Innovate UK Mobile App Project Extends oneTRANSPORT Reach to UK’s Second-Largest City

Birmingham Smart Routing Project will Drive Commercial-Grade oneM2M Application; Extends Smart City Initiative to Region’s 2.5 Million Residents

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LONDON and WILMINGTON, Del., June 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five public, private and academic partners have been awarded a project by the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK, to start development and trial of the first commercial-grade travel application based on an integrated transport initiative, oneTRANSPORT.

The project, Smart Routing, is a novel multi-modal device-centric public transport routing and monitoring system that will use advance analytics and data caching to offer travel information even under no connectivity. The collaborative project will start on July 1, 2016 and will span 18 months aiming to create a commercial grade fast-route-to-market mobile application – one of the first commercial applications in the world to implement the growing oneM2M™ standard.

The innovative project was proposed by five partners comprising of the University of Aberdeen, Ayoupa, Birmingham City Council, Caution Your Blast and InterDigital Europe. The project partners will develop and trial an enhanced, personalized, end-to-end real-time journey routing service using the oneTRANSPORT backend system and data management model, which will also enable Local Authorities to better understand transport users and have more control over the data they produce. The goal of Smart Routing is to deliver improved user experience, reduced industry and local authority operational overheads and innovative new business models.

“The Smart Routing project underscores how oneTRANSPORT can be leveraged to position the transport industry at the forefront of the Internet of Things,” said Alan Carlton, Vice President, InterDigital Europe.  “It also underscores Innovate UK’s role as a global leader in driving smart city initiatives that can benefit individuals, companies and regional authorities. As the project’s platform provider, InterDigital looks forward to bringing our IoT data and analytics expertise to this collaborative project.”

Smart Routing is a part of Birmingham’s ambitious and detailed smart city strategy that recently earned the city a ranking as the third leading smart city in the UK. The ranking comes from a study, commissioned by Huawei and conducted by Navigant Consulting, that examined ten UK cities and established an index based on to their perceived smart city strategy and smart city execution.  In addition to Birmingham, the city of Bristol was ranked second within the UK Smart Cities Index for its Bristol is Open project. InterDigital Europe has been involved as a founding member of Bristol is Open, a joint venture between University of Bristol and Bristol City Council to develop an open programmable city region, since December 2015.

“Birmingham City Council sees Smart Routing as an excellent opportunity to open existing data streams for the improvement of resident’s transportation experience through the development of an effective transport application,” said Nikki Spencer, Digital Projects Manager, Birmingham City Council. “With six universities, the highest level of startup entrepreneurship in the UK and a regional economy of over $120 billion, Birmingham is committed to leveraging modern technology to drive the development of the region for the benefit of residents and companies, and this project is a great example.” 

oneTRANSPORT is an integrated transport initiative targeted at transport authorities driven by a consortium of eleven partners including InterDigital. The project integrates a multitude of previously fragmented and isolated data assets and data services into a holistic application that sets the foundation for more efficient transportation systems for cities and travelers alike.

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