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Sydney transport management system

Postby boronia » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:57 pm

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August 29, 2018

The New South Wales government will make a $123 million investment in establishing a predictive, data-driven transport management system in Sydney by the end of the decade, with over $50 million in works awarded to Cubic Transportation Systems this week.

Cubic will provide Transport for NSW (TfNSW) with a new technology platform, the Intelligent Congestion Management Program (ICMP), which will co-ordinate, manage and monitor Sydney’s pubic transport system and road networks.

The new system will reportedly reduce congestion, improve major event planning and enable faster response to incidents on the transport network. It will also provide real-time information and advice to the public regarding disruptions.

Cubic will work with its partners WSP, PTV Group, Mentz and Microsoft to deliver the platform, which will replace the existing system that Cubic built to manage Sydney’s traffic prior to the onset of the 2000 Olympic Games.

The contract is for a term of five years and seven months, with options for two three-year extensions.

Matt Cole, Cubic president, said that the project would position Sydney as a global leader in multi-modal transport-management operations.

“[This] announcement will enable Cubic to commercialise this new technology and bring additional innovation to Transport for NSW, enabling the organisation to remain at the forefront of transport management technology,” Cole said.

“It will also create a whole new stream of high tech jobs in NSW, producing ground-breaking innovations that we can export to the world.”

NSW transport minister Andrew Constance said that the system would be designed to help Sydney manage the introduction of driverless Metro trains next year and the eventual introduction of automated automobiles in the future.

“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,” Constance said.

“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.”

Constance added that the contract with Cubic marked a continuation of the state’s strong collaboration with the company, which has been operating the Opal travel card system.

“This ongoing relationship will ensure we receive continuous product enhancements and upgrades, while minimising additional investment, to deliver innovation for many years, Constance said.

The government expects the new system to be up and running by 2020.
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