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European Australian Business : 2008
Intelligent Transport Systems Australia’s unique environment and knack for applying technological solutions to transport demands has created a global success story in Intel- ligent Transport Systems (ITS) with a number of global ITS corporations seizing the opportunity to establish an Australian presence. The widespread application of information and communications tech- nology (ICT) solutions and supportive infrastructure, including dedicated test beds, and an extensive pool of skilled ICT workers makes Australia an ideal location to trial new technologies. Australian companies are world leaders in a number of ITS solutions now in use around the globe in areas such as smart card technology, traf- fic management, free flow electronic tolling, freight logistics, tracking and automated compliance, and value added global positioning systems and services. For example, the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic Systems, or SCATS, advanced traffic management net- work in Sydney is estimated to reduce travel times by 20 per cent and is now installed in more than 40 cities and in over 9,000 intersections over the Asia- Pacific region. Similarly, the Melbourne CityLink electronic tolling network is reported to have delivered savings of over $250 million a year and economic growth of over $300 million and is one of the most advanced free flow systems in the world. Governments at all levels in Australia support ITS industry development by adopting a forward thinking approach to the development of transport infra- structure. Safety and Security Australia is at the forefront of inter- national efforts to improve transport safety and security. In 1970 Australia was the first country in the world to introduce the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and has been an early mover in other areas such as child restraints in motor vehicles (1976), random breath testing (1976), speed camera programs (1990) and legislation for roadside drug testing (2003). Australian’s invented the ‘black box’ voice recorder, the inflatable aircraft escape slide and microwave aircraft- guidance landing systems. One of the Australian Government’s highest priorities is providing preven- tive security measures to ensure secure domestic and international transport for travellers. Enhanced security measures came into effect in March 2007, limiting the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGS) that can be taken through air- port screening points for people flying to and from Australia. All air cargo in Australia must be se- curity cleared before it can be loaded on to an international or domestic passenger flight. The security clear- ances are undertaken by businesses 25 foreword