ACES Infrastructure challenges, realities and possibilities

Silverstone Technology Cluster

1st January 1970

On 11th October, our ACES Special Interest was immersed in considering the challenges of future ACES infrastructure. There is more to considering infrastructure issues than meets the eye – the challenges are not only prevalent in the physical environment, but must be tackled in the digital and social worlds as well. Expertly guided by ACES Champion Philip Guest of Oxford Strategy, our first 3 speakers enlightened us on some technology and strategies key to developing the digital infrastructure.

Our first speaker, David Cunningham from Atos, helped set the scene by sharing a digital architecture road-map that helps them deliver coordinated technology solutions at a “campus scale”. Rather than dealing with the scale of complexity presented by a whole city, Atos are working towards a “connected campus” which narrows the scope of citizens needs and enables more achievable delivery.

Paul Wooderson of Horiba MIRA then highlighted the critical importance of integrating cybersecurity into our future autonomous and connected vehicles. Security must be assured and managed at every level to protect the safe running of society and business.

Professor Mark Beach from the University of Bristol, then divulged impressive and exciting plans to roll out his own invention – 5G! We learned about the hugely complex R&D work behind this new technology and how it is currently being tested in hotspots around the UK. The much-anticipated next phase of “connectedness” could potentially become a reality for us all by the end of 2020 opening up incredible opportunities for developing further ACES solutions.

The second half of our event focussed more on the future need for shared mobility and the “kerb-side revolution” in infrastructure needed to manage issues around EV charging points in society.

Andrew Everett of Shyft Mobility, engaged us in thinking about the critical impact of shared mobility. With 10 million seats currently available, we could save billions of tonnes of CO2 emissions a year if efficiently used and shared. In the UK alone, there are 33 million cars with about 1 in 2-3 people having a car, whereas in developing countries this is more like 1 in 250. Shyft Mobility aim to link people to shared transport to make better use of both borrowed and shared en-masse methods of transport in future.

Ben Boutcher-West then shared the Appyway technology designed to revolutionise kerb-side management of EV parking. They aim to help people effectively find and use EV charging points around towns. Furthermore, looking at how to manage, enforce and commercialise parking activity at these facilities. By testing parking bay sensors, they have captured parking/kerbside behaviour and from this considered some concerns: eg: how might priority access be given to those most needing to recharge their cars; how to prevent non-EVs parkers using these bays. One day we may benefit from Appyway’s research via our current navigation apps and parking payment apps as we hunt for our next EV charging point.

Our speakers highlighted many challenging issues and exciting possibilities, many requiring greater collaboration across different technology solutions and organisations to ensure success going forward.

You can review some presentations in the following links:

The Smart City at Campus scale:  David Cunningham, ATOS

5G New Radio (NR) – Why, How & Examples:  Prof. Mark Beach, University of Bristol

Shared Transport – the need for shared thinking and shared action: Andrew Everett, Shyft Mobility

Cybersecurity Assurance for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Paul Wooderson, Horiba MIRA


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