1 November 2021 | Collaboration

ITS (UK) announces awards shortlist

Digital road solutions, CAV testing techniques and a fusion of transport modelling with live traffic data to improve air quality are among the shortlists for two of the categories in the prestigious ITS (UK) awards.

A video analytics platform and a bus occupancy data solution are also in the running for the top prizes which will be announced by ITS (UK) President Steve Norris in a ceremony at its Members’ Day at Cubic Transportation Systems’ Salfords facility on 25 November.

The Awards are supported by Cubic, WSP and White Willow Consulting.

The winners of the Rees-Hills Lifetime Achievement Award and Eric Sampson Early Careers winner will also be presented with their trophies at the event, which also features a tour of Cubic’s facility as well as a debate on reducing the environmental effects of transport and a series of short presentations from different members. There will also be journalists attending for a series of one-to-one interviews with opinion formers.

“We’ve had some really strong entries from Members this year, especially in the Eric Sampson Early Careers category, where people who could well have won in previous years not even making the top three,” commented ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin. “Our shortlist for the two technical awards underlines just how innovative our members have been over the past year, and how much of a difference technology is making to transport in the UK.”

The two shortlists are:

ITS Project of the Year Award

  • CAV Test Bed – Amey Consulting and Transport for West Midlands, Midlands Future Mobility The Data Hub breaks down the Midlands Future Mobility test route into “scenes”, each with PAS1883-compliant attributes attached, allowing users to plan routes for CAV tests which consider specific parameters
  • Connected Digital Roads – COSTAIN The UK’s first demonstration of ability to directly influence vehicle speeds on a live motorway using connected vehicle technologies, proving the viability of this end-to-end Cooperative Intelligent Transport Service
  • Digital Roads – National Highways, WSP and KPMG The vision for a once-in-a-lifetime digital revolution; harnessing data, technology and connectivity to improve the way the UK Strategic Road Network is designed, built, operated and used

Innovative Use of Technology Award

  • Live Bus Occupancy Information for Passengers – Transport Scotland, Traveline Scotland and Trapeze Group The project brought together almost every Scottish bus operator to provide on-board occupancy information, allowing passengers to avoid busy buses throughout the peak of the pandemic
  • NEVFMA The Network Emissions and Vehicle Flow Management Adjustment project – Aimsun, supported by EarthSense, Yunex Traffic and Oxfordshire County Council for Highways England Using modelling and ITS to predict and make improvements in traffic flow targeting the mitigation of harmful NO2 emissions on National Highways and local roads in Oxfordshire where contamination has regularly exceeded permitted levels

Video Analytics Service Platform (VASP) – COSTAIN Increasing the capability of NH CCTV operators to detect and respond to incidents by seamlessly blending state of the art video analytics from our project partner Vivacity with NH’s mature, largely analogue CCTV system.

(Picture shows awards host Steve Norris with Jennie Martin, left, and ITS (UK) Chair Ryan Hood, right with Steve’s Rees Hills award from last year)