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President’s Report 2019

It is my pleasure to deliver this, my second report on ITS Australia’s activities and achievements for the 2018/19 financial year.

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of ITS Australia’s members. For the past two years it has been my privilege to travel around Australia, and across the globe, to speak on behalf of you, and on behalf of our industry. It has been an opportunity for which I am sincerely grateful.

ITS Australia Events

This year the 7th Australian ITS Summit was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (28-29 August 2019). The Summit connected transport technology leaders from across the globe to explore the role of future technology in the context of international collaboration and rapidly evolving standards.

It was very gratifying to see such a strong turnout for the event. The Summit was attended by more than 500 industry stakeholders; featured a two-day program of 45 speakers, from leading Australian and global ITS organisations; and incorporated a busy exhibition hall with twenty-five industry exhibitors. From major industry players like Cubic and Kapsch, to new mobility innovators Via and Liftango, as well as technology and mapping specialists Aimsun and Here, the ITS Summit represented the full ecosystem of the ITS industry, both on the exhibition floor and the presentation stage.

The Summit took place alongside a meeting of the Michigan-Australia Exchange (MAX) on Future Mobility, a partnership between the State of Michigan and the Australian Government that came into being with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2018 in Melbourne.

With more than 500 registered attendees this was a stand-out event for the year. Media interest was also high with a number of articles reporting on the event.

Our Industry Business Networking Events held around the country throughout the year had more than 800 industry professionals attending events in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and for the first time, Hobart. All of these events continue to grow, with our Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne events each attracting well over 200 attendees. We look forward to continuing this program in 2020.

Looking back almost a year, the ITS Australia National Awards 2018 was a truly outstanding night in Brisbane. As always it was a pleasure to formally recognise the outstanding work that was done across the year, as well as to recognise those organisations that have now been members for over 10 years. Organisations reaching this 10-year milestone are recognised at the annual awards night.

In 2019, ITS Australia held the National Electronic Tolling Conference (NeTC) in Brisbane in June, as well as our second Mobility as a Service (MaaS) conference in Melbourne in May. Both events had very strong attendance and highly engaged attendees. In 2020 the MaaS conference will return to Sydney and NeTC will be incorporated into the ITS Asia Pacific Forum program as the conference’s Transport Pricing, Tolling and Charging stream.

An exclusive offering for our Platinum and Gold members, our Thought Leadership Dinners continued in 2018-19 bringing together leaders in our industry with Government Ministers. We’d like to thank The Hon Mark Bailey MP and The Hon Jaala Pulford MLC for their time and attention at the events in Brisbane and Melbourne this year.

The Thought Leadership series continues to be possible because of ITS Australia’s relationships with government and industry, the organisation’s ability to manage high level, multi-dimensional events and a continuing agenda of industry issues and opportunities. The feedback from these meetings continues to be positive from all sides of the table (members, ministers and government departments) and as such the Thought Leadership Series will continue in 2020.

The recent 26th ITS World Congress in Singapore was a great success. We had the largest ever Australian delegation at a World Congress held outside of Australia: more than 300 Australians representing over 100 Australian organisations working in ITS. Additionally, ITS Australia hosted a pavilion with 13 industry co-exhibitors. We continue to find that a collective approach to these international events provides a base for all Australian organisations to congregate. On the stand we held a morning tea celebrating Inclusive Mobility, and an informal networking function, both of which were exceedingly well attended. With upcoming Congresses in Los Angeles, Hamburg, and Suzhou we will continue securing great locations in the exhibition halls at these international events to showcase the best of Australian transport technology.

17th ITS Asia Pacific Forum

In May next year ITS Australia will host the 17th Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems in Brisbane. The overarching theme for the event is ITS Innovation Creating Liveable Communities.

All of us at ITS Australia are very excited about the event and we have a large number of stakeholders from across the industry participating in the various committees that have been formed to shape the event.

The call for papers for the event closed in September and we received 197 total submissions from 15 different countries, including 100 technical papers, 41 special interest sessions, 39 scientific papers, 17 commercial papers, and 7 Future Leaders submissions.

We are pleased that the Queensland Government has joined RACQ as a Premier Partner for the event. Those two organisations are part of a growing cohort of sponsors and exhibitors for the event. We are very grateful for the support we have received so far and look forward to bringing a truly outstanding Asia Pacific Forum to Brisbane next year.

Diversity Policy

Consistent with our diversity policy ITS Australia now monitors gender diversity across our various activities and are pleased to report back to members. It is important to note that while overall diversity is the goal, gender diversity has been selected as an initial focus on the basis that enhanced gender diversity has been shown to provide a pathway to improve overall diversity.

This graph highlights that the industry we operate in, based on our membership and event delegates, has 22% or less female representation. Across our other organisational activities the gender profile is generally more balanced, however, our board and of the speakers at our events, both typically composed of more senior industry representatives, still skews male.

As an initiative to support diversity, and particularly the retention of women across the various stages of their careers so that they can move into more senior roles within their organisations, ITS Australia has committed to offering complimentary registrations to our events for members on parental leave for three or more months. The intention is that this will enable members taking extended leave to stay connected with their professional networks and keep up to date with developments in the industry. We also invite members on parental leave to consider participating in one of our committees as another avenue to extend professional networks and remain active in the industry during a career break. Members who have employees who are interested taking up this invitation are encouraged to contact the office for more information.

Industry Engagement

The ITS industry is a highly transformational one. Those members who routinely attend our events will no doubt notice the ever-increasing number and variety of organisations that make up our industry, with new start-ups, representing new and emergent technologies, routinely entering our space. At ITS Australia it is our challenge to keep pace with an increasingly diversifying industry whilst also continuing to provide outstanding service to our existing member base.

The board, committees, and staff of ITS Australia continually seek to improve the range of services that we offer to members. Currently our team are working hard on the redevelopment of ITS Australia’s website to create a new and improved member experience in the digital space, and to provide a brand-new platform to promote the tremendous work that you, our members, do.

The MaaS National Reference Committee was convened following the positive reception to the report MaaS in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities published by ITS Australia and project partners through iMOVE. With more than 50 representatives from government and industry, the Committee has met for two highly productive workshops in 2019 and sub-committees working on specific areas of interest have also met throughout the year. ITS Australia will be publishing a high-level report outlining these activities and actions.

In this sector, industry consultation is essential, and the Australian Government at all levels has been undertaking an impressive range of stakeholder engagement activities on an equally impressive array of issues. ITS Australia has made several submissions on behalf of our members; including the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy, NTC Regulatory Impacts Statements, and we’ve also published a statement on Connected and Automated Vehicles.

ITS Australia is currently leading a research project, Unlocking Shared Mobility, though iMOVE with research partners RMIT. The project will allow us to understand better how we can collaboratively work to increase the options for customers to access car-share services to improve outcomes for our transport networks and communities.

Following our events, slides and presentations are posted on the website, accessible to members only. Over the past 12 months more than 3,200 people visited this section of the website.

Across social media, our number of followers have increased across both Twitter and LinkedIn and we continue to have regular coverage in industry publications including ITS International, Smart Highways, Thinking Highways, Highway Engineering Australia, Infrastructure Magazine, and Traffic Transport Today.

Industry Leadership

As an industry leader ITS Australia continues to promote the industry, facilitate collaboration and foster partnerships. In addition to direct member interactions, ITS Australia and its members continue to represent the industry on a number of external boards, bodies and associations, including:

  • Industry Partner in Michigan-Australia Exchange (MAX) on Future Mobility, a partnership between the State of Michigan and the Australian Government
  • Facilitator – Austroads CAV Industry Reference Group
  • Formal partner with the University of Melbourne’s Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES)
  • Formal participant in the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre

Over the year ITS Australia has worked closely with national and international ITS communities to strengthen ties through these important networks. International engagement has included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Michigan and the Australian Government, high-level policy round table at the Singapore World Congress, as well as facilitating visits of a number of international delegations and industry workshops to work to shape future transport.

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Brian Negus is one of Australia’s most respected and influential transport and mobility leaders. In 2018 Brian was awarded the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award, following that honour, was inducted to the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame at the recent congress in Singapore. Brian is the first Australian to receive this honour.


I am extremely proud to be President of ITS Australia. I am also very grateful that I have the opportunity to represent an industry that is as dynamic and engaged as ours. One does not become President of an organisation such as this one without first being a proud member. I am fortunate to count myself as one amongst an extraordinary group of individuals and organisations that make ITS Australia one of the leading ITS organisations in the world.

Finally, I must mention ITS Australia’s CEO, Susan Harris, and her team, who do a marvellous job day to day in providing our members the sort of representation they deserve in both our own backyard and internationally.

Dean Zabrieszach
President, ITS Australia
November 2019

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MEDIA RELEASE – ITS Australia Board Elections Held in Adelaide

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — The election of ITS Australia’s Board of Directors took place at last week’s Annual General Meeting held in Adelaide. Following the vote, all seven directors who were up for re-election maintained their board seats. There was significant interest in the directorships with 13 candidates nominating for the seven vacancies.

ITS Australia congratulates the re-elected Board members:

Dr Dale Andrea – VicRoads
Mr Chen Cai – Data61 / CSIRO
Mr Jeff McCarthy – Roads and Maritime Services
Ms Nathalie Sassen – Keolis Downer
Mr Dennis Walsh – Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
Mr Chris Woods – Robert Bosch Australia
Mr Dean Zabrieszach – HMI Technologies

They will join ongoing members of the Board:

Mr Gino Dompietro – Jacobs Group
Mr Jeremy Nassau – Transurban
Mr Brian Negus – ITS Australia Ambassador / CICA Group
Prof Majid Sarvi – University of Melbourne / Founder of AIMES
Ms Silje Troseth – Q-Free Australia
Mr Soren Tellegen – Kapsch TrafficCom Australia
Mr Tom Walker (Replacing Dirk Van de Meerssche) – Cubic Transportation Systems
Mr Michael Watts – Transmax Pty Ltd

“The reappointment of all those directors who were up for re-election this year reflects the great confidence that ITS Australia’s members have in the leadership of their Board of Directors,” said Dean Zabrieszach, ITS Australia President.

“Certainly, ITS Australia is a strong now as it has been at any time in its 27-year history. That is due, in no small part, to the outstanding contributions of my colleagues on the Board.”

“With the 17th Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems taking place in Brisbane next May, hosted by ITS Australia, the Board and I look forward to 2020 being another landmark year for the organisation.”

ITS Australia’s Board of Directors will continue to be led by Dean Zabrieszach as President and Dennis Walsh as Vice President, following their re-appointment by the new board for a subsequent two-year term.  

Tom Walker, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Cubic Transportation Systems will fill the board seat that is vacated by Dirk Van de Meerssche, also of Cubic Transportation Systems, following his recent resignation and relocation overseas. ITS Australia President, Dean Zabrieszach, acknowledged the great contribution made by Van de Meerssche throughout his three-year tenure on the board.

Zabrieszach also recognised the long-term contribution to the ITS Australia Board of Directors of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, first through the six-year term of James Hurnall and, more recently, the valuable participation of Lenore Fletcher.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — Australia’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) industry came together last week in Adelaide to celebrate the tenth year of the ITS Australia National Awards. The Awards recognise the outstanding projects and people that have significantly advanced Australian transport technology throughout the year.

Recognising professional ITS expertise and excellence, the awards raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to Australian people, cities and communities, the economy, environment, and transportation.

Dean Zabrieszach, ITS Australia President, said: “Once again, our awards nominees and winners demonstrate the excellence and innovation that makes our industry a world leader.”

“ITS Australia is making progress that is equal to, if not surpassing, that of our overseas counterparts. We are internationally recognised as world-leading, and bring together industry, government, multinational corporations, start-ups, and research organisations to help shape future transport.”

“The ITS Australia National Awards are a great opportunity to reflect on the innovative nature of Australian technology development and we congratulate the winners, and all the nominees, in 2019.”

The keynote speaker at the awards ceremony was Matt Cowdrey OAM MP, who delivered a speech on behalf of Stephan Knoll MP, South Australia’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government.

This year’s recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is Brian Smith. Brian is a leader in the advancement of Australian navigation technology. In 1995 he played a major role in developing the first digital navigation map available in Australia. Then in 2000, Brian played another key role in the transition of the White and Yellow Pages to online electronic directories, which changed the way we access location-based content today.

The 2019 Young Professional Award winner is Yale Zhuxiao Wong, Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School. Mr Wong said: “This win has been a huge honour and very much testament to the support and guidance of my supervisors and peers at ITLS.”

“My involvement with the association has brought immense learnings and professional development opportunities. I especially thank ITS Australia for its support and belief in young people.”

As part of the Award, ITS Australia will sponsor Yale to attend the 17th ITS Asia Pacific Forum, which will be held in Brisbane next May. The event will bring an expected cohort of 1,500 industry professionals from across the Asia Pacific region to Queensland and Yale will join his peers to participate in a robust program of conference sessions, technical tours, and demonstrations.

ITS Australia also recognised the ITS Young Professional runners up, Anthony Leducq, Senior Solutions Architect, Cubic Transportation Systems; Daniel Gunek, Network Intelligence and Asset Reliability Engineer, DM Roads; Mitchell Price, Regional Director of Government Strategy & Policy – Asia Pacific, Lime; Patrick Busby, ITS Engineer, Transurban; Sepehr Ghasemi Dehkordi, Research Associate – Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology; and Tegan Ross, Undergraduate Engineer, Aurecon. ITS Australia commends all of the nominees for their demonstrated dedication to the industry and their passion for their chosen fields.

This year, the Automated Vehicle Award resulted in a tie. The award was shared by Busways for BusBot – An On-Demand, Shared Automated Vehicle Pilot for Regional Public Transport, the first Australian study of driverless buses in regional communities, and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for the Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (ZOE2) which delivered a prototype Level 4 Cooperative and Automated Vehicle (CAV) known as ZOE2 and was undertaken to overcome barriers to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles to Australia.

Byron Rowe, Managing Director of Busways, said: “It’s fantastic to receive the Automated Vehicle Award.”

“These AV trials are important in finding future transport solutions that meet mobility needs in regional areas. With the BusBot Trial, we’re one step closer to determining what these solutions could entail. Congratulations to our team for such a successful trial of BusBot so far and to the nominees in this category.”

The 2019 Government Award winner was the Department of Transport Victoria for Cross Boundary Incident Management through Multi-Party Managed Motorway Control System Centre-To-Centre (C2C) Interface, an integrated network management approach which allows the State and Private Road Operator to implement or further enhance the interface between control systems to include or expand device type control and automation of system responses.

The Industry Award was presented to Uber Australia for their Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Innovation in Partnership with Transport for NSW. This year Uber launched two products in Sydney that will significantly impact public transport networks: FerryConnect provides an affordable, flat-fare Uber Pool between the Manly ferry wharf and surrounding suburbs; and Journey Planning integrates Sydney’s public transport into the Uber app, allowing Uber users to plan and map their trip, as well as compare the cost and duration of public transport with Uber product in real-time. Sydney is the fourth city in the world to gain access to this technology.

The Research Award was won by Monash University for VRAV: Augmented On-Road Driving Simulator for Autonomous Vehicles Using Virtual Reality. The winning team at Monash University has developed a Virtual Reality Autonomous Vehicle (VRAV) that enables on-road testing of autonomous vehicles, offering a potential means to test drivers’ responses to unsafe driving conditions.

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Podcasts from the 26th ITS World Congress

At the recent 26th ITS World Congress in Singapore, we were fortunate to talk to a wide selection of ITS leaders.

Meet our Co-Exhibitors: Part 1

On the very busy exhibition floor, ITS Australia Ambassador, Brian Negus, speaks to several of our neighbours on the ITS Australia stand at the 26th ITS World Congress in Singapore.

00:00-00:42 Intro
00:42-14:51 Mick Spiers, General Manager Asia, Cubic Transportation Systems
14:51-20:43 Jules Snow, Sales Marketing Manager, Intelematics
20:43-27:52 Ian Christensen, Managing Director, iMOVE Australia

Meet our Co-Exhibitors: Part 2

Brian Negus, speaks to more of our co-exhibitors on the ITS Australia stand at the 26th ITS World Congress in Singapore.

00:00-00:23 Intro
00:23-11:31 Kyle Connor, Global Transportation Industry Principal, Cisco
11:31-19:13 Majid Sarvi, Program Director – Transport Technologies, The University of Melbourne
19:13-26:56 Andrea Ash, VP Marketing, Cohda Wireless

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Five Top Takeaways from the 26th ITS World Congress

Having recently topped the world’s first Smart City Index, Singapore was the ideal host city for this year’s ITS World Congress and provided a fantastic opportunity to bring the International ITS community to the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Themed ‘smart mobility, empowering cities,’ it was an enjoyable week full of networking and learning with some incredibly interesting sessions to attend and daring new ideas being shared.

Here are my top takeaways from this year’s ITS World Congress.

1. The future of transport is here

This year’s ITS World Congress showcased the progression of the industry and how the application of smart technology will help solve future transport challenges.

The topics covered in the sessions were extensive and the solutions exhibited were of high quality. The common thread was that the future of transport is here now, and what were once ideas and trials are now in full production and in the market, with expansion and scaling on the horizon.

Major topics throughout the event included improving safety and reducing carbon emissions, along with the introduction of new and more personal forms of on-demand transport options which require new infrastructure and policy outcomes to ensure successful scaling.

2. The role of vehicle manufacturers is evolving

Unlike past ITS World Congresses, the exhibition hall was almost devoid of cars. Vehicle manufacturers still had a strong presence at the exhibition, but greater focus was placed on vehicle-to-everything systems, connected services and cars joining the Internet of Things.

There was also greater focus on alternative modes of personal and mass transport including autonomous vehicles, micro-mobility and zero-emission transport.

3. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) applications are in use now

Discussions and whitepapers around MaaS were prevalent throughout the Congress. As a result, there were varied perspectives on what encompasses MaaS and differing views on how it can benefit the travelling public.

With real examples of MaaS applications now live, particularly across Europe, we can now start drawing more effective conclusions about MaaS and as an industry, start building on what we’ve learned.

With a focus on solving the interoperability of disparate systems and datasets we can start to open up this information for the greater benefit and the importance of strong public-private cooperation.

4. APAC has a lot to offer

With this year’s ITS World Congress being held in Singapore, it encouraged active participation from across the APAC region. Singapore is a hub of innovation, and its leading ITS applications inspire new thinking. There was strong APAC representation in the sessions and within the exhibition, showcasing our ingenuity as a collective and the value we bring to the international ITS community.

There were plenty of great conversations around new partnerships and sharing learnings from key projects. This set the scene for what is sure to be an exciting 2020 edition of the ITS Asia Pacific Conference, which will be held in Brisbane, Australia next May.

5. Harmonise the data to realise its true value

Through developing and providing ITS solutions over many years, many organisations from all corners of the globe have captured and collected a huge amount of data.

To unlock the true value of this data, many organisations are applying analytics and processing to the data they have with varying degrees of success. This phenomenon highlights issues of scale, geographic scope and quality, as well as difficulties with many attempting to aggregate the data in proprietary platforms which restricts its use and interoperability.

This is creating new opportunities for organisations who provide services to assist with the realisation and the value of the data assets. Key to maximising these data assets is understanding the markets to which they are being applied, along with effective elimination of those parts of the datasets that don’t provide real value.

As always, this year’s ITS World Congress was a fantastic event and I personally enjoyed all my interactions with a diverse group of our industry’s top professionals. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year in Los Angeles.

Stephen Owens is Chief Operating Officer at Intelematics.

About Intelematics

Intelematics delivers the intelligence behind connected services to keep people moving. Since its establishment in 1999, Intelematics has continually been at the forefront of the telematics industry with a presence in Australia, North America and Europe. Intelematics’ expertise is delivered via a suite of scalable, multi-tenanted solutions. This includes connected transportation services such as real time insights and predictive services, connected motoring applications on vehicle dashboards and specialist safety and security services.

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MEDIA RELEASE – Brian Negus First Australian Inductee to ITS World Congress Hall Of Fame

SINGAPORE — Brian Negus, ITS Australia Ambassador and Chairman of CICA Group, became the first Australian inducted to the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress Hall of Fame this week at the 26th ITS World Congress in Singapore.

At the opening ceremony of each annual ITS World Congress three individuals are honoured with the Hall of Fame award, one each from the Asia Pacific, American and European regions. Negus was inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside Jim Barbaresso of the United States and Svend Tøfting of Denmark.

The annual award recognises industry professionals who personify the highest standards of leadership and help to drive the ITS industry forward.

“I am deeply honoured to be recognised by my international ITS colleagues. However, I see this as much more than a personal award. I firmly believe that this award recognises the leading role that Australia has played for many years in advancing the adoption of smart technologies to improve transport”, said Negus.

“Vehicle technology is now at the forefront of the mobility, safety and environmental improvements that we in the industry have long been seeking”.

Hajime Amano, Secretary-General of ITS Asia Pacific said “With a career spanning more than 50 years, Brian Negus is one of Australia’s most respected and influential transport and mobility leaders.”

A director of ITS Australia since 2007 and president for six years, Negus is highly regarded for his long-standing strong contributions to transport, his commitment to intelligent transport initiatives, and his role in advocating for, and delivering ITS solutions in the transport sector.

Negus represents ITS Australia on the ITS World Congress Board, chaired the organising committee for the 2016 ITS World Congress held in Melbourne, and is chair of the ITS Australia Policy Committee. Negus’s career spans both the government and private sectors including General Manager Public Policy with the Royal Automobile Club Victoria (RACV); Deputy Director of Public Transport in Victoria; Regional Director of VicRoads; and General Manager of Port Planning at the Melbourne Port Corporation.

For his distinguished career Negus was awarded the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and named Ambassador and honorary life member.

About CICA Group

Cica Group was formed in 2012, combining an experienced group of client-focused strategists, advisors, technologists and commercial contract managers. Each has a proven record in guiding enterprises through analysis, planning, management, realisation and the ongoing support of complex technology projects.

Cica Group’s strength is its fusion of accomplished practitioners and their combined experience and expertise. Together they have unparalleled industry knowledge across Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Defence, Infrastructure, Transport, Mining, Utilities and Government sectors throughout Australia and overseas. Each practitioner has the ability to draw upon each other’s expertise to deliver sound and well-considered advice, leading clients to project success.

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Toronto City Council approves comprehensive automated vehicles plan

Toronto City Council has approved the Automated Vehicles (AV) Tactical Plan and Readiness 2022 report. This is the first comprehensive plan of its kind for a North American city.

The plan aims to make Toronto “AV Ready” by 2022 and includes five key actions for City staff. One of the key actions is an Automated Shuttle Trial already scheduled to connect the West Rouge neighbourhood in Scarborough with the nearby Rouge Hill GO Transit station by September 2020.

The plan balances the long-term opportunities automated vehicles offer, such as improvements in how freight, goods and people are moved throughout the city, and how services are delivered, while anticipating and mitigating the possible risks. It sets the foundation for a future transportation system that improves mobility, social equity and health; considers environmental and economic sustainability; reinforces protection of privacy as well as a more integrated transportation network; aims to use automated vehicles to increase efficiency; and supports progress toward achieving safer roads through Vision Zero.

The AV Tactical Plan was developed by more than 30 City of Toronto divisions and agencies and by consulting more than 350 community groups and companies that are currently involved in developing AVs. The City also partnered with a number of leading-edge organizations including academic institutions in Canada and the U.S., as well as other national and international organizations and experts to prepare the plan. Early on, a panel of international experts from across four continents and various sectors related to automated vehicles reviewed and contributed to components of the plan. Read more

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Media Release – Intelligent transport pioneer Brian Smith awarded lifetime achievement


Intelligent transport pioneer Brian Smith awarded lifetime achievement

Brian Smith is the 2019 Max Lay Lifetime Award Recipient

Intelematics veteran Brian Smith has been recognised for his integral role in the advancement of Australian navigation technology by receiving the highest accolade by Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia, the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award. The globally recognised award celebrates the achievements of leaders in the transport industry and ITS.

Brian has had a distinguished career – in 1995 he played a leading role in developing the first digital navigation map in Australia, then in 2000 Brian led the development of technology that combined mapping data with telephone directory data. This made it possible for commuters to search for specific locations like the nearest café or petrol station which is still a popular function today.

Intelematics’ Chief Executive Officer, Rod Chapman, says Brian’s contributions throughout his 14 years at Intelematics have been industry-leading.

“Brian played a key role in the launch of what is now known as Intelematics’ SUNA Traffic Channel, which at the time was the first product of its kind and to this day is market-leading.

“Today, thanks in large part to Brian, Intelematics uses the SUNA Traffic Channel to provide traffic congestion and incident information to more than 4 million Australian and 2.5 million New Zealand drivers, plus an even greater number who access the information via a web browser or smartphone application,” said Mr Chapman.

Intelematics provides its customers, which include vehicle manufacturers, road authorities and fleets, with services including vehicle tracking and management, 24/7 emergency response assistance and traffic data as a service.

“It has been a privilege to work in a relatively young and fast developing ITS industry. This combined with having the good fortune to work for innovative and supportive organisations that have allowed risky product development the time to mature and deliver on potential has played a large part in the success of the products and teams I worked with,” said Brian Smith.

ITS Australia President, Dean Zabrieszach, says that Brian’s contributions to the industry have been impressive.

“Over the past 30 years, Brian has dedicated his professional career to advancing Australian ITS technologies. In doing so, Brian has become a leading voice in the industry.

“Brian is perhaps most highly regarded for his work delivering the nation’s first RDS-TMC digital traffic service in 2007.

“Today, Brian continues to advocate for safer, better transport for Australia. He is a very deserving recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Mr Zabrieszach.

Brian will be formally honoured at the ITS Australia Awards Presentation Night Dinner in Adelaide on Thursday 21 November.

For more information, or to receive comment from a spokesperson, please contact:

Intelematics Australia
Scott McCloud
[email protected]
+61 404 562 012

ITS Australia
Matt Harrison
[email protected]
+61 400 787 116


About Intelematics

Intelematics delivers the intelligence behind connected services to keep people moving. Since its establishment in 1999, Intelematics has continually been at the forefront of the telematics industry with a presence in Australia, North America and Europe. Intelematics’ expertise is delivered via a suite of scalable, multi-tenanted solutions. This includes connected transportation services such as real time insights and predictive services, connected motoring applications on vehicle dashboards and specialist safety and security services. Intelematics Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of RACV.


About ITS Australia

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia is the peak body for advanced transport technology in Australia. Formed in 1992, it has partnered with government, industry, and academia to shape future transport for more than 25 years. Australia is a global leader in intelligent transport and ITS Australia works on behalf of more than 130 member organisations to promote the development and deployment of technologies that enable all Australians to move more safely, efficiently, and sustainably through the nation’s transport networks.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia announced the nominees for the ITS Australia National Awards 2019 today (14 October).

The awards are given in five categories: Government Award, Industry Award, Research Award, Young Professional Award, and Automated Vehicle Award, sponsored by the Australia & New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI).

Now in their 10th year, the annual ITS Australia National Awards recognise both individual and team accomplishments from the year, celebrating innovation and excellence in the industry.

Hosted by ITS Australia, the awards will be presented in Adelaide on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Adelaide Oval.

Nominees for the ITS Australia National Awards are determined by a ten-person judging panel made up of intelligent transport systems professionals, representing industry, government, and academia.

Gino Dompietro, Awards Committee chair, said: “Each year Australia’s ITS industry impresses us with the increasing breadth, quality, and volume of work that is submitted for an award. That continues to be true in 2019. After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce this year’s nominees for the ITS Australia National Awards.”

This year’s Awards feature an expanded number of nominees compared to previous years, reflecting the growing number of submissions received. For the first time this year there are seven nominees for the Young Professional Award.

Susan Harris, ITS Australia Chief Executive Officer, said, “Each year, we in the industry continue to be impressed by the incredible diversity of talent that is emerging in our industry. This year’s nominees for the Young Professional Award represent the very best of that talent. ITS Australia is proud to support their burgeoning careers in transport technology.”

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Australia-First Road Safety Technology Trial Gets Green Light

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victorian roads safer with a trial of Australia-first technology at one of Melbourne’s high-crash intersections.

Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford today announced new connected and automated vehicle technology will be fitted at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville.

“A third of road fatalities in Victoria happen at intersections – this trial will give us important insights on how to boost safety at intersections and keep more Victorians safe,” said Pulford.

“Victoria has always led the way in connected and automated vehicle technology, this is another way we’re making our infrastructure and policies support the uptake of this life-saving technology.”

One third of deaths and 44 per cent of serious injuries on Victoria’s roads occur at intersections. This trial will provide insights that can help boost safety at busy, complex intersections. Specialist light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors will monitor the intersection and analyse all crashes and near misses. The cutting-edge technology will also provide real-time warnings of potential hazards to vehicles fitted with connected technology.

“This technology will play a key role in keeping Victorians safe on our roads – that’s why we’re investing in it and beginning the roll-out on our roads,” said Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne.

This is the first time LIDAR technology has been used in this way in Australia and will allow Road Safety Victoria to closely analyse crashes and near misses, and how they may have been caused, to make roads safer. The trial is being undertaken by Omni-Aware – a consortium of specialist technology companies including Intelligent Transport Services, Transoptim Consulting and IBIS Computer.

The project is funded through the Labor Government’s $9 million Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program.

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