ITS Australia presents its 2017 National Awards


ITS Australia has celebrated the achievements of the country’s most innovative and advanced transport technologies, and the organizations and individuals involved in their deployment, at the 2017 National Awards event in Melbourne, Victoria.

The awards recognize professional ITS expertise and raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of new transport technology to cities and communities, the economy, the environment, and the public. ITS Australia received a record number of nominations from a wide variety of organizations for this year’s eighth instalment of the annual awards. The winners were:

Recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award – Lauchlan McIntosh (above right), who was president of ITS Australia from 1996 to 2002 and led the 8th ITS World Congress, the first in Australia, which was hosted in Sydney 2001. McIntosh has held many distinguished positions in the transport technology sector, including: executive director of the Australian Automobile Association 1994-2006; president of the Australasian College of Road Safety since 2007; and chairman of Global NCAP since September 2017.

Industry Award Winner – Cubic Transportation Systems for the Manly Ferry Contactless Payments Trial. (Click here for more)

Government Award Winner – Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) for the Public Transport Information and Priority System (PTIPS), which provides real-time data feeds for location of public transport, including bus, train, light rail and ferry, and is used by all transport apps. TfNSW is the first and currently only agency globally that provides real-time passenger numbers for the public travelling on buses.

Automated Vehicle Award Winner – Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RACWA) for its Automated Vehicle Trial (above), which is the longest running trial of a Level 4 vehicle in the Australasian region. The service has completed 1,720 thirty-minute rides, or 3,730 miles (6,000km) in autonomous mode in a complex traffic environment.

Research Award Winner – The University of Melbourne for the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES). (Click here for more)

Young Professional Award Winner – Timothy Phillips (above, center), maintenance engineer at Legacy Way Tunnel in Brisbane and employed by Egis, has provided innovative solutions to ensure all ITS equipment implemented in the project works in harmony.

“It was a very competitive year and we thank the Judging Panel for their comprehensive review of all the submissions,” noted ITS Australia’s chief executive, Susan Harris. “We were delighted to see more than double last year’s nominations and in particular, it was pleasing there was more recognition of Young Professionals.”

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