Cenex-LCV: Data platform to power transport innovation

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At today’s Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event in the UK, the Transport Systems Catapult (TCS) has launched a first-of-its-kind data facility that will enable access and analysis of various data sources to help address challenges in transport.

The Intelligent Mobility Data Hub (IMDH) provides a neutral, secure platform for transport organisations to allow access to and analyse their data. The hub stores many valuable data sets from government organisations, transport and technology businesses, offering multiple insights into road travel and haulage patterns in the UK.

Businesses will be able to use the facility to work with SMEs and research organisations to create transport innovations. Existing data sets can be combined for the first time to help create solutions for transportation problems such as congestion, pollution and journey planning.

Partners who use the facility have access to IT infrastructure for data analysis and a team of experts to help them. The platform also features secure storage and legal processes to ensure privacy and commercial confidentiality so partners’ data can be stored and analysed.

The launch follows a statement from the TSC, which said that innovation in transport was at risk because data were not being shared in the sector. The report, commissioned by the TSC and using analysis from the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Deloitte, found £14bn of potential benefits to the UK could be gained from better use of data.

Paul Campion, CEO at the TSC, said data were the keys that unlocked the door to transport innovation, but too often transport data were locked within commercial and technical siloes, inhibiting collaboration and innovation.

“Utilising the TSC’s position as a neutral trusted broker, the new hub allows the UK transport industry to take a major step towards resolving this issue by enabling the analysis and combining of large data sets in a secure platform,” he said. “This new facility will allow UK companies to grow by offering new services to travellers, unlocking the door to innovations which were not possible before.”

The full report can be downloaded at:

ts.catapult.org.uk/im-resources

 

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