Australia’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry came together in Melbourne this week to celebrate the nation’s best work in advanced transport technology.
The ITS Australia Awards recognise the outstanding projects and professionals that advanced Australian transport technology throughout 2021. The awards raise awareness across all levels of government and industry about the benefits of ITS technology to Australian people and cities, the economy, environment, and transportation.
“Every year our industry raises the bar, delivering work that propels the Australian transport ecosystem forward,” said Dean Zabrieszach, ITS Australia President.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, Australian transport users are asking new questions about how they travel. This week’s award winners are beginning to offer answers to those questions, delivering new and innovative technologies that increasingly impact and improve the lives of all Australians by enabling more seamless movement through the nation’s transport networks.”
This year’s Connected & Automated Vehicle Award was won by Lexus Australia for its C-ITS research within the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot. The research examines the capability and benefits of very quick data exchange between vehicles, between vehicles and traffic light equipment and receiving important road network updates.
“This research enabled us to bring together key partners across government and industry to support our ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents,” said Mario Filipovic, Manager, C-ITS, Lexus Australia.
“Through utilising cooperative intelligent transport systems, supported by local engineers and suppliers, we were able to best understand the requirements and readiness of this technology for Australian conditions. We hope that the harmonisation of standards, securing spectrum and greater infrastructure roll out will encourage adoption sooner rather than later.”
The Intelligent Mobility Award went to NTT Data for its Occupancy and Crowd Monitoring Solution, Smart Transit Victoria. The solution gives the Victorian Department of Transport, and its customers, access to a dashboard with real-time data and future predictors of the occupancy levels of every train and platform in the Victorian Metro system. This allows travellers to make more informed decisions to prevent overcrowding, adhere to social distancing guidelines and boost their confidence in utilising the Victorian public transport network.
"NTT DATA is honoured to receive this award on behalf of the broader team,” said Nick Acciarito, Director of Channel & Field Operations & SSD, NTT Data.
“Through combining NTT DATA's deep knowledge of myki; the Department of Transport and Telstra Purple's insights and customer engagement; and the NTT SMART Management Platform; we collaborated to deliver an innovative outcome on an accelerated timeline to help keep Victorians safe during the pandemic.”