ITS recognises transport technology innovators

ITS Australia recognises achievement in industry, government and research during fifth annual awards.

ITS recognises transport technology innovators
The Queensland Ambulance Service was the joint winner of the Government Award for the successful trial of an emergency vehicle priority system.


A peak body for high-tech transport technology in Australia has announced its annual award winners.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia promotes cutting-edge technology such as C-ITS wireless communication, which enables vehicles and surrounding infrastructure to exchange information about precise location, speed and direction.

The not-for-profit group presented the Industry Award to Intelematics Australia for the Toyota Connected Vehicle Program, a world market leading approach to in-vehicle connected technology.

"Intelematics has developed, in-house, the application software operating on the vehicle head units, a tethered connectivity solution leveraging motorists’ existing smart phones, and developed the back-end systems that bring the program to life," ITS says. 

"This innovative architecture will allow programs to evolve and adapt as the market for connected vehicle services matures, without the need for dealership visits.

"The application has already been installed in over 60,000 vehicles with tens of thousands of additional vehicles every month."

The Government Award went to several Queensland agencies – including the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Ambulance Service – for the successful trial of an emergency vehicle priority system in Brisbane.

 "This is a traffic signal pre-emption solution," ITS Australia says.

"While it is specifically designed for use by emergency vehicles, it also has potential application for other priority vehicle purposes, such as VIP and public transport vehicles.

"The system has built in links to the emergency services dispatch systems and can be adjusted in real time through the use of GPS tracking to enable displayed measurable emergency vehicle arrival time savings for  clear, ongoing and possibly lifesaving safety benefits.

"Following trials in a range of locations, planning is in place to expand the system to other locations as funding becomes available."

The Research Academic Award went to NICTA (National ICT Australia) for the "Advanced Data Analytics in Transportation Project" by a team led by Dr Fang Chen.

Meanwhile, the Young Professional Award went jointly toAmira Galli, ITS performance and improvements consultant with VicRoads, and senior electrical engineer with  Transport and Main Roads Queensland Luke Madigan.

Both recipients win free flights, accommodation and registration to the ITS Asia Pacific Forum 2015 in Nanjing, China, in Aril 2015, with the opportunity to present a paper.

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