ExpiredTowards a Traffic Database for Perth

  • 22/02/2018
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This event will feature four speakers who will discuss important traffic and transport data sources in WA.  They are Anthony Maroni, Vern Bastian, Russell Jones and Brendan Lumbers.


Anthony Maroni is the Data and Systems Manager responsible for Main Roads asset information system with 20+ years’ experience in enterprise data and systems.  He is currently leading a project that will assess and recommend Main Roads future asset system options aligned with evolving business needs.

Anthony’s presentation will demonstrate the second release of Trafficmap, an initiative based on a self-service ethos that provides access to stakeholders who consume traffic data as part of their business.  Anthony will also provide an insight into the processes that underpin Trafficmap and the efforts to make them transparent and manage that knowledge.


Vern Bastian is General Manager of MetroCount, a Western Australian electronic engineering company specialising in the design and manufacture of traffic monitoring equipment and software.  Having obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, Vern commenced his career with Main Roads Western Australia in 1987, managing state-wide traffic data collection and processing.  During the next seven years, Vern managed Main Roads’ transition to digital traffic survey technology.  Vern then continued his career with MetroCount focussed on improving and delivering traffic data technology throughout the world.  For over 23 years with MetroCount, Vern continues contributing strongly to the company’s success and growth as a global industry leader, which now operates offices in the UK, USA and Netherlands and has clients in over 115 countries.

Vern will assert that any road usage information presented by any traffic database must be underpinned by data of known, acceptable quality.  Taking this further, the traffic data presentation system must allow users to verify that they are dealing with traffic reports and summaries underpinned by reliable data of acceptable quality.  Otherwise traffic professionals will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to use.  If you can’t trust the underlying data, why would you trust any subsequent graphs, charts or tables?

This is why MetroCount’s product design philosophy always focusses on:
a.       Gathering and retaining data at the smallest possible scale, which becomes the underlying raw data, and
b.      Providing software tools and training so that any user may convince themselves that they are dealing with data of acceptable quality in any particular case.

There are of course other design considerations, such as deployment logistics, maximised reliability, etc., but as far as the raw data and downstream data processing is concerned, the above two points always guide what we develop and sell. Any road usage information system should allow users access to the underlying datasets should they have a demonstrated need to do so.  Simply presenting a range of locked-in summaries may satisfy the bulk of users, but there will always be special cases where the traffic analyst needs that access, such as carrying out detailed correlations with crash information.  Then once they have that data access, they need the tools and training to carry out any particular traffic analysis they require.


Russell Jones is the Principal of Austraffic WA. Founded in 1983, Austraffic has undertaken thousands of traffic and transport studies in all states and territories of Australia, and New Zealand. Russell has been the Manager of the WA branch of Austraffic since 2009, and the Principal since 2012. He is responsible for the growth of the brand in WA, as well as the delivering of traffic data collection projects to clients.

In his presentation, Russell will give a brief overview of the various traffic data collection surveys currently available on the market. He will provide a guide as to the strengths and weaknesses of the various surveys, and indicate where specific surveys are best suited for specific data collection needs. Attendees will leave with a clear understand of what, how, when and why traffic data collection occurs.


Brendan Lumbers leads Transperth’s business intelligence efforts for the Public Transport Authority (WA) and is a key advocate for using Transperth’s data to improve public transport and support wider government planning and transport goals. He has 6 years of experience with Transperth’s ticketing system and has expert knowledge of the systems, public transport operations, and the data. Since taking on the lead BI role in late 2016, he has worked tirelessly to modernise Transperth’s capabilities and improve support for external parties.

The topic of his presentation will be: Public Transport (Transperth) – What data is captured and how it can assist with the wider transport management problems?


For more information please contact AITPM by email: aitpmwa@gmail.com



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