The latest Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit (ITS), hosted by ITS Australia, is set to take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28 – 29 August 2019. The seventh event of its kind, it will bring together an interesting line-up of speakers including Rt Hon Alan Touche MP, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure; Scott Thomson CEO of Lexis Australia; and Tony Canavan, Global Government Transport Leader for Ernst & Young as well as many others.

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At SkedGo, we’re looking forward to attending and pleased to see a session on mobility as a service (MaaS) and on-demand transport (Wednesday afternoon from 4pm to 5:20pm)! There will be several presentations including Nu Rosenbohm, Global Solutions Expert, Urban Mobility, at Kapsch TrafficCom who will talk about the options cities have for urban mobility demand management strategies and George Chemali, Project Director for the Mobility as a Service Program Management Office at the Department of Transport and Main Roads who will give their perspective on MaaS.

If you’d like to meet with our Commercial Director John Nuutinen and CEO Claus von Hessberg at the conference to talk about MaaS and future mobility projects, contact them via LinkedIn or Twitter: John on LinkedIn, John on Twitter, Claus on LinkedIn, Claus on Twitter.

The exhibition itself also brings together many interesting companies. Here are a few that caught our interest:

RideWithVia currently has a ride-sharing service in the US and Europe through joint ventures with Mercedes-Benz Vans and ViaVan as well as licensing its technology. It uses an aggregation algorithm to match travellers heading in the same direction. With more people travelling together, it helps to reduce the number of vehicles on the road as well as carbon emissions.

HERE is a fascinating company which started with a goal to digitise mapping. It was also at the forefront of in-car navigation. Now they’re creating live 3D maps and working in partnership with others in the realm of, for example, autonomous driving and AI. Interesting work on location service provision for sure.

PTV Group has created software that can simulate virtual scenarios and model city networks. With the ability to predict traffic flow and optimise routes, this shows how smart software and technology are helping to counteract issues in the traffic network before they happen. It’s this level of responsiveness to the immediate environment that will help us to be much more efficient and result in a more pleasant experience for travellers.

SICK is an interestingly named company… It’s intelligent sensors can collect data, provide real-time analysis, adapt to their environment and ‘communicate’ in the network. This is key when it comes to controlling and monitoring transport systems to make our cities smarter, more predictive and ultimately more enjoyable to live in. 

Liftango describes itself as an ‘on demand transport and carpooling tech platform’ and is an interesting take on shared mobility such as first-mile / last-mile and providing the ability, for instance, for organisations to encourage employee car sharing. It’s good for the company and good for employees too – particularly when they save money in the process.

You can find the full line-up of speakers and exhibitors here and details of the preliminary program here. You are advised to check the official website ahead of time in case of any changes. 

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