A unique transport network big data collaboration is set to ease congestion and help put the UK economy on the right track.
Brits will be amongst the first in the world to get chance to try out the latest Internet and personal information management technology, tailored to their travel needs.
The new technology, being launched later this year in Singapore, will initially be used in the UK to keep people updated about transport options for their own circumstances and plans, intelligently matching available services to their specific needs for scheduled journeys. It will cover all modes of public transport as well as walking, cycling and driving, providing personalised travel advice before people set out as well as en-route, whilst preserving their privacy.
The groundbreaking initiative, named ‘MyJrny’, combines scheduled journey information with real-time transport network information to make better use of available transport network capacity, helping people avoid disruption and over-crowding.
(You can test it and provide feedback by downloading the MyJrny mobile app, launched in app stores this month.)
A’ Smart City’ Innovation
The project has been led by Centro, the public body responsible for West Midlands transport services and Stratford-upon-Avon based Enable iD, who specialise in personal data management. It underpins ambitions to establish the region as a test-bed for innovation and experimentation in the UK, supported by Digital Birmingham. Chiltern Railways and London Midland are also involved in the pilot, equipping selected trains and key stations with the new ‘smart city’ technology.
“In addition to regional and national transport network information, MyJrny polls sensors located in and around public spaces, such as train and bus stations, that we can used to detect footfall, air quality and even noise pollution. We can use this data to provide people with highly tailored journey advice.” explains Centro’s Head of Sustainable Mobility, Chris Perry.
Denys C. Shortt OBE, Chairman of Enable iD and founder of DCS Group, one of Europe’s largest distribution companies, adds, “MyJrny is based on Hub-of-All-Things (HAT) research, a unique approach to personal data management developed by some of the UK’s leading Universities, led by Professor Irene Ng. The technology makes sense of people’s personal data, reason for travelling and transport requirements, so we can save them time, money and improve the overall travel experience whilst preserving their privacy.”
Plans for MyJrny, which represents a unique Government body and private sector-led commercial collaboration don’t stop with the mobile app. Its stakeholders see it as a new ecosystem, heralding a positive shift in the delivery of many services, all based on managing our personal data more effectively.
Neil Crockett, CEO of the Digital Catapult, a national centre to advance the UK’s best digital ideas, is also championing the launch, “This is a great example in transport of the innovation that can be created when personal data and trust are put at the heart of the customer offering. MyJrny and the HAT system are benchmark developments set to drive economic growth and UK exports.”
According to Yvonne Gilligan, regional director for sustainable transport charity Sustrans, “MyJrny will enable personalised journey forecasts and real-time travel advice to be delivered through transport and customer relationship management platforms. It will enable people to use their data to have transport more effectively tailored to their real needs, to work, leisure, the delivery of health and social care, environmental services and the creation of greener travel districts.”
For more information or to join the community driven MyJrny pilot visit www.myjrny.uk.
Author: Enable iD (firstname.lastname@example.org), +44(0)208 102 9541
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Centro is responsible for delivery of public transport in the West Midlands. Its aim is to create a world-class public transport network delivered by a best in class organisation. It represents the seven metropolitan councils of the West Midlands: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton
About DCS Group & Enable iD:
DCS is the UK’s largest distributor of health, beauty and household brands; P&G, Gillette, Unilever, Colgate, PZ Cussons, SC Johnson, Osram, L’Oreal and more. In 2000, founder Denys C. Shortt OBE set up Enable to build bespoke software, streamlining business process and supply chain management. Formed in 2014, Enable iD is the latest addition to the DCS group of companies.
About the HAT Project:
The HAT Project (http://hubofallthings.com/) was a £1.2m RCUK Digital Economy-funded project led by Warwick University. The HAT is the first-ever personal data platform created to exchange individuals’ own data for services in a standardised manner: it has a schema that allows data to be put together from any sources to create new mash-ups for services tailored to individual lives.
Contact: http://hubofallthings.com/join-the-hat-revolution/contact-us/ or #HATProject
About Digital Catapult:
Digital Catapult was set up by its funder Innovate UK to drive future economic growth in the digital economy. It is one of a family of catapults created to generate growth in each of their specific areas. It recently launched the Trust Framework initiative to address policy gaps with regard to the secure the management of people’s personal data.
Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys they make every day. It works with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.