The 5th annual Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit, held in Brisbane 27-28 September, has been hailed a great success.

More than 400 international and Australian ITS leaders attended the ITS Summit to hear from more than 50 Australian and international speakers at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ITS Australia hosted the event in partnership with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

ITS Australia President, Brian Negus, said the sold-out attendance reflects the increasing level of interest in the Australian ITS industry.

“The ITS Summit brought together Australian leaders in transport technology to share information, learn from each other and consider opportunities to make our transport networks safer, more efficient and sustainable,” Mr Negus said.

“With speakers and attendees from America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Australia, ITS Summit outcomes will have positive impacts locally and internationally.

“The ITS Summit had strong support from government, industry and research bodies as well as sponsors, exhibitors and technical tour providers. In particular, we thank the Hon Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports for officially opening the ITS Summit.”

Themed ‘Transforming Transport’, the ITS Summit focused on three key areas: connected and automated vehicles, mobility as a service and big data, and transport for smart cities.

Australian innovators had an opportunity to promote new initiatives, and panels discussed global harmonisation of standards, and explored the next steps for Australian national ITS policy frameworks.

ITS Australia Chief Executive, Susan Harris, said the ITS Summit plays a critical role in identifying challenges and opportunities to shape future transport.

“Twelve months ago, Australia hosted the 23rd ITS World Congress, attended by more than 11,500 delegates from across the world. It was important that interest in the ITS industry didn’t tail off after the Congress and we are pleased that our events this year have either been sold out or record attendances,” Ms Harris said.

“Australia is a world leader in ITS and is proud of its contribution to the development, deployment and adoption of smart transport technology, both in Australia and internationally.

“It’s a fast paced and dynamic industry making significant transformational impacts on how we move and live our lives. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the Australian transport technology industry.”

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