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.

The projects are scheduled to run until the end of 2021, with many set to complete ahead of that deadline.

The winning projects from the first round are:

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Capacity Manager

Over 80% of passenger journeys in the UK are on the roads and traffic volumes are still rising. However, there is currently a lack of tools to help local authorities understand how much road capacity is lost to roadworks.

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As our cities continue to experience rapid urbanisation and population growth, there is greater pressure than ever before on our urban environments. However, by using 5G technology it is possible to create a safer and more sustainable city. 

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Passenger Management

‘Passenger Management’ by Wordnerds and GoMedia aims to solve some of the problems seen on public transport. By using integrated 5G routers, passengers can feed concerns or issues directly to Transport for West Midlands and the service operators. 

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There are three important questions that every motorist has to ask as they plan a journey: Where do I park? Is there a space? How do I pay? 

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Transport Accessibility

Over 40% of the visually impaired in the UK are unable to make all or some of their journeys on public transport independently, which represents a substantial 2 million people. 

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A second round of the funding competition for 5G-enabled road and rail trials closes on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 11:00am. A share of up to £2.5 million is available to UK registered businesses.

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