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Minister Camiel Eurlings - Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management for the Netherlands to open incident management summit


Allan Edun :
The Dutch department of transport and waterways will host the first ever European Incident Management Summit on 11th and 12th of September 2008 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Daily traffic accident management along the major roads of Europe is a major task for highway authorities as well as the police, fire and ambulance services. Besides improved safety for road users and emergency workers, Incident Management has a direct, positive impact on traffic mobility. To carry out the Incident Management process in an effective and efficient way, the need for (spatial) information and supporting information is a high priority. This need has grown because reducing mobility problems is now high on the political agendas across Europe.
To support better the process of managing these incidents, there is a need for a more mobile, context-aware (spatial) information and supporting information system infrasture. This will be a major change from many current national practices. Adapting to changes in the environment is at the heart of context-aware computing:

In general, the aim of this Incident Management Summit is to ensure the safe and rapid handling of incidents so that the traffic flow restrictions caused by an incident are lifted as quickly as possible. Good victim assistance and the safety of both emergency service workers and other road users are benefactors of this new technology.

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