Related insights: Smart Cities


WBD shares insight at major South West conference

04 Dec 2018
WBD is taking part in the upcoming South West Business Council
(SWBC) Quarterly Conference looking at smart cities. Focused on the cities of Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol, the conference will explore the opportunities to co-create a smart city region for sustainable growth, jobs and quality of life across the South West.

Train data: how do we share its benefits?

03 Sep 2018
The Department for Transport (DfT) recently published its 'Joint Rail Data Action Plan' setting out a number of objectives and associated timescales, which an industry-led taskforce will work towards in order to improve the quality and openness of rail data. The plan focuses on train operating companies (TOCs) and other rail entities addressing the following five barriers to wider data sharing.

Route to open access: taking the uncertainty out of bus travel?

28 Aug 2018
Taking the "uncertainty out of bus travel" and the wish to improve the passenger experience across England is the reason given in the recently published Department for Transport (DfT) consultation into Bus open data in the UK (the Consultation). DfT believes that 'open data' is key to removing the current uncertainty in journey planning and better journey planning it believes will attract more people to bus services .

Industry 4.0 and the regulation of artificial intelligence

28 Aug 2018
It is impossible to escape from the fact that technology, and increasingly artificial intelligence (AI), has transformed everyday life. It all started with how we play our music, but Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa (along with other similar virtual assistants) now have a daily interface with many of us. We are also, increasingly, now daily users of the Internet of Things (IoT) – connecting up smart fridges, boilers and alarm systems, each controllable from a smartphone. The everyday form of AI is almost unavoidable in the modern home, but, while not necessarily as obvious to you and me, there is also an ongoing, yet unseen growth in AI in the manufacturing sector. What is still lacking, however, is concrete regulation in place for the use and development of AI in the industry. 

Electric vehicles: the direction of travel

16 Jul 2018
Three documents were published this week which all refer to electric vehicles (EV). Read together they start to provide us with the bigger picture for the development of the necessary infrastructure and the anticipated uptake of the new technology.

The rise of IoT and big data in rail

31 May 2018
Our Transport Team attended 'The Rise of IoT & Big Data in Rail' conference in Munich on Tuesday (29 May 2018). It was a popular event attended en masse by rail industry leaders and innovators prompting enlightening discussions and idea sharing around how Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be (and is being) used to improve asset management, proactive and predictive maintenance of track and train, and the digitalisation of the railways across Europe.

Smart ticketing: the North says hello to tap & go

17 Apr 2018
Transport for the North ("TfN") aims to digitalise the transport industry in the North. Almost all major transport providers in the North have committed to investment of some kind over the coming years. Customers are set to benefit from new smart-ticketing systems, which allow them to use their tickets electronically without having to queue up at ticket machines. Integrated tickets will also allow customers to use contactless payment technology for multi-modal travel, switching between trains, trams, buses and ferries with relative ease. It is hoped that this coordinated investment will ultimately boost economies across the North.

What next? Technology in 2050

24 Nov 2017
Like it or not, the future seems to be rushing upon us with an ever increasing speed. It is difficult enough to keep up with everything that has to be done on a daily basis, but every now and then it is useful to look around and see what is coming up. In that regard, the recently-published report by Balfour Beatty Innovation 2050: A Digital Future for the Infrastructure Industry offers some interesting insights into the way the industry is heading. Whilst some of the report is, as you might expect, an advertisement for what Balfour Beatty is doing, it also usefully draws together various strands of technological development which are undoubtedly going to have an effect on everyone.