Opportunities for Future Transport at ITS Summit

Demonstrating our leadership in planning for future transport, WSP joined a host of technical speakers at the Intelligent Transport Systems Summit 2018 held in Sydney recently.

Our Intelligent Transport Leads Richard Delplace and Julien Marr presented sessions at the event which attracted more than 450 Australian and international executives from government and industry.


This year’s summit focused on opportunities to address the pressure to provide better transport, as well as the challenge to utilise new technology in the sector.


Julien Marr co-presented with Allison Stewart from Infrastructure Victoria (IV) on ‘Infrastructure Planning for Highly Automated Vehicles’. They discussed the recent report released by IV on the introduction of automated and zero emission vehicles.


WSP was engaged by IV to research and advise on the ICT infrastructure needed to enable the operation of highly automated vehicles, and provide for zero emission vehicles as a high proportion of the Victorian market. This is in response to ownership and market models that may emerge as a result of the availability of highly automated vehicles.


Richard Delplace presented a session on ‘Opportunities in Advanced Data Analytics for Road Network Operations’. From our consultation to Austroads, this session provided an overview of the current research and aspirations for the application of artificial intelligence, namely machine learning and deep learning techniques, to road and transport operations.


With increasing data sources and computing power, road and transport agencies in Australia and New Zealand are well and truly progressing through their digital transformation journey, harnessing more and more data for their real-time operations. However, more needs to be done to realise the opportunities in predictive and prescriptive analytics. As Richard stated during his presentation, the long and complex data journey is key to supporting the operations of the Traffic Management Centre of the future and enabling the agencies to lead through the connected, automated and shared mobility disruptions ahead.


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