Design and technology company Red Ninja has used Government funding to fast track an intelligent transport system that can clear a route in real time for ambulances on emergency calls.
The system enables ambulances to get across cities more quickly by integrating ambulance route finder applications with city traffic management systems.
The Liverpool-based company received a £222,000 grant from Innovate UK last year for its £688,000 Life First Emergency Traffic Control (LiFE) project.
The funding helped it accelerate its research capabilities and scale up its engineering and data science teams.
Red Ninja CEO Lee Omar (pictured) said: ‘It created jobs for people to work on this R&D full time. It might have taken us another 10 years to get to where we are now otherwise.’
Red Ninja had found that ambulances using ‘fixed time plans’ were not hitting their response times because of increasingly congested roads in large cities like Liverpool.
After extensive research, including obtaining and analysing big data around the way traffic lights are used to control congestion, Red Ninja realised that it could manipulate traffic almost in real time.
It then employed artificial intelligence to develop an algorithm that could create a clear run through the traffic.
Consultant Peter Jones, who previously worked for Liverpool City Council and is now on the LiFE project advisory board, said: ‘We used to connect to the traffic lights via modems, which are incredibly old fashioned things. Now we have routers, which means there is a huge capacity there for data and we’re only using an incredibly tiny amount.’
Red Ninja collaborated on the project with Future Cities Catapult Services Ltd, the Transport Systems Catapult and Imtech Traffic & Infra UK Ltd, now called Dynniq.