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All sessions will be held at the Swissotel Sydney 68 Market Street, Sydney NSW Australia.

Program at a Glance

Tuesday 23 May 2017WELCOME RECEPTION
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Blu Bar on 36, Shangri-La Hotel
Sponsored by Q-Free
Wednesday 24 May 2017DAY 1 SESSIONS
8.00am - 5.00pm
Swissotel Sydney (Blaxland Ballroom)

CONFERENCE DINNER
7.00pm - 11.00pm
Dockside Darling Harbour (Darling Rooms 1&2 + Quay Room 1)
Cockle Bay Wharf
Sponsored by Transurban
Thursday 25 May 2017DAY 2 SESSIONS
8.00am - 2.00pm
Swissotel Sydney (Blaxland Ballroom)

OPTIONAL TECHNICAL TOURS
1.40pm - 6.00pm (including airport drop-offs)

Program remains subject to change.

DAY 1 | 8am Arrival Coffee and Registration

Enjoy early morning espresso barista coffee and network with fellow attendees ahead of sessions start, courtesy of Kapsch TrafficCom (Australia)

Welcome and Introductory Comments

Wednesday 24 May 2017 | 8.45am - 9.20am

Session Moderator

Bruce Bremner Managing Tolling Policy and Regulation, Roads and Maritime Services

Planning to Meet Australia’s Future Road Transport Needs

Philip Davies Chief Executive, Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive Philip Davies will discuss the transport reform priorities outlined in the 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan, including the importance of making better use of existing infrastructure and the benefits of moving to a fairer approach to road charging where the revenue raised from road users is put back into funding transport infrastructure. He will explain how road funding reform can deliver sustainable funding for our roads and better services for users, and highlight the importance of deep public consultation to gain community support for a new approach to paying for our roads. He will also discuss the key transport projects identified in the Infrastructure Priority List, and the important role Infrastructure Australia plays as the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor in working with proponents to develop robust, evidence-based business cases for major projects.

National Toll Road Operators and Interoperability

Rex Wright Chair, Toll Road Operators National MOU Group

A brief introduction to the National Toll Roads Association and its focus on tolling interoperability. The presentation includes details of the industry’s breadth and scale, successes and issues it faces including technology such as autonomous vehicles, data management and applications, and strategic issues that it faces including growth, compliance, road user charging.

Session 1: NSW Local Projects Update

Wednesday 24 May 2017 | 9.20am - 10.30am

Session Moderator

Bruce Bremner Managing Tolling Policy and Regulation, Roads and Maritime Services

WestConnex Project and Tolling Update

Dennis Cliche Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) finances, delivers, operates and maintains major infrastructure solutions to support Sydney’s long-term economic and population growth. Our current focus is WestConnex – Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project. When complete in 2023, WestConnex will provide 33 kilometres of new and upgraded motorway connections to the key growth and employment hubs of Western Sydney, and the port and airport precincts.

WestConnex tolling will be distance-based across multiple concessions with a flagfall and cap, and tolling infrastructure has been installed for the widened M4 between Parramatta and Homebush.  A temporary tolling gantry is located at Homebush until the M4 East tunnel commences tolling operations in 2019. Tolling back office services for WestConnex will be provided by Roads and Maritime Services.  This presentation will include an update on the WestConnex project and new developments in tolling.

Upgrade and Replacement of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel Roadside Systems

Ian Thomson Program Director, Tolling Systems Upgrade Program Network Motorways Branch, Roads and Maritime Services

In September 2015, RMS entered a System Development Contract with SICE Pty Ltd for the Trip Reconstruction and Rating Module (TRARM).  In late 2015, RMS engaged with Kapsch TrafficCom Australia for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel (SHB/SHT) Roadside System (RSS) replacement. Various other upgrades and changes to the RMS Tolling Back Office components were needed to support the new systems and full scale development of all component parts commenced in late 2015 to early 2016. The new system went live on 18 December 2016 and the presentation will discuss challenges experienced by the Tolling System Upgrade Program team in delivering replacement and upgrades to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel Roadside and Back Office Systems, lessons learnt as well as suggestions for the procurement of future upgrades.

NorthConnex Progress Update

Richard Merrett Engineering Manager NorthConnex, Transurban

The NSW and Federal Governments, Transurban and the Westlink M7 Shareholders are constructing twin nine kilometre tunnels to link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga and the Hills M2 at West Pennant Hills. On completion, the $3 billion dollar project will link Sydney’s north to the orbital network and will remove up to 5000 trucks a day from Pennant Hills Rd. The Lend Lease Bouygues Joint Venture began construction in June 2015 with expected completion at the end of 2019. This presentation will include an update on NorthConnex progress to date and discussing major technical and delivery challenges within a brownfield, urban environment.

Cubic Transportation Systems

Dirk van de Meerssche Sales and Marketing Director, Cubic Transportation Systems (Australia)

Sponsor Note delivered by Premier Sponsor, Cubic Transportation Systems.

Session 2: Local Projects Update

Wednesday 24 May 2017 | 11.00am - 12.10pm

Session Moderator

Bruce Bremner Managing Tolling Policy and Regulation, Roads and Maritime Services

Western Distributor Project and CityLink Upgrade

David Clements Program Director Major Projects Victoria, Transurban

Transurban aims to improve the liveability of the cities in which we operate through upgrades to existing assets, new proposals and technology enhancements. The CityLink Tullamarine freeway corridor is one of the most heavily trafficked roads in Melbourne and provides a key link to Melbourne Airport. To help meet current and future demand, Transurban is working with VicRoads to increase capacity, reduce travel times and improve safety. Works are well over half way complete on the upgrade, with new lanes, intelligent systems and bridges visibly taking shape.
To further improve network reliability and cater for growth, Transurban has partnered with the Victorian Government to build the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project. This includes a new road and tunnel connecting Melbourne’s west to the Port, CityLink and the CBD, as well as widening and technology upgrades to the Monash Freeway in Melbourne’s south east. The project will improve travel times and network reliability, remove trucks from local streets, enhance freight productivity and boost the Victorian economy. Upgrades on the Monash Freeway are underway and planning approvals for the Western Distributor are expected this year.
David Clements, Project Director Major Projects Victoria, will provide an update on these critical Victorian projects and how we are helping to shape Victoria’s transport network to keep people moving.

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Bruce Ollason Project Director, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland
John Seccull Principal Advisor, Transport System Governance, Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

Bruce Ollason will provide an update of the progress and challenges on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project. This 41km tollroad is the largest regional toll road project in the state’s history. Following this, John Seccull will provide an overview of the process for implementing tolling arrangements for the opening of the TSRC in late 2018.

Transurban’s Logan Enhancement Project

Joshua Till ITS Engineering Manager, Transurban

The Logan Enhancement Project is the first private sector proposal to be assessed and approved under Queensland Treasury’s Market-Led Proposal process. Transurban Queensland providing 100% of the project funding, with no costs to the Queensland Government. These costs are recouped through additional tolls on two new ramps added to the Compton Road interchange, and a slight increase to truck tolls on the Gateway/Logan motorways. The project will deliver travel time savings, enhanced safety and enhanced connectivity through new road infrastructure supported by ITS providing a level 2 managed motorway for the project scope. This presentation will provide an update on progress and challenges.

Session 3: Smart Cities and Convergence of Technologies

Wednesday 24 May 2017 | 1.25pm - 3.00pm

Session Moderator

Kellie Hebrard Head of Revenue Services, Customer Operations, Transurban

Smart Cities of the Future: Citizen engagement and the technologies that will make it work

Paul Kubat Associate Director, Innovation and Strategy, Optus
Allan Burdekin Director Smart and Safe Cities, Optus

The Internet of Things will have billions of devices connected by 2020.  In addition to these sensors we now have connected vehicles on our roads and starting to see driverless cars, trucks and buses. Optus have long seen the role of smart networks and infrastructure to support these intelligent objects.  We have also seen the power of empowering citizens, workers and businesses with smart phones/tablets interacting with apps, surfing the web for information or enabling cashless payments.  Today the smart city has been typically infrastructure focussed – Street Lights, Parking, CCTV etc with software that delivers value.  Smart cities in the future will be based on citizen engagement.  As our cities continue to grow we will also need to do more, better, cheaper, faster.  Traditional models for funding are changing and once governments funded infrastructure for transport – this model is changing and we will see partners involved. This level of disruption in Transport has not been seen since the transition from horse to car. Prepare for this smart disruption and understand our smart precincts, our work with Transurban in their recent road user charging study; with LTA in Singapore and their Next Generation Electronic Road Pricing and mytransport.SG App.

The Importance of DGDS and WIM in Smart Tolling Technologies

Lars Westerfur Solution Specialist – Oceania, Kapsch TrafficCom

Dangerous Good Detection Systems (DGDS) and Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) systems are examples of functional modules that can be integrated within a tolling system. In parallel to processing images for identifying the license plate number of vehicles, the DGDS module can process to identify vehicles carrying a Dangerous Goods placard. WIM Sensors, which are installed into small pavement slots, the sensor signal is transformed and processed into wheel based weight information which can be combined with the license plate number. On both cases an action can be initiated when such vehicles are identified. The importance, benefits and requirements of such systems within smart and intelligent tolling systems, technology independent, are of high interest to all stakeholders.

Deployment of Automated and Connected Vehicles on EastLink

Dr Charles Karl National Technical Leader, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)
Ian Oxworth Project Leader, EastLink

The paper reports of a new Victorian Technology Trial which brings together for the first time in Australia a pilot deployment of automated and connected vehicles on a modern state-of-the-art motorway.  The deployment is preceded by the development of the technical requirements for road certification for automated vehicles and the development of an operational framework in 2017, which leads into an operational deployment in 2018.  At the same time, Co-operative ITS technologies (CITS) will be deployed alongside the toll gantries. The project partners include VicRoads, Connect East, ARRB Group and La Trobe University.

Lessons Learnt When Delivering Tolling Back Office

Manuel Gonzalez Arrojo Managing Director, SICE

SICE is a well-established system integrator with 90+ years of experience in ITS projects. SICE commenced operations in Australia 2005 when they were contracted to deliver the end-to-end tolling solution for EastLink. Since 2014, SICE has been involved in the delivery of two back-office systems in Australia. One in Victoria, that involved the update of the tolling back-office for ConnectEast, which consists in the replacement of the current Tolling Back Office System with SICE’s proprietary system and included the replacement of their current SAP-based Commercial Back Office System with SICE’s Commercial Back Office solution, integrated in ConnectEast environment; and data migration from the existing to the new system. Another system in NSW that involved the delivery of the Trip Reconstruction and Rating Module (TRARM) for the WestConnex project, which is part of the largest road infrastructure project in Australia. The presentation will cover the challenges experienced by the project team, lessons learnt as well as suggestions for future tolling deliveries in the future.

International Harmonisation of ITS Standards

Philip Lloyd General Manager, Implementation, Transport Certification Australia

For Australia, whose deployment of connected vehicle technology is strongly reliant on alignment with, and adoption of, international standards, participation in harmonisation activities is of central importance. Standardisation is an essential components for ITS. Without standards there would be no interoperability, and most of the public sector services related to safety, efficiency and sustainability in transport would not be achievable. A key challenge is that standardisation is in itself competitive, and different standards development organisations sometimes produce new standards optimised for local or regional operation. While this may benefit certain regions, it can pose a serious barrier to other regions, and result in wasted resources spent developing functionally equivalent standards. To address this problem, the European Commission and the United States Department of Transportation agreed to try to harmonise their use of C-ITS standards, and a number of Harmonisation Task Groups have been working on aspects of communication, security, gap analysis, global registration etc.  Australia has been a full member of this work the last years, and has contributed significantly.  Combining Australian and international perspectives, this presentation will set the scene for this work, provide an update on its status, and give insights as to its future trajectory and application.

National Actions to Support Connected and Automated Vehicle Deployment

Stuart Ballingall Program Director Connected and Automated Vehicles, Austroads

Developments with connected and automated vehicle technologies continue to progress globally. We are now at a time where the mass market deployment of vehicles and services with the next generation of these technologies is upon us. So where are we at in our preparation to support their introduction and use? This presentation will give an overview of some of the key activities that are underway, with an update on where they are at.
Topics covered will include policy and regulations, road infrastructure and operations, radiocommunications and data, and satellite positioning.

Session 4: Payments, Collections and the Social Licence

Wednesday 24 May 2017 | 3.30pm - 5.10pm

Session Moderator

Kellie Hebrard Head of Revenue Services, Customer Operations, Transurban

Independent Resolution of Toll Road Disputes

Michael Arnold Tolling Customer Ombudsman, Tolling Ombudsman

The Tolling Customer Ombudsman (TCO) was established in 2004, as the CityLink Customer Ombudsman Victoria. It is a voluntary dispute resolution scheme, funded by toll operators, to assist customers of tolling operators have their complaints resolved fairly, efficiently and free of charge. With the expansion of the role into the other Australian States it became the TCO. The toll operators’ contract with the TCO provides that it be independent and there be no conflict of interest. TCO decisions are binding on toll operators but are not binding on customers, who retain all their legal rights.  There have been about 6000 formal complaints since inception.The TCO scheme generally requires that the initial complaint is made in writing but appointments can be made. Each complaint is responded to promptly by the TCO by telephone or email. Each is immediately transmitted to the toll operator so the customer and toll road operator have the opportunity to resolve the dispute. Customer complaints may be resolved at any stage by way of negotiation, conciliation or mediation prior to a TCO decision. TCO does not have jurisdiction over Government agencies that fix the level of fees, issue Infringement Notices or seek to recover tolls and fees. In his presentation, Michael Arnold, Tolling Customer Ombudsman, will highlight the issues that continue to arise in relation to tolling disputes and initiatives that should be put in place for their resolution.

Smart City Data Insights and Urban Mobility

Doug Howe Vice President, Transit and Travel Development and Innovation, Mastercard

Mastercard Smart City insights can help government & private sector business’s make smarter data driven decisions. Data insights from the billions of Mastercard transactions that we see, can help grow economic output, shape demand for transport services, and improve customers experiences.  Digital payments make our lives simpler, safer and smarter – they have transformed the retail environment, simplifying user experience and delivering significant benefits across the entire industry. Increasingly city authorities, transit operators, tolling companies and service providers are recognizing that the same technology, global connectivity and open standards have the ability to deliver solutions that make urban mobility simpler, faster and more affordable. From tapping on to a bus or ferry, hiring a bike, riding a taxi or paying for parking or a toll – the payment card or mobile device travelers already carry with them is the key to unlocking efficiencies in cities. By embedding digital payments into a city’s DNA, unlocking the power of data to deliver real time, insight driven intelligence, and personalizing the customer experience of transport, urban areas become more livable, sustainable and poised for future growth. During this session you’ll hear about how digital payment technology is already reducing operational costs, improving customer satisfaction and driving use across urban mobility services and ultimately making cities smarter.

A Modern Alternative to Fixed-Point Gantry Systems

Roland Grelewicz Managing Director, Woolpack Solutions

Roland will discuss a modern and viable alternative to fixed-point gantry systems. By using mobile location services to measure road usage, the operational costs associated with maintaining legacy infrastructure systems can be reduced, new valuable insight gained and novel payment schemes offered. In addition to overcoming the inherent limitations of fixed-point gantry and video surveillance systems, the new approach can be integrated with existing toll and account management systems to provide a convenient all-in-one smart mobile app for road users. The solution supports a gradual rollout into the market place, enabling a continuous phase out of legacy tolling systems, whilst releasing new operator and user features as part of an on-ongoing improvement process.

Community Perspectives on Road Tolling: Current and emerging challenges

Peter Holcombe Henley Director Commercial Roads, VicRoads

The success of electronic tolling relies on legislative enforcement, with fines for non-payment. Without this State backing, commercial toll road operators would face enormous barriers in achieving current high compliance levels. The current Victorian legislation was revolutionary when passed, but has not been reconsidered in detail since it was first adopted in 1995. Since then, major changes in government and private data collection, IT systems and customer interfaces have fundamentally changed the possibilities for legislative enforcement of tolls. At the same time, communities in increasingly crowded cities — particularly those at the outer fringes with limited public transport options — are expecting access to the tolled road network as a right rather than a “premium” service. What easy reforms or changes in business practices can we implement now to improve the “social licence” of toll roads to operate and expand? Could bigger changes be made without compromising compliance levels? And how could these issues constrain a move to general road user pricing? This presentation will share some current Victorian initiatives, and outline the key challenges we see ahead.

Mobile Apps Extending the Service Channel

Mark Byrne Head of Customer Experience, Transurban
Michael Dalic Mobile App Channel Manager, Transurban

Late in 2016 Transurban released an iOS mobile app as a part of its road map for an enhanced customer experience.  Initially for CityLink, this was Australian’s first mobile app for toll road customers.  Based on Human Centred Design (HCD) principles, the app’s success was recognised by winning the 2016 Gold App Design Award at the design100 World App Design Awards.  This success was achieved by initially focusing on desirability and gaining customer insights through observations.  These findings lead to a mobile experience which balances the customer’s need for empowerment and control, with their need for simpler and easier transactions.

DAY 2 | 8am Arrival Coffee

Enjoy espresso barista coffee to kickstart Day 2 before sessions start, courtesy of Kapsch TrafficCom (Australia)

Session 5: Road User Charging, Reform and Consumer Approaches

Thursday 25 May 2017 | 8.50am - 10.20am

Session Moderator

Clifford Brake Tolling Manager, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Urban ITS Standards to Support Authorities in Setting Policies

Knut Evensen Chief Technologist, Q-Free ASA

Authorities responsible for transport have a number of challenges. Several of these challenges are based on the difficulty of handling policies and regulations. These regulations will often be very localised and temporary, such as changing traffic patterns during a big sporting event. In other cases it may involve changing tolling concept in a city or other urban area due to changed political priorities. Other examples are setting an inner city cordon where special rules apply, such as emissions restrictions or special vehicles only. Not only cities – also highways have changeable policies such as restricting specific vehicles to specific lanes at specific times. Today these regulations are conveyed to the drivers in a number of different ways: more or less variable traffic signs, newspaper notices, radio broadcast etc. Already now this is a challenge since these regulations have the force of law, and breaking them carries penalties. For the future this will be even more difficult, where more or less automated vehicles will be expected to behave according to the regulations. Therefore the European working group on Urban ITS (CEN TC278/WG17) has started a new standard on how to disseminate such regulations in a secure, unambiguous way. Australia is invited to participate in the early evaluation work on this standard.

Road Funding Reform

Philippa Power Executive Director, Policy and Research Division, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The pressures facing the road system arising from a growing population, constrained government budgets and changing consumer demands for services, means it’s timely to have a conversation about how Australia’s roads are funded and provided. The Australian Government, with other jurisdictions, is accelerating heavy vehicle road reform and investigating broader land transport market reform, including direct road pricing for light vehicles, as an alternative approach to how we provide road services in Australia. In this context there is significant potential to consider how data is collected and used to improve the responsiveness of transport infrastructure to consumer demand, including the use of GPS/telematics and the transparency of service data. Ms Power will explore these issues and set out potential reform directions which will necessarily incorporate technology considerations.

The Purpose of Congestion Pricing, New Zealand Perspective

Greg Mossman Principal Adviser, Road and Rail, Auckland and Urban Planning, New Zealand Ministry of Transport

The core of road pricing theory is substitution of marginal cost pricing for charges that average the costs of trips. However, there are three main views of what marginal pricing should be designed to achieve. View one – prices should be set to match demand with supply. View two – prices should be set to maximise throughput. View three – prices should be set to match service evels with willingness to pay. The presentation will explore each of these views, with a particular focus on their implications in the Auckland context.

How Will Road User Charging Change How Roads Are Funded and Governed?

Scott Wilson Director / Principal Consultant, D’Artagnan Pacific

A shift from ownership and fuel based taxes to road user charging for heavy and eventually light vehicles offers significantly opportunities for more efficient use of the road network by changing demand patterns by time of day, route and mode.  However, to realise the greatest benefits to road users and also increase the public acceptability of road user charging, it should accompany reforms that change the relationship between road users and road providers.  The funding framework should enable road providers to access funds directly from road users, but in exchange use such funds prudently and efficiently to manage and develop their infrastructure in a more commercial structure like other utilities.  The powers of road managers should become closer to commercial entities, but ultimately may include the power to set charges themselves, under regulatory oversight.  These powers could result in new innovations, to address congestion, fund improvements and offer promotional discounts.  The growth in connected and more autonomous vehicles will require road managers to think differently of their infrastructure, as safety and capacity challenges are transformed, and roads become enablers of technology like never before.

Opt-In Road Use Charging: Carshare as a model of ‘hidden’ road user charges

Christopher Vanneste Head of Locations and Partnerships, GoGet Carshare

Carshare has seen massive success in Australia. Through support of local councils, carshare has become part of people’s daily lives allowing them to give up the expense and hassle of underutilized car ownership. City of Sydney, for example, has over 15% of the local resident population using carshare, which takes up less than 2% of total parking space and results in 10 private cars removed from local council streets for every carshare vehicle in operation. However; freed up parking is the least of carshare’s benefit  to our cities. Due to carshare’s cost per trip model, especially with GoGet’s pay per km fee structure, carshare members are inadvertently opting into a road use charge model for car trips which cause a drastic behaviour change. Phillip Boyle and Associates’ report on carshare found that on average a carshare member reduces their VKT by 50% per year, or a removal of 2,000 km per carshare member per year. At an average of 30 members per vehicle this results in 60,000 km per year removed from road travel for every carshare vehicle in operation. Carshare members have more expendable income and live more locally, invigorating our communities and more efficiently using our vital road networks. The effect of a large numbers of people in society adopting carshare therefore has a significant impact on cultural behaviour and modal shift. This impact could be further grown by implementing tolling and road use policies which make shared mobility platforms increasingly attractive compared to private cars, such as reduced rates or exemptions from road tolls, or permission to use HOV/transit lanes (similar to taxis/hire cars).

The Role of Congestion Charging in a Sustainable Transportation Policy and How To Get There

Dirk van Amelsfort Research Director International Transport Studies, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Since the introduction of congestion charging policies in Stockholm and Gothenburg many lessons have been learned about how congestion charging gets a place within the overall transportation planning objectives and how it evolves from its original concept. Congestion charging not only contributes to transport political objectives in terms of shorter and more reliable travel times, but it frees up space for other modes and urban development, it increases fair box revenues in public transit, and it generates a bankable revenue stream for infrastructure investments. It allows for a city to grow. The presentation/paper will address the convincing theoretical and empirical evidence supporting congestion charging, It will also address the main bottleneck of political acceptance of these policies and low perceived public acceptance which make introduction of these policies challenging. Lastly an outlook is provided on how pricing policies might need to be adapted in the light of shared mobility, new mobility services as well as connected and automated driving.

*This presentation will be made via satellite.

Session 6: New Zealand Road Pricing and Reform, International Projects Update

Thursday 25 May 2017 | 11.00am - 12.30pm

Session Moderator

Clifford Brake Tolling Manager, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Full Cost Pricing: Exploring beyond the basics for heavy vehicles, New Zealand

Peter Carr Manager Funding and Infrastructure, New Zealand Ministry of Transport

The New Zealand system of land transport taxes provides a healthy and stable revenue stream that fairly apportions the tax burden, largely according to each class of users’ contribution to direct system costs. Popular concern is turning to the recognition of various externalities: congestion, noise, emissions, and other amenity impacts to name some. Given there is a stable revenue system to work from, what are the opportunities, challenges and risks of recognising these sorts of costs, and how should we think about them?

Tolling Back Office Systems, New Hampshire USA

Jon Ramirez Director Tolling – Worldwide, Cubic Transportation Systems

Tolling Back Office Solutions in operation today are generally based on proprietary solutions that impede access to data and lack flexibility. Cubic Transportation Systems won its first tolling project in October 2015 to implement a new state-wide Back Office System (BOS) for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT).  NHDOT is part of the Inter-Agency Group (IAG – E-ZPass).  We go live with this new system in March 2017.  OneAccount is  a software solution that establishes a single-account system covering payment for all modes of transportation, including bus, rail, toll roads, taxi, parking, bike share, and ferry.  OneAccount aims to influence customers’ transportation habits by offering incentives that help ease travel congestion.  Cubic’s Tolling Back Office solution integrates customer account management, account-based transaction processing, reporting and dashboards and a clearing house within a single unified Enterprise Service Bus. Advantages of Cubic’s tolling solution include: Cloud based components that reduce initial cost and provide a real time disaster recovery solution that is a cheaper more efficient solution than current solution thinking; Uses Service Orientated Architecture; Data Provenance; Robust internal and external interface implementation; and Segregated Operational Business Rules Engine and Financial Apportionment Rules Engine.

Singapore’s Road Pricing Journey

Andy Tay Senior Bids and Project Manager, Kapsch TrafficCom

Singapore implemented its first congestion charging system in 1975. This was the first urban traffic congestion pricing scheme (Area Licensing Scheme – ALS) to be successfully implemented in the world. It was operated manually with paper licenses. In 1998 It was upgraded to the current Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system which is still in use today. In 2016  the Land Transport Authority awarded a tender to develop the next-generation ERP system which will be based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Technology at a cost of SGD 556 million. The new system is expected to be implemented progressively from 2020.

European C-ITS Development and Contribution in Australian Projects

Anto Komarica Vice President Solution Consulting, Kapsch TrafficCom

ECo-AT (European Corridor – Austrian Testbed for Cooperative Systems) is the Austrian project to create harmonised and standardised cooperative ITS applications jointly with partners in Germany and the Netherlands. The project is led by the Austrian motorway operator ASFINAG and the consortium consists of lead industry stakeholders Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Siemens AG Austria, SWARCO AG, Volvo Technologies and others. With the finalisation of the project development phase 3rd parties (industry and government partners not being project partners of ECo-AT) will have access to the published system specifications. The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview about the key results, developed standards and reflecting the standards on the Australian market. Especially considering the recent different C-ITS initiatives in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Timeless Tolling, Norway

Lance Brand Senior Solutions Architect, Q-Free

How the Norwegian tolling scheme autoPASS have supported timeless tolling by adopting to constant changes in government regulations, end user behaviours and efficiency requirements from tolling operators. Like the banking sector, the tolling industry needs to safeguard core systems to manage a continuous stream of financial transactions. At the same time, however, it needs to adapt to changes as years go by, without risking the prime function of collecting revenue. Over time, end users have adapted to and demanded free flow solutions, more self-service and flexible payment options. Politicians have passed Government regulations to the industry to support dynamic pricing, complex exception handling and multi-concession cooperation. Tolling operators would not only need to handle this, but also an increased demand for operational and financial efficiency with limited ability to fund new investments. How can the industry adapt to this evolution in a way that balances the risk of change with the need to change?
The Norwegian nationwide autoPASS – with its back office system, CS Norway – have been running seamlessly under the aforementioned constrains for a decade. On top of this, the cost per transaction has decreased dramatically over the years, with no need to raise extraordinary capital to facilitate compliance with the needed evolution.  Timeless tolling is the answer to this challenge, and has proven to be possible in the real world. The takeaways of this use case on timeless tolling is an important asset that deserves to be shared with the rest of the tolling industry.

Closing Remarks

Thursday 25 May 2017 | 12.30pm - 12.40pm

Update on ITS Australia Acitvities and Opportunities For You

Susan Harris Chief Executive ITS Australia

ITS Australia delivers an active industry events program providing valuable networking opportunities for ITS professionals, branding and promotion opportunities for government and industry organisations, a platform for engagement, information and knowledge sharing and speaking opportunities. Attendance at these events are open to members and non-members, often with discounted registration rates being made available to Australian-based staff of corporate members. Some networking events are also free to attend.
ITS Australia regularly participates at international events, working to promote and provide branding opportunities for corporate members and offering cost-effective solutions for members to participate as sponsors and co-exhibitors on the ITS Australia Pavilion at major international ITS events.

Opportunities for sponsorship, brand exposure, business development and sales and network growth include: