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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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Mobile Device Data for Transport Planning – Victorian Government Request for Information

The Victorian State Government is seeking responses from suitably experienced organisations that can provide solutions to collecting and aggregating data on how people use the transport system and how the system is performing.

An RFI is currently open which will enable the Victorian Government Department of Transport’s Transport Analysis and Assessment Branch to develop a detailed understanding of the supplier market and understand how data from mobile and connected devices could be utilised in transport planning.

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The United Kingdom’s Intelligent Transport Society, ITS (UK) has developed a “scale of connections for Co-operation of Connected vehicles”, to mirror the SAE scale for automated ones.
Developed by ITS (UK)’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Forum and supported by the Department for Transport and Highways England, this scale shows that connection and co-operation between existing and future vehicles and roads is very different from automation.

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Last Chance to Apply for 2019 Singapore World Congress Youth Leadership Development Program

The 2019 Singapore World Congress Youth Leadership Development Program deadline for applications is this Thursday 28 February 2019.

Please note, the program is now considering applicants up to the age of 30. To apply download the application form and submit to [email protected]

The Youth Leadership Development Programme – a part of the 26th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress 2019 that is taking place in Singapore – is a fully-hosted 8-day programme to be held from 18 to 25 October 2019.

The programme is designed to arouse the awareness of the tertiary students with respect to advanced intelligent transport technologies & concepts and inspire their creative and innovative ideas that solve real ITS problems.

Participants will get a chance to engage and mingle with entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from the ITS industry. Ideation mentorship and professional training will also be conducted during the programme, which will provide young leaders with an excellent platform to showcase their creative ideas

Youth leaders will work together in groups in an ideathon to ideate on “Grand Challenge” topics and present to a distinguished panel during the 26th ITS World Congress 2019. The best work will be awarded at the ITS World Congress Closing Ceremony.

Must be full-time undergraduate or post-graduate students at the age of 18-30 years old at the time of participation.
Must be able to travel on their own to Singapore.
Study in any of the following countries/areas:
ITS AP Members: Australia, China, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand
Major in the fields such as business management, information technology, information systems and engineering.
Be able to commit & attend the entire 8-day programme, 18-25 October 2019, which includes the flight into Singapore on 17 October, and out of Singapore on 26 October.

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Transurban Release NSW Partially Automated Vehicle Trials Findings

Transurban’s Sydney trial built on the findings of previous trials by highlighting where findings were consistent across Sydney and Melbourne, and by identifying new findings unique to the Sydney Orbital Network.

The collective findings will help vehicle manufacturers, road operators and governments prepare road infrastructure to support automated vehicles, as they become more common on our roads.

To see the trial’s findings and recommendations, download the trial report (PDF).

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Results of 2018 Annual Victorian Self-Driving Car Survey

More than 18,000 motorists participated in EastLink’s self-driving car survey this year, which is a massive 20% increase on last year. This is the largest survey of its type in the world.

This survey shows what Victorian motorists think about self-driving cars, driver assistance technologies, vehicle connectivity, electric power and road use charging – technologies which are expected to converge in cars of the future…

Compared to last year, fewer motorists want a fully self-driving car – the hype bubble has burst.

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Cohda Wireless has successfully demonstrated its world-leading connected autonomous vehicle technology in a live trial on the streets of the city of Adelaide. The trial proved the potential for connected self-driven vehicles to make our streets much safer than they are and that Cohda’s technology is effective even in the most challenging of environments – the so-called ‘urban canyons’ of a typical city.

In an area covering two city blocks just east of Adelaide’s iconic Victoria Square, the demonstration replicated a scenario that is a daily occurrence on the streets of cities all over the world.

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Shortlisted Nominations announced for ITS Australia National Awards 2018

The intelligent transport industry in Australia continues to demonstrate its innovation and strengths through the nominations submitted to ITS Australia for the prestigious ITS Australia National Awards 2018.

Hosted by ITS Australia, the annual National ITS Awards recognise high-level individual and team achievement and are an opportunity to celebrate innovation and reward excellence.

In their 9th year, the Awards will be hosted by ITS Australia at Sofitel Brisbane on 22 November 2018, where the winners will be announced.

Neil Scales, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland who will be the Keynote Speaker for the event said “The ITS Australia National Awards are a valued part of the annual calendar for transport and technology alike.

“Integrated transport networks are an important responsibility to the community and I know there is so much work going on in Queensland alone. I am looking forward to hearing about the best projects and programs Australia has on offer that contributes to ensuring all Australians have appropriate transport choices and fair access to the transport system.”

The Judging Panel, comprising ITS leaders, took time to deliberate over the submissions received across all categories. Gino Dompietro, Chair of the Awards Committee said, “The industry has again impressed us not only by submitting a record number of nominations, but also with the extremely high quality of the nominations for this year’s awards, and after much consideration, we’re pleased to be able to announce the shortlisted finalists.”

Industry Award

  • EastLink – for the Freeway Tunnel Ventilation On-Demand System
  • GOFAR – for GOFAR telematics solution
  • Transurban – for LinktGO – Mobile Tolling Solution

Government Award

  • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – for iMaps – State-Wide Operations Map
  • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – for Successfully Integrating and Leveraging Off Multiple ITS Technologies to Perform Real-Time Performance Metrics and Analytics for the Commonwealth Games
  • Transport for NSW – for the On-Demand Transport Pilot Program

Automated Vehicle Award (sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative – ADVI)

  • Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University – for The Autonobus Pilot Project
  • National Transport Commission – for Changing Driving Laws to Support Automated Vehicles Project
  • Transport for NSW – for the Connected and Automated Vehicle Program

Research Award

  • Advanced Data Analytics in Transport, Data61 CSIRO – for an Artificial Intelligence Engine for Traffic Congestion Management
  • Infrastructure Victoria – for Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure – Evidence Base

Young Professional Award

  • Jonathan Coulson, VITRONIC Australia
  • Michael Cybulski, Retina Visions
  • Andrew Hooley, Transport for NSW
  • Mikaela Stewart, CUBIC Transportation Systems

Read more about the shortlisted nominees here

The winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner at Sofitel Brisbane on Thursday 22 November 2018. Click here for Presentation Night Dinner information and table bookings

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Office of Future Transport Technologies Revealed

The Australian Government is establishing an Office of Future Transport Technologies to help prepare for the pending arrival of automated vehicles and other transport innovations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the initiative was made possible through a $9.7 million investment by the Liberals and Nationals’ Government.

Mr McCormack said the new Office would enhance the Federal Government’s strategic leadership role, to coordinate more cohesively with other governments and agencies to implement future transport technologies in Australia more successfully and responsibly.

He said the development and uptake of automated vehicle technologies and associated applications would also be managed with a continued focus on improving transport and road safety outcomes.

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Monday 1 October 2018


The Australian Government is positioning the nation for safer roads through collaboration on high-tech vehicle and road systems, made possible by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US State of Michigan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the MOU was part of the Government’s agenda to position Australia for safer roads through automated and connected vehicles.

“Over 90 per cent of crashes are estimated to result at least in part from human choices, so the potential benefits from sharing of expertise and experience between our two jurisdictions are enormous,” Mr McCormack said.

“This is just one way the Government is promoting safer vehicles on safer roads, including for our regions where road crashes remain unacceptably high.”

Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder said the MOU built on Michigan’s efforts to accelerate the worldwide implementation of connected and automated vehicle technologies.

“This agreement establishes a great partnership through which we will share research and knowledge between Michigan and Australia in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation to ensure technology and safety go hand-in-hand with progress,” Governor Snyder said.

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