Importance of Data at National Roads & Traffic Expo
This year’s National Roads and Traffic Expo, held in Melbourne, focused on the future of Australian mobility and how we can use emerging technologies to:
- solve road congestion in Australian cities,
- achieve zero road deaths and injuries,
- better maintain our transport infrastructure,
- and effectively transition to sustainable transport models.
The Australian Government has committed to spend over $100 Billion over the next 10 years to improve transport infrastructure.
With population increase, a weakened economy and growing concerns about the environment, the pressure is on to identify the most effective solutions to our transport related issues.
At the Expo
Thankfully there is no lack of traffic data in Australia. All local and state road authorities have been collecting detailed vehicle, bike and pedestrian data using MetroCount systems for decades. This information can be used across the board to:
- advise infrastructure improvements for easing congestion,
- predict the location & impact of crashes,
- identify savings on road resurfacing,
- measure the transport mode shift from cars to bikes & new mobility devices,
- optimise police efforts in speed enforcement,
- and much more.
MetroCount CEO Mike Kenny and Business Development Manager Maurice Berger were kept busy at the expo. The trip to Melbourne also included an extended meeting with VicRoads and a check of nearby MetroCount road traffic collection sites and bike/pedestrian data collection sites.
They also took the opportunity to join the Melbourne Climate Strike on Friday 20th September to show MetroCount’s support for a sustainable transport future and encourage government action on climate change.