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Atkins wants to ‘jump off the curve’ and pioneer for a digital future

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Global consultancy company Atkins’ new president, Philip Hoare, has said that it is looking to ‘jump off the curve’ and make a difference with its technology. 

Atkins held an event that delved into how its technology is transforming UK infrastructure. A virtual reality experience was included, as well as the opportunity to simulate driving a surveillance drone.

The company’s new president Philip Hoare made a brief speech and spoke about what drives Atkins to innovate and implement new technology in the UK. ‘We’re not just going digital for digital’s sake and the endgame isn’t just to be involved with something new and interesting, the endgame is all about making sure that we’re delivering things that our clients need, it’s about building the infrastructure that really matters,’ Hoare said.

‘When we first started in engineering it was all about concrete and steel, but now it’s all about data. Whilst I think that this is true, how are we really progressing on that journey?’ questioned Hoare, before adding that he wants Atkins to really pioneer what a digital future is.

After being shown a video demonstration, we were told that Atkins’ go-pro road defection detection technology is ‘commercially ready’. It’s 85% accuracy stems from its use of real-time data that monitors roads and pavements. For example, the ‘recorded’ footage of a road would get sent to a road maintenance company who would then have real-time images of the work that needs to be done. They would then be able to go out and fix the problem as soon as it is detected.

Matt Simpson explained how Atkins has a team of 35 cyber security professionals who work to ensure that online infrastructures are un-hackable. Simpson spoke of the cyber security threats autonomous vehicles pose; their online infrastructure could led to ‘mass hacking’ that would effect an entire fleet of vehicles, rather than say, one or two. ‘Connection to the internet puts infrastructure at risk,’ said Simpson. ‘Which is why we have to work harder to ensure that systems are secure and safe to use.’


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