Intelligent Transport Systems: Planning for a smart Auckland

Picture of a bus stop and bus shelter and footpathHow can you avoid digging up a new footpath to lay a conduit or cable? Answer? Better long term planning.

In his “Auckland Conversations” presentation, Roger Jones, Chief Technology Officer at Auckland Transport, talks about how he is leading the implementation of a digital approach within the organisation and preparing a new technology strategy for Auckland’s transport system.

While the presentation does not specifically mention universal design, there are elements of design thinking that will be advantageous to a diverse population. One of the issues Roger talks about is how they have to think at least 10 years in the future. For example, nothingBus driver helps woman with her wheelie walker annoys residents and visitors more than having a newly paved street dug up a year later because someone forgot to lay a conduit during construction.
Real time information and wider use of CCTV will be the key to our transport futures in both the construction of infrastructure and improved customer experiences. This video is 30 minutes long and will be of interest to transport planners, local government IT and database professionals.

Roger Jones is the Chief Technology Officer at Auckland Transport, where he is currently leading the implementation of a digital approach within the organisation and preparing a new technology strategy, which incorporates digital, ITS and traditional IT. Roger has been active in the implementation of Smart City technologies within Auckland Transport (AT), and as a result, AT has been included as part of Microsoft’s Smart Cities programme and is also one of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s strategic partners for Smart Cities. 

 

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