The Transport Systems Catapult has launched what it says is a first-of-its-kind data facility which will enable access and analysis of various data sources to help address challenges in transport.
The Intelligent Mobility Data Hub (IMDH) is designed to provide a neutral, secure platform for transport organisations to allow access to and analyse their data. The hub currently stores many valuable data sets from government organisations, transport and technology businesses, offering multiple insights into road travel and haulage patterns in the UK.
The TSC says businesses will be able to use the facility to work with SMEs and research organisations to create transport innovations. Existing data sets can be combined for the first time to help create solutions for transportation issues such as congestion, pollution and journey planning. Partners who use the facility have access to powerful IT infrastructure for data analysis and a team of experts to help them. The platform also features highly secure storage and robust legal processes to ensure privacy and commercial confidentiality to allow partners data to be stored and analysed.
The launch follows a statement from the TSC, which stated Innovation in transport is at risk because data is not being shared in the sector. The report, commissioned by the Transport Systems Catapult and using analysis from the Open Data Institute (ODI) and Deloitte, found £14bn of potential benefits to the UK could be gained from better use of data.
Paul Campion, CEO at the TSC said, “Data is the key which unlocks the door to transport innovation, but too often transport data is locked within commercial and technical siloes, inhibiting collaboration and innovation. Utilising the TSC’s position as a neutral trusted broker, the new Intelligent Mobility Data Hub allows the UK transport industry to take a major step toward resolving this issue by enabling the analysis and combining of large data sets in a secure platform. This new facility will allow UK companies to grow by offering new services to travelers, unlocking the door to innovations which were not possible before.”