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ITEANZ is offering financial support for young members to attend worldwide conferences, meetings or other professional events which would allow them to interact and learn from other professionals, thanks to sponsorship from Austraffic. The aim is to contribute to their personal and professional development.

Conditions:

  • Applicants must be no more than 35 years old at the time of the event.
  • Applicants must be financial members of ITEANZ (Note that membership fees are heavily discounted for students and young members).
  • Applicants must declare any other financial support for attending the event.
  • The financial support will depend on the merits of the application but will have a limit of up to 75% of the total cost of conference registration, travel expenses and accommodation with a limit of $4000 per person per year.
  • Successful applicants will report their learnings at a seminar or in a report.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • the relevance to transport issues in ANZ,
  • the reputation of the conference, and
  • the value to the ITEANZ and the transport profession.

For example, attendance at ITE Annual Meetings in the US, IPENZ Conferences in NZ or Australian interstate events would be supported.

Applications are open on an ongoing basis.

Submission should include:

  • Name, age, contact details.
  • Details of conference, meeting or event.
  • Details of total costs for registration, accommodation and travel.
  • Why you wish to attend this event and how it would contribute to your personal and professional development.
  • Current employment and career aspirations
  • Any supporting statements from employer or other ITE members.
  • Involvement in educational, professional or other activities.
  • How you will share learnings from the event.
  • How you address the above assessment criteria.

For further information and submission:  secretary@ite.org.au.

To learn more about ITEANZ and this fantastic learning opportunity go to http://www.ite.org.au/worldwide-learning-opportunities/

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We are delighted to announce Austraffic's support of the Brisbane Lions Women's team as the official shorts partner.  

Brisbane Lions Women’s CEO Breeanna Brock said: “This is an exciting new partnership, with a fantastic Australian company and we are thrilled to welcome Austraffic to the Lions’ family.”

Austraffic’s Queensland Principals, Caralyn and Martin Jordan-Williams, are long time members of the Brisbane Lions and are proud to be foundation members of the Brisbane Lions Women’s Team.   

“We were so excited when the unique opportunity to be an official partner of the Women’s Team became available,” said Caralyn.  

“It means a lot to us at Austraffic to be given the chance to support and encourage the success of women in sport, especially AFL.”   

http://www.lions.com.au/news/2017-02-04/austraffic-sign-as-womens-shorts...

 

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Fewer people are staying out late at night in the Sydney CBD and surrounding precincts, while antisocial behaviour has continued to decline, a City of Sydney report has found.

The study paints a picture of how the 1.30am lockout and 3am "last drinks" laws are changing the city's nightlife, suggesting they have reduced the number of late-night revellers on the city's streets while contributing to an ongoing decrease in violence and drunken antics.

At 4am, foot traffic was down by about 800 people apiece in Kings Cross and Oxford Street – just over 80 per cent on 2012 figures. At 11pm on the Friday, the study counted 2000 fewer pedestrians in the Cross – a decrease of 58 per cent.

In both areas, pedestrian activity peaked at or before 1am, in some cases at higher levels than in 2012. That activity then fell sharply and continued to decline, a pattern the City of Sydney anticipated "may be linked" with the lockout measures.

"The lack of a secondary peak between 3-4am suggests that people are leaving the area, rather than staying in venues until closing times," the report noted.

On average, foot traffic was lower in almost all precincts except Newtown and the southern CBD. The latter has undergone a boom in pedestrian activity in the early evenings: between 7pm and 8pm on a Saturday night, 14,352 people passed along George Street between Bathurst and Liverpool streets, making it busier than Martin Place in peak hour. But these numbers fell back below 2012 levels later in the evening.

Newtown, which does not come under the lockout, was the only precinct that sustained higher pedestrian activity on both Friday and Saturday until 4am. Pedestrian numbers were up by more than 200 per cent at their peak, with 1740 more people counted at midnight on a Saturday, according to the report.

The trend was less clear in Pyrmont, which is also outside the lockout zone and contains the Star Casino. Pyrmont was quieter on a Friday night than in 2012, but busier late on Saturday night, with 700 more pedestrians counted at midnight. Those numbers depleted rapidly after 1am, however.

Pedestrian activity around Glebe declined significantly, while Surry Hills and Redfern remained "relatively stable".

The observations took place over two nights in March 2015 and were published in a report, Late Night Management Areas Research: Phase 4, released in January. The authors, from the City of Sydney and consultants Urbis and Austraffic, acknowledged the research only provided a snapshot of two typical evenings in the year.

Surveyors also recorded incidents of antisocial behaviour which they classified as serious (physical and verbal fights, shouting), less serious (staggering, vomiting and street drinking) and non-serious ("incidents of playing or singing").

The number of serious and less serious incidents fell from 3650 in 2010 to 1327 in 2012 and then 703 in 2015 – a decrease of 80 per cent over five years.

Antisocial behaviour halved in Kings Cross from 2012 to 2015, the report found, but the area retained the highest proportion of serious incidents. Of the 185 incidents observed over two nights, 30 per cent were marked as serious.

On Saturday nights, serious incidents peaked at 3am, coinciding with the "last drinks" law coming into effect, while on Friday night, they peaked at 10pm.

"There does not appear to be a direct relationship between the concentration of licensed premises and the incidence of antisocial behaviour," the report noted.

The report will appeal to lockout sceptics who argue the laws have only succeeded in reducing violence by reducing the number of people frequenting the city's primary nightspots.

The measures were introduced in February 2014 and a review will commence this month.

A spokesman for Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the review would consider "all aspects, including the effect the laws may have on the local economy".

The City of Sydney has planned to transform its night-time economy by diversifying late-night entertainment options and attracting older visitors. It wants 40 per cent of night-time visitors to be aged 40 or older by 2030, and 40 per cent of businesses open after 6pm to be shops.

"The City is committed to a safe and inclusive city at night for all residents, workers and visitors, and we support measures to address alcohol-related crime and violence," a spokeswoman said.

Reblogged from Sydney Morning Herald

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/late-night-street-activity-in-sydney-plunges-report-finds-20160202-gmjdcd.html
 

 

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"Data, hardware, and software are available in droves, but human comprehension of the possibilities they enable is much less common. Given that problem, there is a great need for more education on this topic. And unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of other good options out there for non-quantitative managers who want to learn about analytics."

Data AnalyticsThis is where Austraffic comes in.  We can be your quantitative knowledge base. With over 30 years experience, we know the best way to gather and analyse traffic and transport data to ensure your specific needs are met.  We have the expertise to assist you with:

  • Identifying and Framing the Analytical Problem "A proper quantitative analysis starts with recognizing a problem or decision and beginning to solve it. In decision analysis, this step is called framing, and it’s one of the most critical parts of a good decision process... What managers need to focus on in the framing stage is that they have systematically identified and assessed the problem, and that they have considered alternate framings. It may be helpful to discuss the issue with quantitative analysts who have a sense of how alternative framings might be pursued."
  • Working with Quantitative People: "Speaking of quantitative analysts, it’s really important for managers to establish a close working relationship with them. You have the understanding of the business problem; your “quant” has the understanding of how to gather data on and analyze it."
  • Understanding Different Types of Data and Their Implications: It's not all about 'big data' but we can certainly help you with that too.
  • Understanding Different Types of Analytics and Their Implications  Not all data is suitable to solve all problems. We can help you determine what is the best way to collect the most useful data for your needs
  • Exploring Internal and External Uses of Analytics  "Historically, analytics were used almost exclusively to support internal decisions. That’s still useful, of course, but now companies are also using data and analytics to create new products and services."  Who is going to use your data? We can tailor our reports to ensure that the end-user can understand and effectively use the data.

Austraffic is at the forefront of traffic and transport data collection, constantly assessing more effective methods of data collection and analysis, yet never swayed by the shiny and new, unless it has proven itself through our extensive testing.  We can help you determine the best methods for collecting traffic and transport data, and ensure that the analysis is accurate, and best suited to your analytical problem.

Reblogged from Hbr.org 5 Essential Principles for Understanding Analytics

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"Knowing how to develop and deliver a data-driven presentation is now a crucial skill for many professionals, since we often have to tell our colleagues a story about the success of a new initiative, the promise of a new business opportunity, or the imperative of a change in strategy — stories that are much more compelling when they’re backed by numbers.

...start by thinking about your audience. Who are you presenting to, and how much do they know about the topic?

...be sure you know the overall story you’re trying to tell, and use charts sparingly to support your story. You’re not trying to subdue your enemy through the sheer volume of data you can bring to bear on your argument

...Take the time to spell out the story you see in the data so that it’s clear to someone who hasn’t been poring over that dataset for the past six weeks.

... produce your charts with a tool like Infogr.am or Tableau — both of which will produce charts that look a heck of a lot better than what Excel spits out — you’ll immediately improve your data-driven presentations.

...You don’t have to have the perfect dataset or the world’s most beautiful infographics to make data storytelling a valuable part of your communications toolbox. All you need is to break down the wall that keeps math in one part of your brain, and storytelling in another."

Reblogged from HBR.org How to Give a Data Heavy Presentation

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"To reach audiences with data-driven content, what really matters is your ability to craft a good story, and there’s very little math required. In fact, discomfort with numbers may actually lead you to ask the right questions to create the most interesting and accessible data-driven content"

The Best Data Storytellers Aren’t Always the Numbers People

 

 

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The 5th of August marks the anniversary of the first electric traffic signal, which was installed on this day in 1914 on the corner of 105th and Euclid, in Cleveland, Ohio.

At the time, horse drawn wagons and carts competed with an ever increasing number of motorised vehicles, resulting in the sort of chaos and congestion that can probably be still found today in some parts of the world.  Previous attempts to control the traffic flow often relied on man-power; either with a police officer standing in the street directing traffic, or through hand operated signs and signals, including a highly-explosive gas-lit variety. 

The 101st anniversary of the electric traffic light has been honored with a Google Doodle and you can read more about the history of traffic lights here.

We've certainly come a long way, when you consider that we can now utilise these electric signals to identify the number and types of people ignoring them via Red Light + Rail Runner Surveys!

Sources: The Telegraph UK, Traffic light's 101st Anniversary Celebrated, 5 Aug 2015 and Google Doodles, 101st Anniversary of the First Electric Traffic Signal System, August 5 2015

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The city of Aarhus, Denmark has deployed 10 dynamic digital signs that are driven by motorist’s driving behavior and real-time data from their Bluetooth equipment, such as headsets and mobile phones. The signs provide instructions that include driving times and the fastest routes, which saves time and helps traffic to flow smoothly.

The traffic data on the new information signs is based upon real-time inputs from 125 BlipTrack Sensors that are placed on selected roads in Aarhus. These sensors detect motorists driving with a Bluetooth device, such as in hands-free systems and mobile phones. When a vehicle with an activated Bluetooth device passes the sensors, its anonymous ID, also called a MAC address, is recorded, encrypted and time-stamped. The data is then sent to a server where it is filtered and analysed.

By combining the data collected by all sensors, an accurate picture about each road user, such as their travel times, dwell times and movement patterns are provided. The information of the monitoring system are used to inform and warn city traffic engineers about queues and delays, identify problem areas, evaluate and calibrate traffic signals, provide information on the capacity of existing roads, and detect changes in traffic patterns.

Austraffic is the Australian partner of Blip Systems.  Contact us if you'd like to learn more about BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors and real-time data collection.

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The key to a successful, data-driven marketing strategy is finding the perfect intersection between technology and human expertise.

The role of Human Interpretation in Big Data Analysis

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You don't need Big Data to make better decisions. The reality is that companies have more data than they think, they need less data than they think, and more than 50 years of research supports the notion that predictive models consistently outperform human decision-making abilities.

The Fall of Intuition-Based Decisions and Rise of Little Data  

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