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ITU Workshop on "ICT Innovations for Developing Countries"
Tunis, Tunisia, 20 June 2012 Contact: and




The future Vision of iMobility in Arab region: Towards Unified Regional strategy, Muna Hamdi, iMobility: Future Vision Group & Virtual Research Centre Lead, University of Huddersfield, UK

When addressing the Arab Region, it is important to have General Arab States Policy/Plan that ensures the success of the future ITS Applications Market by harmonizing Arab State- Wide deployment of ITS.  A futuristic harmonizing plan should take into account future technologies and the economic diversity of Arab Countries, thereby effecting the speed in which the ITS technology are deployed in these countries. Decisions of what to deploy next may not follow priority but available budget. Hence, the question is: How to make the most of the current infrastructure and where to invest to achieve harmonization and return on investment?
The Transport systems infrastructure over significant areas of the Arab region is still in the early stages of development thus providing an existing infrastructure that is open to a smoother process of change whilst avoiding the barriers of legacy systems, thereby providing the means to test and implement the Future Vision of  ‘Seamless Travel’
The Future Vision of iMobility in Arabia project focuses on building, expanding and maintaining Intelligent Transport Systems and Services for people and goods as part of a wider Arab Regional Strategy and Vision for Intelligent Mobility.
A Regional Intelligent Mobility strategy will ensure the deployment of sustainable, integrated, cost effective Intelligent Transport systems and services that supports a growing economy and takes advantage of rapid changes in Transport Technology. Special emphasis will be given to the definition and adoption of an ITS framework architecture addressing long term multimodal infrastructure requirements and possible organisational structures that enables larger scale implementation in future.
The primary aim is to use innovative transport, travel and traffic management solutions to achieve the following benefits:
  • Promoting social inclusion and regeneration leading to economic prosperity and demographic growth. This will be achieved by providing efficient transport links, multimodal travel choices and accessibility on a national and international level.
  • Safer travel - to reduce traffic congestion and road fatalities.
  • Healthier travel - to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improved network management thereby improving air quality.
The objective is to facilitate the widest diffusion and local exploitation of Worldwide Expertise and ICT Research Results, through the piloting and testing of solutions adapted to local infrastructures, service needs, users, culture, and business and social structures.
The first case study for the Future Vision in Arabia is no published: Tunisia’s Future in Intelligent Mobility: Green-Sustainable-Integrated Transport, Download from:
Location Based Mobile Polling (mPolling), Mohammed Talaat, Chairman of Intelligent Services Solutions ISS Telecom

As many ICT systems (online systems and mobile application systems) mainly use the deposit fund in financial institutions, The SMS Exchange system brings the innovation on how people with limitation (geographical, economical, social, …) to use the above systems can also enjoy the ICT era. Since last year, the reaserch has been carried out for a system that could be more flexibility to use the cash (Money in the pocket) so that even this population can have access on electronic payments (eg. Payment for electricity, Pay-TV, ...), and here comes the SMS Exchange, a system that convert the mobile credits for electronic payment and The system is now being patented and implemented in Rwanda.
Focus Group Innovation: Working Groups Workflow and Group Coordination Process, Ramy Ahmed

​A Working Framework is needed to harmonize the work between the different Working Groups (WGs) and coordinate the efforts of all the Focus Group (FG) members. Hence this presentation proposes a Working Framework for organizing the work inside the FG, by proposing a workflow between the different WGs.  By analyzing the FG ToR approved at the last TSAG meeting, an activity breakdown is presented; together with a proposed Group Coordination Process, that will harmonize the overall work done between all the FG members, in the different WGs.