Intelligent Transport Systems take centre stage at Sydney Opera House

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways November 19, 2015 11:57

Intelligent Transport Systems take centre stage at Sydney Opera House

Australia has solidified its name as one of the world’s leading hubs of intelligent transport technologies, recognising the country’s most advanced businesses and individuals as part of the ITS Australian National Awards held last night.

Hosted at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the ITS Australia National Awards recognise the expertise and contribution of private, government and research bodies towards the future of global ITS, with last night’s event highlighting how far Australia has come in this space.

Taking out the evening’s most prestigious accolade, Andrew Garrett was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to transport in Australia over the past four decades. Garrett, who has been active in the ITS community in Australia and overseas, as well as a serving as an ITS Australia board member at various stages across the past 25 years, is primarily known for his invention of the first defined “school zones” and for a number of other systems including the first dynamically variable speed limits introduced into Australia in the 1990’s. Garrett, who was on site to receive his accolade, says: “Over the past 40 years I have endeavoured to enhance the efficiency and safety of Australia’s transport by the appropriate use of technology. It is a great honour to see my work recognised by this Lifetime Achievement Award – something which furthers my passion for delivering community benefits by using transport technologies and which I hope may motivate others.” Garrett was amongst many other leaders in traffic technology at last night’s ITS Australia National Awards, with the evening awarding four main category winners across the Industry, Government, Research and Young Professionals (under age 30).

Award winners in these categories included:

Industry Award: Seeing Machines

  • Achieved for their Driver Distraction and Fatigue Intervention Technology, an intelligent driver safety system for commercial fleets

Government Award: Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

  • For the department’s Real-Time Travel Information system incorporated across TransLink’s South East QLD network

Research Award: Data61

  • For the Advanced Data Analytics in Transport (ADAIT) research that provides reliable estimation of origin-destination traffic flows to assist with modeling and simulation in large-scale urban networks

Young Professional Award (Winner): Timothy Scott

  • For demonstrating passion and dedication to the ITS industry as a young professional

Young Professional Achievement: Certificates of Achievement awarded to Yan Xu and Dean Reading

ITS Australia CEO, Susan Harris, says the annual event is designed to recognise the outstanding efforts of businesses and individuals in the mobility technologies space, with the awards only scratching the surface of the talent and opportunity in Australia. “This is the sixth year ITS Australia has held our National Awards and each year we are astounded by the achievements of our national members.”

“Not only do we place a huge focus on those who have served the industry throughout their lifetime, such as Andrew Garrett, but we look to the future of ITS Australia and see faces like Timothy, Yan and Dean, who have all showcased an ability to lead our industry forward.”

According to Harris, “the ITS Australia National Awards spearhead what is an exciting time for us, with Melbourne set to host the 23rd ITS World Congress in October next year following a competitive global tender.”

As well as this year’s award winners taking home their prizes, the winners of the Industry Award and the Government Award will have the special honour of being nominated by ITS Australia to go into the running for a global ITS Achievement Award to be announced in front of 7,000+ industry colleagues at the 23rd ITS World Congress. The winner of the Young Professional Award will also be attending the congress as a guest of ITS Australia.

Paul Angelatos, Chief Operating Officer for Seeing Machines, winner of the Industry Award for their Driver Distraction and Fatigue Intervention Technology for Commercial Fleets (SM Fleet) says: “We at Seeing Machines are immensely proud of our SM Fleet technology – and have huge respect for the Australian ITS industry.”

“As recipients of the Industry Award, this is a fantastic recognition for our work in Driver Distraction Technology, and indeed, something to showcase in front of our peers and leaders in the field.”

“Through this project, we have been at the forefront to actively contribute towards the goal of safer roads. By providing an effective solution to the growing problem of fatigue on Australian roads, this is something we are incredibly proud of.”

Winners of the Government Award, Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland, Martin Bradshaw, Chief Information Officer says the awards serve to highlight true advancements in Australia’s transport technologies, as seen with their real-time travel information technology and accompanying smart phone application, MyTransLink.

“An innovative approach to the way our customers can plan their public transport travel, this project brings together modern initiatives and technologies to assist our customers in making smart transport choices based on actual travel real-time, not just scheduled times which can be impacted by SEQ’s unpredictable weather and on-road traffic conditions.” Bradshaw says.

The ITS Australia National Awards are hosted annually by ITS Australia. For more information on future Awards opportunities or the 23rd ITS World Congress to be held in Melbourne, in October 2016, visit:

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways November 19, 2015 11:57