Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES)

Intelligent transport technology for smart cities

Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) is a world-first living laboratory based in the streets of Melbourne. AIMES is being established to test highly integrated transport technology and its ability to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.

Transport Technologies is taking a leading role in testing and rollout, working closely with government and leading national and international industry sectors via a partnership called AIMES — the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem.

A productive transport system is essential to the liveability of cities and for industries to remain competitive in the global marketplace. With current transport infrastructure under stress, the AIMES street-based ecosystem provides a unique platform for collaborative trials of technology that connect the movement of people and goods with transport infrastructure options.

Central to AIMES is a network of smart sensors designed to connect all parts of the transport environment within a segment of Melbourne streets. The focus is on ‘multimodal’ transport — connected vehicles, connected public transport, connected pedestrians and cyclists, and smart public transport stations.

Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem brochure [PDF]

Impacts at a glance

The global market for smart transport solutions based on integrated digital infrastructure is estimated to be worth more than:
$100 billion by 2018
Annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia:
$27 billion per annum
Annual economic cost of congestion in Australia:
$18 billion per annum
Besides reducing the cost of congestion, connected transport can help reduce the economic cost of road crashes by:

Global Partnership team

As a world-first living laboratory, the University of Melbourne is working closely with a range of government and leading national and international industry partners, including:

Australian government

  • VicRoads
  • Public Transport Victoria (PTV)
  • Department of Economics Development, Job, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
  • Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Yarra

Australian industry

  • NBN
  • Telstra
  • ITS-Australia
  • CitiPower
  • WSP
  • EastLink
  • IAG
  • Cohda Wireless
  • HMI Technologies
  • Deep Recognition
  • Woolworths
  • Yarra Trams
  • RACV
  • AEV
  • Bestrane Group

International industry

  • PTV Group
  • HERE Maps
  • Transdev
  • Siemens
  • Ericsson
  • Cisco
  • Kapsch
  • Toshiba
  • Q-Free
  • Easymile
  • Local Motors
  • Nordic Built

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