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AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has formed a partnership with specialist technology company Q-CTRL to explore the use of quantum computing to increase the resilience of Sydney’s transport network. Possible applications include tackling complex problems such as updating schedules in real time if there is crowding on the network.

‘This is a rare opportunity for some of our leading transport innovators and quantum computing experts to come together to tackle complex transport network management and congestion problems,’ said Minister for Transport & Roads Andrew Constance on April 12.

‘Future applications of the technology could include mapping all transport modes and crowd movements simultaneously in real time, and automatically updating the schedule to solve disruption issues. We could see all trains, buses, ferries, trams and motorways essentially talking to each other to find out where customers are and deploy resources where needed. It could be used for massive public events, like New Year’s Eve or Vivid Festival.’

Q-CTRL Founder & CEO Professor Michael Biercuk said ‘this technology could completely transform the computing tools available to Transport for NSW in the next few years. The possibilities are endless.’