Nominees announced for prestigious ITS awards

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia has announced the nominees for the 2019 ITS Australia National Awards.

Now in their tenth year, the annual ITS Australia National Awards recognise both individual and team accomplishments from the year, celebrating innovation and excellence in the industry.

The awards fall into five categories:

  • The Government Award
  • The Industry Award
  • The Research Award
  • The Young Professional Award
  • The Automated Vehicle Award, sponsored by the Australia & New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)

Hosted by ITS Australia, the awards will be presented in Adelaide on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Adelaide Oval.

Nominees for the ITS Australia National Awards are determined by a ten-person judging panel made up of intelligent transport systems professionals, representing industry, government, and academia.

Gino Dompietro, Awards Committee Chair, said, “Each year Australia’s ITS industry impresses us with the increasing breadth, quality, and volume of work that is submitted for an award. That continues to be true in 2019. After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce this year’s nominees for the ITS Australia National Awards.”

This year’s Awards feature an expanded number of nominees compared to previous years, reflecting the growing number of submissions received. For the first time this year there are seven nominees for the Young Professional Award.

Susan Harris, ITS Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Each year, we in the industry continue to be impressed by the incredible diversity of talent that is emerging in our industry. This year’s nominees for the Young Professional Award represent the very best of that talent. ITS Australia is proud to support their burgeoning careers in transport technology.”

A full list of award nominees, and information about the projects for which they were nominated, is detailed below.

Automated Vehicle Award

Aurrigo – Autonomous Mobility as a Service to Enhance Life in Retirement Villages and Aged Care

Aurrigo explored the application of driverless technology in a retirement living, aged care environment with a focus on the relevance, acceptance and usability of the technology by senior citizens with a perceived cautious approach to new innovations and where technical systems were not well understood but had to demonstrate safety could be maintained.

This was innovative for its focus on social well-being and lifestyle within a community rather than a public commuting or commercial service.

Busways – BusBot, an On-Demand, Shared Automated Vehicle Pilot for Regional Public Transport

BusBot is the first Australian study of driverless buses in regional communities that is gaining international interest and proving a use-case providing real value to the elderly.

Project development, safety assurance and operation were successfully delivered, developing a sustainable business model and blueprint which can be scaled to multiple operations around the country to accelerate the safe introduction of AVs onto Australian roads.

The technical capabilities were proven through three-phases of increasing complexity, passing all safety tests and providing evidence to show AVs do have potential for regional Australian transport.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (ZOE2)

The CHAD pilot delivered a prototype Level 4 Cooperative and Automated Vehicle (CAV) known as ZOE2 and was undertaken to overcome barriers to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles to Australia, such as Australian Design Rules compliance.

It is a unique research vehicle allowing for direct access to all automation systems data for analysis and review, providing a unique opportunity for research organisations and road operators to access this raw data, allowing researchers to design, implement and test new types of Human Machine Interface to improve safety and user acceptance of this disruptive technology.

SAGE Automation – SAGE Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem

The safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles requires an ecosystem that is structured with strong engineering principles. SAGE has developed an ecosystem that allows the structured testing and validation of driverless technology in a safe environment with a systematic approach with a clear strategy for a smooth introduction.

This ecosystem provides a structured low speed and low-risk introduction of AVs, and is highly organised by strong engineering principles taking the critical nature of the outside ecosystem into account. It encourages ridership and positive introduction through intuitive technology built into the Matilda, but also remote monitoring and safety systems.

BusBot, developed by Busways

BusBot, developed by Busways

Government Award

Department of Transport Victoria – Cross Boundary Incident Management through Multi-Party Managed Motorway Control System Centre-To-Centre (C2C) Interface

The Department of Transport Victoria was nominated for its integrated network management approach, which allows the State and Private Road Operator to implement or further enhance the interface between control systems to include or expand device type control and automation of system responses to predefined scenarios (such as tunnel closures) or certain road sections of the freeway/tollway triggering actions (such as ramp closure and dynamic speed changes) according to traffic conditions across the State and Private Road Operator road sections.

This C2C interface in control mode allows both the State and Private Road Operator to directly control each other’s devices through system to system integration leading to improved response times to incident management which can be performed by either party.

Department of Transport Victoria – Melbourne Freeway to Freeway Ramp Signal System

The concept of controlling freeway to freeway flows is new and the first of its kind in Australia requiring new thinking in how it could be effectively managed given the high speed and high volume nature of the ramps.

Building on several years of experience operating the Melbourne Freeway Management System, a new concept of operation was developed as well as the development of new electronic signs and new software enhancements.

An innovative way of managing traffic from one freeway to another freeway has contributed to the acceleration of ITS development in Australia by making operational approaches and technology solutions available for all road agencies to adopt for improved freeway management and further enhances the Department’s position as a world leader in freeway management.

Queensland Police Service – Reducing Congestion Duration from Serious Incidents

Using drones and motorcycles to expedite serious crash scene clearance times has allowed the traffic manager to estimate the length and severity of congestion impacts and use existing ITS technologies to help manage congestion.

While the use of drones in Queensland isn’t new their use in Forensic Crash Unit provides an innovative service improving traffic management and providing a safer transport network through the reduction of secondary incidents.

Scene mapping is critical to all serious crash investigations, but also a major contributing factor to road closure time. Using drone technology to map crash scenes, the Forensic Crash Unit has reduced scene mapping time by 50 per cent, reducing road closure times and traffic congestion, while also improving the quality of evidence captured at scenes.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – Hold the Red: Innovative Intersection Crash Avoidance System

The use of this system in Queensland is an Australian first, although it has previously been trialled overseas in Jacksonville, Florida. Hold the Red is installed into the Traffic Controller Cabinet at signalised intersections, and uses radar to track the movement of each vehicle approaching the intersection up to a distance of 150m from the stop bar.

If Hold the Red predicts that a vehicle will not stop in time at a red signal, it will instruct the signal controls to extend the all-red phases by an extra two seconds. This delays other vehicles or pedestrians from entering the intersection from the adjacent direction, mitigating the risk of a collision with the red light running vehicle.

Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Alliance – Thermal Video Incident Detection System

The ITS systems continue to contribute to this excellent outcome for this key section of the North-South Corridor. The Thermal Video Incident Detection System detects slowing, stopped or wrong direction vehicles within 5-15 seconds which allows fast-tracking of Traffic Management Centres incident response actions.

These include early driver notification of lane closures via the Lane Use Management System signs, reducing and alerting drivers of incident-related congestion using Variable Message Signs, and continuous monitoring of the incidents using the CCTV pan-tilt-zoom cameras.

This device can be easily adopted by other Australian road agencies, leading to more efficient and reliable management of high volume motorways.

ITS Australia

Industry Award

Busways – Cooee Busways On-Demand Public Transport

Cooee Busways is an on-demand public transport service that provides a convenient, affordable, and congestion-reducing transportation alternative. Using passenger matching and vehicle routing algorithms to seamlessly integrate into the existing public transit infrastructure, it directs passengers to a nearby virtual bus stop for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours.

This provides a superior customer experience by personalising journeys whilst still being able to aggregate passengers, and thus expanding the ITS role into the delivery of mass public transport for those commuting through major transit hubs without the need to drive a private vehicle, ultimately working towards reducing congestion and emissions.

DM Roads – ITS Asset Management Software

Throughout the delivery of ITS maintenance and asset management services across the RMS network, DM Roads have utilized a wide array of asset management software, however, no external solutions have provided a holistic platform for maintenance inspections, data collection and data analysis specific to what we do.

As a solution, DM Roads have developed ITS specific asset management software and applications, to deliver efficiencies and generate additional customer benefit within the delivery of ITS maintenance.

The application includes live network reporting, digitalized maintenance forms, access to asset data and daily network updates to enable transparency, whilst also facilitating the delivery of best whole of life asset outcomes.

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria – Arevo Smartphone App

Arevo is a journey app that utilises a wide range of options, integrating Melbourne’s trains, trams and bus systems, bike share and car share options, as well as Uber and off-street parking. Its central feature is a personalised journey planner, with the user able to set their preferences to either the most convenient, most economical or most environmentally friendly route to a destination.

Arevo has the potential to create broader social, environmental and economic value for the Victorian community. The app leverages RACVs trusted voice to demonstrate the myriad ways of getting around, with long-term ambitions to alleviate congestion, encourage smarter use of private transport and demonstrate more environmentally-friendly travel modes.

Spot Parking – Parramatta Parking Finder – Mobility for Parramatta

The Parramatta Parking Finder focuses on supporting the mobility needs of people with accessibility issues in an innovative way. Accessible parking spaces in the Parramatta CBD include information and photos of the space and a rating out of five on the Size of Space, Hoist Suitability and Kerb Ramp Access.

The application cost-effectively geo-maps signage assets and provides that last mile of journey planning to consumers and enables the Council to make data-driven decisions on mobility, accessibility and user experience.

The application’s focus on mobility and accessibility aims to provide greater agency and safety for people and their carers, providing greater connectivity and mobility within a smart city whilst also being able to tackle issues like congestion and emission reduction for Australian communities.

Uber Australia – Uber’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Innovation in Partnership with Transport for NSW

Uber has launched two innovative products in Sydney that will have a significant impact on public transport networks, with clear potential to be expanded across Australia. FerryConnect provides an affordable, flat-fare Uber Pool between the Manly ferry wharf and surrounding suburbs.

Uber has delivered a scalable and efficient MaaS service that tests how Uber can use its technology to facilitate multi-modal journeys and encourages greater public transport uptake. Secondly, Journey Planning integrates Sydney’s public transport into the Uber app, allowing Uber users to plan and map their trip, as well as compare the cost and duration of public transport with Uber product in real-time.

Sydney is the fourth city in the world to gain access to this technology.

Uber smartphone rideshare user

Research Award

Arup Australia – MaaS Governance Research – Arup University

Using Public Value analysis, the report shows the effect different governance models have on Mobility as a Service and the most useful ways to lift public benefit without suppressing innovation and provides a guide for governments as to their responsibilities and appropriate action.

Arup Australia will use this research with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to shape their approach to MaaS and its implementation.

Monash University – VRAV: Augmented On-Road Driving Simulator for Autonomous Vehicles Using Virtual Reality

On-road testing of autonomous vehicles presents numerous problems. Simulation offers a potential means to test drivers’ responses to unsafe driving conditions. One promising method, referred to as Wizard-of-Oz, places the participant in a real vehicle driving on public roads by a trained driver who is hidden out-of-view.

Nonetheless the participant is unable to actively engage in the driving task or take over the control of the car if necessary. A team at Monash University has developed a Virtual Reality Autonomous Vehicle (VRAV) that tackles this gap.

The VRAV incorporates virtual reality technology into the Wizard-of-Oz driving simulation, to provide a simple and inexpensive way to test human behaviour and their interactions with the AV in a naturalistic driving condition providing a valuable research tool for automotive industries, research institutions, transportation companies and government agencies who deal with AV technologies and its deployment.

Swinburne University of Technology, Smart Cities Research Institute – Automatic Passenger Counting Technologies for Bus Replacement Services

The project identified and trialled solutions for automatic passenger counting and built on emerging trends in sensing technologies, AI and data analytics to develop accurate, cost-effective and easy to install solutions.

The project demonstrated how a customer-focused approach that converged meaningful technologies, digital innovations, infrastructure and existing assets can provide a better user experience for travellers.

The technologies and solutions developed in this research can assist public transport agencies globally, in understanding how many passengers are using public transport systems helps to provide improvement to operations and planning of future services.

Young Professional Award

Candidates for the 2019 Young Professional Award for demonstrating passion and dedication to the ITS industry as a young professional are:

Anthony Leducq – Senior Solutions Architect, Cubic Transportation Systems

Daniel Gunek – Network Intelligence and Asset Reliability Engineer, DM Roads

Mitchell Price – Regional Director of Government Strategy & Policy – Asia Pacific, Lime

Patrick Busby – ITS Engineer, Transurban

Sepehr Ghasemi Dehkordi – Research Associate, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology

Tegan Ross – Undergraduate Engineer, Aurecon

Yale Zhuxiao Wong – Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst – Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School

This partner content is brought to you by ITS Australia. To buy tickets, or for more information on sponsorship packages, visit https://www.its-australia.com.au/events/its-australia-awards.

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