Category: ITS Australia News


Day Three – In Conversation With….

During Day 3 of the 25th ITS World Congress, Brian Negus our voice from the Congress had an opportunity chat with Andrea Ash, VP Marketing at Cohda Wireless.

Cohda Wireless is in Copenhagen demonstrating, amongst other things, the use of break-down alerts from vehicles to generate street light amplification in smart cities for safer roads.

Brian also caught up with Daniel Hoyne, Project Manager with VicRoads who is also Program Manager for AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) and the opportunities this living laboratory provides to test highly-integrated transport technology, and deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.

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ITS Australia attending the 25th ITS World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark

Over 100 Australian ITS industry representatives will be attending the 25th ITS World Congress being held in Copenhagen, Denmark showcasing the fantastic Australian intelligent transport systems concepts, trials, programs, and products with the international audience through exhibition, presentations, and demonstrations.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia and Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia will be attending the Congress to participate in ITS Asia Pacific Board Meetings as well as engage with other global ITS organisations and leaders to further develop cooperative relationships and represent the Australian ITS industry.

ITS Australia Ambassador (and Immediate Past President), Brian Negus will also be attending and meeting with ITS leaders from around the globe to continue to learn about what is taking place overseas.

The ITS Australia VIP Cocktail Function on Monday 17th welcomed Ambassador Mary Ellen Miller, Australian Ambassador to Denmark addressed the attending guests which included Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO, and Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS of America. ITS Australia has received support from AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) and National Transport Commission.

ITS Australia will host the Australia Pavilion which will provide the ideal opportunity for the Australian ITS industry to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward locally and internationally by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions.

The co-exhibitors on the Australia Pavilion include ATC Braums; Austrade – Start-up delegation; Cohda Wireless; Data61 | CSIRO; Micro Connect; SAGE Automation together with Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia; and ITS Australia.

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Australian ITS Summit 2018, hosted by ITS Australia, breaks attendance records

Melbourne, 4 September 2018 – Connected and Automated Vehicles, cyber security, Ride-Share, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and AI (artificial intelligence) were among the transport technology hot-topics being discussed at this year’s Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit.

Hosted by Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia), in partnership with NSW Government and Roads and Maritime Services, the ITS Summit 2018 was Australia’s largest annual industry-led ITS conference with over 800 attendees, breaking attendance records for smart transport events in Australia.

ITS leaders from Asia Pacific, Europe, and USA joined the Australian smart transport community to explore current and future technologies at the Australian ITS Summit, 28-29 August 2018, at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia said the Summit theme, Shaping Future Transport reflects the rapidly changing transport landscape of today while introducing future mobility technologies.

“The ITS industry continues to expand and reach into new industry segments, and increasingly plays a vital role in the safety, efficiency and sustainability of freight and people movement.

“Technology is changing so fast it not only presents opportunities to enhance the liveability of our cities and communities, it creates new and future business opportunities. Australia has the capability to capitalise on all of these.”

The ITS Summit included more than 100 Australian and international speakers, with Keynote presentations from government, international and local industry leaders all supported by a strong exhibition, technical tours and business opportunities.

Mark Bailey, Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister, said opportunities to drive the national conversation on ITS would help prepare Australians for a very different transport landscape to what we see now.

“We are excited about preparing Queensland’s road network, infrastructure, legislation, regulation and licencing to support automated vehicles,” Mr Bailey said.

“The ITS Summit is a valuable forum for sharing ideas and see the exciting things happening around the world that make this such an inspiring space to work in.

“We look forward to hosting the Summit in Brisbane in 2020 and bringing more bright ideas to Queensland.”

Read the release in full here

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ITS Australia launches MaaS in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Research and Report by ITS Australia marks a path for progress

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Research and Report by ITS Australia marks a path for progress Melbourne, Wednesday, 1 August 2018, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) has today published and released its research and report into Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities.

There’s much discussion these days about once-in-a-generation change; digital disruption, major demographic and societal shifts, and mega-projects offering improvements unimagined by our grand-parents or sometimes even parents.

What has not been seen before though is the kind of unprecedented potential for change in transport we are currently experiencing. During interviews with more than 80 leaders in the transport sector, across government, industry, and academia a strong theme emerged that not since the mass-production of private vehicles c1920 has there been such potential for revolutionary change in the transport sector.

Transport innovation like ‘mobility as a service’ offers the potential to drastically improve customer choices, reduce travel costs, increase network capacity and transport sustainability while improving social and environmental outcomes.

Read the release in full here

Download the report here

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ITS Australia to host 2018 Australian ITS Summit in partnership with NSW Government

Melbourne/Sydney, 8 June 2018  ITS Australia are pleased to announce the 2018 Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit will be hosted in partnership with Transport for New South Wales, and Roads and Maritime Services.

The 6th Australian ITS Summit will bring together Australian and international executives from the emerging transport technology sector.

Transport plays an essential role in any economy, whether moving people or freight. The combined pressure to provide better and more transport means that the opportunity to develop and deploy new technology, and technology-based transport improvements, are of great social and economic significance.

With speakers and attendees from America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Australia, combined with a strong industry exhibition, sponsorship, and government support, the Australian ITS Summit 2018 outcomes will have positive impacts locally and internationally.

Ken Kanofski, Chief Executive Roads and Maritime Services said “Roads and Maritime Services is delighted to join together with ITS Australia to be the Premier Partner of the Intelligent Transport Systems Summit 2018. Our sponsorship of the Australian ITS Summit is a joint effort with Transport for NSW to contribute to the research, development, and delivery of initiatives which utilise ITS for the benefit of our customers.

“The future and performance of the road network and our customers’ experience rests with how we better utilise new technologies. The Australian ITS Summit provides an important platform for the industry to share information and to enable us to be future ready in this global transport evolution.”


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NeTC Conference wrap-up – Australian and global tolling leaders have gathered for 2 days to tackle challenges in keeping transport moving

Melbourne, 7 June 2018 -– The NeTC conference, now in its 13th year, is proving to remain as relevant today as when it was created in 2006.

Whilst the topics have progressed to include in 2018 how Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) might interact with toll road infrastructure, the challenges of keeping transport moving remain top of the agenda.

The emergence of increasingly connected and automated vehicles is expected to lead to fundamental changes to roads, transport, and cities in the future. The industry is talking about these challenges and the changes in the flow of vehicles on the roads to more easily accommodate all journeys.

Changes are being made now to make a difference to travellers’ experiences in the near-term. With an ever-increasing demand for road journeys, ways are being sought to convey growing populations to their everyday destinations – often a city-centre, or cross-city location.

Other approaches are looking to minimise the impact of heavy vehicles and freight on the roads, to keep heavy vehicles and freight to the main arterial roads, and away from local streets.

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Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

Brisbane announced as host of the 17th Asia Pacific ITS Forum in 2020

Brisbane is further cementing its reputation as Australia’s new world city, after being selected to host the 17th Intelligent Transport Systems Asia Pacific Forum in May 2020 (ITSAP2020).

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was an honour for Queensland to be selected as the 2020 host location, with the announcement made during the recent ITS Asia Pacific Forum held in Fukuoka, Japan.

“Queensland is at the forefront of developing and deploying ITS technologies, particularly in the area of cooperative and automated vehicles, and I am delighted the forum will be held in Brisbane in 2020,” Mr. Bailey said.

“It is an exciting era for ITS and the ITS Asia Pacific Forum provides an opportunity to bring the industry together to share how far we have come, and prepare for the journey ahead.

“As the location for the largest trial of Cooperative-ITS in Australia, with public deployment due in late 2019, the best way to understand how we do ITS in Queensland is to come experience it for yourself.”

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Global leaders in road pricing to speak at NeTC 2018 Worldwide on CAVs and toll-road trials

Global leaders in road pricing to speak at NeTC 2018 Worldwide on CAVs and toll-road trials, and the importance of interoperability from a real-world project in Ireland.

Melbourne, 14 May 2018 – National electronic Tolling and Charging Conference (NeTC2018), hosted by ITS Australia will return to Melbourne, 6-7 June 2018 with presentations from the tolling industry including Charles Griplas, Managing Director, Connect East, and Jonathan Coulson, VITRONIC Machine Vision Australia, generating discussion around road-user charging, data flows for commercial tolling, and opportunities to deliver solutions for customers.

  • NeTC 2018 is organised and hosted by ITS Australia and presented by the tolling industry, for the tolling and road technology industry.
  • A must-attend conference for Australian and global tolling industry executives to openly and freely discuss industry issues.

Australia is a world leader in tolling and has undertaken considerable work on new models of transport pricing across the road network. The business opportunities are impossible to predict, but demand for infrastructure and software to support a likely growth in demand for trips creates opportunities for business as well as for government.

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ITS Australia announces Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Research Project

ITS Australia announces Mobility as a Service Research Project

Melbourne 21 March 2018 Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia), the peak body for the intelligent transport systems industry in Australia, together with the iMOVE CRC, has today announced a project to better understand what Mobility as a Service means for Australia and, importantly, what Australians think.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is the integration of multiple modes of transport into a single, inter-modal travel service, accessible on demand. The fundamental point of MaaS is to put the users at the centre of transport and mobility options, with accurate and real-time information about modes, routes, and service availability, including public transport, ride-sharing, bikes, and walking and parking, helping travellers get to where they want to go more easily. A full MaaS ecosystem can offer people real choice and improve mobility outcomes for them as individuals all based on their individual needs, handling everything from accessibility needs, special requests and payments.

Read the media release here

Go to iMove CRC for more information here

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Infrastructure Victoria investigation into the state’s infrastructure needs to prepare for zero emission and automated vehicles.

ITS Australia has today written to Infrastructure Australia in response to a request for automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure advice.  To read the response please follow this link  Automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure_ITSA Submission2018

From Infrastructure Victoria:

Infrastructure Victoria is leading a groundbreaking new report on how the state can best prepare for the vehicles of the future, using an evidence-based approach to form clear and practical recommendations.

The Victorian Government has asked Infrastructure Victoria to consult with industry and stakeholders and to conduct research and analysis into what infrastructure the state needs to enable automated (self-driving) vehicles and zero emission vehicles. Infrastructure Victoria has also been asked to deliver advice on the potential timing and implications of these infrastructure changes.

Infrastructure Australia has met with a range of stakeholders with expertise in automated and zero emission vehicles, and these discussions will continue throughout 2018.  They have also conducted an initial review of the industry, academic and policy reports and, combined with what they have heard, identified an initial list of the target outcomes that Victoria could seek to achieve through the introduction of these vehicles. These outcomes for the state will assist in assessing the recommendations to make sure they are in the best interests of Victoria.

Target outcomes for the state that automated and zero emission vehicles could contribute to achieving in Victoria

  • Improve safety and public health
  • Improve transport system performance and accessibility
  • Improve mobility options
  • Improve access to jobs and services
  • Enable optimal land use
  • Decrease carbon emissions
  • Decrease air and noise pollution
  • Improve reliability and sustainability of energy systems
  • Support the productivity and growth of the Victorian economy



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