Transmax featured in an Engineers Australia editorial

Engineers Australia’s article on the $2.2 billion M80 Ring Road upgrade in Melbourne, how intelligent transport systems provide a very effective means of managing traffic flows on motorways, and Transmax’s involvement in the project.

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Transmax wins award

Transmax, along with its project partners have won the Government Category at the 2013 iAwards, which is Australia’s leading technology awards program. The partners won the prestigious award for the deployment of the Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) system in the state, which is an intuitive and dynamic ITS solution that automatically interrupts normal traffic signal operations, providing a green traffic light signal to emergency response vehicles in advance of their arrival at an intersection.

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Award for EVP technology

The emergency vehicle priority (EVP) technology developed by Australian intelligent transportation systems (ITS) provider Transmax has been awarded both the Queensland and national 2013 iAwards, Australia's leading technology awards program. Transmax, along with Queensland Government project partners, were announced the 2013 national winners of the Government Category.

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Emergency responders get the green light at awards

A project that interrupts traffic signals to provide green lights for emergency responders has won an industry award.

The Department of Community Safety in conjunction with Transport and Main Roads and Transmax, was awarded the Queensland 2013 iAward in the Service Domain – Government Category for its Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) Project.

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Melbourne installs smart road technology

Work is now underway on installing the latest electronic freeway management technology along Melbourne’s West Gate Freeway in Victoria, Australia, with the entire project to be completed by the middle of next year.

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Green lights all the way for emergency vehicles during trial

Emergency Services vehicles could be guaranteed green lights as they rush through traffic to save lives as part of an Australian first technology trial taking place in Queensland.

Acting Premier Paul Lucas said a new way of managing traffic signals was being trialled in Bundaberg to ensure fire-fighters and ambulances had the safest and quickest route available to get to an incident.

"The technology trial will involve testing software that can turn traffic signals green as an emergency vehicle approaches an intersection, resulting in fewer delays for the vehicles,"

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Transmax in Urban Superway win

The $812M South Road Superway project is about to get underway, signifying the largest single investment in a South Australian road project to date. This project will mark the second stage of the north-south corridor upgrade, and will be the state’s most complex engineering road construction project thus far.

Transmax joined John Holland, McMahon, Leed and GHD in an Urban Superway Consortium to bid for the opportunity to deliver all project requirements, from civil engineering to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

On 5 November 2010, South Australia Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure officially announced the Urban Superway Consortium as their preferred project supplier. Transmax is proud to contribute to this innovative project, by providing project management, ITS consulting services and a fully integrated enterprise traffic management system (STREAMS). This project is expected to commence in late November, 2010.

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Transmax win APICTA award

Following on from the iAward wins, Transmax were nominated for the Asia-Pacific ICT awards (APICTA) held in Pattaya, Thailand during the 8th - 11th November 2011. Transmax are honoured to have been named as the category winner in e-Government while additionally receiving a merit for the Tools and Infrastructure category.

APICTA provides an international awards program to showcase innovation, creativity, and excellence in ICT in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Transmax wins two national iAwards

The STREAMS Intelligent Transport System developed by Transmax won the Australian ICT iAwards in two categories: e-Government and Infrastructure and Tools. The company will now represent Australia in these categories at the Asia – Pacific iAwards finals in Thailand, in November.

STREAMS management of the upgraded M1 motorway in Melbourne typifies the achievable benefits. The outcomes on the M1 are significant:

  • Travel times reduced by 42% during peak periods.
  • Economic benefits estimated at more than $2 million per day.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 11%.

The system will be extended to other Melbourne motorways and other traffic management functions.

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Traffic management nerve centre part of congestion-busting focus

Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt has outlined some of the inner workings of the Brisbane Metropolitan Transport Management Centre – the nerve centre that minimises the impact of more than 32,000 incidents on Brisbane roads each year.

"I'm sure many people have witnessed a car accident and wondered how emergency services and towing companies get to the scene so quickly.

"It's because qualified operators watch the road carefully via 500 strategically placed closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs), respond to public reports over the 13 19 40 report link via roadside help phones, and work closely with Queensland Police and emergency services, all from the operations floor of the traffic management centre.

"Within moments of locating an incident, operators can contact police and emergency services to ensure help is on the way, and return the roadway back to normal conditions as soon as possible.

"The CCTVs are located across the 6500 kilometres of roads in the Greater Brisbane area, including city streets, busways, arterial roads such as Gympie Road and major motorways like the Pacific Motorway and Port of Brisbane."

"Operators also use the CCTVs to identify congestion-causing incidents such as broken down vehicles, debris and spills.

“Last financial year, the BMTMC managed about 35,200 incidents in the greater Brisbane area. Through the centre’s involvement, the clearance times on many of these incidents are reduced, some times up to 20 per cent.

“This means that frustrating delays in getting to or from work are reduced as quickly as possible.”

Mr Pitt said operators deployed a number of traffic management devices to ease congestion, including the new-look Traffic Response Units (TRUs), re-launched with an expanded service in August.

"The Main Roads and RACQ Motorway Breakdown Response Service tows immobilised cars off the road to a safe location, potentially saving motorists hours of delays,” he said.

“To ease the impact of congestion, operators can also adjust traffic signal timing through advanced software that monitors conditions across the network," Mr Pitt said.

The centre provides real-time traffic information via the 13 19 40 traffic hotline and website, and the 80 variable message signs (VMS) located along some of Brisbane's busiest roads, warning motorists of upcoming roadworks, major events or incidents.

"It's valuable travel time information like this that spares motorists from hours of frustrating delays and helps to gets them to their destination on time.
“Main Roads is also working with the Brisbane City Council on a project to control all traffic signals across the city using the one management platform, making it easer to synchronise the signals and improve traffic flows.”

Mr Pitt thanked the operators for their hard work and said the coordinated effort of the alliance members was the key to the centre’s success.

“The BMTMC is an example of state and council traffic and transport agencies working together to benefit motorists,”

Mr Pitt said.

The BMTMC has been established through an agreement between Main Roads, Brisbane City Council, TransLink Transit Authority, Queensland Transport and Brisbane Transport.

"Joint facilities and systems, operational information sharing and coordinated incident management actions ensure the centre is an effective tool in managing congestion so that we get the best use out of our current road network,"

Mr Pitt said.

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Ambulance, fire engines to switch traffic lights to green

The State Government has given the green light for a device that enables ambulances and fire engines to change traffic signals as they approach.

A trial of the Australian-first technology will start in Bundaberg next month.

"If it's successful, we plan to roll it out to other cities,"

Acting Premier Paul Lucas said.

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