All eyes on Intelligent Transport Systems
Australia’s freight system is one of the nation’s foundations for economic success, stability, and international competitiveness. Its importance is so significant that last year, the Australian government released a report which drove the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.
Part of the priorities addressed to improve Australia’s freight system efficiency and productivity is infrastructure which spans logistics networks, linkages, support corridor preservation and technology improvements.
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is one of the advancements that can drive efficiencies across the supply chain industries.
Managing Director of Titan Recruitment, Craig Van Heurck said, “Right now, all eyes are on Intelligent Transport Systems which are already being applied to automated vehicles (AVs) operating in urban environments” he said.
“The public has a fascination with this technology and how we will travel in the future. AVs are currently being trialled in several states, for instance, RAC Intellibus is being tested in Western Australia, and Queensland’s The CAVI Project will be operating Australia’s largest on-road test trial of cooperative vehicles and transport infrastructure.”
The most basic benefits of ITS is safety, reliability, increased productivity, energy efficiencies and lowered environmental impact. Benefits of ITS being applied to Australia’s freight and supply chain operations will value add to the current automation systems. Effective Vehicle Tracking and Traffic Management Systems are already having a big impact on supply chain efficiencies, especially through urban congestion. Currently, in its innovation stage, sensor and signalling technology can manipulate traffic conditions, rather than changing expensive traffic infrastructure.
With the advantage of smoother predictable traffic flow, ITS minimises congestion allowing for quicker and safer commutes. Traffic congestion causes flow-on delays in supply chains and increases the cost of operations. With the benefits of these systems making their way into industrial environments, ITS has the potential to not only speed up industrial processes in the near future but also reduce incidents and costs related to human error.
Real-time information allows for immediate path planning, which can help avoid obstructions, while vehicular communication systems allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid collisions. Human error is cited as causes for at least 90% of accidents. The introduction of ITS can save lives and has an economic benefit of approximately $171M per annum in Australia alone.
While the reality of ITS totally engineering freight and supply chain operations is some time away, the infrastructure planning and the development of communications technologies is happening around the country every day right now. Van Heurck said, “There truly are exciting opportunities for engineers to work on some innovative projects where you will help delivery projects that positively impact the whole community.”
Employers are already hiring ITS Engineers, Automation Engineers, Control System Engineers, Data Logging Engineers, Instrumentation Engineers, Project Engineers, Software Engineers, Systems Engineers, and Electrical Engineers
If the idea of contributing to a futuristic, emerging industry excites you, get in touch with our team to find out more on career opportunities for you!