The introduction of ITS to improve traffic management, fleet and freight management, to make roads safer, and produce new mobility services etc. has created a high demand for ITS training from transport stakeholders.
It is indeed vitally important for transport stakeholders to have a good vision of ITS, their fields of application and potential developments in order to exercise their profession in an optimal manner.
The number of education and professional training courses in the field of ITS is growing rapidly. In France, several schools, universities and other training institutes offer courses on this subject.
The Directorate-General of Infrastructure, Transport and the Sea (DGITM) offers two training modules (2 + 3 days) for the managers of the DIR (Interdepartmental Road Services) Traffic Management and Engineering Centres. These modules take a detailed look at ITS applied to the road transport sector.
Under the same Directorate-General, the Intelligent Transport Mission runs a training course on ITS at the École Centrale d’Electronique de Paris with support from outside trainers.
As part of the Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech professional training programme, Ponts Formation Edition (PFE) offers courses focused on resolving road safety and congestion issues. Intelligent Transport Systems are dealt with in the "intelligent road" and in the cycle on "Traffic management and road operations."
The CNFPT (National Centre for the Management of Territorial Service) does not offer any training courses specifically devoted to intelligent transport systems, but the theme is dealt with in several modules on infrastructure and network professions (mobility organisation and sharing the road network, junctions and traffic management and urban mobility management tools).
In July 2009, the not-for-profit organisation ITS Bretagne signed a contract with public and private-sector partners (including the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing) to implement a project entitled "Mobitic - Le Campus".
The end purpose of this project is to prepare professionals to deploy, operate and manage intelligent transport systems, using digital pedagogical resources.
Created in 1972, the school has two establishments which offer the same courses, the original site in Aix-en-Provence, and a second site set up in 1996 in Valenciennes. The school forms part of the ministry’s own training network.
It offers a course on intelligent transport systems as part of the Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure module.
École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat (ENTPE) is an EPSCP (Etablissement Public à caractère Scientifique, Culturel et Professionnel - A Public Scientific Cultural and Professional Institution) under the authority of the Ministry Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea (MEEDDM), authorised since 1972 by the Commission for the Title of Engineer (CTI) to deliver the diploma of ENTPE engineer.
École des Ponts ParisTech is a French engineering school offering the full range of diplomas available at international level, in an elite scientific and technical environment.
There are numerous training course modules on ICT dedicated to freight transport and logistics, here are some of them.
EURECOM is a French graduate school and a research center in communication systems based in the international science park of Sophia Antipolis, which brings together renowned universities such as Télécom ParisTech, Aalto University (Helsinki), Politecnico di Torino, Technische Universität München (TUM), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh Ville (VNU).