iMOVE participants winners at 2017 ITS Australia National Awards
The 8th annual ITS Australia National Awards were held last week, and we’re very proud to say that four iMOVE CRC participants were amongst the winners – Cubic Transportation Systems, Transport for NSW, RAC WA, and the University of Melbourne.
The awards were held on 23 November at The Arts Centre, Melbourne, were attended by The Hon Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Industry and Employment, and run by ITS Australia.
Six awards were handed out on the night, in the following categories:
- Automated Vehicle
- Young Professional
- Lifetime Achievement
iMOVE participants’ successes were in the following categories:
Industry Award Winner – Cubic Transportation Systems for the Manly Ferry Contactless Payments Trial
Contactless technology allows commuters to use bank-issued credit and debit cards, mobile phones and other electronic devices to pay for travel. This location was selected as the ideal place for this trial as 40 percent of the customers using the ferry to Manly are visitors to Sydney and are less likely to have an Opal card, and therefore using contactless technology is a more convenient form of payment.
“Cubic is honored to accept the award for which congratulations also go to Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) and to New South Wales (NSW) Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance, who arranged for this new technology to be trialled in Australia for the first time,” said Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, CTS.
“We are delighted to have been involved in the trial along with specialists from TfNSW, the Commonwealth Bank, Transport for London (TfL) and Mastercard.”
Government Award Winner – Transport for New South Wales for the Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS)
Transport for NSW’ Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS) provides real time data feeds for transport apps to provide location information for bus, train, light rail and ferry customers in NSW.
PTIPS provides many benefits including:
- Real time reporting
- Self-learning – stops and routes
- Road health – knows the travel patterns of vehicle and people
- Opal (ticketing device) data health – verifies predicted travel times
- Fleet status – journey start and on-time running
- Safety – the travelling public, a driver’s position can quickly be reported
- Congestion detection
- Data standards – one of the first to use global transport standards for Transport for NSW data.
Automated Vehicle Award Winner – Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia
The RAC’s Intellibus commenced its trial on 31 August 2016. At the time of writing the Intellibus has had over 10,000 bookings, with almost 2,000 having already had their ride, and it has completed almost 7,000 kilometres in Level 4 autonomous mode. It can carry up to 11 passengers, and travels at an average speed of 25km per hour.
“RAC, and our partner organisations, are thrilled to have been awarded the ITS Australia 2017 Automated Vehicle Award”, says Anne Still, RAC General Manager Public Policy.
“It’s terrific to be recognised alongside the many innovative projects being delivered across the Country, which are helping to keep Australia at the forefront of smart transport technologies and preparing for a future with connected and automated vehicles.
“This is a very exciting time for transport in Australia and we are proud to have received this industry recognition for the RAC Automated Vehicle Trial”, says Ms Still.
Research Award Winner – The University of Melbourne for The Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem
And last of the four iMOVE winners, but by no means the least, is one of the most ambitious ITS projects worldwide, the AIMES test bed. The Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES), is being run by the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with Cubic Transportation Systems, and 37 business and government partners.
“It has been an honour to work with the University of Melbourne and our project partners who play a major role in AIMES,” said Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, CTS.
“By collaborating with industry partners and utilising our state-of-the-art technology, we are able to continue developing solutions that effectively analyse and respond to the evolving transport needs of Melbourne.”
“Congratulations to our winners and all the nominees. It was a very competitive year and we thank the Judging Panel for its comprehensive review of all the submissions. We were delighted to see more than double last year’s nominations and in particular, it was pleasing there was more recognition of Young Professionals,” said Susan Harris, ITS Australia Chief Executive.
For the full list of award winners and finalists, visit the ITS Australia National Awards 2017 page.