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“When ITS technology was in its conceptual stage, the standard procedure for deploying such technology was to run pilot schemes to gauge the effectiveness, or otherwise, of the ITS technology”


as a very useful platform to discuss ITS issues whereby DTTAS act as a conduit between Ireland and Europe.


GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME DTTAS supports the on-going advance- ment of ITS in Ireland. Yearly grant allo- cations have allowed the incremental improvement of services on time and within budget. The development of the preliminary and principle design stages jointly by the Local Authority and Central Government has allowed improvements to be made that are sustainable and pro- vide real value of money. The introduction of the new form


of government contracts in 2008, with regard to the construction of publicly funded projects has proven very suc-


cessful. Through the transfer of risk away from the client, and by engaging an ‘out turn’ focus-led approach, projects are being constructed with greater value for the tax payer money. Sometimes the latitude for running pilot schemes can be limited with regard to emerging ITS technologies. New technologies and innovation within the industry are often confined to the organisation undertaking the develop- ment of the product. The existing procurement guidelines do not lend themselves to easily introduce new innovative product into the marketplace. The Irish Government, through Enterprise Ireland, offer a


Top left: Limerick; top right: Cork; above Dublin City: Local authorities may have different needs and agendas, but the pooling of knowledge and experiences is key to getting the most from ITS


The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport


(DTTAS) chairs an ITS Working Group where correspond- ence with regard to all aspect of ITS are discussed. Local Authorities are represented at this workshop and it is seen


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range of financial support tools to start-up companies within the ITS industry. These include initiatives such as Innovation Vouchers, Mentor Grants, High Potential Start-up Grants and the Competitive Start-up Fund. These financial support- ing mechanisms have been fundamental to the creation and future prosperity of home grown indigenous ITS products and services. Dublin has excelled in the past decade or so in terms


of advance traffic management technology and mobility. Systems such as ANPR journey time systems and public transport Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems have been fundamental in achieving the advances in ITS deploy- ment to date. Satisfaction levels with members of the public have been overwhelming. Citizens of Dublin very quickly


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