Microsoft Azure Maps introduced to TISA members

Chris Pendleton, Azure Maps’ Principal PM Manager, presented Azure Maps to TISA Members during the TISA General Assembly on 12 June 2018. He explained the latest technology advancements of AZURE and pointed out the importance of maps and geocoding for location-based services. Of particular interest to TISA members was how dynamic traffic data integrates with AZURE.

Emil Dautovic introduces “Mapillary”, new generation of maps

Emil Dautovic, VP Automotive at Mapillary, introduced at the Committee Meeting the Mapillary platform, a new mapping startup that crowdsources millions of images to create maps and a street-views, including recognizing of moving objects. The platform can also be used to train AI frameworks for computer vision systems.

Two prestigious TISA awards handed out in Cologne meetings

Paul Kompfner becomes TISA Fellow

During the General Assembly and Committee Meetings held in Cologne on 12 and 13 June, Paul Kompfner was awarded with the TISA Fellow Award. The TISA Fellowship Award is a prestigious lifetime award that only very few distinguished persons receive. It recognizes individuals with outstanding contributions to the development and deployment of TTI services and products, entitles fellows to carry the title FTISA, permits them to provide advice on strategic, technical and operational matters and grants lifelong access to TISA meetings, events and materials.


TISA is proud of having awarded Paul Kompfner and thanks him for his years of service in the TISA community.


András Csepinszky receives 2018 TISA Achievement award

The TISA Achievement Award honours the involvement in, and contributions to TISA standards, products and outreach. This year, the award was assigned to András Csepinszky (NNG) for his significant contribution and representation of TISA in the Open Auto Drive Forum and for his active and continuous involvement as BAWG Chair.

TISA members gather in Cologne for General Assembly and Committee Meetings

Following the Committee meetings in Berlin in March, the TISA General Assembly (GA) and Committee Meetings now took place in Cologne, Germany, on 12 and 13 June. A rich agenda was presented during the two-day meetings, starting the report from the Executive Office, TISA’s President keynote speech and discussing matters requiring the decision of the GA.

After a warm welcoming by Elmar Pott, Head of Radio Management General Affairs at WDR, the meetings proceeded with the award ceremony, during which András Csepinszky (NNG) received the 2018 TISA Achievement Award and Paul Kompfner was awarded the TISA Fellow Award. Other important highlights were the re-election of Thomas Kusche-Knežević, from WDR, as TISA President and Andreas Goršak, from JVCKENWOOD, as TISA Treasurer.

Particular focus was given also to two keynote speeches, one delivered by Chris Pendleton from Microsoft, who presented Azure Maps during the first day, and the second one given by Emil Dautovic, who introduced Mapillary during the second day. The meetings ended on 13 June with the TPEG3 workshop to discuss three different use cases on Automated Driving (AD), which is indeed the main focus and new challenge on which TISA is focusing. The overall outcome of the Cologne meetings was not only driven by the extensive discussions, presentations and exchanges of thoughts; this was also an important occasion for TISA members to meet in person.

“This was a good occasion to meet TISA colleagues, especially competitors. You compete in the market, but in TISA we work for a common goal. This time it was even more exciting because we are exploring the new exciting sector of Connected and Automated Driving”, commented Alessandro Taddei from Infoblu.
“It is good to see and meet TISA participants. Usually you only see names on documents, standards and other materials, but having these meetings gives us a chance to talk in person and share ideas. Everything ran smoothly and I am satisfied of the outcome of these two days”, said Andreas Erwin from TomTom.

Participants to the General Assembly and Committee Meetings left Cologne with consolidated and new ideas, benefitting from the fruitful outcome of the work carried out.

“I appreciated the location, it was professional and beautiful. Germany is always a good choice when it comes to meet colleagues, in this case, TISA colleagues and General Assembly participants. It was a good occasion to meet new members and new people and this time we were about forty participants. It was also an excellent occasion to meet our clients”, commented Olaf Meng from Garmin.

The next TISA Committee Meetings will be held in 4-5 September 2018 in Brussels at ERTICO and 4-5 December 2018 in Toulouse hosted by Continental.

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