FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ashley Simmons, Director of Communications
ITS America Announces the America’s Inductees to the 2013 ITS World Congress Hall of Fame
Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2013) – The Intelligent Transportation World Congress has recognized the 2013 ITS World Congress Hall of Fame inductees from the Americas, Europe and Asia representing the high-tech transportation community across the categories of Industry, Local Government and personal Lifetime Achievement. This was the first year in which the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame awards honored not only distinguished individuals, but also achievements by industry/academic institutions and local governments. This year’s awards were presented at the 20th ITS World Congress in Tokyo, Japan, happening October 14-18.
From the Americas, the 2013 ITS World Congress Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Mr. Harry Voccola, formerly senior vice president of NAVTEQ.
“For more than 30 years, Mr. Voccola has devoted significant professional and personal resources to support the ITS movement,” said Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) President and CEO Scott Belcher. “He was a founding member of ITS America in 1991, a participant on the ITS America board for several years and was elected chair of the ITS America Board of Directors in 1997. Mr. Voccola personifies achievement in the ultimate standards of a lifelong career dedicated to organizational and thought leadership contributing to the vision of intelligent transportation systems.”
Mr. Voccola was also among the first members in ITS America’s World Congress planning committee in 1993 and later chaired the 12th World Congress on ITS in San Francisco, California which conducted the first large scale, real-time demonstrations at a World Congress of current and future ITS technologies and services, including systems operating on city streets.
Receiving this year’s first-ever World Congress Hall of Fame Lifetime Industry Award from the Americas was Econolite Group, Inc. Presented with the ‘Industry Award’ during yesterday’s Opening Ceremony, Econolite CEO Mike Doyle accepted the award in honor of the company’s innovative work helping customers realize new ITS capabilities with Centracs® Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS). To date 120 systems have been deployed that are scheduled to control more than 20,000 intersections throughout the U.S. and help alleviate heavy demands on transportation management, security, and control.
Belcher added, “We are thrilled to present the first-ever Hall of Fame Industry award to Econolite for its pioneering achievements in accelerating the development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems to improve traffic management, as well as for their strong leadership role in the ITS community.”
Lastly, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding (OIPP), was the America’s Local Government Awardee for its Road Usage Charge Pilot Program (RUCPP).
The Oregon Road Usage Charge Pilot Program is focused on helping Oregon stop the recent and long-term reduction in available transportation funding as a result of the continuing decrease in gas tax revenues and help the state achieve a greater degree of financial sustainability.
The pilot program also provides a more sustainable model for State DOTs, transit agencies, and MPOs for funding transportation improvements--including ITS. It also represents a more equitable approach for obtaining transportation funding – charging drivers based on their actual usage of the roadways (i.e., the number of miles driven) rather than on the amount of fuel they purchase, which is no longer a reasonable metric for this use.
“All three 2013 U.S. ITS World Congress Hall of Fame inductees exemplify significant, substantial and long-standing support to advancing intelligent transportation systems,” said Belcher. “The 2013 winners have demonstrated that they are not only on the cutting edge of transportation innovation, but that they are leading the industry forward. Congratulations to Mr. Voccola, Econolite and the Oregon Department of Transportation.”
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve the nation’s surface transportation network.