England’s Economic Heartland issue Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge as part of the Highways UK event.

England’s Economic Heartland have issued an Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge, as part of the Highways UK event for people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and future-proofing of the UK’s road network.

As part of its Transport Strategy, England’s Economic Heartland will identify a Major Road Network – a network that identifies the economically important roads for the Heartland.  The Major Road Network will be a combination of Highways England’s Strategic Road Network and the more significant local authority owned/managed roads.

Providing timely information to road users is seen by England’s Economic Heartland as being central to the user experience.  Providing reliable information on the level of service available on the Major Road Network is likewise seen as being important in providing confidence for investors.

Managing the Major Road Network during periods of heavy demand and/or periods of disruption (whether planned or unplanned) is an important part of the Transport Strategy for the Heartland.

England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance is therefore looking for a solution that enables the provision of timely information for road users on the Major Road Network.  The solution should be capable of offering bespoke advice – i.e. offering solutions to individual road users that reflect their own needs/circumstances.

The challenge is potentially two-fold: firstly the collection/collation of data that allows the current performance of the network to be determined: secondly, the dissemination of meaningful information to road users (potentially differentiating between personal, business and public transport users).

The Highways UK event is for the people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and future-proofing of the UK’s road network.

New for the 2017 event The Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge is a competition involving specific infrastructure client challenges set by Highways England, Bristol City Council, Transport for the North, England’s¬†Economic Heartland,¬†the London Air Quality Commission,¬†and Transport Scotland. These challenges require innovative technical solutions to problems involving customer service and/or network efficiency and/or safety and security and/or performance.

Each shortlisted candidate will be able to exhibit their solution for free and will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation in The Hub. Each of the challenger clients will be tasked to pick a winner from the shortlist and award a prize at a special ceremony during the event on Thursday, November 9th. Winners will receive various levels of non-financial support from the challenger client.

Click the related documents link below to download the 2017 challenges, and click here to apply.

Application closing date: 22nd September

For general enquiries contact Andrew Dowding at Highways UK.

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