January 15, 2004
Winning contracts for Intelligent Transportation Systems research announced
Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister Tony Valeri announced that the Government of Canada has selected the winning projects that will be awarded contracts funded under Innovation Through Partnership, Transport Canada’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Research and Development Plan.
ITS is a new field where information processing, communication systems and sensing devices are combined and integrated in creative ways to make the transportation system work more effectively. Centralized traffic management, transit smart cards and electronic tolling are examples of ITS.
The categories under which contract proposals were submitted for Innovation Through Partnership funding include: Urban Transportation; Safety, Security and Trade Facilitation; Environment; and Foundations of Innovation. These categories are all part of Transport Canada’s Research and Development Plan.
The following contracts have been awarded in four target areas:
Traffic management and control and public transportation
Delcan Corporation of Toronto, Ontario will receive $99,799 in funding to develop intelligent sign management systems, with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, and the Advanced Traffic Management Section.
Globis Data Inc.
Globis Data Inc. of Kanata, Ontario will receive $99,900 in funding to develop a system for using cell phones as traffic probes, with Profilium, Mixperts, and the University of Waterloo.
LEA Consulting Ltd.
LEA Consulting Ltd. of Markham, Ontario will receive $100,000 in funding to develop a transit signal priority algorithm, with Fortran Traffic Systems, and the University of Toronto ITS Centre and Testbed.
Transportation safety, transportation security and commercial vehicle operations
Synectics Transportation Consultants Inc.
Synectics Transportation Consultants Inc. of St. Catharines, Ontario will receive $99,960 to develop work zone traffic management on streets and highways, with the University of Toronto ITS Centre and Testbed.
MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd.
MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. of Richmond, British Columbia will receive $100,000 in funding to develop a commercial vehicle operations (CVO) data clearinghouse/brokerage facility with the University of British Columbia.
International Road Dynamics
International Road Dynamics of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will receive $99,000 in funding to develop remote-controlled weigh stations, with Constance Consultants Ltd., Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation, and the University of Saskatchewan.
Reduction of greenhouse gases and Road Weather Information Systems
IBI Group of Toronto, Ontario will receive $84,500 in funding to develop a real-time communications system for “ride-matching” (i.e., matching drivers with riders). An innovative point system will be incorporated to provide incentive to drivers to participate. The project will be undertaken with Larsson Consulting Ltd., Redknee Inc. and the University of New Brunswick.
IBI Group of Toronto, Ontario will also receive $99,250 in funding to develop sensor systems to determine pavement load-bearing capability, which can vary in different weather conditions. IBI Group will work in partnership with the University of Waterloo Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology, and Manitoba Transport and Government Services.
ITS standards and methodological issues
Galdos Systems Inc.
Galdos Systems Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia will receive $99,980 in funding to develop traffic system spatial infrastructure (i.e., the means by which geographic or locational information may be integrated with transportation management systems). Galdos will partner with Translink (the Greater Vancouver Transit Authority), InComKorea, and an advisor from the University of Toronto.
IBI Group of Toronto Ontario, in partnership with the University of Waterloo, will receive $99,980 in funding for the development of technical systems requirements for a national traveller information system that could be accessed by dialing “511”.