ITS Australia confirms 40 finalists 

This year has seen largest number of submissions to organisation's National Awards 
UTC / October 16, 2020
By Ben Spencer
ITS Australia award categories include smart transport infrastructure and intelligent mobility (© Ymgerman |
Award categories include smart transport infrastructure and intelligent mobility (© Ymgerman |

Transport for NSW, Q-Free and Kapsch TrafficCom are among the 40 finalists shortlisted for the ITS Australia National Awards in November. 

ITS Australia says the finalists feature individuals and teams that represent the best in innovation and excellence from the transport technology industry. 

ITS Australia president Dean Zabrieszach says: “Each year, the transport technology industry in Australia impresses us with the breadth and quality of the work submitted for an award. That we received the greatest ever number of awards submissions this year is a tremendously encouraging sign of the resilience of our industry to the challenges imposed on us all in 2020.”

Transport for NSW is a finalist for the Smart Transport Infrastructure Award for developing a SCATS Priority Engine that helps the flow of priority vehicles through traffic. The traffic management software enables the movement of essential vehicles to be prioritised through traffic lights. 

Q-Free Australia entered the Intelligent Mobility Award category for providing bicycle and pedestrian monitoring technology that detects and protects vulnerable road users in multi-modal environments via integration with traffic lights and safety warning signs. 

Kapsch TrafficCom Australia is shortlisted for the Excellence In Research and Development Award for deploying a Smart Intersection within the AIMES Mobility Hub. The solution is expected to reduce congestion and increase road safety through changing driver behaviour within yellowbox zoned urban intersections using automatic numberplate recognition, video analytics and deep learning technology. 

Other finalists such as Austroads stand a chance of winning the Connected and Automated Vehicle Award. In October 2019, the road transport organisation published an audit specification to measure the readiness of road networks to support autonomous driving on freeways and highways using vision sensors and machine learning. 

Additionally, Transport Certification Australia (TCA) is one of six entries in the Excellence In Transport Data Award category. TCA has introduced applications, features and services through the National Telematics Framework to help infrastructure managers and heavy vehicle regulators manage networks through digital technologies and data.

ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris says: “For the first time this year, we have ten finalists vying for the Young Professional Award.”

The ten finalists competing for the Young Professional Award include Abdulmalik Alyousfi (Transurban), Thomas Van Nguyen (Kapsch TrafficCom Australia), Amirtha Chidambara Raj (Arcadis) and Jessica Tong (University of Melbourne). 

Last week, ITS Australia confirmed the University of Melbourne's Dr Peter Sweatman has received ITS Australia's Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his role in advancing the country's transport technology.

The awards will be held in an online ceremony on 26 November. 

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