China: Smart Transportation Technology and Practice

China: Smart Transportation Technology and Practice

China Highway and Transportation Society and Zhejiang Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd (CICO) hosted on 31 August and 1 September the 1st International Symposium on Smart Transportation Technology and Practice. The audience of around 250 delegates, consisted of experts, researchers, operators, and academia in the field of smart highways and ITS. It was attended by representatives from China’s and Japan’s highway industry and investment agencies as well as officials from Zhejiang highway operators and transport sectors.

The symposium was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province which owns China’s example project for intelligent transport as Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Ningbo Expressway. The IRF was represented by Mr Konstantinos Antiochos from Olympia Odos Operation company in Greece, who presented the evolution and status of C-ITS implementation in Europe. Olympia Odos is a member of the Hellenic Association of Toll Road Network (HELLASTRON), an esteemed member of IRF. During the conference a demonstration of V2X and 5G equipped vehicles was performed at the test track in CICO’s campus. Delegates had the opportunity to ride the V2V and V2I equipped vehicles along the test track, which was equipped with its own sensors and road side equipment, and receive alarms on typical hazardous conditions that may be encountered while driving (e.g. pedestrian crossing, proximity alerts etc.) while a real time video feed from the vehicles was transmitted over 5G to the back-office for algorithm evaluation and training.

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Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.