- Over 1,000 delegates.
- More than 22 countries represented.
- 300 Plenary, Panel and Specialist session speakers.
- 300 Australian and international organisations represented.
- 60 Break out/Focus Group Sessions
- 50 exhibitions.
- 8 Technical Tours and Demonstrations.
The ITS Australia Global Summit in Melbourne has been hailed an overwhelming success by attendees and organisers.
More than 1,000 international and Australian delegates attended the four-day event, hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
More than 300 speakers delivered Plenary, Panel and Specialists sessions and the comprehensive Technical Demonstrations and Tours were fully booked.
Presenters and delegates travelled from more than 22 countries, with at least 14 senior international transport executives attending, making the Summit the largest international ITS event in Australia since the 2016 World Congress.
ITS Australia President Dean Zabrieszach said the Summit could not have gone any better.
“The feedback from attendees has been wonderful. It’s been an all-round success in every aspect, from the speakers to the tours to the formal and informal networking opportunities.
“The ITS industry in Australia is world-leading and the Summit was our opportunity to show it off to the world.
“To see international colleagues make the long journey to Australia to connect, learn from us, and form partnerships in order to develop long lasting working relationships, was very satisfying”, Mr Zabrieszach said.
The focus of the Global Summit was to explore approaches to accelerating smarter, safer, sustainable transport by leveraging the ever-expanding capabilities of technology. It brought together government, industry and academic thought leaders from across the globe to discuss the themes of:
- Smart Infrastructure and Data Ecosystems.
- Sustainable and Equitable Transport.
- Electric, Connected, Automated Transport.
- Future Mobility.
- Policy and Harmonisation.
- Freight, Logistics and Drones.
ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris said delegates informed her the program content captured industry challenges, innovations and opportunities.
“Data, connectivity, and cooperation – these were recuring themes and three of the biggest topics at the Summit. They were referenced in nearly every presentation and conversation.
“Harmonisation of C-ITS and getting immediate real-world safety and efficiency gains from connected vehicles and networks was also front of mind for this international gathering.
‘’With so many Australian and global ITS professionals gathered in one place, the Summit created a foundation for transformational discussions that will provide the platform for nationally significant deployments that will provide a step change in road safety outcomes.
“We have connected Australian leaders with their international peers to support conversations on international harmonization, bringing forward deployment of real time safety messages for Australian travelers.
“For example, globally renown ITS leaders such as Shailen Bhatt, Administrator of the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and who’s responsible for 2,700 FHWA employees across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, and provides executive leadership on strategic initiatives and policies to President Joe Biden, attended.
“His participation not only critically informs fellow delegates of significant industry information, but it reinforces how well respected this Summit had become on the international calendar of must-attend events.
“We anticipate this ITS Global Summit will be the generator for many projects, pilots, partnerships and research topics for the sector going forward,” Ms Harris said.
In addition to the main agenda, the Summit was also the backdrop for a number of focus groups. ITS Australia Policy Manager Stacey Ryan said just as Plenaries and Panels tackled the big Summit themes, workshops, such as Global Mobility, were an opportunity to deep-dive into specific challenges.
“The biggest through-line of the Summit by far was the laser focus on equity and inclusion - now firmly established as core to our sector and beyond.
“For example, Los Angeles Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggans dissect how they were working to enhance communities and lives through mobility and access to opportunity. He also shared their LA Olympic Games 2028 plan that embeds equity and inclusion at all stages – great timing for our colleagues in Australia planning for the 2032 Olympics in Queensland,” Ms Ryan said.
Susan Harris also acknowledged the significant contribution of the Global Summit Organising Committee for their commitment to ensuring the event’s success.
“These things don’t happen overnight and the planning for the Global Summit has been a few years in the making.
“The Committee was determined to not only provide an enticing and appealing line up of presentation topics, but to also ensure it was inclusive and diverse, which we achieved with our gender balance of speakers.
“The Committee also placed a large emphasis on creating both formal and informal networking opportunities, because for many delegates, these are where partnerships, joint ventures and pilot projects are instigated.
“The Committee did a fabulous job as did all our supporting partners, and of course, my team at ITS Australia,” Ms Harris said.
Presentations, images and slides from the ITS Australia Global Summit 2023 will be made available to attendees and ITS Australia members.
ITS Australia also thanks its Global Summit partners:
HOST STATE PARTNER - Victorian Department of Transport and Planning
PREMIER PARTNERS - Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, SCATS
MAJOR PARTNERS - Amazon Web Services, BRAUMS, Cubic Transportation Systems, Kapsch TrafficCom Australia, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, TomTom, Transurban
SUPPORTING PARTNERS – AIMSUN, HMI Technologies / Ohmio Automotion, NEC
ASSOCIATE PARTNERS – Indra, Telstra, UGL
GENERAL PARTNERS – Arcadis, Intelematics, SICE
ASSOCIATION PARTNERS - AASHTO, International Road Federation, ITS America, ITS Korea, ITS Nationals, ITS New Zealand, ITS Taiwan, MaaS Global, Mobility Data, Open Mobility Foundation, TTS Italia