9 August 2022

Hamilton Council’s innovative ‘Smart City’ transport project wins international award

Hamilton City Council has been internationally acclaimed for an innovative transport project in the 2022 IDC Smart City Asia/Pacific Awards. The , announced on 9 June.

Council’s Transport Data Analytics Platform (TDAP) won the ‘Outstanding Smart City Project’ award within the category of Transportation – Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing.

International Data Corporation (IDC) announced the winners on Thursday, 9 June.

TDAP – the first of its kind in New Zealand – is an innovative system that automatically monitors the transport network and identifies incidents in real time. Council began its development in 2019 with Hamilton-based company, Aware Group which is a globally recognised leader in emerging technologies.

The system combines six data sources to provide traffic operators with a live dashboard and instant text alerts when problems are detected in the network – like traffic congestion or faulty traffic signals – allowing staff to be more responsive. This responsiveness will impact incidents occurring on the network at all times, including after hours and on weekends.

Hamilton wins ‘Outstanding Smart City project’ award (Image courtesy/IDC)

Acknowledging the contribution of teams from Council and the Aware Group, Council’s Infrastructure Operations General Manager, Eeva-Liisa Wright said

“This award is a great reflection of a system that has been instrumental in helping us to operate our transport network more efficiently.

“Having a smart transport network that is adaptable and resilient to change is a crucial component to its successful operation. It means we can not only optimise the existing system, but also minimise disruptions when unplanned events occur.”

This is the project’s first award and Jeff Brown, Solutions Manager for Aware Group, says winning this award shows how the deep partnership between Aware Group and Council has succeeded in producing real value for Hamiltonians.

Now in its eighth year, IDC uses a six-phase assessment to rank the top ‘Smart City’ initiatives. This process identified 22 outstanding projects across Asia/Pacific for the 2022 awards. Australia and New Zealand continued to feature in the list of winners, taking away three of the 22 awards.

China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore jointly won the 2022 outstanding Smart City initiatives.

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