Kapsch highlights the age of urban mobility cooperation
Kapsch TrafficCom has a clear message for delegates - building sustainable urban mobility requires not just innovative solutions but cooperation.
As traffic management and demand management systems increasingly converge, closer and longer-term relationships are crucial to realising mobility's next great leap forward. Nathalie Leboucher, Kapsch TrafficCom’s senior VP WEMENA points out that public authorities were traditionally the sole deciders of traffic management policy and strategy. Nowadays, numerous public and private-sector organisations are also involved — gathering, processing and managing good-quality data.
"On the upside, this means that there is a greater opportunity to realise more accurate and proactive traffic management," Leboucher says. “The downside is that not all stakeholders are sharing the same objectives.”
Effective strategies towards a better-functioning mobility solution generally are required on the procurement side. This ensures open standards which allow true competition and progress in a manner which is appealing to system users.
“As visitors to our stand here will learn, the convergence between traffic management and demand management systems has given cities and highways an effective combination of tools,” says Leboucher who was previously executive director for sustainable development for public transportation RATP group.
“These tools lie in stakeholder relationships and effective procurement strategies. We need longer-term, cooperative relationships with a deeper level of mutual working. In this way, cities can advance the state of the art of mobility and make a vital contribution to decarbonisation and the fight against climate change.”