Intertraffic Innovation Awards 2016 winners announced at opening ceremony
- 05 April, 2016
Intertraffic Amsterdam, the world’s largest trade fair on traffic technology, opened today with the eagerly anticipated announcement of the winners of the event’s prestigious Innovation Awards. Awards were presented in five separate categories: Traffic Management; Parking; Safety; Smart Mobility and Infrastructure. Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016 runs from 5-8 April 2016 in RAI Amsterdam.
During the opening ceremony it was revealed, to a packed room, that the top accolade of Overall Winner – out of a total of 91 entries – went to the Czech Republic’s CROSS Zlín (stand 10.111), who dazzled the international jury with their InVipo product, a smart platform for use in smart cities and ITS projects, capable of visualization, data aggregation, monitoring and integrating. InVipo also came top in its category – Smart Mobility – in the face of stiff competition from the two other shortlisted companies Siemens (stand 11.209), whose Sitraffic SiBike system helps to prioritise signals for cyclists, and Parkmobile (stand 02.105), whose innovative parking payment and reservation solution can be fully integrated into a car dashboard.
InVipo particularly impressed the judges by bringing to life the concept of a smart city, integrating a wide variety of data, including traffic counts, parking availability, traffic signal timings and weather in one easy-to-access web-based visualization platform. It also showed how additional data streams can easily be added, proving that the days of simple ‘traffic management’ are now numbered. In the future we will talk about ‘smart city management.’ The international jury – comprising representatives from Traffic Technology International, ITS International, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, the European Parking Association (EPA) and Eindhoven University of Technology – also chose category winners in four additional areas: Infrastructure, Traffic Management, Safety and Parking.
The winner in the Infrastructure category was Smart Ultimate Lighting, created by HR Groep (stand 01.409), from The Netherlands. The product is an innovative light-up road sign constructed using the same illuminating foil that is used in mobile phone screens. What’s more, the sign surface itself doubles as a solar panel, thanks to a transparent layer of photovoltaic cells, meaning it is completely self-powering. The jury was extremely impressed both by the potential ease-of-installation of this system and its implications for improving safety, while offering also a sustainable solution. Runners-up in the infrastructure category were Silca Traffic Systems’ Quick-Cube (stand 05.345), a self-supporting LED highway light which can be used for roadworks, events and security and Aisico Srl’s ADD_C software (stand 01.337), impressive for its ability to aid in drone-based infrastructure surveys.
The Traffic Management category was won by Houston Radar (stand 11.123), for its innovative SpeedLane product. Thanks to world-beating ultra-low power consumption, the SpeedLane multi-lane side-fire traffic radar is able to pack an impressive amount of hardware into a single solar-powered unit. It can monitor, count and classify vehicles in up to eight user-defined lanes. It also includes a camera for visual back-up and ease of installation. Once installed it can start transmitting data to a cloud-based server almost immediately. The jury particularly liked the fact that this product is making advanced traffic management systems accessible to authorities on tight budgets, around the world. Runner-ups in the Traffic Management category were the Ortana Meteos (stand 11.101), a road-weather monitoring system and APM PRO’s OnDynamic (stand 11.531), a complete traffic management system that uses Bluetooth-sensors.
The UK’s WheelRight (stand 10.321) won the Safety category with its WheelRight Tyre Pressure Technology system. The truly innovative roadside installation is capable of measuring tyre pressures on any vehicle without the need for any mechanical intervention. The vehicle only needs to drive over imbedded sensors for a reading to be made. Also shortlisted, the Safer Traffic Platform, created by Safer Place, Israel (stand EL.209), uses video technology to spot high-risk traffic and parking violations. The final product in the shortlist was EBO Van Weel’s vehicle-mounted VMS (stand 01.339).
The UK arm of Netherlands-based Parkmobile Group (stand 02.105) won the Parking category for the innovative development of its existing RingGO app. It has been enabling users to pay for their parking remotely for several years – but now the RingGO Parking Prediction app is being rolled out with the ability to check availability of parking spaces in advance and help with navigation to those spaces. Some availability is made certain through the use of sensors embedded in roads. However, what really impressed the jury was the development of a predictive algorithm, which can tell users what likely availability is upon arrival, even for spaces that do not have sensors. Also shortlisted in the parking category were Park Assist LLC’s upgraded M4 Smart-Sensor System (stand 03.203), which now includes streaming video surveillance and ALPR data and HR Groep’s MB multilayer parking (stand 01.409), a robust and cost-efficient multi-layer bike parking system.
A record total of 91 exhibiting companies entered the 2016 Intertraffic Innovation Awards. The five members of the international jury had to shortlist three entrants for each category. The jury then convened on 16 February 2016 for the 15 shortlisted companies to present their innovations in person, based upon which category winners were selected. The overall winner was then selected from the five category winners.
The 2016 jury consisted of:
Dr. Peter van der Knaap (Chairman of the Jury) – Managing Director of SWOV – Institute for Road Safety Research, The Netherlands
Peter H. Martens – Member of the Advisory Council of Directors, European Parking Association (EPA) and Vexpan, The Netherlands
Dr. Ir. B.J.C.M. (Ben) Rutten – Program Manager, Strategic Area Smart Mobility Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Colin Sowman – Editor, ITS International, Route One Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom
Tom Stone – Editor, Traffic Technology International, UKIP Media & Events Ltd, United Kingdom
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