Shannyn HirotiNational Business Development ManagerUrban Connection Ltd (NZ)
Embarking on my ITS industry journey at the age of 19, I commenced as a receptionist at HMI and swiftly transitioned into a business development role. My ability to convey our national ITS vision and goals in a relatable manner, stripping away technical jargon and emphasizing human-centered designs, enabled me to connect with individuals beyond our industry. Collaborating with innovative ITS providers for the past 12 years, my six-year tenure at HMI/Ohmio included active participation in ITS World Congresses in Melbourne and Montreal. Subsequently, I delved into software with Mooven and worked with the road safety barrier supplier, Ingal, before joining the dedicated Urban Connection team, contributing to national road safety projects across New Zealand.https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannyn-hiroti/
In each role, ITS has consistently been a focal point. Even when goals did not specifically revolve around ITS, like in barrier projects, I invested time articulating how we could improve community connectivity, safety, and sustainability through ITS integrations. A noteworthy example involves advocating for the barrier industry to invest in research for incorporating innovations into specific infrastructure. This included exploring real-time alert sensors for barriers, and triggering notifications to TOCs, emergency services, and VMS boards in the event of a barrier impact.