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Australia - Smart Transport


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Australia - Smart Transport

Smart transport systems, or intelligent transport systems, encompass a range of wireless and wired communications-based information technologies that can be integrated into transportation infrastructure and vehicles.

Current intelligent transport systems technologies use dedicated short-range communications to transfer data over short distances between in-vehicle mobile radio units and roadside units that is, fixed point-to-point services. Arrangements to facilitate the use of intelligent transport systems have been developed internationally in the 5850-5925MHz band (the 5.9GHz band). However ACMA still classified this as a medium priority for finalisation, and waiting on international standards has made progress fairly slow.

Progress in the sector has been rather slow and new developments are coming from others wanting a share of the new activities. A large number of smartphone apps are now available for drivers to optimise their trips, become more energy-efficient. Car manufacturers are also using the smart car platform as a possibility for additional (energy) services that can be offered to the marketplace.

Smart infrastructure is also looked at in the context of the national broadband network (NBN), the aim of which is to supply the basic telecommunication infrastructure for a range of sectors, including transport. Special access is provided for utilities in the NBN Bill. Smart transport systems may be able to reduce the carbon footprint and energy use across many of the transport industries while, at the same time, lowering GHG emissions. The government of the time also announced its Managed Motorways project. However more government leadership is needed to push smart transport deeper into the market.

A new generation of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) will start entering the market in larger numbers over coming years. Companies such as Ergon Energy and ChargePoint are among the innovation leaders in this market.

Companies covered in this report include:

Toyota, University of Wollongong, RailCorp, Ergon Energy, CityLink, epay, miky, Oyster, Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, SP AusNet, GM Volt, Better Place, Portus, ChargePoint, Downer EDI.

Technologies mentioned in this report include:

electric (EV), smart cars, Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Vehicle to Grid (V2G), automatic train protection (ATP), smart card ticketing, C-ITS, TMC, NBN, ITS-A.


1. Synopsis
2. What are intelligent transport systems (ITS)?
2.1 Background information
2.2 Overview of ITS activities
3. ITS Australia
3.1 Overview
3.2 Assessment - 2014
3.3 ITS world congress - 2016
3.4 Outcomes of ITS Summit - 2009
3.5 Government Inquiry - 2002
4. Market and Industry developments
4.1 Wireless connectivity to promote road safety
4.2 Connected vehicle trial in NSW
4.3 National telematics strategy for road freight industry
4.4 Electronic Transport Diaries
4.5 Cohda Wireless
4.6 The SMART Infrastructure Facility
4.6.1 Overview of SMART
4.6.2 Rail research projects
4.6.3 Public transport projects
4.7 Automatic Train Protection
4.8 Australian digital Train control system
4.9 Digital Radar led to WiFi for passengers
4.10 Myki smart transport Victoria
4.11 Australian Road Research Board
4.12 Managed Motorways
4.13 eMU Pass
4.14 Opal smartcard for Sydney Transport
4.15 Smart Parking - CellOPark
4.16 Divvy
5. Transformation of the taxi business
5.1 Breaking the taxi monopoly
5.2 Victoria opening up the taxi market
5.3 Market reforms are needed
5.4 New business models
5.4.1 goCatch
5.4.2 Ingogo
5.4.3 Uber and Dash
6. Dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)
6.1 Overview of latest developments
6.2 Regulatory framework
6.3 eTags
7. Smart transport and the National Broadband Network (NBN)
7.1 NBN access for smart utility services
7.2 Trans-sector approach to NBN
7.3 Government's smart infrastructure initiative
7.4 Transport and energy use
7.5 Traffic lights and alarm system go M2M over the NBN
8. Other reports
Table 1 - State based parking statistics 2014
Exhibit 1 - Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)
Exhibit 2 - Noise monitoring in Melbourne

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