Australia - Intelligent Transport Systems

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Last updated: 7 Jul 2014 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 15

Analyst: Paul Budde

Synopsis

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.

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.

Companies covered in this report include:

University of Wollongong, RailCorp, CityLink, epay, Oyster, Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, Better Place.

Technologies mentioned in this report include:

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

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