as its member Ian Pengelly of WSP takes over as chair of the British Standards Institution’s Standards Development committee.

Mr Pengelly (pictured) replaces independent consultant Dr Jon Harrod-Booth, who has served the maximum number of terms in the role. Dr Harrod-Booth has had a very distinguished time at the helm of the committee, including leading UK delegations to relevant ISO and CEN international committees. He has had particular success in driver/traveller information systems, location referencing and network models, digital maps, traffic management systems, co-operative systems and connected vehicles. He has also given BSI’s strategic advice to government agencies.

In his role with ITS (UK), Ian Pengelly has been involved in BSI workshops to identify the priorities for the industry for standards development. This includes work on Connected and Automated Vehicle standards, including in an AV shuttle trial to help inform whether any updates were required. He has also been involved in standardisation of the interfaces between traffic management systems, electronic signage and within the Midlands Future Mobility Testbed.

ITS (UK) has also been represented by Secretary General Jennie Martin, who has served on the EPL/278 committee in order to act as a conduit between BSI and the ITS sector as a whole. Mrs Martin’s work has kept practitioners informed about standards work and offers opportunities for them to comment on draft standards, proposed new work items, and to volunteer to do work on behalf of the UK in the standards area, for instance if a new work item is proposed which sits within their area of expertise. She has also shared information about all new and updated ITS standards published.

“With the support and advice of Dr Harrod Booth, the BSI committee for Intelligent Transport Systems and internal BSI colleagues were introduced by Jennie Martin to Mr Pengelly who was highly recommended by, well, just about everyone,” commented BSI Standards Development Manager Delme Stephenson. “Ian has many of the characteristics that BSI is looking for in a chairperson; knowledgeable, personable, detail orientated and relatable, and I am certain he will be a great success in the role. There will be challenges, but I am sure this appointment will build on the sterling work by Dr Harrod Booth.”

“Firstly, I’d like to thank Jon for his exemplar service to the committee and also for being incredibly supportive of my introduction to the role,” commented Mr Pengelly. “It is a very exciting opportunity and I am keen to ensure that the committee continues to receive the stewardship and recognition it deserves.”

Mr Pengelly leads his first committee meeting this week.

(Picture from LinkedIn)


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