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Transport for NSW organises hackathon to address congestion on Sydney roads

Transport for NSW organises hackathon to address congestion on Sydney roads

Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the lead government agency of the
NSW (New South Wales) Transport cluster, organised
a hackathon last month, from 23 March to 25 March, to tackle the problem of
congestion on roads.

Road congestion causes frustration for road users and it directly
impacts travellers and commuters by creating unreasonably long journey times,
adversely impacting productivity, reliability and well-being. The greater cost,
reduced time and increased pollution have wider economic, social and
environmental impact respectively. The annual cost of Sydney’s congestion is
estimated to be A$6.1 billion, taking into account lost productivity by those
unable to access employment due to increased travel times, as well as the cost
to business and their customers and the environmental impact of congestion.

It is difficult to eliminate congestion entirely, but it can
be managed more effectively. The hackathon brought together industry,
innovators, entrepreneurs, students and TfNSW staff to pitch ideas and build
proof of concepts for dramatically improving congestion in and around
Sydney. There were over 200 participants, forming more than 30 teams.

After 34 pitches, a winning and runner-up team were
announced for both the Open and “In the Know” Teams. There were 22 teams for
the open competition and 12 for the internal competition. The judging criteria
included innovation, feasibility and easing congestion.

The winners received A$5000 to share across their team and
the runners up received A$2000 to share across their team.

The winners

A project called Adaptive Mobility Behavioural Insights
(AMBI) by Team SKY, was the winner for the In the Know (ITK) Category. The AMBI
Project uses real time and historic travel data to display prompts in real time
that inform customers of better times and ways to travel. It will leverage
existing smart infrastructure, such as Variable Message Sign, Interchange
announcements screens, and mobile apps, to prompt customers to reconsider their
travel choices. This is expected to alleviate congestion and help match demand
to transport capacity.

Team UNSW students were the runner-up with a project called Event
Congestion Management, which seeks to dilute peak congestion by occupying
patrons at public transport hubs which provides direct transportation to and
from the venue to reduce the volume of private transportation. Locations are
chosen based on vehicle capacity, distance and geographical location around
Sydney.

An app called TransTrack was awarded the top prize in the
Open Category. It is a reward-based camera application to help Transport
Management Centre (TMC), better respond to key road incidents, leading to quicker
response times to avoid bottlenecks. Opal
dollars are rewarded to reporting pedestrians.

(Opal cards are smartcard
tickets that people can keep, reload and reuse to pay for travel on public
transport.
)

A solution called goFlex, designed to educate and convince
business owners about the reasons they should adopt remote/flexible working
strategies, was the runner-up in the Open Category.

GoFlex uses a unique algorithm to calculate the huge amount
of benefits and savings a business has access to by harnessing remote
strategies. It presents this information through a personalised, engaging and
informative interface. It aims to relieve congestion by reducing the need for
physical proximity and encourages utilisation of existing technologies. 

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.