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Connected Digital Economy Catapult could aid Intelligent Mobility

New Catapult Announced

The Technology Strategy Board has just announced that it will establish a Catapult centre for the connected digital economy.

Catapulting and Connecting the Digital Economy

The new Catapult is a technology and innovation centre which will accelerate innovation and stimulate growth in this important area of the economy. It will bring together technological expertise to help the UK’s world-leading digital businesses to develop, test and apply new technologies, reducing the risk associated with creating hugely profitable products and services in the future.

Turn the focus on

It is expected that the centre may focus on areas such as:

  • The blending of digital and physical worlds - looking at how our devices, clothes, cars and other consumer goods become better connected to enhance our physical lives. (italics added)
  • How digital media and content are traded and used - in order to find sustainable ways to help businesses co-operate to create profitable services;
  • The pervasiveness of digital services - addressing the impact of new technologies and systems such as cloud computing and identity management, as businesses and industries become more digital

What this could mean for Transport

Intelligent mobility relies to a large extent on the ease of information and data aggregation, dissemination and exchange between service providers, intermediaries and consumers of traffic and transport systems.  This new Catapult will provide a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in developing services around intelligent mobilty.

Facilitating knowledge transfer

The Connected Digital Economy Catapult will also help transfer knowledge and experience from industries which are leading, such as the media and creative sectors into sectors that . This will help a broad spectrum of UK business take advantage of digital technology and quickly exploit profitable new business models.

The announcement is another milestone in the establishment of the new network of Catapults by the Technology Strategy Board, following news in December of the Cell Therapy Catapult, to be established in London, and the Satellite Applications Catapult announced earlier this month. 

Catapult for Transport Systems

We are still hopeful that there will be a Catapult for Transport Systems.


Read the full TSB announcement about the CDE Catapult.

More about the TSB Catapults

Find out how the Transport KTN has been lobbying for a Transport Systems Catapult


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