03-Nov-2016 3:11 PM

Following the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) recently held in Melbourne, EastLink’s Ian Oxworth has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ITS Australia.

EastLink’s Managing Director Charles Griplas said, “Ian Oxworth has been with EastLink from the very start – all the way from design and construction through to today’s operations.”
“Ian continues to be responsible for all ITS systems on the 40km EastLink network, which is Melbourne’s largest toll road and one of the busiest in Australia.”
Ian’s ITS responsibilities include:
  • 26 multi-lane free-flow toll points and the toll calculation system, which together process more than 1.1 million toll point transactions per day.
  • Advanced ITS systems that have been instrumental in making EastLink Melbourne’s safest freeway.
“Ian is an innovator who helps EastLink deliver complex technical projects such as the current upgrade of EastLink’s tunnel ventilation to a fully automated ventilation on demand system. This project is one of the first of its kind in the world, and will reduce electricity usage and carbon dioxide emissions by 6,440 tonnes per annum. The adjacent community will benefit from reduced noise,” Mr Griplas added.
“Leading a project to upgrade all of EastLink’s roadside equipment, Ian is introducing higher resolution cameras that will further enhance the level of EastLink’s automated licence plate recognition, which is already at a relatively high level of performance compared to other toll roads in Australia.”
Ian is also over-seeing the upgrade of EastLink’s Operations and Management Control System and layer 3 data network.
Working with national and state bodies, Ian is helping to develop standards for the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles in Australia.
ITS Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award is also known as the Max Lay Award, after Professor Max Lay AM. Professor Lay is recognised world-wide as an eminent expert in the fields of structural engineering, road and transport engineering, the history of engineering, and information technology. Professor Lay was a non-executive director of ConnectEast during EastLink’s design, construction and initial years of operation.

Established in 1992, ITS Australia is an independent not-for-profit incorporated membership organisation representing intelligent transport systems suppliers, government authorities, academia and transport businesses and users. Affiliated with peak ITS organisations around the world, ITS Australia is a major contributor to the development of the industry.
More details at www.its-australia.com.au
EastLink is Melbourne’s largest tollway, connecting the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways. Opened in 2008, EastLink now carries a quarter of a million vehicles per day, making it an essential economic artery in Melbourne’s east. EastLink is operated by ConnectEast, which is a private company owned by a group of superannuation and sovereign wealth funds.
Ian lives locally in Heathmont, and works at the EastLink Operations Centre in Ringwood and at other sites located along EastLink.
Ian is responsible for the implementation and operation of EastLink’s 26 toll points and all other ITS systems. Previously, Ian worked with TransLink on the development of CityLink’s multi-lane free-flow tolling system, which was one of the world’s first. Ian’s ITS expertise builds on 30 years’ experience in the research and development of guided weapons, aircraft and targeting systems.

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