ITS Australia has celebrated the achievements of the intelligent transport systems industry in the country at its National Awards.
These awards, in their ninth year, recognise professional ITS expertise and raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to cities and communities, the economy, environment, transportation, and everyday lives.
ITS Australia congratulates winners of the 2018 ITS Australia National Awards:
The 2018 recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is Brian Negus. Brian was a Director of ITS Australia for 12 years from 2007 – and for 6 of those he was President. Brian is now ITS Australia Ambassador, representing ITS Australia nationally and internationally.
Brian Negus’ transport career has spanned over 50 years with extensive experience in the public sector, transferring that experience to support public policy on transport initiatives through his leadership in the private sector. Brian remains engaged in several high profile and influential roles, including Ambassador to ITS Australia, where he continues to lead, guide, and mentor organisations and individuals on a broad range of transport issues, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport, despite retiring from full-time employment.
Brian Negus also holds several board positions including ITS World Congress Board of Directors; ITS Australia Board of Directors; Chairman of Collaborative ITS Consulting Australia (CICA); and Director of Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Government Award Winner – Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – for Successfully Integrating and Leveraging Off Multiple ITS Technologies to Perform Real-Time Performance Metrics and Analytics for the Commonwealth Games
Project Description: This project was an example of how to successfully take several ITS data sources, synthesise them, and then successfully perform analytics to provide real-time answers to congestion issues. The innovative part of the project was how that information was drawn and leveraged from multiple ITS technologies to undertake real- time performance metrics and analytics for the Commonwealth Games.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said he was delighted to hear his department named winner of the Government Award at tonight’s awards.
‘‘The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games was the largest multi-sport event this country has seen in more than a decade,’’ Mr Bailey said.
‘‘TMR’s challenge was to provide a transport network that could safely and reliably move millions of GC2018 spectators during peak travel times over 12 days in multiple cities — while continuing to service the public. ‘More than seven million estimated trips were taken across the course of the event with considerable work carried out to deliver real-time information drawing and leveraging from multiple ITS technologies.”
Industry Award Winner – EastLink – for the Freeway Tunnel Ventilation On-Demand System
Project Description: Traditional tunnel ventilation systems are inefficient. Fans operate at fixed speed in manual mode or with individual fans programmed to switch on and off at pre-set times to ensure zero portal emissions with all emissions dispersed via ventilation stacks. EastLink’s new ventilation on demand (VoD) system matches variable speed fan drives with more efficient impellers which are dynamically controlled based on real-time data from tunnel gas/airflow sensors.
“EastLink is delighted that our innovative tunnel ventilation on demand system has won the 2018 ITS Australia National Award (Industry). This award will help encourage Australia’s other freeway tunnel operators to implement ventilation on demand and replicate our success – including a 68% reduction in power usage, and a halving of audible noise for local residents.” said Doug Spencer-Roy, EastLink spokesperson.
Automated Vehicle Award Winner – Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University – for The Autonobus Pilot Project
Project Description: With the aim of bringing autonomous shuttles a step closer to reality in Victoria, VicRoads supported the Autonobus Pilot Project Level 4 Automated Shuttle Trial. An automated shuttle was tested in the real life and busy campus environment of La Trobe University as an actual use case of first and last mile connectivity. The project demonstrated that standards of safety, technical, operational, and community acceptance can be met for successful and future deployment in similar environments.
Research Award Winner – Advanced Data Analytics in Transport, Data61 CSIRO – for an Artificial Intelligence Engine for Traffic Congestion Management
Project Description: Data61 and Transport for NSW jointly developed a prototype AI engine for congestion management. The AI engine trains machine-learning models that complement traffic simulation for network prediction. The development is the first of its kind in Australia. It makes use of the power of deep-learning and big- data analytics to provide real-time foresight of transport network situations with insight into the impact of major disruptions to multi-modal, end-to-end journeys in NSW.
Young Professional Award Winner – Michael Cybulski, Retina Visions.
After graduating from Queensland University of Technology with a degree in civil/construction engineering, Michael founded Retina Visions in 2016 and incorporated it in October 2017. Retina Visions provides governments, councils, and road authorities with the ability to build digital models of the road network in real time, identifying individual road assets such as signage and electrical assets, while also providing maintenance crews with defect information for items such as potholes, broken signs, or faded line marking. Retina Visions uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision to automatically identify objects on the road network.
“I feel incredibly honoured to receive this year’s Young Professionals award and to have been chosen by a number of experts and professionals in the industry. My goal is to grow Retina Visions from a small Brisbane based company to an international provider of smart technology in transport, and winning this award is definitely a big step towards my goal. We have a very strong team within Retina Visions, and I wouldn’t be in this position without our CTO and co-founder of the company – Marc Miska. We started Retina Visions to make a difference in road maintenance and management, improving the way data is collected and automating tedious processes with new technology.”
In addition to the Award, ITS Australia will sponsor Michael to attend next year’s ITS World Congress in Singapore, which is expected to attract over 10,000 transportation technology professionals, to network and participate in advanced transport technology demonstrations.
ITS Australia also recognised runner-up Young ITS Professionals, Jonathan Coulson, Solutions Engineer at VITRONIC Australia, Andrew Hooley, Senior Project Office in the Smart Innovation Centre at Transport for NSW, and Mikaela Stewart, Systems Engineer at Cubic Transportation Systems for their demonstrated dedication to the industry, and passion for their chosen fields – aspects that are valued and encouraged by ITS Australia.
Dean Zabrieszach, ITS Australia President, said “Australian ITS is a significant industry sector, and one that is growing with the advent of not just smart cars, but smart communities.
“ITS Australia is internationally recognised as world-leading, and brings together industry, government, multinational corporations, start-ups, and research organisations to help shape future transport. We have again seen through these awards that the ITS industry in Australia is making progress that is equal, if not surpassing, some of our overseas counterparts.”
“The ITS Australia National Awards are a great opportunity to reflect on the innovative nature of Australian technology development and we congratulate the winners, and all the nominees, in 2018.”
ITS Australia Chief Executive Susan Harris said the 2018 ITS Australia National Awards capped off another strong year for the industry.
“It was a very competitive year and we thank the judging panel for their comprehensive review of all the submissions. We were delighted to receive a record number of nominations from a variety of organisations for this year’s awards and in particular it was pleasing to see the interest and depth of our Young Professional nominations – the future is bright for our next general of ITS leaders.”
“My congratulations to the winners and the industry as a whole for the successes of the last 12 months, and we look forward to another exciting and productive year in 2019”.