Smart conference success

Queensland serves up a taste of ITS things to come at two key transport conferences

Smart conference success
Keynote speaker Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey

The Connected Autonomy in Smart Cities Summit and National electronic Tolling Conference (NeTC) in Brisbane recently showcased some of the  world’s most innovative transport technologies to connect and enhance smart cities.

Nearly 400 ITS leaders showed an appetite for the latest ITS developments as they converged 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 presentations discussed by local, interstate and international industry experts across four days.

The two events were a sample of what delegates can expect later this year, at the 23rd ITS World Congress, to be held in Melbourne this October.

"We were delighted with the level of support and participation for these two significant events," says ITS Australia chief executive officer Susan Harris.

"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 better mobility.

"The collaboration and cooperation between speakers and delegates at both these events shows the ITS industry is working together, sharing information and pulling in the same direction," Ms Harris added."

The Summit was hosted by ITS Australia in partnership with the Queensland Government of Transport and Main Roads at Room 360, QUT.

Queensland Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey opened the summit and Department of Transport and Main Roads director general Neil Scales was moderator.

As the summit finished, the annual NeTC Forum began, with invited local and overseas speakers discussing tolling, user pay services, network consolidation and infrastructure investment.

 "The level of discussion at both these events just shows how important these conversations are right now," says Harris.

"Many of the Brisbane speakers and attendees will also head to Melbourne for the World Congress in October to continue to share knowledge, establish new partnerships and map out future initiatives to enhance liveability in cities and communities."

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