The Geospatial Commission has announced the winners of phase 2 of its £5m transport location data competition which was launched in May

Following success in the development of feasibility studies in phase 1, this next phase of the competition will support seven companies to work closely with the public sector to realise their innovative ideas through pilots over the next eight months.

The winners are:

  • Maritime ANalyTics Intelligence System (MANTIS), Emu Analytics Ltd: AI and visualisation tool to identify evolving ship patterns of movement to inform the planning of future offshore wind farms.
  • Digital Active Travel Augmentation (DATA), Ngenius Ltd: Software using anonymised location data from CCTV cameras to help Local Authorities manage active travel routes.
  • Optimising Geofencing, Ricardo UK Ltd: Geofencing optimisation to increase the usage and effectiveness of low emissions zones for air quality improvements.
  • National Freight Model, City Science Corporation Ltd: Advanced modelling to improve the understanding of freight movements within the UK.
  • ZERO, Dynamon Ltd: An AI tool to help commercial fleets adopt the optimum zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure.
  • Digital twin of the rail network, Hack Partners Ltd: Using track circuit sensor and location to increase capacity and efficiency of the rail network without compromising safety.
  • Automated Rail Geospatial Observation System (ARGOS), Thales Ground Transportation Systems UK Ltd: Utilise train location and sensor data to understand track geometry characteristics and detect underlying track faults.

These projects cover a range of modes of transport, including on our roads, our rail network, in the maritime environment and active travel, such as cycling and walking.

They span four challenge areas where geospatial technology has the potential to revolutionise transport in the UK:

  • Mobility as a service – to help better integration of transport types.
  • Active travel – creating safer ways to enable active travel.
  • Supply chains – helping better distribution, storage and delivery.
  • Boosting capacity – increasing efficiency of transport networks.

An example of the benefits of data

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “This report from the Geospatial Commission is a perfect example of the significant benefits of data in delivering tangible transport benefits, from planning where to place new electric vehicle charging points, to making last-mile journeys quicker, easier and more efficient.

“This is the perfect complement to our upcoming Transport Data Strategy which will help overcome the barriers to data sharing and use, as well as improving the discoverability, accessibility and quality of data.”


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