SmarterUK July Newsletter | Consultations | Future of Mobility

Smart Energy and Utilities 


1.National Data Strategy Open Call for Evidence – DCMS. Thank you for all the input received on the draft techUK response to the National Data Strategy call for evidence. Based on the input received, the draft is the final version of our response for your approval. You can find the draft by clicking here.

2.Smart data: putting consumers in control of their data and enabling innovation – BEIS and DCMS – Deadline 6 August 2019. 

3.Electric Vehicle Smart Charging  – OLEV and DfT – Deadline 7 October 2019. On 15 July the Department for Transport and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles issued  a consultation on proposals for regulations to ensure that electric vehicle chargepoints sold or installed in the UK have smart charging functionality included.

  • We will be coordinating a response and will organise an informal round table here at techUK together with OLEV and DfT on 9 September 2019 (more information to follow).

4.BEIS and Ofgem Future Retail Market Review has published their ‘Flexible and Responsive Energy Retail Markets’ consultation document. The consultation period will last 8 weeks, with responses due by 16 September 2019. We will be circulating a response soon.

5. techUK’s Smart Energy and Utilities Steering Group is a representative group of members elected to help inform techUK’s SmarterUK, Energy and Utilities Programme. We are gathering votes for the next Smart Energy and Utilities Group Chair. For more information please click here.


Future of mobility services report

After the success of our Future of Mobilities report published in September 2018, we are putting together an editorial committee to build on our good work from last year and update the report. If you wish to be part of the editorial committee, please get in touch with Teodora Kaneva. 

DfT Data Strategy 

The DfT is currently running a research discovery to inform its plans to draw up a Data Strategy for Transport in the UK. Data is rising up the agenda in the DfT and is being looked at to support a number of areas including Rail Data Action Group, Local Transport data initiatives, the Future of Mobility Urban Strategy. As part of this research, the DfT held two events in July to gather stakeholder views. 

  • DfT London event 11 July
  • DfT Leeds event 17 July write up could be found here. 

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Wave 3 Challenges announced.


NB-IoT pilot could transform water leak detection

Vodafone and South East Water have launched a pilot that will see internet of things (IoT) sensors placed on underground mains water pipes to ‘listen’ for water escaping and send immediate alerts in the event of a leak. The trial is now underway in Kent, the UK, and will run for a year. For more information, please click here.

Improving our management of water in the environment

On 23 July 2019 a summary of responses and government response have been published. The government response sets out the measures we expect to take forward through the Environment Bill and other primary legislation. For more information please click here.

Reforming the energy industry codes

Government and Ofgem are seeking views on changes proposed to the energy codes governance framework.

This consultation closes at 11:45 on 16 September 2019. For more information please click here.

Facilitating energy efficiency in the electricity system

Government are seeking views on barriers and routes to market for energy efficiency to become reliable alternative to generation and network reinforcement.

This consultation closes at 11:45 on 25 September 2019. For more information please click here.

Fuel poverty strategy for England

Government are seeking views on proposals to update the 2015 fuel poverty strategy for England.

This consultation closes at 11:45 on 16 September 2019. For more information please click here.

Call for Evidence: Potential impacts for consumers following market-wide settlement reform

Market-wide electricity settlement reform will build on smart meter capabilities to help suppliers more accurately link their supply costs to consumers’ demand, encouraging them to develop new products and services that help their domestic and small non-domestic consumers shift energy use to times of the day when electricity is cheaper to generate or transport, to save on their energy bills. Increased uptake of innovative technology associated with smart products/services may also help consumers offer flexibility, playing a key role in developing a smart, flexible and decarbonised energy system. For more information please click here.

Funding Calls

Innovative funding models and technologies to drive investment in new wave of low carbon energy​

Decarbonising the power system is a crucial step towards the UK’s commitment to end its contribution to climate change by 2050. New funding approach could help deliver nuclear power and carbon capture technology, key to delivering net zero emissions, at the best possible price for consumers. Up to £18 million investment to develop the UK’s first mini reactor which could power up to 750,000 homes. For more information please click here.

Energy Catalyst round 7: late stage

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Energy catalyst round 7: mid stage

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £22 million across 3 strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or both.

Competition closes: Wednesday 18 September 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Innovation loans: July 2019 open competition

Loans for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy.

Registration closes: Wednesday 11 September 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Detailed designs of smart, local energy systems

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

Competition closes: Wednesday 7 August 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50

The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 is one of the UK's leading technology awards programmes. Now in its twenty-second successful year, it is an acknowledgement of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK. The ranking is based on revenue growth over the last four years. Nominate your company today and join the likes of Deliveroo, Bloom & Wild and as a Technology Fast 50 winner.

If you have any questions, email the Deloitte Fast 50 team or call 02394 003 153. For more information please click here.



Paul Maynard appointed new rail minister

Paul Maynard, the MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, has been appointed as the new rail minister in Boris Johnson’s government. Maynard, a former government whip and junior transport minister, also served as a junior minister in the justice department from May to June this year. For more information please click here.

Johnson promises new high-speed rail line between Leeds and Manchester

Boris Johnson has outlined key policy commitments – including a new high-speed rail route between Manchester and Leeds - in his first speech outside Westminster as PM. The new route is projected to cut journey times significantly, from over an hour on average to under 30 minutes, and provide extra capacity across the region. He claimed the announcement would "turbo charge" regional growth and prosperity, and said one of his top domestic priorities is to level out opportunities and unlock the potential not just of London and the South East, but of every corner of the UK. For more information please click here.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

You must follow London for transport guidance if you're planning trials of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) in London. Developed with London Councils and London boroughs, their guidance tells you what they expect for CAV trials including working with London for transport from the start, using a safety first approach and regular reporting. For more information please click here.

Introducing the Developing Data Unit

The DDU is a new central team within the Department for Transport (DfT). Their remit is broad, encompassing all things data within DfT. As such they are a developing unit. At the same time, data is a ‘developing’ concept by nature, especially in transport. For more information please click here.

Road safety statement 2019: a lifetime of road safety

Road safety statement and two-year action plan, addressing road safety issues throughout the lifetime of roads users. For more information please click here.

Smart Cities 


Scottish government releases plans to create an IoT marketplace for the public sector

The Scottish government has issued a contract notice alerting the market to the imminent launch of the DPS, which will run on an initial two-year term until 18 August 2021. Whilst the notice states that “due to the wide and diverse nature of IoT, it isn’t possible to list all the types of technologies and services” to be included in the final framework, the Scottish Government has picked out a range of core offerings it expects to feature. These includes hardware end points, such as sensors, network infrastructure, and all related installation services. For more information, please click here.

ONS issues call for industry housing data

The UK’s official statistics producer has issued an opportunity notice expressing its desire “to identify and engage with industry partners” in the housing sector that can provide it with additional data sources or other expertise. The ONS added “this will help improve the quality and usefulness of official statistics about our population, society and economy that decision makers, businesses and citizens so urgently need,” ONS added. For more information, please click here.

Liverpool seeks guidance on citywide fibre network

Liverpool wishes to engage with a range of organisations – including network providers, civil engineering specialists, and investment firms – to ascertain the options available for the network’s construction and ongoing management. The authority is inviting potential commercial partners to attend two market-engagement events, to be held in London on 30 July and Liverpool on 1 August. For more information, please click here.

Government builds new online planning appeals service

The new service will allow companies to create accounts for use by their entire organisation, meaning “multiple people can access and work on cases”, the government said. The incoming system will also allow users to track appeals in train and access documents online, as well as issuing reminders of upcoming deadlines. Moreover, the Planning Inspectorate claimed that submitting appeals, questionnaires, and other information will be easier for businesses, citizens, and local authorities. For more information, please click here. 

Safe & the City integrates with global digital address technology

The safety app, Safe & the City, has teamed up with the digital address system what3words to enable citizens to share experiences, connect to police services, strengthen community relationships and hopefully reduce incidences of opportunistic crimes and sexual harassment. London Safe & the City users are already using the geospatial technology to share and report incidents and rate walks in real-time to alert other users and create safer routes. For more information, please click here.

New data reveals London's most polluted streets

London has identified several potential air quality ‘hotspots’ as it publishes fresh data revealing some of the city’s most polluted streets. More than 100 fixed sensors were placed in locations across the capital and found levels of pollution likely to exceed legal limits, not only in central London but also outer boroughs such as Barking, Kingston and Hillingdon. For more information, please click here.

AppyParking Closes £7.6 Million Series A Funding

AppyParking, the kerbside management and mobility technology firm that is transforming parking for motorists and empowering local authorities and car park operators to better manage their assets, announced that the company closed a £7.6 million Series A round in mid-july. The start-up hope that this will accelerate their plans to make parking forgettable by digitising the kerb and helping to unlock intelligent mobility for the public and private sectors. For more information, please click here. 

UK to use AI to conduct a health-check of its roads

The condition of road markings on almost 100,000 miles of roads will be examined to provide the government and local councils with a clear picture of where to channel direct investment. As part of a wider £350 million funding package for improving the quality of local roads, the DfT has awarded £2 million to develop the most thorough understanding of Britain’s road markings ever. For more information, please click here. 

Fountain network aims to help Londoners ditch single-use plastic

Fifty new public water fountains are being installed across busy areas of the UK capital to help citizens use refillable bottles including at 20 rail and underground stations. For more information, please click here. 

Funding Calls

Partner with Singapore on disruptive projects: apply for funding

A share of £1 million is available for partnerships between the UK and Singapore which develop disruptive and game-changing innovations in a variety of fields. The funding is available through Innovate UK and the EUREKA Network. For more information please click here.  

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 12:00. For more information and to register please click here.

Accelerating the building of housing using geospatial intelligence: SBRI competition

Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to investigate how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types.

Registration closes: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here.

New Innovation Lab launched by Innovate UK

Innovate UK launched a funding competition, which aims to stimulate the development of responsible data sharing methods. The initial application phases will run from 1 July 2019 – 4 September 2019 (12:00) with up to £1.5 million available per project. For more information please click here.


The year 2029 - Circular Economy, IOT and meeting recycling targets​

Date: Tuesday, 30 July
Time: 18:15–21:15
Venue: First Mile, Screenworks, 22 Highbury Grove, London, N5 2ER

Find out more about how IoT solutions can be implemented to facilitate the adoption of cirucilar economy principles in the UK. For more information and to register please click here.  

National Digital Twin Day

Date: Monday, 09 September
Time: 09:30–17:30 
Venue: Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The National Digital Twin Day will shine a light on how digital twin thinking can drive more value from data, maximise infrastructure performance and deliver better outcomes for society. For more information and to register please click here.

Smart Home Summit

Date: 22–23 October 2019
Time: 08:30–18:00 
Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

Discover the future of smart, connected living and leverage innovative technologies to deliver connected and secure homes. For more information and to register please click here.

Smart and flexible electricity networks in the UK Forum

Date: Thursday, 09 December
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: techUK

The Smart and flexible electricity networks in the UK Forum on the next steps for developing smart electricity networks in the UK - including discussion on creating digital and flexible infrastructure, integrating smart technology, and priorities for decarbonising the grid. It is bringing together industry stakeholders and policymakers, with the forthcoming Energy White Paper expected later this year and with the UK Government’s commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. For more information and to register please click here.


17 Sept - Getting it Right with Open Source Software Licensing
19 Sept - Cloud Contracting Masterclass
26 Sept - Precision Networking
03 Oct - Guide to Artificial Intelligence - For the Business User
29 Oct - Negotiating Business


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    Teodora Kaneva

    Programme Manager | SmarterUK
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