- Hackathon to explore safety and productivity solutions for heavy vehicle industry
- Focus on developing a 'smart' licence plate
- Nine teams from four Western Australian universities competing for $10,000 prize
The brightest minds from Western Australia's universities will come together today to explore opportunities for delivering innovative, cost effective safety and productivity solutions for the heavy vehicle industry.
Transport and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion today launched the Heavy Vehicle Hackathon at the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre as part of the Liberal National Government's commitment to innovation that benefited industry.
"We want to harness the brightest minds from our WA universities to generate ideas and information to assess the viability of digitising heavy vehicle number plates," Mr Marmion said.
"A digitised 'smart plate' could be made available to heavy vehicle users seeking to increase their vehicle size and/or load capacity to improve efficiency, productivity and profitability.
"Part of the increased profits generated by this initiative could then form a contribution to the continued development, improvement and modification of heavy vehicle routes and services.
"Less heavy vehicle trips delivering the same or greater capacity will not only improve the safety of all road users, but less wear and tear on vehicles and the road network also means reduced maintenance costs."
Four Western Australian universities are taking part in the Hackathon - Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia.
The Minister said the Hackathon aligned with the objectives of the recently released Western Australian Innovation Strategy.
"This is about bringing together different people and talents, and providing opportunities for learning, networking, mentoring and collaboration to foster creativity and innovation," he said.
"This Government is committed to creating and developing innovative solutions and services for the heavy vehicle industry."
If a successful 'smart plate' design and functionality is presented at the Hackathon, Main Roads Western Australia will then proceed to a prototype and testing of the design.
- The winning Hackathon team will be announced at an award night to be held on Friday December 16, 2016
Minister's office - 6552 6800