This issue is an opportunity for celebration, as it is the 50th edition of the new version of our members newsletter InfoPolis. Our latest change in the format of this newsletter has been to reverse back from a monthly to a bi-weekly periodicity to provide more updated information in a condense format.
We hope that you consider InfoPolis useful to find your way through European initiatives of relevance for urban and regional transport, to learn about other members and to build project proposals. We constantly welcome your comments and suggestions to improve this essential tool, to allow us to look forward to the 100th edition with confidence!
We can celebrate this anniversary welcoming Catalonia back as a member in the Polis network. We are delighted to work with Catalonia and look forward a fruitful cooperation and integration of this new member in the network.
Finally, more good news are reaching us has we have now the confirmation that the POSSE project will formally start soon. POSSE results from the work of our working group on Mobility and Traffic Efficiency in which Polis members and organisations on open traffic management systems (UTMC for the UK, OCA for German speaking countries) were brought together to discuss convergence of open ITS systems at the European level. This led to a succesful project proposal gathering these groups. POSSE will kick off soon and contribute to the definition of open ITS specifications and standards.
Such open systems should contribute to bring down costs for local authorities, prevent them from being locked in with specific suppliers and to accelerate ITS deployment. It illustrates the benefits of our member’s collective cooperation and initiatives through our Polis network.
We look forward involving an ever increasing number of our members in this work through the open ITS forum that POSSE will launch.