Two exhibitions in Sydney address Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities

Two exhibitions in Sydney address Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities

Government, industry and start-ups come together to exploit drones and driverless vehicles and participate in the emerging global Smart Cities industry at two events taking place in Sydney in late March and early April.

With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the Smart Supply Chain event and the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 both in Sydney provide a forum for government, transport & logistics industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry.

“Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” said Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia.

Ms Harris, the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream, will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies.

“We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” said Ms Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.”

The capturing and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them.

Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport.

“How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” said Ms Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.”

Both events have displays of remote vehicles and provide a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data be it in logistics, transport, defence and emergency response.

Smart Expo takes place from 29-30 March. It is free to attend and will include a special display on driverless forklifts. At LOCATE the exhibition is free to attend on Tuesday 4 April, while the conference is split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.

According to Simon Cooper, managing director of Interpoint Events, the organiser of both shows, it’s a double opportunity to research and understand a topic that is hitting the headlines.

“Recent attention on the use of drones for defence purposes, Uber’s self-driving car tests in the USA, retail giant Amazon’s first drone delivery in the UK last December, and Australian start-up Flirtey’s drone delivery partnership with 7-Eleven show there is innovation and disruption for the transport and logistics market, and Smart and LOCATE are great places to assess this future technology.”

Both events take place at the new International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Smart Expo

Since 2005, Smart Expo has been the event to bring supply chain and logistics managers together all under the one roof. The exhibition is held biannually in partnership with Smart Conference.

More than 800 managers attend the conference and visit the exhibition daily. This ensures Smart Expo & Conference is the largest supply chain event in Australasia.

The International Symposium on Digital Earth

The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.

ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.


The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA).


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