The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport held their 2016 Annual Awards Dinner in Wellington on October 10th. The Bluetooth Trial for Visitor Drivers, a PPP between the Ministry, the Transport Agency, and three private entities, including Resolve Group, won in its category –  Safety, Security and Environmental Innovation. Peter Bailey and Rick van Barneveld have been closely involved with the project since its inception, and were gratified to note that, as the MC said on the night, the Minister looked very pleased! Henry Pretorius, of the Transport Agency, gave a special shout out to Resolve Group for preparing the winning submission.

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The recipients of the Award representing the Transport Agency, the Ministry of Transport, GO Rentals and HMI Technologies, with Rick van Barneveld (first on left) and Peter Bailey (third from left) from Resolve Group, and Leonard Sampson (second from left) who presented the award.

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Resolve Group has been closely involved with the Intelligent Transport System trial of real-time messaging to visitor drivers through Bluetooth, the first time such a technology has been implemented for transport.

The trial is taking place from the end of June through to December on the Christchurch to Queenstown route (SH8). The initial stages of the project will see roadside technology from trial partner HMI Technologies push safety messaging, via Bluetooth, to units placed in rental cars from trial partner Go Rentals. In the future, with later model vehicles, the messages could be pushed directly to the car’s media centre.

It is hoped the trial will demonstrate the potential of technology to improve safety outcomes in remote locations. Although this will not eliminate driver error completely, it has the potential to be a part of the on-going suite of safety offerings delivered by the Transport Agency.

Sixty-three roadside transmitters have been installed on the main highway between Christchurch and Queenstown. Installing the same number of signs would have taken more than a year (roughly one week/sign), but it took only 21 days to install the entire Bluetooth system on the ground. Unlike traditional VMS, all these beacons are solar powered and produce zero emissions.

The route was selected because of the high number of rental vehicles using the popular tourist road and involves rental vehicle customers volunteering to take part.