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A claimed world-first intelligent transport management system is being developed in Sydney, designed to give users of the city's road and rail systems better real-time information and to reduce congestion.  

The NSW Government says the system — using predictive technology — will help the city’s Transport Management Centre make faster, more informed decisions, making passenger journeys more reliable and reducing the cost of congestion.  

It says Sydney will lead the world in intelligent transport management with deployment of the new system.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said, “Technology is rapidly changing the way people move around Sydney, driverless Metro trains will start carrying customers next year and driverless cars are already being tested on NSW roads.

“This $123 million investment will future proof our transport management system for these innovations so we can better manage congestion and respond to incidents faster, as well as preparing for new transport infrastructure in the pipeline.

“It makes us more responsive to incidents by automating current manual processes using data. The goal is to predict 30 minutes into the future and act in 5 minutes – this helps to divert traffic, co-ordinate public transport and provide real-time information to customers about any disruptions or alternative routes.”

The NSW Government has said the system would be delivered in 2020 and will also include auto-generated congestion alerts that quickly point operators to where unusual conditions exist on the road network, leading to faster detection and clearance of crashes and other incidents.

Part of the program includes a contract with Cubic Transportation Systems (Australia to collaboratively build an advanced multimodal transport platform to replace the current traffic management system, which was built for the Sydney Olympics 2000.   

“This announcement is the continuation of a strong collaboration with Cubic, which already operates the Opal smartcard network. This ongoing relationship will ensure we receive continuous product enhancements and upgrades, while minimising additional investment, to deliver innovation for many years,” Constance said.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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