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Transport

How can 5G help to ease urban traffic congestion, navigate the changing environment due to COVID-19 and make public transport more attractive to residents and visitors? That’s the fundamental challenge for our transport team.

Transport is at the heart of the West Midlands which is why we’ve put transport connectivity at the heart of our delivery strategy for 5G.

Working with our partners – including mobile network operators, broadcasters, public transport operators, and the automotive sector – we are looking for ways to implement 5G with the aim of:

  • Making transport more efficient and reliable
  • Improving access to work, study and leisure
  • Enhancing the experience of travellers by improving services and products across the transport system

Our aim is to develop quick-wins that can make a difference now and develop, longer-term opportunities that will have greater impact.

This is why we are working closely with our partners at Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to ensure that developments align with local policy objectives and help to deliver the region’s industrial strategy – creating a happier, healthier and better-connected place to live.

5G will help us to build a region that is easily accessible to residents, visitors and businesses as they establish themselves at a thriving hub of the UK economy.

To find out how to get involved please get in touch.

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5G enabled road and rail transport trials, round two

WM5G will work in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) through Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product.

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Road sensor network

Looking ahead, with our sponsor Transport for West Midlands (TfWM)  we are trialling the UK’s first 5G road sensor network targeted at reducing congestion and pollution.

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Pilot projects

We’re helping to drive significant innovation across the West Midlands transport network through a range of 5G trials, including real-time parking availability, HD CCTV for the region’s tram network and utilising existing 5G infrastructure to count traffic.

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5G-enabled Road and Rail Transport Trials

First round funding competition winners

West Midlands 5G Limited has awarded a share of a £2.4 million investment pool to seven UK-based consortiums to deliver a series of 5G transport trials across the region.

The trials – or innovation projects – will develop new products or services across the West Midlands that prove a use case that will improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport, or improve passenger experience.

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Transport News

WM5G featured by Birmingham Business magazine
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WM5G featured by Birmingham Business magazine

WM5G has been featured in Birmingham Business magazine. Read what our programme director of transport, Chris Holmes has to say about the recent first round transport competition winners and how they could help to improve transport in the region. Read More >

Mark Stansfeld featured by Rail Business Daily
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Mark Stansfeld featured by Rail Business Daily

Chair of WM5G, Mark Stansfeld has written an article for Rail Business Daily, looking at what's next for 5G in the rail industry. Mobile and broadband connectivity has become more important than ever to the way we live and work... Read More >

Transport competition winner: Passenger Management
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Transport competition winner: Passenger Management

Passenger Management by Wordnerds and GoMedia aims to solve a series of transport issues by asking the following question: What could a public transport operator achieve with traveller experience, if they knew how every passenger was feeling? Read More >

Transport competition winner: Predikt
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Transport competition winner: Predikt

Predikt is the first commercial parking proposition in the UK that uses 5G technology. Through an app, drivers will be able to rely on accurate predictions and 3D mapping that will highlight the best parking options for them, before they set off. Read More >

Transport competition winner: CURBS
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Transport competition winner: CURBS

The Continuous Urban Scanner (CURBS) aims to retrofit specialist LiDAR cameras to vehicles in order to more effectively manage the city’s roads and infrastructure by utilising data to create a real-time 3D mapping and dynamic monitoring system... Read More >

AppyWay use case video
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AppyWay use case video

The West Midlands is the first region in the UK to trial the concept of 5G-enabled identification of live kerbside parking availability. With the support of parking technology provider AppyWay, a trials took place on Stratford Road in Birmingham. Read More >

Revolutionising transport amid a pandemic
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Revolutionising transport amid a pandemic

The transport world is changing into one where we need to consider how to use our infrastructure in a more agile way. The outbreak of COVID-19 has presented unparalleled challenges to all sectors but transport has been among the most affected. Read More >

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