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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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MEDIA RELEASE – 7th Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit A Success In Melbourne

Melbourne 9 September 2019 – The 7th Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) 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.

The Summit, 28-29 August 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), was attended by more than 500 stakeholders within Australian transport technology, representing industry, government, and academia. The two-day program featured 45 speakers, from leading Australian and global ITS organisations.

Twenty-five industry exhibitors filled the busy and expansive exhibition hall at the MCEC in Southbank, Melbourne. In prime position was the Lexus vehicle currently being tested in the connected vehicle trials in a partnership between Lexus Australia and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The Hon. Alan Tudge, Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure met exhibitors showcasing Australian innovation in the transport and technology sector before delivering his keynote address.

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Five Key Takeaways from the 7th Australian ITS Summit

It was an honour co-chairing the 2019 Australian ITS Summit – a great event that promotes the development and deployment of technologies that deliver safe, efficient, and sustainable transport across all public and private modes.

This year’s theme centred around Shaping Future Transport, which opened the door to exciting discussions and bold new ideas.

Here are my top five takeaways from the two-day event.

1. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is shifting from concept to reality

The Australian transport industry has never seen the level of change that it is currently experiencing. MaaS offers the potential to drastically improve commuter choices, reduce travel costs, increase network capacity and transport sustainability while improving social and environmental outcomes.

MaaS is no longer a concept with case studies being shared around alternative modes of transport, including on-demand bus services, electric scooters, and the early use of autonomous shuttles. What united the conversation was the better connections between the different modes of transport and the critical role data plays in connecting everything.

2. Congestion issues in metro areas are one step closer to being solved

Did you know that approximately 30 per cent of urban congestion is caused by cars looking for a park? The good news – ITS partners are developing smart technology that shares real-time information about where to find a park to improve the flow of traffic.

Another great example is the use of dynamic speed monitoring on major freeways. For example, The Western Australian Government is set to reduce congestion on its highways by approximately 30 per cent through the use of dynamic speed monitoring rather than building additional lanes.

3. Predictive technology will play an essential role in the future of ITS

Innovative ITS technologies are already available – providing real, tangible benefits to commuters.

For example, ‘time to leave’ alerts are gaining in prevalence and popularity. Thanks to predictive technology, commuters can now assess their route based on real-time congestion to minimise their time in transit.

Intelematics has also developed a predictive battery algorithm that informs vehicle owners of an impending battery failure before it occurs. It’s these predictive technologies that work to keep people moving.

4. Visions are set on a more sustainable future

Many conversations centred around the sustainability benefits of ITS technology. ITS technology creates greater efficiencies across our transport networks; for example, the ability to regulate services on demand. These efficiencies create a reduction in emissions and congestion, which, in turn, make our cities more sustainable.

Combined with the push for alternative, sustainable fuel sources and the development of infrastructure to support these vehicles, a future of zero vehicle emissions and zero roadside casualties through smart, predictive transport systems may soon be a reality.

5. Collaboration, partnerships and diversity are crucial to innovation

Collaboration, partnerships and diversity were recurring themes throughout this year’s Summit. In an industry with so many moving parts, the best solutions are developed when multiple players combine resources and ideas. We need to see continued collaboration, particularly between government and industry, to ensure we’re embracing ITS technologies in the best possible way to plan for a sustainable future that helps keep people moving.

The quicker we embrace and develop ITS technologies, the faster we reap the benefits, which include improved safety, reduced harmful carbon emissions and reduced congestion.

The ITS Summit is always a fantastic event – and this year was no exception. I, for one, can’t wait to see how ITS progresses over the next few years and how Intelematics will continue to play an essential role in keeping Australians moving.

Stephen Owens is the Chief Operating Officer at Intelematics and served as co-chair at this year’s ITS Summit in Melbourne.

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Sampo Hietanen Announced as Keynote Speaker at MaaS 2019 Melbourne

We’re very excited to announce that Finnish father of MaaS Sampo Hietanen is the MaaS 2019 Melbourne keynote speaker. Sampo authored the concept of Mobility as a Service, a paradigm shift in transport offering. Now, as CEO of the world’s first mobility provider, MaaS Global, and we’re looking forward to hearing about the growth and future potential for MaaS globally and locally from a true leader in the mobility space.

Sampo’s background is in executive positions in civil engineering and ITS, founding and running several international businesses in these fields. Sampo is actively involved in developing new business models in transport and promoting ‘the big shift’ in changing system structures with modern technology.


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New ITS Australia Board leads industry forward

Melbourne 28 November 2018 – ITS Australia’s new Board of Directors has been announced following last week’s Annual General Meeting held in Brisbane.

ITS Australia congratulates new and re-elected Board members:

  • Mr Gino Dompietro – Jacobs Group
  • Mr Jeremy Nassau – Transurban
  • Prof Majid Sarvi – University of Melbourne / Founder of AIMES
  • Ms Silje Troseth – Q-Free Australia
  • Mr Soren Tellegen – Kapsch TrafficCom Australia
  • Mr Dirk Van de Meerssche – Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Mr Michael Watts – Transmax Pty Ltd

They will join ongoing members of the Board:

  • Dr Dale Andrea – VicRoads
  • Mr Chen Cai – Data61 / CSIRO
  • Mr James Hurnall – Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
  • Mr Jeff McCarthy – Roads and Maritime Services
  • Mr Brian Negus – ITS Australia Ambassador / Chairman CICA Group
  • Mr Dennis Walsh – Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Mr Chris Woods – Robert Bosch Australia (Replacing Mr Mark Jackman)
  • Mr Dean Zabrieszach – HMI Technologies

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Australia’s Intelligent Transport Systems award winners continue driving the industry forward

Brisbane 22 November 2018 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia tonight celebrated the achievements of the intelligent transport systems industry in Australia at the ITS Australia National Awards. These awards recognise professional ITS expertise and raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to cities and communities, the economy, environment, transportation, and everyday lives.

The ITS Australia National Awards are now in their 9th year and reflect the continued growth of ITS across transport technology and the wider industry.

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Cubic to Demonstrate a Proof of Concept Connected Car System at CAV Scotland 2018

SAN DIEGO – Oct. 30, 2018 – Cubic Corporation today announced that its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will demonstrate its proof of concept for a connected in-vehicle information system at CAV Scotland 2018 in Edinburgh, from October 31–November 1.

CAV Scotland is a new event that brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) with live demonstrations that aim to assess the latest developments and discuss the way forward with future trials and research across the world. “Cubic is delighted to participate in the connected and autonomous vehicle discussion and demonstrate novel connectivity and messaging technology that could help Scotland benefit from safer, lower cost CAV deployment,” said Matt Cole, president, CTS. “Our proof of concept will showcase Cubic’s global leadership in information delivery to both travelers and transportation operators through our payment and information systems currently in use around the world.”

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Brian Negus announced as recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

ITS Australia President Dean Zabrieszach has announced Brian Negus, Ambassador to ITS Australia, is to be recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems industry as the 2018 recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is an industry nominated award, named after Dr. Max Lay AM, a globally recognised pioneer and leader in Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Recipients must personify achievement of the ultimate standard for a leader in the ITS field.

Brian Negus’ transport career has spanned over 50 years with extensive experience in the public sector, transferring that experience to support public policy on transport initiatives through his leadership in the private sector. Brian remains engaged in several high-profile and influential roles, including Ambassador to ITS Australia, where he continues to lead, guide and mentor organisations and individuals on a broad range of transport issues, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport, despite retiring from full-time employment.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia said “Brian is a trusted adviser in the entire transport field and he is widely valued because of his dedication and assiduity in supporting others and helping them to succeed.

“For most of his career, Brian has been driving organisations, and the community, for progress in the transportation sector, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport safety, mobility and sustainability. It is because of this that the industry has chosen Brian to be the recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I congratulate Brian on behalf of ITS Australia, and we look forward to officially presenting the award to him at the end of November.”

The ITS Australia National Awards Presentation Night will be held in Brisbane at the Sofitel on 22 November 2018. The Director-General of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Neil Scales is the keynote speaker, and in addition to the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award, presentations will be made to winners of the Industry, Government, Automated Vehicle (sponsored by ADVI), Research and Young Professional categories.

To view the 2018 Shortlisted Finalists and for Presentation Night Dinner information visit

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