IBM wins $22 million integration deal with Queensland Motorways

Work to commence in early 2008

IBM has won an 18 month integration deal with Queensland Motorways to introduce automated free-flow tolling on the state's roads.

The smart system will use traffic management and business intelligience technology to provide drivers with cashless billing options via transponder, license plate recognition or post-toll payments.

IBM has been appointed as the systems integrator responsible for the solution design and infrastructure development of the Central System.

The company will provide consulting services, IT infrastructure and software.

The initial design and infrastructure development phase of the project is valued at A$9 million and will commence in early 2008.

Plans for the final build stage to be contracted in 2009 will bring the total cost of the project to A$22 million over a period of 18 months.

IBM A/NZ global business services partner, Sarah Adam-Gedge, said innovative intelligent transportation solutions are playing a significant role in helping cities reduce congestion and reduce greenhouse emissions.

IBM is currently working with a number of cities - including London, Stockholm and Singapore - to address multi-modal traffic management and congestion challenges.

Adam-Gedge said IBM has dedicated a team of 150 research scientists, across multiple labs, to work on intelligent transportation technologies and solutions, including researching, testing and developing new traffic information management capabilities.

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