IBM has partnered with academia, government and industry to launch the Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) based at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Big Blue will contribute its global consulting expertise and technology in developing smarter traffic solutions to help make Australia’s transportation infrastructure smarter, improve commuter experiences and reduce environmental impact.
It will provide STRC with software and the expertise it has developed to come up with a blueprint to tackle transport problems in Brisbane, with a series of practical, research-based solutions to reduce congestion.
Proven solutions for Queensland will then be scaled and extended to the rest of Australia.
The projects include research into predictive routes to allow people to plan the easiest way to their destination using real-time information, congestion reduction to minimise traffic queues, strategies for equitable road-use and smarter technology to dynamically manage special purpose lanes to optimise public transport. To date, IBM has contributed consulting time from its global business services team, to help develop the concept of the STRC and define its intended program of work.
“IBM’s recent Commuter Pain Index highlighted a growing problem in Australia. Clearly our transport infrastructure is not keeping pace with commuter needs, nor is it supporting our economic growth effectively. Around the world we have learnt that the answer is not to build more infrastructure;, but to utilise existing infrastructure smartly,” IBM Australia smarter cities executive, Catherine Caruana-McManus, said.
“Building intelligence and inter-connectedness will enable us to predict demand and optimise transport infrastructure more accurately – and looking to solutions such as smart tolling and real-time travel updates will create a more positive and productive commuter experience.”