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Internet of Things (or Capitalising on Transport's Expanding Digital Universe) - London - synopsis and presentations

On 11th May, the Technology Strategy Board announced that they will be making a £5m fund available for a competition on developing applications around the Internet of Things. Along with the Health, Modern Built Environment and Energy KTNs, the Transport KTN was invited to help in the scoping of this competition.

On Wed 25th May, over 60 delegates met in London to share understanding of and discuss the potential of the application of the Internet of Things as it might be used in Transport. There were a small number of presentations and short video clips, which helped to set the scene, for which we’d like to show our appreciation. Please  log in to view these in the document library. However, the bulk of the work was done by our enthusiastic delegates over the two workshop sessions.

During the first session the six groups identified and then grouped a number of IoT exemplars from within and outside the transport sectors. These fell within some key areas including:

  • traffic and travel information,
  • location-based services,
  • retail and transaction services,
  • logistics,
  • human/behavioural information, and
  • asset monitoring.

Each group then went on to outline and prioritise some of the key challenges within Transport that they thought the IoT could address. Each group then worked on one of their high-priority challenges (these were: Infrastructure and Systems, Human Systems, Energy and Efficiency, Reducing Congestions, Safety and Security, and Data), investigating what the barriers were to these challenges being overcome, and whether there were some key technologies, actions or innovations that might be needed to help this to happen.

The presentations and workshop output are available to logged in members from the event’s document library.

This information will be used, along with the output from the other three IoT events, by the ESP and ICT KTNs, to provide a report to the Technology Strategy Board to inform the scoping of the IoT call in the autumn.

This is your opportunity to influence the direction of the competition, so do please post your comments here, and join the IoT group as well.

We’d like to say thank you to the presenters for taking the time to speak, and to all the delegates who gave their time to help at this scoping event. An especial thank you to Nigel Rix and the ESP KTN for hosting and managing the arrangements for the day.

Although the invitation to this event was extended to the rail and marine sectors as well as roads, the delegates at this event were very much from roads/automotive, so the output may be biased towards this sector.

We are particularly keen to hear from representatives across rail and marine as to your thoughts. If you have further comments to add, please log in and post them, or email us enquiries@transportktn.org.  

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