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  • Winners Announced for the 14th Annual ITS Australia Awards

15 February 2024

Winners Announced for the 14th Annual ITS Australia Awards

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Australia's Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry gathered in Brisbane last night to celebrate the 14th Annual ITS Australia Awards winners.

The ITS Australia Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements in advanced transport technology, recognising organisations that leverage new and emerging technologies to enhance the intelligence, safety and efficiency of Australia's transport networks.

"Once again, the ITS Australia Awards have showcased the great innovation happening across Australia's intelligent transport systems industry, recognised amongst the world's best," said Silje Troseth, ITS Australia President.

"What stands out this year is the level of collaboration amongst finalists and winners alike. It is inspiring to see the industry combining their great knowledge and capability to deliver incredible solutions to enhance Australia's vehicles, roads, and infrastructure networks."

This year's Connected & Automated Vehicle Award was won by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for 'Demonstrating Improved Safety in Australian Roadworks Using Portable C-ITS Roadside Stations'.

In this project, the Department completed a successful C-ITS roadworks demonstration, showcasing the integration of roadworks-specific equipment with a multi-vendor proof of concept. The event demonstrated how portable C-ITS roadside stations, not previously used in Australia, can improve safety and congestion in temporary traffic management situations.

"We are honoured that our Cooperative Intelligent Transport System, or C-ITS, at Roadworks demonstration project, has been acknowledged for its contribution to the Connected and Automated Data award," said the Department of Transport and Main Roads Chief Engineer Dennis Walsh.

"We were proud to be recognised and to have led a project that brought together so many local and international partners to showcase a tangible, interoperable, and impactful use of C-ITS portable Roadside Stations in realistic Australian roadworks situations. TMR looks forward to continued cooperation with industry and other road authorities to deploy a suite of C-ITS services that will lead to safer roads for drivers."

The Smart Transport Infrastructure Award went to Transurban for its 'Pacemaker Lighting System for the Burnley Tunnel' project in Melbourne. The Lighting System aims to improve the driver experience by increasing drivers' line of sight and helping drivers maintain a consistent speed in the steep and deep Burnley Tunnel. It is part of a significant makeover of the Burnley Tunnel intended to reduce congestion and improve safety.

"Transurban is honoured to be recognised for embracing innovative technology, like that used on the Burnley Tunnel's pacemaker lighting system," said Philip Naulls, General Manager of Victorian Operations for Transurban.

"Since we installed this Australian-first system in the Burnley Tunnel in March last year, we've seen a substantial improvement in our Linkt customers' experience in the tunnel, with a 38% decrease in stop-start traffic and the average journey 50 seconds faster during the evening peak."

Young Professional Award Joint Winners Shayna Elley, Via Mobility Australia and Jordan Hutchinson, SAGE Automation

Young Professional Award Joint Winners Shayna Elley, Via Mobility Australia and Jordan Hutchinson, SAGE Automation

Nicholas Brook and Peter Kolesnik from Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads accepting the Connected and Automated Vehicle Award from Rita Excel, AWS and ITS Australia Board Member

Nicholas Brook and Peter Kolesnik from Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads accepting the Connected and Automated Vehicle Award from Rita Excel, AWS and ITS Australia Board Member

The team from Transurban after winning the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award

The team from Transurban after winning the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award

The Intelligent Mobility Award was won by Sprightly Transport Solutions for 'Seamlessly Integrating Real-Time Safety and Efficiency in Public Transport'.

In this world-first solution, Sprightly has integrated real-time location, route and schedule monitoring, Driver App, CCTV+, Passenger Information Display (PID) and Automated Passenger Counting into a single system, replacing the multiple IT systems that are usually required, with efficiency and safety benefits for both drivers and passengers.

"As a startup in public transport, our team is incredibly proud to win this award," said Brett Werner, Founder and CEO of Sprightly Transport Solutions.

"We've worked tirelessly on our cutting-edge technology, and this award is a wonderful validation of hard work put in over an extended period of time. Thank you to ITS for encouraging and recognising our contribution."

The Excellence in Research & Development Award sponsored by iMOVE Australia was won by Queensland University of Technology for its 'Advancing and Commercialising Autonomous Vehicle Technology' in partnership with Ford Motor Corporation.

The project partners developed three new positioning technology solutions for autonomous vehicles, which have now been commercialised. The developments include more reliable positioning techniques that use the surrounding vehicles to stop getting lost, adapt their behaviour to different places, and understand how the environment can change.

Director of the QUT Centre for Robotics Professor Michael Milford said he was honoured and excited by the recognition and acknowledged the importance of the collaboration with industry.

"This award is testament to the hard work of the QUT research team and our collaborating industry partner Ford Motor Corporation," said Professor Milford.

"That this work could be done in Australia is also testament to the wonderful ecosystem for ITS research and development here, and we greatly appreciate all those who have worked with and supported us along this journey."

The Excellence in Transport Data Award went to Yarra Trams – operated by Keolis Downer, for its 'Yarra Trams Patterns Platform - Using GPS data to improve tram services'.

In partnership with HOVE, Keolis Downer has implemented a data visualisation platform, Patterns. Developed by creating a patronage model that employs a high quantity of anonymised GPS phone traces, the platform can visualise and analyse patronage for the Melbourne tram network, allowing Yarra Trams to better respond to demand and manage congestion.

'Our guiding principle at Yarra Trams (Keolis Downer) is to think like a passenger. The Patterns platform provides a richer understanding of tram patronage, trends, and end-to-end passenger trip details, allowing significantly improved planning decisions and improved services," said Nicholas Daly, Director of Passenger Experience at Keolis Downer.

"We're honoured to receive the ITS Excellence in Transport Data award for this novel tool, which we developed for Melbourne in collaboration with our partner Hove (Keolis)."

The Young Professional Award sponsored by Transurban resulted in a tie between Shayna Elley from Via Mobility Australia and Jordan Hutchinson from SAGE Automation.

ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris commended this year's winners, which all demonstrate an impressive commitment to public good.

The Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr Paul Higgins received his award, which was announced in late 2023.

"A key theme that emerged from this year's winning entries is a dedication to safety across all modes of transport," said ITS Australia CEO, Susan Harris.

"From in-vehicle technology enhancements, to building better roads, and initiatives that enhance public transport, our winners are representative of an industry committed to end-user safety. This is a central pillar of ITS Australia's mission to promote ideas and technology that will deliver safer, more efficient, and sustainable transport solutions."

You can read more about the winning projects, as well as the very worthy finalist entries in each category, in the official Awards Booklet.

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