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Latvia’s authorities meet open technologists

The smart city activities of Riga and the intelligent transport systems devised by Latvia’s state road department are two of the many topics in next week’s “Open Technologies and Smart Solutions” conference. The meeting on 28 January is organised by Latvia’s Open Technology Association (LATA).

The use of open technology and open standards are essential prerequisites for the creation of smart solutions, and key to ensuring interoperability of devices and platforms, emphasises LATA in a conference announcement.

Riga city council member Agris Ameriks will explain what Riga has accomplished so far, and present the city’s future plans. A second presentation, byIT manager Boris Jeļisejevs, details the Latvian State Roads’ Intelligent Transport System. The goal of this traffic information project is to increase the efficiency and safety of transport.

“The LATA conference is about sharing knowledge, and for discussing smart technologies that emphasise security, privacy, data storage and ICT management aspects”, says LATA’s conference organiser Ieva Vītolina. She expects the conference to attract some 200 participants. “The target groups include ICT experts and policy makers, researchers, and public administrations.”

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