Russell Yell Stantec New ZealandStantec appoints Russell Yell as Future Mobility and Digital Cities Leader


Stantec has appointed Mr Russell Yell to the role of Future Mobility and Digital Cities Leader for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

ANZ Managing Director Mark Bruzzone said, "We were looking for a leader to help us advise our clients on the effect digital systems have on human behaviour in the urban environment. We knew straight away that Russell could bring his extensive global knowledge to benefit our local communities."

As Future Mobility and Digital Cities Leader, Mr Yell will lead Stantec’s digital and technology space in ANZ, helping clients embark on their digital transformation process, from strategy and vision through to solution delivery. He will also provide technical capabilities in transport planning across strategy and policy development, master-planning, ITS, active transport and rail.

"I have 15 years’ experience advising clients in the urban infrastructure, sports & entertainment and major events sectors," said Mr Yell. "My projects have ranged from looking at transport infrastructure requirements on a city-wide scale to data services and customer-facing digital solutions."

Mr Yell is a technically grounded project director and business leader who’s worked across the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, North America, Australia and New Zealand. More recently he developed the official Mobility App for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, stood as a smart cities and technology advisor for a government smart parking and access strategy, and led the delivery of an Open Data Implementation Plan for a pan-regional transport agency in the UK.

"Connecting people with technology to shape seamless, valued experiences for communities is both challenging and rewarding," said Mr Yell.

Copenhagen 2018Call for Papers for World Congress 2018 

ITS New Zealand members are advised of the call for papers for the 2018 World Congress in Copenhagen. 

For Technical/Scientific papers and SIS proposals, please submit directly to the official website. The due date is 15 December.

For information about the submission and sessions, please refer to the following PDF document:

To submit a paper or proposal for Special Interest Session, scientific Session, Technical Session or Commercial Session, you need to do so directly by following the link below:

Applications are being sought for Executive Sessions, and will be submitted to the ITS Asia Pacific Board please complete this form and adhere to the following. 

For this year, we would request you to submit "Session Title" and "Five keywords with the bullet points."
Please use the attached ES application form and submit via email by 10th of December.
Then, the 3 Regions will reconcile the proposals and develop session descriptions which will be presented at the International Program Committee on 6-8March in Copenhagen.


ITS New Zealand appoints David Vinsen to Chair and Mohammed Hikmet as President

David Vinsen ITSNZAt the ITS New Zealand Board meeting yesterday, Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) chief executive, David Vinsen was unanimously appointed to Chair the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) New Zealand board. Mohammed Hikmet, founder and Chairperson of HMI Technologies Group was also appointed to continue as President and continues to lead international activities, as New Zealand’s representative on the ITS Asia-Pacific Board and the ITS World Congress organising committee.

Vinsen’s extensive governance experience was seen as invaluable to drive the organisation’s commitment to advocate for transport technology solutions which save lives and make transport more sustainable and efficient.

“I’m very pleased to have the unanimous support of the board to lead this exciting organisation. I feel that my experience in governance, and understanding of the vehicle supply chain, complements the other board members, which represent the varied aspects of the ITS eco-system.” says Vinsen.
While the new board were appointed some months ago, they have introduced and ne membership structure and a bold business plan which has already attracted several new organisations. The board has invested their time in developing the organisation’s forward events schedule and business plan, with events featuring leading international and local experts, with the organisation hoping to inspire, educate and generate informed discussion around transport technology.

“What is encouraging is the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have just received from members returning from the recent ITS World Congress in Montreal, that is that New Zealand is leading the world. We have a supportive and forward-looking transport ministry, progressive national and regional governments and New Zealand has fewer regulatory and operational obstacles that will set back the benefits of emerging technology. That is particularly advantageous for local innovators, and international companies looking for a test bed.” says Vinsen.

Members of the ITS New Zealand Board include:
David Vinsen (VIA), Mohammed Hikmet (HMI Technologies), Andrew Gurr (Fusion Networks), Deryk Whyte (DWG Consulting), Mike Rudge (Stantec), Stephen Hewett (Beca), Lee McKenzie (Ministry of Transport), Blair Monk (Aurecon), Peter Filbey (Auckland Transport), Dave Rendall (Fulton Hogan)

ITS New Zealand board member contact details

Media Release attached


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Call for Papers 2018 ITS Asia Pacific Forum, Fukuoka 

The organising committee at ITS Japan are working with the Organizing Committee of the 2018 ITS AP Forum (Fukuoka), and are pleased to announce that we have posted the Call for Papers for Fukuoka AP Forum on the ITS-AP website. 
Or you can find it below direct URL on Fukuoka AP Forum website. 
The deadline for submission is 20th November. 

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North America Study Tour - Pre World Congress

Join an exciting and interactive study tour of the USA, taking place prior to the 24th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Montreal.
Experience connected automated vehicles and smart city technologies across North America.

The proposed Study Tour, hosted by ITS Australia, will visit test beds, research centres, developing smart cies, university and technical instuons to see the latest stateside innovations.

This will be an opportunity to travel with high level government, industry and research representaves from Australia and network with North American ITS leaders and influencers.

The proposed itinerary includes San Francisco, Columbus and Washington DC. Site visits will include:*

  • GoMentum Station, Concord, California
  • Ford Research and Innovation Centre, Palo Alto, California
  • Smart City Competion Winner, Columbus, Ohio Virginia
  • Automated Corridors and HOT Lanes, Washington DC

For further information on the itinerary or to register interest please contact Blair Monk Phone +64 9 520 6019

NZ Government Supports SBAS Programme with Australia

New Zealand will join Australia in a world-leading satellite technology test-bed.

The New Zealand and Australian Governments will be partners in a two-year trial of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), and an associated programme of trials.

SBAS is expected to improve air navigation, smartphone-based services, asset management and precision agriculture, and is expected to be needed for the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles.

  • Current generation SBAS - common in most regions of the developed world
  • Precise Point Positioning - this technique is use for surveying applications, but is not currently suitable for mobile platforms
  • Next-generation SBAS - to date this has only been tested in a laboratory so broadcasting this signal via satellite and developing the establishment of the test-bed is considered world leading  

The current-generation service is not expected to become operational until late May/June 2017. The next-generation SBAS service will be operational from November 2017.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI) will manage the SBAS test-bed and associated trial programme – New Zealand will have representation on the Steering Group. The CRC-SI will be calling for participation in the test-bed from across nine sectors, including transport, in about March/April. 

New Zealand organisations will be able to submit trial proposals direct to the CRC-SI and of course once the service is operational anyone with an SBAS capable receiver (excluding certified avionics) should benefit.

Further information can be found on the LINZ website here 

Reports from the Chairman, President and Treasurer of ITS New Zealand

The following reports have been prepared by Chairman Peter McCombs, President Mohammed Hikmet and Treasurer Rick Barber in preparation for the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Please click on the links below to read or download each report. 

Special Report: Chairman's recommendation to be tabled at AGM for interim board to discuss change in membership structure.  Click here to read or download this recommendation.  

The 2017 Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place at Beca Auditorium, Pitt Street, Auckland at 12PM, Tuesday 14th of February. For more information see the Events page.

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2017 ITS Asia Pacific Forum Call for Papers

A call for papers: An opportunity to share your ideas with the ITS Asia Pacific Technical Committee, such as industrial professionals and government officials. The content of the abstract must adhere to one of the abstract topics published in ITS AP website.

Click here to see the abstract categories.

The ITS Asia Pacific Forum is scheduled for June 26th to June 29th, Hong Kong Science Park. For all information about the 2017 Asia Pacific Forum please visit the website 

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2017 ITS World Congress Call for Sessions and Papers

A Call for papers for the 24th ITS World Congress is underway. Submission Deadline for Papers and Sessions for the 2017 ITS World Congress in Montreal is February 17th. 

For information on the congress program and making submissions please visit


Melbourne 2016 ITS World Congress
ITS Makes Melbourne one of the World's most liveable cities.

Melbourne has been awarded the title World’s most liveable city, for a 6th successive year.
Host of the upcoming 23rd ITS World Congress, ITS Australia are quick to point out that Intelligent Transport Systems have a part to play in helping the city maintain a high quality of life for it's citizens.

Read their full press release here

NZTA seeks input for new ITS Framework online portal 

Russel Pinchen NZTA

in April, NZTA's Principal ITS Engineer Russell Pinchen talked to members of the ITS industry about the NZTA's new ITS Framework, at events organised by ITS New Zealand and hosted at The Ministry of Transport in Wellington and Beca in Auckland.

Through the NZTA ITS Framework, the NZTA has begun review their procurement and the way standards are structured. To assist this review NZTA have created the ITS Forum website for industry consultation, where parties can request change to standards and lodge project departures. 

Those who are interested in contributing to the ITS Framework are encouraged to register as a user.

Mr Pinchen also discussed trials underway on the Auckland Motorway of new colour VMS. 

Electric vehicles event proves popular

EV Presenters EV Event Auckland

With cross-polination between driverless and electric vehicles building momentum for change the recent presentations and panel on Electric Vehicles held at Auckland University proved to be very popular. The event was a good opportunity to hear from experts and leaders of the EV industry and to learn about the benefit electric cars, trucks and other modes will bring. 

At an event chaired by ITS NZ's Blair Monk ITS Specialist at Aurecon), Liz Yeaman, GM Transport at EECA discussed how New Zealand is the ideal place for Electric Vehicles, and suggested there are opportunities for New Zealand technology innovators to create complimentary technology.

Steve West, CEO of Charge Net, and a representative of such technology discussed the role out of their charging network and the open model they are using, being aware that the complimentary infrastructure is required to inspire uptake of the vehicles. 

Steve and Liz were joined by Mark Yates (Ecotricity) for an informative and active panel Q&A. 

Download the presentation by Liz Yeaman here

Download the presentation by Steve West here

Appreciation to Aurecon Group for catering this event. 

Sweatman Presentations launch 2016 Events Calendar

Dr Peter Sweatman

ITS New Zealand continues their popular program of hosting informative events. In early February, the Ministry of Transport and ITS New Zealand hosted Dr Peter Sweatman of CAVita, an international expert on driverless and autonomous vehicles.

Presentations on Autonomous Vehicles by Dr Peter Sweatman of CAVita in Wellington and Auckland attracted over 220 attendees and Dr Sweatman also generated significant media interest from local journalists keen to understand the exciting emerging technology of driverless cars.  

We are fortunate to be able to share Dr Sweatman's presentation, download the PDF here

Hear interviews on NewstalkZB or Radio New Zealand

Annual Activity Reports From the Chairman and the President

In preparation for our Annual General Meeting ITS New Zealand's Chairman Peter McCombs and President Mohammed Hikmet have written reports in the year's activity and plans for the year ahead. You can download PDF versions of the full reports here: 

Chairman's Report

President's Report



Just launched, the ITS Forum is a website to provide registered users with access to all current NZTA ITS standards and specifications along with accompanying notes and diagrams. The website also contains an online consultation and review process. This consultation area permits download of a draft document and has a blog area for informed comment by clicking on the relevant section heading to the left.

All individuals with a bona fide interest in NZTA ITS standards and specifications are invited to register (once only) for the NZTA ITS Forum 

The first online consultation (Ramp Signalling) is open for your comment.

Note: If you have cookies and passwords enabled you will be able to login to the site on future occasions without any further entries. You can update your user profile and email subscriptions at any time. Please note that the ITS Forum site is a Beta site and will be continuously improved. Submit feedback on site improvements or issues by email at


Martin Matthews inducted into Hall of Fame at 2015 ITS World Congress

Last night in Bourdeaux, France, Martin Matthews, Secretary of Transport and CEO of Ministry of Transport, was inducted into the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congresses Hall of Fame. 

Read more on The Ministry of Transport Website

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New Zealand Phd Student Frank Lehman granted Scholarship from ITS Australia for Melbourne World Congress

News Release: Introducing the Future Faces of Intelligent Transport

As part of the 23rd ITS World Congress to be held in Melbourne in 2016, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia is sponsoring local resident, Frank Lehmann as one of 10 students chosen from across Asia Pacific recognised for their work in technological advancements.

Representing ITS New Zealand, Frank will join nine other future innovators from across the region as members of the newly created global program - ITS Future Innovators Club - which is designed to harness the expertise of young professionals in the technology space, and encourage collaboration and connection amongst these emerging leaders.

ITS Australia’s CEO Susan Harris says this scholarship program has been designed to give future innovators access to world leaders and resources to shape the future of transport technology both in Australia and globally. ITS Australia would like to thank ITS New Zealand for their role in managing nominations and selecting the winner.

“ITS Australia has established our global scholarship program to recognise student excellence from the Asia Pacific Region, acknowledging the leadership of students such as Frank and how their vision of international transport innovations plays a role in their culture and values.

“With a series of scholarship objectives throughout the lead up to the 2016 23rd ITS World Congress, we will be looking to Frank and the nine other students to extend their continued performance and leadership, create strong and beneficial relationships with key industry bodies, and showcase these when they join us in Melbourne for the 23rd World Congress in October 2016," Ms Harris said.

The students will then collaborate to prepare a session for the Exhibition Hall auditorium on the final day to present on their vision for Future ITS Innovations and the benefits these will offer our local community.

Each student was chosen by ITS professionals in their local region based on a range of criteria, of which being a student in the transport and innovation sector was one. Below is further detail on Frank’s winning submission.

Born and raised in Germany and obtaining his Masters in Civil Engineering & Management at the Technical University of Cottbus, Frank worked for over four years at Audi in the field of electronics development before settling in New Zealand to pursue a PhD in Transport Engineering and ITS.

 “Participating in the ITS World Congress 2016 will be a great way for me to get in touch with other researchers who approach ITS problems from different angles and come to different conclusions.

“Besides the networking effect, I would benefit by getting insight into other student’s projects, where they struggled or met dead ends, what obstacles they overcame, which issues are to be solved in the near future and which work remains to be done.

“One of the great aspects about conferences is the ability to establish connections between researchers and remove the geographic divide between research groups. I would contribute to the ITS World Congress by becoming a multiplier who spreads ideas to my fellows in the ITS and Transport Research Group at Auckland University.

“Of course I hope that my work will leave an impact somehow – and I believe that synchronizing with people in the same field is a good way to make sure that it can be useful for others later.”

For more information on the 2016 Asia Pacific Student Excellence Scholarship Program, visit

Download the full release here

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