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Australia takes multi-modal lead

The project will explore the safety implications and interaction between all modes of transportation

iMOVE's data collection infrastructure AIMES sits behind the project. Picture: iMOVE
iMOVE's data collection infrastructure AIMES sits behind the project. Picture: iMOVE

Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) is participating in a research and development project which sets out to improve traffic flow in Melbourne and other Australian cities through improved situational awareness for network operators.


The agreement with the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre in Melbourne partners Cubic with the University of Melbourne, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission to conduct a two-year multi-phase project, called the Implementation of a Multimodal Situational Awareness and Operations Regime Evaluation Platform.


The project will consider the safety implications and interaction between all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, car, freight, bus and tram, to identify blockages to the seamless management of integrated multi-modal transportation.


The data collection infrastructure behind the project is the Australian Integrated Multimodal Eco System (AIMES) at the University of Melbourne, in which Cubic’s Transport Management Platform is the main integration hub.


AIMES is a transport test bed area, incorporating 100km of Melbourne roads on the fringe of the central business district, bounded by Alexandra Parade to the north, Victoria Street south, Hoddle Street east, and Lygon Street to the west, plus the EastLink motorway.


Contained within the test bed area will be up to 1,000 sensors to collect data on vehicle and pedestrian movement, and public transport use.


It is an urban laboratory for the collection of data not only on where and how we are moving, but the connectivity of all modes of transport. It also looks to factor in developments within the systems that might influence our mode of travel, or time of departure.


“Cubic and our partners are excited to be part of this iMOVE project that will deliver another significant step in multi-modal transport management, in which Australia is leading the way,” said Tom Walker, senior vice president and managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, CTS, which provides integrated solutions designed to increase situational understanding in transportation.


He added: “Through the collection and use of detailed operational data and the implementation of advanced algorithms, we expect the project will demonstrate that improved journey reliability can be delivered within our cities.”


The iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre is a consortium of 44 industry, government and research partners engaged in a 10-year effort to improve Australia’s transportation systems through collaborative R&D projects. Funding for this latest project and other R&D initiatives was provided by the Australian government with a $55 million grant in 2017.


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