New data platform opens up possibilities for transport innovation

Intelligent transportation systems depend on the availability of data. Recognising this, the UK’s Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) has launched a first-of-a-kind platform to store, analyse and process large volumes of transport-related data.

The Intelligent Mobility Data Hub provides a neutral, secure platform for transport organisations to allow access to and analyse their data. It already stores a number of data sets from government organisations and 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, the TSC said. Existing data sets can be combined for the first time, to help create solutions for transportation issues such as congestion, pollution and journey planning.

Announcing the IM Data Hub, Paul Campion, CEO at the TSC, said:

“Data is the key which unlocks the door to transport innovation, but too often transport data is locked within commercial and technical siloes, inhibiting collaboration and innovation. Utilising the TSC’s position as a neutral trusted broker, the new Intelligent Mobility Data Hub allows the UK transport industry to take a major step toward resolving this issue by enabling the analysis and combining of large data sets in a secure platform. 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 hub is supported by a team of IT and data experts.

According to the TSC, by 2025 Intelligent Mobility solutions based on open and shared data could include:

  • Faster journeys and less congestion, worth £4bn per year;
  • Safer roads and fewer accidents, valued at another £4bn per year;
  • Lower emissions, equivalent to saving £1bn per year;
  • At least 3,000 new high-skill jobs; and
  • Improved regional connectivity and inclusion of different communities, worth £100m per year.

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