Australia’s NICTA launches new transport, logistics Knowledge Hub

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways June 15, 2015 15:22

Australia’s NICTA launches new transport, logistics Knowledge Hub


NICTA (National ICT Australia) last week announced a new Knowledge Hub – the Transport and Logistics Living Lab in Sydney, located at NICTA’s headquarters in the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh.

Launched by The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Transport and Logistics Living Lab is one of five key knowledge hubs in NSW aimed at driving growth through collaborative industry partnerships in key sectors in NSW and the national economy. It is supported by the NSW Government.

The Transport and Logistics Living Lab (TALLL) is a living, breathing cluster of people who want to work together to make transport and logistics as good as it can be. The TALLL features supply chain process prototypes in a demonstration space providing a central location for collaboration between industry and NICTA’s leading researchers, IT providers, universities, government and regulators, to jointly shape the future of transport and logistics through industry-led projects.

Building on the success of NICTA’s former logistics cluster, the new Transport and Logistics Living Lab has a membership of more than 50 industry participants, including large and small businesses and research and industry associations such as the CSIRO, the Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF), the Export Council of Australia, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), and NSW Government, including the Transport for NSW.

Mr Dominello said, “This is the fifth Knowledge Hub to receive NSW Government support with an investment of $1.7 million over two years. Bringing together government and industry is key to promoting digital innovation and the Transport and Logistics Living Lab, along with the existing Knowledge Hubs, will do just that.”

NICTA’s Transport and Logistics Living Lab Leader, Neil Temperley, added: “The lab will facilitate the connection of a diverse and fragmented Transport and Logistics industry to bring innovation and best-practice adoption into the sector across high impact factors such as optimisation, information exchange, visibility, traceability, quality assurance and security.”

“The Australia Logistics Council has estimated that every one per cent of improvement in the productivity of our logistics sector alone equates to $2B increase in GDP. If we extrapolate our experience working with supply chain improvement in Australian companies, we believe we can easily achieve that in a collaborative environment.”

“The new Transport and Logistics Living Lab will also encourage open discussion into how we can implement new approaches to move goods and people more effectively. This is important since as demand grows, people and goods increasingly compete for access to the same resources such as roads and rail. By working together and using cutting-edge technologies we can get the most out of limited and constrained infrastructure and thereby keep congestion to a minimum. Our overall focus is to use technology to drive productivity, lower costs, reduce emissions and improve safety.”

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways June 15, 2015 15:22