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Instant Weather - a new project with the Transport Systems Catapult

The Instant Weather (or Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot - ITWIP) is a collaboration between the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC), Sunderland Software City and the Met Office.

TSC would like to speak with transport businesses and organisations within the industry to understand some of the challenges and issues you face in relation to currently available weather data and information that may inhibit or impact upon your business functions.  

An Instant Weather Innovation Challenge will be held in Sunderland on Friday, 28th February 2014 to enable networking, demonstrations and discussions of possible technological solutions for your organisation with software development companies. Please contact Tess Murray at Transport Systems Catapult (tess.murray@ts.catapult.org.uk) or on 07973 153 602 if you are interested in participating in a brief telephone interview and/or attending the Innovation Challenge event.

This pilot project focusing on the North East of England will develop and commercialise new technological applications that combine unique localised, ‘instant' (0 – 3 hour time window) weather information from the Met Office with locally generated transport, environmental and logistical information.  

Some Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Instant Weather project?

Instant Weather (or the ‘Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot') is an innovation project between Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC), Sunderland Software City (SCC) and the Met Office. Access to localised weather on a short timescale can help the transport industry to address business problems such as disruptions, routing, extreme weather events, impacts on infrastructure and communicate disruption to stakeholders. This pilot project focusing on the North East of England will develop and commercialise new technological applications that combine unique localised, ‘instant' (0 – 3 hour time window) weather information from the Met Office with locally generated transport, environmental and logistical information.  

What does the project aim to achieve?

The Instant Weather project aims to:

·              Facilitate the development and commercialisation of new technology applications for weather and transport data to address transport industry business problems;

·              Utilise newly released datasets from the Met Office and other sources providing an exciting opportunity to innovate with new information; and

·              Support the wider Intelligent Mobility agenda.

To deliver a pilot project focusing on the North East of England that will combine unique localised weather information from the Met Office in the 0 to 3 hour time window with locally generated transport, environmental and logistical information in a city context (Sunderland, and wider Tyne & Wear region).  This activity will be around an integrated transport & logistics use case, and explore the range of applications and services that could benefit or be developed.

 

What questions is the Instant Weather project aiming to address?

1. What are the challenges and big issues facing transport users, logistic companies, local authorities and transport providers with regards to current weather and hazard data forecasts?

2. How can reducing the time window provide increased intelligent mobility to these users?

What are the benefits of participation in this project and attendance at the Innovation Challenge?

·              Enables transport organisations (end-users) to experience first-hand technology that is available to potentially aid business functions;

·              Cost effective, no outlay by you to develop prototypes;

·              Opportunity for networking and joint innovation with software developers using new never before released datasets from the Met Office and other data sources.

Why is Transport Systems Catapult contacting transport businesses and organisations?

They need your help! Through engagement and collaboration between transport operators, other transport related organisations and software small and medium enterprises (SMEs) they hope to identify the key challenges and issues facing businesses and organisations across the transport industry and related sectors. They will then aim to disseminate this information to the software developers to start considering potential solutions and demonstrations for the Innovation Challenge in February.

How can I/my organisation get involved?

They would like to talk to transport industry contacts from transport operators and providers to logistics companies and local authorities to identify some of the challenges and big issues your business or organisation faces with regards to current weather and hazard data forecasts. They will initially arrange for a brief telephone interview with you and also invite you to attend, in person, the Innovation Challenge event on Friday, 28th February so that you can experience first-hand demonstrations and discussions of possible technological solutions for your organisation.

Please contact Tess Murray at tess.murray@ts.catapult.org.uk if you would like to be involved.

Innovation Challenge – February 2014

When and where is the Innovation Challenge?

The Innovation Challenge will be held on Friday, 28th February 2014 at Sunderland Software Centre (SR1 1PB), easily accessible from Sunderland rail station.

What will happen at the Innovation Challenge?

The format for the day will be highly participative and have the following elements:

·              Ability to meet in groups and individually with representatives from software companies, the Met Office and both the Transport Systems and Connected Digital Economy Catapult.

·              A forum to share your business challenges that, if addressed, could help improve the profitability and customer user experience of your business.

·              Demonstration space to explore existing services and products that already have been developed by those software companies attending.

·              Opportunity to network with other transport and software companies as well as the projects partners; Met Office, Sunderland Software City, Connected Digital Economy Catapult and the Transport Systems Catapult.

Who can attend the Innovation Challenge?

We believe the following companies; Transport logistic companies, Infrastructure Companies, Public Sectors and operators, will get the best from the Innovation Challenge by bringing along:

·              Transport Managers and business operators and logistic managers – to explore and share their business challenges

·              Transport Buyers – to speak to potential suppliers and solution providers

·              Anyone else – attendance is not restricted, the more you bring the better the experience.

What happens after the Innovation Challenge?

After the event, a small number of applications/ideas will be shortlisted. The software companies (SMEs) will then have an opportunity to develop prototypes of these, providing an opportunity for continued collaboration with your organisation.

How can I find out more information about the project or the event?

You can find out more at:

Sunderland Software City's website: http://itwip.sunderlandsoftwarecity.com/

Tess Murray at Tess.Murray@ts.catapult.org.uk

Read the Blog  Instant Weather - an invitation for open innovation

 

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