Australian telematics lures European delegation


European Commission transport boss visits in seach of clues to tackle congestion and energy efficiency

Australian telematics lures European delegation
Australian telematics lures European delegation
August 16, 2012

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has shown off Australia’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to a European Commission (EC) delegation.

EC Director General for Mobility and Transport Matthias Ruete (pictured centre)
responded positively on the extent of collaboration between Australian industry and government the delegation was shown.

‘The EU and Australia share many of the same challenges," Ruete says.

"Like Australia, the capacity to further expand our transport infrastructure is limited by geography.

"We have heard a lot about the success of the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) and see enormous potential for driving productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental gains through the use of GPS based telematics.’

"Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the focus of the EU's Smart Cities Initiative, challenging industry to reduce congestion and increase energy efficiency in the urban environment; enabling new business models and empowering people."

European interest follows TCA showcasing the system internationally in June.

TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis believes international attraction to the National Telematics Framework is towards its flexibility.

"It is capable of adapting to meet social and technological change and can also operate across many different transport modes,’ Koniditsiotis says.

He adds that the "core elements of the framework have been recognised and adopted internationally, through the endorsement of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 15638-1 – ‘Framework for collaborative Telematics Applications for Regulated Commercial Freight Vehicles’ ".

ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris sees the value of meeting the EC representatives in sharing knowledge.

"ITS Australia, whose members include some of the world's largest vehicle manufacturers, is keen to engage with the EU on the integration of ITS into heavy vehicles," Harris says.

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