26 September 2023

Software on the road for traffic control

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The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) is to roll out a software tool to improve real-time monitoring and managing traffic flows on the Adelaide road network.

DIT (then the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure) said it developed Addinsight in 2012 to capture and analyse data on travel times between any two points where beacons were installed on the road network.

The Department said Addinsight determined travel times between any two points on the road, detected through beacons located around the road network that ‘pinged’ road users’ Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices.

It said the data was de-identified and aggregated to provide real-time and predictive updates on traffic movements and congestion.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Corey Wingard said SAGE Automation would now look after further development of the software to meet user needs.

“SAGE has the experience and technical expertise required to further enhance the Addinsight offering,” Mr Wingard said.

“What was initially developed to be used in-house is now used by customers and road users around Australia and New Zealand – it has been a great success story of South Australia,” he said.

“However, the Department’s core business is not to manage and develop a commercial software product, which is why they consulted with the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur in 2019 on the opportunities to further strengthen Addinsight.”

The Minister said an in-depth external review was commissioned to examine Addinsight’s market potential, which recommended immediate divestment to maximise potential investment in an emerging product market.

“The Department will continue to have access to data collected by Addinsight and will be partnering with SAGE to identify opportunities that could be implemented to use real-time traffic information to improve the management of Adelaide’s road network,” Mr Wingard said.

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