Stuart Ballingall is Project Director Cooperative ITS at Austroads.

The Co-operative Intelligent Transport Initiative (CITI) is piloting C-ITS technology in Wollongong, approximately 85 km south of Sydney, Australia. The project is being managed by Transport for New South Wales, with contributions from NICTA Research Centre of Excellence (National Information Communications Technology Australia) and the Australian Federal Government.

The current phase of the project is equipping around 60 heavy vehicles, three intersections and other roadside locations with 5.9 GHz DSRC units procured from Cohda Wireless Pty Ltd.

With a focus on road safety, the pilot will trial applications such as ‘potential collision’ and ‘over speed limit’ warnings and traffic Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) based alerts. Five heavy vehicle operators are taking part in this pilot, which will involve up to 80 vehicles and over 200 drivers. Some of these vehicles will be operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week within the trial area.

The project is currently in its deployment phase. Two light vehicles and two heavy vehicles have already been equipped with the on-board Dedicated Short-Range Communications units.

Three intersections have also been equipped to broadcast SPaT information, and three portable roadside units have been installed to provide heavy vehicle speed zone information and data collection.

The trial is scheduled to take place over the next two years.


Original source: FOT-Net Data Newsletter