These questions are based on feedback from the launch events and questions we have been asked since launch. The FAQ will be updated as new questions are asked.
The competition closure date is still planned for 15th May at 12:00 midday, with projects grant award date of 1st July. We will be monitoring the health advice issued and we will listen to advice from companies on their ability to develop proposals and start projects in the current climate. Please assume we will be holding the timing as published. The Innovate UK and WM5G websites will provide notification of any changes.
If your question relates to the competition entry, rules and support please contact Innovate UK in the first instance. The contact details are on the Innovate UK website (innovation funding service) under the competition description “5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands”.
There are 3 dates set aside for consultation with consortiums to discuss project specifics. These are 30th March, 21st April and 7th May. Please book a timeslot through the WM5G website. Any questions which will help all participants, will be anonymised and published within this document.
Please use the consultation sessions to speak to TfWM in the first instance. They will facilitate direct discussions with Local Authorities where appropriate.
Yes, the questions in the submission document will all have the same score. Please note some of the questions have detail evidencing differences from other Innovate UK competitions questions. It is important to note these changes as the scores will be looking for responses and clear articulation referenced to this detail criteria.
Mobile network operators should be consulted as part of your project preparation. 5G is in the process of being rolled out in the West Midlands and is not available everywhere yet. We want to make sure that you have the support you require to deliver the project from start to finish. We also want you to take measurements of the performance of the 5G available through the trialling and testing phase of your project. Please provide evidence of whether MNO or private network operator support is required by detailing the comms and data provision requirements for your project. If support is required you will need to include an MNO or private network provider as a partner in your project.
The department of Digital, Culture , Media and Sports (DCMS) or the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will provide guidance on this issue. The latest policy is located https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/hrv-faq. If policies are updated they will be available on either the DCMS or NCSC websites. You need to check this regularly please. The grant award will include restrictions on high risk vendors to reflect government policy and guidance at the time of award.
As stated in the competition brief there are 2 main projects underway which are related to Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV). These are:
Please refer to the UK5G and KTN websites for a comprehensive list of projects. However, projects which are particularly relevant in content for this competition include:
Please make sure you are fully aware of other 5G or CAV developments and reference these and how your project is adding capability as a product or is pushing 5G harder (using more of its capabilities) than any previous related project.