An innovative smart city initiative focused on addressing the challenges in transportation systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technology has been awarded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to a consortium of leading European industry, academic and transport authority partners.

The project, oneTRANSPORT, is an integrated transport initiative targeted at transport authorities. Totaling approximately £3.5 million (with co-funding by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK provided as a result of a successful competition bid), the collaborative research and development initiative will span two years and lay the basis for smarter transport networks in the UK, as well as setting an example of the kind for transportation networks worldwide.

The oneTRANSPORT two-year commercially-focused project was proposed by a consortium that consists of eleven partners comprising Arup, Buckinghamshire County Council, Clearview Traffic Group, Hertfordshire County Council, Highways England, Imperial College London, Northamptonshire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Traak Systems, Worldsensing and InterDigital Europe.

The project aims to enable multimodal transport information to be published by data owners (e.g. transport authorities and new third parties) and accessed nationally by transport authorities, application developers and others. The goal of oneTRANSPORT is to deliver a superior travel experience as well as fueling the exploration of new revenues for local authorities, in-journey travel optimization and added value services that travelers desire and ultimately improve the travel experience on a truly nationwide basis.

“oneTRANSPORT is a future-proof strategy that can be leveraged to position the transport industry in a strong position rolling into the Internet of Things future,” said Alan Carlton, Vice President, InterDigital Europe. “InterDigital is thrilled to be a member of this exciting Innovate UK-supported project and looks forward to bringing our IoT expertise to this collaborative initiative.”

“This is an exciting time to be bringing forward innovation and developing enhanced services for the transport sector,” said Tim Gammons, global Intelligent Transport Systems leader at Arup. “Whilst there is still much that can be done to improve transport connectivity, oneTRANSPORT will enable an important step-change in how data is shared and used by travelers and transport operators. We are delighted to be involved in this project which challenges conventional data use in a growing digital age.”

“Buckinghamshire County Council and its partnering local authorities see oneTRANSPORT as a key enabler in helping to address many of their transport challenges in the near future, specifically around encouraging inter-modal shifting and easing congestion across the network. By opening up local authority transport data through oneTRANSPORT, there is an opportunity to help residents get from A to B more effectively, as the oneTRANSPORT platform will enable the development of more effective transport apps and web experiences,” said David Trousdale, External Funding Projects Lead Officer, Buckinghamshire County Council.

“oneTRANSPORT offers a unique opportunity for researchers to accelerate and extend the application and impact of their work in practice,” said Professor John Polak, Director of the Urban Systems Laboratory, Imperial College London. “Imperial is delighted to be part of this highly innovative project, which brings together the worlds of transport and IoT, and we look forward to contributing to its success.”

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