AIMES world-first transport technology trial completed in Carlton

By Carl Jackson

Majid Sarvi explains AIMES' transport trial to the Hon Paul Fletcher

In a significant milestone for Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES), a world-first trial of connected transport technology took place in Carlton on 11 July 2018. While AIMES involves a live ecosystem in a CBD-adjacent setting, this particular test focused on sensors in place around the intersection of Drummond and Faraday streets.

Attended by Australia’s Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, the trial demonstrated real-life use cases including speed management, intersection collision avoidance and vulnerable road user protection.

Described by AIMES Director Professor Majid Sarvi as the largest of its kind in the world, the trial was an important step towards the development of an interconnected system allowing computers to detect and prevent traffic problems and accidents without relying on human intervention.

The AIMES test is taking place in an urban real-world environment which is important to help bring the community along and demonstrate how the technology will be incorporated into society

Professor Sarvi explained the value of this testing, stating that “it is important work because as Melbourne’s population and congestion issues increase there is more conflict on the road network.

“We’re building up to a scenario where an intersection could know when there are dangerous conditions, such as wet weather or an accident, and tell cars approaching to lower their speed.”

The trial was conducted in association with a number of partners including Cisco, VicRoads, Cohda Wireless, WSP and state government.

Speaking about the technology used in the trial, Cisco Australia and New Zealand General Manager (IoT – Energy and Transportation) Simon Young noted that “this is the first time globally we have built an IoT Edge and Fog Computing solution running on a road side intersection, using analytics technology from Cohda Wireless running on top of Cisco Kinetic IoT Data Fabric.

This technology enables an intersection to build a real-time picture of the environment and respond faster to impending high risk events on the roads

“This technology enables an intersection to build a real-time picture of the environment and respond faster to impending high risk events on the roads.”

Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher also highlighted the importance of this research, remarking that “Programs and trials such as these will be paramount to realising the many benefits that connected infrastructure and automated vehicles offer.

“The AIMES test is taking place in an urban real-world environment which is important to help bring the community along and demonstrate how the technology will be incorporated into society.”

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