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22 February 2023

13th Annual ITS Australia Award Winners Announced

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Australia’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry came together in Sydney last week to celebrate the winners of the 13th Annual ITS Australia Awards.

The ITS Australia Awards recognise the nation’s best work in advanced transport technology, singling out those organisations that have utilised new and emerging technologies to make Australia’s transport networks smarter, safer, and more efficient. The awards raise awareness across all levels of government and industry about the great breadth of ITS technologies that are developed and deployed around Australia each year, benefitting Australian people and cities, the economy, the environment, and transportation.

“2022 was a period of great resurgence for our industry. The finalists and winners recognised by this year’s ITS Australia Awards are representative of the outstanding productivity, innovation, and creativity shown by the entire industry over the past 12 months,” said Dean Zabrieszach, ITS Australia President.

“The ITS Australia Awards demonstrate the excellence that makes our industry a world leader. I congratulate all the finalists and winners.”

This year’s Connected & Automated Vehicle Award was won by Q-Free Australia for Enabling Emergency Service V2V Communication for Safety Applications in Australia. In this project, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) enabled emergency service vehicles to share awareness messages with surrounding vehicles, request priority at signalised intersections, and consume event notification and information messages.

"Q-Free is truly honoured and grateful to have won the ITS Australia Award for Connected and Automated Vehicles,” said Silje Troseth, Vice President APAC & General Manager Australia, Q-Free ASA.

“We share this award and recognition with our partners, Lexus Australia, Ambulance Victoria, and AIMES, whose collaboration was integral to achieving this success. This significant industry award serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, and we are excited to continue driving progress in the C-ITS space."

The Smart Transport Infrastructure Award was given to SAGE Group for its Road Safety at School Zones project. SAGE delivered over 675 electronic speed limit signs (ESLS) across Tasmania as part of an initiative funded by the Tasmanian Government. Fitted with a SAGE Edge device, the signs capture real-time traffic patterns to inform Tasmania’s Traffic Management Centre. Solar-powered variants operate in challenging weather conditions, assisting driver awareness of changed speed conditions and improving road safety.

“Our team is incredibly proud to be recognised for our work in supporting great smart cities initiatives that improve road and pedestrian safety,” said Damian Hewitt, SAGE’s Head of Smart Cities and Future Mobility.

“This highly collaborative project with DSG, and HMI Technologies, illustrates the power of combining new and existing ITS technologies to build digitally connected communities. Working together, we've enabled a long-term solution where safety and future mobility lies at the forefront."

The Hon Natalie Ward, NSW Minister for Metropolitan Roads, gives the keynote address at the Awards Dinner.

The Hon Natalie Ward, NSW Minister for Metropolitan Roads, gives the keynote address at the Awards Dinner.

Damian Hewitt, SAGE Group and Ramesh Gokal, Tasmanian Department of State Growth accepted the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award from Susan Harris, ITS Australia.

Damian Hewitt, SAGE Group and Ramesh Gokal, Tasmanian Department of State Growth accepted the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award from Susan Harris, ITS Australia.

Amirtha Raj, Arcadis and Nick Collins, The Victorian Department of Transport and Planning tied, both winning the Young Professional Award.

Amirtha Raj, Arcadis and Nick Collins, The Victorian Department of Transport and Planning tied, both winning the Young Professional Award.

The Intelligent Mobility Award went to SkedGo for Adapting MaaS Technology to Create People-Centric Mobility Solutions. In this initiative, SkedGo adapted its MaaS technology to a diverse range of communities. This approach allows governments, transport authorities, businesses and nonprofits to launch highly tailored, localised solutions serving demographics such as commuters, employees, students, and underserved communities.

“Creating tailored transport solutions is at the heart of what we do, so it’s a true honour to be achieving ITS’ Award,” John Nuutinen, co-founder and CEO, SkedGo said.

We recognise that one size doesn’t fit all and have purposefully designed our technology to be adaptable to a diverse range of specific needs. This means that governments, transport authorities, businesses, and nonprofits around the world can create highly customised and localised solutions that meet the needs of their communities, whether those be students, the elderly, employees, or people with disabilities.”

The Excellence in Research & Development Award sponsored by iMOVE Australia was won by Acusensus Australia for its Heads-Up Solution. The solution is designed to give authorities an effective tool to address distraction and target illegal driver behaviour. The system captures high resolution, prosecutable evidence of individuals when they break road rules, it operates 24/7 in all weather conditions, working autonomously to capture photographic evidence of illegal driver behaviour.

Acusensus founder and Managing Director Alexander Jannink said he was honoured that his company was acknowledged for its contribution to reducing road trauma and fatalities.

“Our goal is to make the roads as safe as possible. Despite improved vehicle designs and road safety improvements, road fatalities have actually been increasing since 2013, largely attributed to distracted driving. Our technology is designed to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths and road injuries worldwide,” Jannink said.

“It’s deeply gratifying for our technology to be recognised by the industry for its ability to efficiently change behaviours of road drivers on a larger scale.”

The Excellence in Transport Data Award went to Transdev Australasia for its Network Solutions Analytics. Leveraging cloud computing and machine learning, this technology provides visibility of the entire customer journey by marrying operational data, ticketing information, weather data and other datasets to monitor past performance but also model future demand and schedule adherence. This visibility is made available at all points of the decision chain through dashboards tailored for specific audiences.

Transdev’s Head of Network Solutions Thibaud Robineau said he was proud of Transdev’s ongoing data innovations.

“With this tool we’re able to combine much more data across the entire customer journey,” Mr Robineau said.

“We’re able to review data on commuter behaviour and plan services accordingly, working closely with our government clients to achieve the best outcome.

“Data can be manipulated by operational staff and clients alike, allowing collaboration on network improvements and a firm understanding of the impact of any change through modelling.”

The Young Professional Award sponsored by Transurban resulted in a tie between Amirtha Raj from Arcadis and Nick Collins from The Victorian Department of Transport and Planning.

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