Queensland dishes up a taste of things to come at Smart City Summit and Tolling Forum
31 May 2016
The world’s most innovative transport technologies to connect and enhance smart cities were showcased last week at the Smart City Summit and National electronic Tolling Conference (NeTC), hosted and organised by ITS Australia.
Nearly 400 ITS leaders had an appetite for the latest ITS developments as they converged on Brisbane to hear over 55 speakers at two back to back events.
Autonomous cars, new transport technologies, consumer demand, heavy vehicle charging and user pay road systems were among the hot topics discussed by local and international industry experts across four days of intensive sessions.
The presentations and discussions at the two events were a sample of what delegates can expect at the World Congress, to be held later this year in Melbourne.
“We were delighted with the level of support and participation for these two significant events”, ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris said.
“The development and application of intelligent transport systems are hot topics right now. Governments, agencies, industry, cities and communities are trying to find ways to make our lives more efficient, productive and enjoyable. Connecting ITS with vehicles, transport infrastructure, data analysis and new technologies will result in safer and more satisfactory mobility.
“The level of speakers and delegates at both these events showed they are working together, sharing information and pulling in the same direction,” Ms Harris added.
Among the keynote speakers at the Summit were the Hon. Mark Bailey, QLD Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Director General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Neil Scales.
Attendees were also treated to expert ITS insights from Volker Richter, Vice President of BMW Group, and a number of Australian presenters from consumer, regulator and research sectors.
Held at the same time, ITS Australia also hosted the NeTC Forum, inviting local and overseas speakers to discuss tolling, user pay services, network consolidation and how this impacts the overall infrastructure investment.
“The level of discussion at both these events just shows how important it is right now to get this right. Australia is a global player in this space and it will be our time to shine at the World Congress,’
“International and domestic ITS leaders will spend five days discussing and debating transport and mobility technology with local businesses and industry. It’ll be a golden opportunity to engage and make lasting partnerships,” Ms Harris concluded.
ITS Australia organised and hosted the Connected Autonomy in Smart Cities, held in partnership with QLD Dept of Transport and Main Roads, and the annual National electronic Tolling Conference (NeTC). ITS Australia would like to thank sponsors for making the two Brisbane events a success including Intelematics, Transurban, Q-Free, Kapsch, Cubic and the Queensland Government.
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