Transmax is the solutions provider of the international award-winning ITS platform STREAMS. We exist to improve people’s lives by providing industry-leading transport solutions and help move millions of commuters around Australian road networks every day.
We place our customers at the centre of everything we do and work collaboratively to ensure our ITS solutions meet their needs. Transmax oﬀers customers systems engineering, software design and development, along with a range of consulting and support services throughout the entire ITS lifecycle, all delivered with customer service excellence.
With almost 50 years’ experience developing, implementing and managing ITS for road authorities right across Australia, we support our customers to realise the community beneﬁts of optimising transport networks by providing smarter, more sustainable ITS solutions.
Transmax provides STREAMS to more than 13 traffic management centres (TMCs) across Australia. Collectively, these TMCs manage over 110,000 kilometres (68,351m) of roads and more than 50,000 ITS devices. In addition, the success of the company's ITS platform has resulted in STREAMS Smart Motorways technology being trialled in the USA in 2018.
Transmax remains wholly owned by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, and is governed by an independent Board of Directors.
Implemented the first ITS in AustraliaThe Queensland Department of Main Roads (now the Department of Transport and Main Roads [TMR]) implemented the first ITS in Australia which was located at Surfers Paradise. This included 30 signalised intersections featuring centralised control and traffic responsive capabilities.
Implemented an ITS in BrisbaneTMR implemented an ITS in Brisbane. This traffic management system controlled 72 intersections in the Brisbane CBD and those adjacent to the South East Freeway.
Second-generation ITS was installedA second-generation ITS was installed in Cairns. This was known as the TRAC (Traffic Responsive Adaptive Control) System. Progressive installation of the TRAC System followed at several more sites around Queensland including Brisbane.
Traffic management system for the South East FreewayA traffic management system was installed for the South East Freeway in Brisbane. The features included ramp metering and graphical displays of traffic conditions. It also provided automatic incident detection.
New Integrated Intelligent Transport SystemThe development of a new, integrated ITS started. The objectives were to lower ongoing costs while providing increased performance and opportunity for future ITS applications. These objectives were met successfully and the resulting system was STREAMS.
Transmax Pty Ltd was created.The division of TMR responsible for the continuing development of STREAMS was privatised to form Transmax which remains 100% owned by TMR.
VicRoads and the Department of Planning, Transport and InfrastructureThe South Australian state road authority, DTEI (now the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure [DPTI]), engaged Transmax to develop and implement a system to manage the three motorways in Adelaide and to replace existing systems. One of the motorways was a reversible road which was changed between fully inbound and outbound twice per day. The Victorian state road authority, VicRoads, engaged Transmax to develop and implement an ITS that included coordinated ramp metering and the associated field facilities. This was successfully delivered in eight months with a subsequent contract awarded to expand the system to cover the 80 on-ramps of the Monash Freeway.
Extended functionality for STREAMS®Development commenced on extended functionality for STREAMS to support the Queensland Motorways Gateway Upgrade Project including a Lane Use Management System (LUMS). VicRoads also adopted the STREAMS LUMS functionality, incorporating the ALINEA/HERO suite of algorithms, to manage responses to traffic events on the Monash and West Gate freeways and the CityLink tunnel. TMR and Transmax successfully completed a proof-of-concept trial in Bundaberg to explore the benefits of Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP).
STREAMS® Analytics and new integrated, rules-based LUMS engineDevelopment of a business intelligence (STREAMS® Analytics) platform for STREAMS started. The new STREAMS integrated, rules-based LUMS engine was deployed to help road agencies dynamically manage speed limits, lane closures and ramp metering sites in response to an incident on a motorway. This innovative tool superseded traditional traffic control systems that rely on the accurate specification and utilisation of thousands of discrete traffic management plans covering all of the ‘what if?’ scenarios for a single stretch of road. This functionality is now operational along major transport corridors in Queensland and Victoria.
Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital TerritoryTasmania’s Department of State Growth engaged Transmax to deliver STREAMS as Tasmania’s ITS. Transmax was engaged by TfNSW to undertake a gap analysis of its existing Central Management Computer System (CMCS) and STREAMS. Transmax was engaged by Roads ACT (now Transport Canberra) to provide STREAMS as the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT’s) ITS.
Pilot of STREAMS Analytics and Main Roads Western AustraliaFollowing 2013’s gap analysis, TfNSW engaged Transmax to deploy a three-month pilot of STREAMS Analytics to aggregate data from existing SCATS®, CMCS and other legacy systems into one single source of data to deliver a holistic snapshot of the NSW road network. This project also delivered a customised set of NationalPerformance Indicator (NPI) reports designed to meet Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), TfNSW and Austroads requirements. This pilot was then extended to the end of June 2015. Transmax was contracted to supply and support Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA) with a STREAMS® ITS platform for five years with two possible one-year extensions.
Brisbane EVP pilotA Brisbane EVP pilot demonstrated that the system can be used effectively with SCATS®.
EVP Expansion, Utah and Colorado Department of TransportationTMR and Transmax commenced rollout of EVP to more than 400 intersections in Bundaberg, Townsville, the Gold Coast, Logan, and Brisbane. Transmax formed a partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver Smart Motorways consulting services to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the USA. A successful pilot study of STREAMS® Managed Motorways functionality was conducted on the Interstate 15 freeway system in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2016TMR and Transmax continue to roll out EVP across the state, including South East Queensland, Townsville, Bundaberg, Mackay, Toowoomba, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton, and Gladstone. Following the Brisbane EVP pilot that successfully demonstrated the systems can be used with SCATS®, Brisbane City Council rolled out the system to more than 300 council-controlled intersections across 13 road corridors.
Now (2018)Transmax is currently developing its next major update to STREAMS. This will see the merging of customer branches, in addition to a range of architectural upgrades aimed at improving scalability and performance as Transmax’s customers expand their ITS. Transmax is also prototyping a next generation traffic management system.