Top-tier firms help procure world-first transport management system

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Two top-tier Australian firms have helped bring a world-first transport management system closer to reality for New South Wales (NSW).

Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) and ITNewcom, MinterEllison’s IT management consulting business, assisted Transport for NSW (TfNSW) with its Intelligent Congestion Management Program (ICMP). TfNSW recently announced the acquisition of a new transport management system called Enhanced Core Transport Management System (ECTMS), which is the centrepiece of the ICMP.

ICMP is the state’s program to ready the region for its future passenger transportation needs. The management system, capable of coordinating across all modes of transport in NSW, will be the first of its kind in the world when implemented, G+T said. It uses emerging technology and predictive analytics to improve efficiency of transport programs, provide decision support to operators, ease congestion, minimise environment impact, and provide the best incident-response plans.

G+T said that its technology and digital team, led by partners Lesley Sutton and Andrew Hii, partnered with the TfNSW legal team on all aspects of the project. Special counsel Melissa Fai and lawyers Kevin Stewart and Linda Baranov were also part of the team.

Sutton said that the project is part of the firm’s long-term strategic partnership with the state government. It also continues the firm’s ongoing role to help TfNSW develop the world’s leading intelligent transport management system.

ITNewcom fielded a multi-disciplinary team to support the exhaustive sourcing process for ECTMS. Executive director Simon Lewis and director Stuart Ritchie led the consulting firm’s team, which played a key role in the year-long process.

The ITNewcom team worked on the development and execution of the sourcing strategy, development and management of the RFP to market, support for the evaluation of vendor responses and negotiation of commercial outcomes, MinterEllison said. The firm acquired ITNewcom last year as it continues to expand beyond traditional legal business.