Innovative and advanced technologies, and the organisations and individuals involved, were recognised at the 2017 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia National Awards, held at the Art’s Centre in Melbourne last week.
The awards celebrated the professional ITS expertise in Australia today and aims to raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to cities, communities, the economy, environment and transportation.
The 2017 winners are as follow:
Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award – Lauchlan McIntosh AM
Mr McIntosh was President of ITS Australia 1996 to 2002 and a member of the Board from 1994 to 2002. He has held many distinguished positions in the transport technology sector and in 2007 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. He was also: Executive Director of the Australian Automobile Association 1994-2006; Past Chair of ANCAP Australasia Ltd (holding the position for over 20 years); Appointed a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety 2006; President and Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety since 2007; Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 2007; Awarded the John Shaw Medal by Roads Australia 2013; Chairman of Global NCAP since September 2017.
Industry Award Winner – Cubic Transportation Systems For the Manly Ferry Contactless Payments Trial
The field trial of contactless transport payments on the Manly to Circular Quay ferry route is the first deployment of this technology in both Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. This enables the traveller to use a contactless credit/debit card to tap on instead of their opal card, with the fare calculation and payment processing taking place automatically within the system.
Government Award Winner – Transport for New South Wales For the Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS)
The Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS) provides real time data feeds for location for public transport – bus, train, light rail and ferry – used by all transport apps. PTIPS is world leading. Transport for NSW is the first and currently only agency globally, which provides real-time passenger numbers for the public travelling on buses.
Automated Vehicle Award Winner – Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia for Learnings from the RAC Automated Vehicle Trial
RAC’s purposeful AV Trial is the longest running trial of a Level 4 vehicle in the Australasian region. Having completed 1720 thirty-minute rides, or 6000kms in autonomous mode, learnings are being documented and shared with industry and government. More than 9500 people have registered.
The trial allows industry to experience a L4 vehicle in a complex traffic environment while the technology remains largely in development.
Research Award Winner – The University of Melbourne The Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem
The Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES) is the world’s largest live city-based ITS test environment. Containing high and low speed roads, freeways, bus, tram, heavy freight and city logistic, high pedestrian and cycle traffic, the AIMES test bed brings together 37 industry, government and academic partners, with Cubic’s Transport Management Platform (TMP) as the main integration hub.
Young Professional Award Winner – Timothy Phillips
Timothy Phillips, Maintenance Engineer at Legacy Way Tunnel, Brisbane, and employed by Egis, has provided innovative engineering solutions to ensure all incorporated intelligent transport systems, implemented in the Tunnel project, work in harmony.
In addition to the Award, ITS Australia will sponsor Timothy to attend next year’s ITS Asia Pacific Forum in Japan.
ITS Australia also recognised runner-up Young ITS Professionals, James Donovan, Graduate Engineer at Metro Trains Melbourne and Tao Wen, Research Scientist with Data61 CSIRO for their demonstrated dedication to the industry, and passion for their chosen fields – aspects that are valued and encouraged by ITS Australia.
Brian Negus, immediate past ITS President said ITS in Australia is now established as a significant industry sector.
“ITS Australia is internationally recognised as world leading, and brings together Federal, State and Local Governments, multinational corporations, industry sectors, start-ups and research organisations to help shape future transport.
“The rapid rate of technological change and consumer demands for ITS technology not only makes it an exciting time for our industry, but allows it to continue its position as a major employer and economic contributor.
“The industry itself deserves the recognition the Awards bring and congratulations again to the winners.”