Outcome: Creating smarter digitised infrastructure requires cross-industry collaboration. Transport, energy and cities will all be transformed by new technologies and many of the issues facing these areas will be cross-cutting in their nature.
techUK has acted as a convenor of the smart infrastructure market, bringing together members and external organisations together through forums and a series of events. These have included discussing future energy purchasing models and workshops with organisations such as Highways England and TfL. Alongside our Local Government programme we have helped to drive techUK’s Council of the Future project, helping to create the environment for greater collaboration between councils and tech companies. Throughout 2017 we engaged closely with Harrow Council, supporting them on their innovation journey.
Turning to transport, SmarterUK worked closely with the SMMT, supporting greater understanding between the two communities through joint sessions and engagement at Automechanika Birmingham. The team has also worked with Digital Railway making it easier for tech companies to participate in the project and engage with the supply chain.
Establishing itself as a champion for smart infrastructure across a range of areas, the team supported the ICE with its State of the Nation 2017 Digital Transformation Report, providing members an opportunity to feed into the drafting process through a series of focused roundtables.
SmarterUK holds a seat on the Infrastructure Client Groups Project 13 Digital Transformation workstream. Through this project the team works with key stakeholders across the infrastructure industry to develop two outputs; an industry readiness matrix and a technology platform. Both outputs seek to deliver higher levels of technology implementation across UK infrastructure assets and related services.
In the energy market, SmarterUK has consistently and successfully helped to drive Government policy towards embracing a smarter, more flexible system. In smart cities we have helped newly elected metro mayors to understand the opportunity that embracing the smart city concept can bring to their region and the practical steps they can take through techUK’s digital devolution paper.