The ITS Australia Global Summit (28-31 August) in Melbourne will be the largest gathering of international transport technology leaders in Australia since Melbourne hosted the World Congress in 2016.
Representatives from Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US will participate, as will academics, professionals and business leaders from across all Australian states and territories.
The Summit will have everything that travelling attendees would expect from an ITS Australia event, including technical tours, demonstrations, networking events as well as plenary speakers and workshops.
ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris said the Global Summit has been designed to ensure delegates have the opportunity to experience the latest in intelligent transport systems ‘downunder’ as well as from around the world.
“We appreciate that for many, travel to Australia is a big commitment. It can seem a long way to come and it’s a chunk of time away from the office and family.
“That’s why we have ensured the program is first-class so that everyone attending will leave Melbourne with a greater understanding of industry innovations, programs and developments.
“The response from international thought leaders and professionals to our speaker line up has been exciting. Registrations are strong and it seems delegates are doing everything they can to come to Australia,” said Ms Harris.
The Global Summit will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) - venue for the highly regarded 2016 ITS World Congress. More than 11,500 visitors attended that event and since then, the MCEC has expanded massively, becoming the largest venue of its kind in Australia.
The Speaker program has been developed by industry, for the industry, ensuring current and future issues are addressed through platforms which enable both broad and detailed examination.
Six key themes drive the Plenary and Panel sessions, ‘Big Issue’ presentations, Forums, Special Interest Sessions, as well as Breakouts and Workshops.
The key themes are:
- Smart Infrastructure and Data Ecosystems - Ensuring the built environment and their transport networks are prepared for the future and the effective utilisation of digital technology and data.
- Sustainable and Equitable Transport - The management of equitable service delivery to our cities and regions, ensuring the even-application of environmental and sustainable considerations, and the fair availability of technology to customers.
- Electric, Connected, Automated Transport - How trials and the real time deployment of Electric, Connected and Automated Vehicles can positively impact transport networks.
- Future Mobility - New mobility solutions and customer-centric, demand-responsive transport initiatives, and their influence and contribution to the liveability of cities, suburbs, and regional communities.
- Policy and Harmonisation - Transport policies, standards, regulations, pricing and data security, all contribute to enabling and accelerating technology-led transport solutions in an integrated and connected environment.
- Freight, Logistics and Drones - How the transport sectors - freight and logistics in particular - can meet the community’s demand for the fast and efficient delivery of goods and services, through innovative technologies.
Transport is the lead cause for more than 30 per cent of all Green House Gas emissions worldwide and to meet emissions reduction targets, the Global Summit will hear from leaders in public transport, the automotive industry and technology providers. Speaking in the Sustainable Transport session (Plenary Session 1, Day 2) will be the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak representative organization for companies who distribute new passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in Australia.
FCAI is a Global Summit Premier Partner and Chief Executive Tony Weber said the event will bring ITS professionals together to focus on the critical challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s transport sector.
“The global transport sector will go through more change in the next two decades than it has in the previous 100 years. The Summit is an opportunity for transport professionals to focus on this journey and discuss key factors, including the roll out of zero and low emission vehicle technologies.
“The FCAI is proud to be partnering with ITS Australia to highlight the innovation and advancement our members are bringing to the marketplace across the areas of intelligent transport, safety and the environment,” Mr Weber said.
The Victorian Government, Department of Transport and Planning, is also a Premier Partner. Victoria is growing by 110,000 people a year, with the population in a two-and-a-half-hour arc around Melbourne set to double in twenty years.
Home to the world’s largest urban tram network, Australia’s largest port and one of the world’s busiest airline routes (Melbourne to Sydney), Melbourne is undergoing significant infrastructure change through projects such as the North East Link, the West Gate Tunnel, the Metro Tunnel, the removal of 110 dangerous and congested level crossings, and the Suburban Rail Loop.
Executive Director, Future Mobility, Department of Transport, Michelle Batsas, says she’ll be sharing how changing patterns of movement will be critical to meeting future transport demand.
“To plan for Victoria’s future and meet this rapid growth, we need a considered, data-based plan so our cities and major centres are smart, networked and connected.
“Melbourne’s west is growing at twice the pace as the rest of the city, and more than 40 per cent of growth in the next 15 years is expected to be in the west, north and south-east.
“To get this balance right, we will need to manage demand, maximise existing assets, adopt new technologies and plan for major infrastructure.
“This will require thinking of transport as one system to improve people’s liveability and access to jobs, through an integrated transport solution which provides choice and flexibility,” Ms Batsas said.
The ITS Australia Global Summit 2023 will explore approaches to accelerating smarter, safer, sustainable transport and brings together government, industry and academic thought leaders from across the globe.
Global Summit partners: FCAI and Victoria State Government, Department of Transport and Planning
Major partners: AWS, BRAUMS, CUBIC, Kapsch & tomtom