Well done to Dave Smith and Robyn Hyde from Abley (supported by Richard Paling from Richard Paling Consulting), who have had their research report on "Use of technology to measure and improve freight movements" published by NZ Transport Agency.
The advance of technology has created several rich sources of data to analyse road network performance and freight patterns. New technology is also driving intelligent transport systems (ITS) designed to improve transport operations. This research used Auckland as a case study to explore how existing and real-time data sources could be used to manage network performance and improve journey predictability for urban freight using ITS solutions.
Through extensive engagement with key stakeholders, it was agreed that the freight sector could be supported by technology applications that can increase the uptake of public transport, improve incident management, improve the placement and design of loading zones and improve the flow of motorways by ulitising speed technology.
The research presents five case studies, each of which describes an application of technology, a location within Auckland where benefits will be realised, and the extent of current congestion in the vicinity.
The report is available for download from the Transport Agency website at www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/research/reports/625.