Small and Medium Sized Intelligent Transport Systems companies have described the value of being part of the UK Pavilion at the ITS European Congress in Lisbon last month.
Navtech Radar, Clearview Intelligence, Nicander, Now Wireless, ANGOKA, Ito World, Neology, Grid Smarter Cities, See.Sense VESOS Solutions, Arup and Zenzic participated on the UK Pavilion showcasing a range of the country’s latest innovations in improving sustainability, transport network efficiency and safety. During the week they also hosted the UK Ambassador to Portugal and attended a drinks reception at his residence.
Around 3,000 people from more than 50 countries attended the three-day event which involved 62 individual exhibitors, meaning the UK delivered a significant presence in the Portuguese capital.
One British exhibitor commented that it was great having the excitement and buzz on the stand and also meeting other companies to explore partnerships, while another praised the ability to meet many people on an efficient and effective basis.
Another exhibitor commented: “Just to have conversations and also see what else is out on the market, how projects are developing. It’s a real kind of education piece for us,” while there was also praise for the great opportunity to see what the what companies doing in the European markets.
“The opportunities that the TTF gave were a very, very cost-effective way of meeting a lot of people, provided us the credibility of such a prestigious organisation that we have here and gave us confidence because these guys [the TTF] are behind us, so people think we’re worth the time,” added another. “We were very proud to be there”.
The TTF, which is funded by the Department for Transport and Innovate UK worked with LCRIG to lead the UK’s presence at the Congress and acknowledges the assistance received from the Department of Business and Trade (DBT). This enabled companies to be offered the extremely cost-effective presence at the event.
“We did exactly what we set out to do by running the UK Pavilion,” commented LCRIG Operations Director Kerry Winstanley, who oversaw the project. “We offered some of our brightest and most innovative companies an affordable way to showcase what they do to thousands of people from across Europe and beyond. This not only will have hopefully boosted their future businesses but also demonstrated the vibrancy of the UK ITS industry as a whole, which I hope will benefit all our innovators and, ultimately, the economy as a whole.”
Members of the Department for Transport, Innovate UK and ITS UK also participated. The TTF signed a co-operation agreement with ERTICO – ITS Europe on the Pavilion during the week.
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