Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia has announced the 36 finalists for the 2021 ITS Australia Awards.

The awards recognise the best in innovation and excellence from Australia’s intelligent transport systems industry.

Finalists were recognized for achievements including the use of digital twin simulations, live traffic data analysis, renewable battery solutions and artificial intelligence to improve transport infrastructure.

Smart Transport Infrastructure Award

  • M4 Smart Motorway Project – Simulation-Based Support for Smart Motorway Infrastructure (Aimsun)
  • Project Management of the Smart LED Road Lighting Project (Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads)
  • Wom-Batt Underground Lithium Power Pods (Wom-Batt)
  • Smart Freeway Kwinana Northbound – All Lane Running (Main Roads Western Australia)
  • Digital Twin to Optimise the Ventilation of the Airport Link Tunnel in Brisbane (Transurban)

Intelligent Mobility Award

  • Australia Post Safe Rider Program (Directed Technologies)
  • On Demand Transport, Future Mobility at its Best (Keolis Downer)
  • Regulatory Compliance Mobility Solution (National Heavy Vehicle Regulator)
  • Occupancy and Crowd Monitoring Solution, Smart Transit Victoria (NTT Data)
  • Placie, A One Stop (Mobility) Shop for Consumers (Placie)
  • Arevo, by RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria)

Connected and Automated Vehicle Award

  • BusBot – Phase 3 Fully Autonomous Vehicle Pilot (Busways)
  • Automated Vehicles: A Viable Mobility Option for Regional Communities (Keolis Downer)
  • RACQ Smart Shuttle Automated Vehicle Program (Royal Automobile Club of Queensland)
  • Lexus Australia C-ITS Research within Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (Toyota Motor Corporation Australia)
  • Lexus Australia Vehicle to Infrastructure Communication Testing within AIMES Ecosystem (Toyota Motor Corporation Australia)

Excellence in Transport Data Award

  • National Freight Data Hub (Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications)
  • Western Australia Supply Chain Data Intelligence Hub (Fremantle Ports)
  • Intelematics INSIGHT (Intelematics Australia)
  • Traffic Intelligence: Cost and Causes of Congestion Analytics Tool (netBI)
  • Automated Road Asset and Defect Assessment (Retina Visions)
  • Transport for NSW COVID Safe Digital Response (Transport for NSW)
  • The Next Generation of Digital Twins (University of Technology Sydney)

Excellence in Research and Development Award

  • Sydney Victoria Road Intelligent Decision Support System (Aimsun)
  • Connected and Automated Vehicle Highway Pilot Trial on Victorian Rural Roads (Robert Bosch Australia)
  • AI for Real-Time and Predictive Traffic Condition Solution (The University of Melbourne)
  • Estimating the Impact of Electric Vehicles Across Transport and Energy Systems (University of Technology Sydney)

Young Professional Award

  • Cameron Dugg, Software Developer at Orionet
  • Daniel Ioannidis, Operations Manager at HMI Technologies
  • George Funnell, Systems Engineer at SAGE Group
  • Grace Willems, Principal Policy Coordinator at the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland
  • Md Mostafizur Rahman Komol, Research Fellow at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland
  • Poojith Cherukattil, Graduate ITS Engineer at Transurban
  • Sofia Garcia Egusquiza, PMCS Manager WestConnex M4-M5 Link at SICE
  • Vlad Ioan Popescu, Software and Test Lead at SICE

Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Peter Bentley

ITS Australia President, Dean Zabrieszach, remarked on the high standard of work submitted for this year’s awards.

“Australia’s intelligent transport systems industry impresses us every year with the volume and quality of work that is submitted for an award,” Mr Zabriezach said.

“The outstanding group of finalists serve as a pertinent reminder that   despite the considerable challenges of the past few years   our industry is vastly resilient and continues to produce work that is truly innovative and exciting.”

The ITS Australia Awards have been running for 12 years. Awards are given in seven categories: the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award; Intelligent Mobility Award; Excellence in Transport Data Award; Excellence in Research & Development Award; Connected & Automated Vehicle Award; Young Professional Award; and Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

ITS Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Susan Harris, said, “The finalists for this year’s ITS Australia Awards include a tremendous range of innovative solutions being deployed across the country, reflecting the dynamic nature of the Australian sector. 

“This year we see large multinationals, government innovators, and homegrown success stories all coming together to showcase excellence.

“I am particularly proud of the role the ITS Australia Awards plays to promote new talent. This year we have eight outstanding early-career transport leaders in contention for the Young Professional Award. 

“I do not doubt that we will see each of these finalists make substantial contributions to the industry in the years to come.”

This year, iMOVE Australia continues its sponsorship of the Excellence in Research & Development Award. 

For the first time, Transurban will be the official sponsor of the Young Professional Award.

A seventeen-person judging panel determines finalists for the ITS Australia Awards, made up of intelligent transport systems professionals representing industry, government, and academia.

The awards will be held in Melbourne on Thursday, 17 February 2022.

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