Lighthouse cities around the world are realizing huge value from the implementation of Smart City concepts. New sensors and internet-of-things systems, generating real-time data about city operations at ever lower costs, are enabling a far greater understanding about how urban regions operate and where opportunities lie for new and improved services and greater efficiencies. Cities including Singapore, Barcelona, Copenhagen and London are demonstrating that aggregating data into city data platforms unlocks new urban insights and applications.
Step outside these lighthouse cities, and an even larger opportunity exists ; intelligent use of real-time data in smaller towns and across regions could revolutionise transport, social care and our impact on the environment, but a very different approach is needed. People regularly travel between regions using multiple modes of transport, social services are delivered across regions and infrastructure planning considers economic activity along geographic corridors, spanning multiple jurisdictions. Bespoke, Mega-Smart-City systems aren’t optimized for the towns, suburban and rural regions where most people live.
A closer look reveals that individual Local Authorities actually hold a significant amount of valuable data about how their respective towns and regions are behaving. Town Halls own data on local transport network operations, car park occupancies, air pollution, planned infrastructure works, patterns of citizen activity, and more. Much of this data is very under-exploited, as each regional authority uses the data primarily for the monitoring or delivery of very specific local services. Further, this data sits in closed individual systems across the UK, inaccessible even to neighbouring regions.
The oneTRANSPORT vision is to unlock this hidden, silo’d data that resides in a myriad of closed systems across the UK. oneTRANSPORT is making this real-time data available in a single open, standards-based system, enabling innovators, researchers, transport operators and smart businesses to discover new insights and to invest in new Intelligent Transport Services that can realise benefits to citizens across the UK regions, whilst preventing vendor lock-in to a single commercial solution.