ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has launched an online discussion forum on its newly redesigned Web ( site to provide input for debate at the international conference on "Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) - The Road to Future Standards", which will take place on 26 June 2001 at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

A "White Paper" has been developed to get the discussion going in the run-up to the conference which aims to strengthen the linkage between the priorities of the ITS sector and ISO's standards development programme for the sector. The White Paper, conference programme and registration form are posted at the ITS industry forum on the ISO Web site.

"ISO's ITS sector initiative is bringing together not so much the technical standards writers, but industry and government leaders who can provide fresh, market-related input to test and redirect the programme," states the White Paper.

Participating in the conference will be experts from major private sector corporations such as Motorola, Siemens and General Motors and, from the public sector, representatives of governmental organizations such as the United States Department of Transportation, the European Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. The conference is being organized by ISO with its partners IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and ITU and is under the patronage of the UN/ECE.

In addition to hearing industry and government perspectives, the conference will include a panel discussion by leading experts of issues identified in the electronic forum exchanges, and an open floor debate on standardization priorities for the ITS sector. The conference is expected to provide the route forward for future ITS standardization work by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 204, Transport information and control systems.

Following the conference, the ITS forum on ISO's Web site will be used to disseminate the results of the conference and as a focus for attracting further input and debate. In so doing, it will hone the recommendations that arise from the conference discussions.

ITS is one of several industry forums being set up on ISO's Web site as part of the organization's sector initiatives aimed at improving the interface between the standards needed by specific business sectors and ISO's standards development work programme.

The conference is aimed at decision makers in the ITS sector. Because of the venue, attendees will need to fill out the United Nations conference registration form which is posted on the ISO Web site. Due to limited capacity, early registration is encouraged. Interested parties are advised to pre-register via fax or e-mail to ISO. All registrations are subject to confirmation by ISO.