The Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) has been named as the Victorian iAward Merit Recipient for the category of Research and Development in the latest 2013 Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) awards. As a national finalist, CTI will proceed to the second phase of judging to be held in August.
CTI received the merit award for an intelligent technology based safety solution aimed at reducing and potentially eliminating accidents at railway level crossings. This Intelligent Transport Systems technology had successfully been trialled by the Victorian Government in 2012 and will be trialled by the Queensland Government in 2013 as part of a commitment to address safety at level crossings.
The system, based on GPS and on 'Dedicated Short Range Communications' technologies, enables trains to communicate safety-related information with road vehicles in real-time. It extends the driver 'vision' up to one kilometre in all directions, enabling road vehicles to receive warnings of approaching trains. The warnings comprise four levels of context sensitive in car audio visual alerts that escalate in urgency depending on the risk to drivers as the trains approach.