Pop-up electric vehicle chargers, green walls and electric scooters are among the systems to be piloted in Staffordshire as part of a project exploring how the transport hub of the future could look and function.
SIMULATE (Smart, Infrastructure & Mobility Urban Laboratory and Test Environment) has announced the ten successful small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) chosen to enter the incubator programme and receive funding to trial their innovative air quality and mobility solutions in Staffordshire.
A short list of ten was selected from over 130 applications. They were assessed judging panel that included representatives from across the project.
SIMULATE, which is part of the ADEPT Smart Places Live Labs project, brings together Staffordshire County Council, Amey, Keele University and the Connected Places Catapult.
The winners in both the mobility and air quality challenges are:
Live Labs programme director Giles Perkins, said: “This exciting group of smart mobility and air quality interventions illustrates the breadth of innovation that can now be harnessed in our local communities. We look forward to seeing these being deployed and learnings shared right across the local roads sector for the benefit of all.”
Each SME will be delivering a key element of Staffordshire’s radical new vision of multi-modal mobility hubs.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher, said: “The SIMULATE project has reached an exciting stage where we now have all of the SMEs on board to start their challenges. We’re pleased to be working with our partners in bringing in industry expertise to find and apply innovative sustainable transport and clean air solutions which will bring real long-term benefits to communities and businesses in Staffordshire and across the UK. As a council we are committed to work towards greener transport options and combatting climate change and so it’s great that we have this project running in Staffordshire.”
The ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs programme is a two-year £22.9m project funded by the Department for Transport and supported by project partners SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, EY, Kier, O2, Ringway and WSP.
David Ogden, business director at Amey, said: “Innovation is vital in addressing air quality and mobility challenges that the transportation sector and local communities will face in the coming years. Working with innovative SMEs from different business backgrounds enables our sector to learn from the best and implement technologies we might not have usually considered, and exploring the environmental and mobility benefits to the communities in Staffordshire, through creating a network of multi-modal mobility hubs - developing a new platform for the way innovation is brought to life.”
The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) represents local authority county, unitary and metropolitan place directors.
The ADEPT SMART Places Programme is a five-year project examining and developing innovation to enable the adoption of innovative and digital technology across the local highway network.
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