Winning bids revealed for ADEPT Live Labs SIMULATE programme

06/07/2020
Dominic Browne

The Government-funded ADEPT Smart Places Live-Lab programme has announced the 10 successful SMEs that will enter the SIMULATE incubator programme to trial air quality and mobility solutions in Staffordshire.

SIMULATE (Smart, Infrastructure & Mobility Urban Laboratory and Test Environment) combines research and feasibility with collaborative incubation and trialling.

The programme brings together Staffordshire County Council, Amey, Keele University and the Connected Places Catapult and asked SMEs to pitch for funding to bring their innovative solutions to life on the local road network.

The 10 winners were chosen from over 130 applicants. The successful bids are:

  • ZWINGS is a micro-mobility operator that will deploy a mix of 50 e-bikes and e-scooters to facilitate car-free movement
  • Liftango will deliver detailed research into local mobility requirements and formulate a blueprint for demand-responsive transport across the area
  • Ginger town is a UK-based micro-mobility fleet operator with a focus on the use of e-scooter trials and e-bikes
  • Urban Electric (UE) and MEV are a joint bid comprising of ‘pop up’ electric charging points that integrate back into the pavement when not being used (UE), while MEV will be trialling electric car share alongside the charging points in miniaturised hubs
  • FortyTwo in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council will be building a self-regulating, Moss Wall installation to clean the air and act as a carbon basin to combat climate change
  • Now Wireless will be using artificial intelligence to predict pollution an hour ahead and use that information to change the parameters that can affect it
  • Fotech will be using fibre cables to detect vibrations from vehicles and to analyse traffic volumes and dynamically change signal junctions to relieve congestion
  • Biotecture will install an active green wall to act as a barrier against pollution and actively remove air pollutants and deliver a clean air zone
  • IsCleanAir will deploy their water-based, filterless air filtration technology to actively cleanse pollution in areas of poor air quality.

Each SME will be delivering a key element of Staffordshire’s radical new vision of multi-modal mobility hubs.

Live Labs programme director Giles Perkins said: 'This exciting group of smart mobility and air quality interventions illustrates the breadth of innovation that can now be harnessed in our local communities. We look forward to seeing these being deployed and learnings shared right across the local roads sector for the benefit of all.'

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Helen Fisher, said: 'We’re pleased to be working with our partners in bringing in industry expertise to find and apply innovative sustainable transport and clean air solutions which will bring real long-term benefits to communities and businesses in Staffordshire and across the UK.

'As a council we are committed to work towards greener transport options and combatting climate change and so it’s great that we have this project running in Staffordshire.'

David Ogden, business director at Amey, said: 'Working with innovative SMEs from different business backgrounds enables our sector to learn from the best and implement technologies we might not have usually considered, and exploring the environmental and mobility benefits to the communities in Staffordshire, through creating a network of multi-modal mobility hubs - developing a new platform for the way innovation is brought to life.'

The ADEPT SMART Places Programme is a five-year project examining and developing innovation to enable the adoption of innovative and digital technology across the local highway network.

In January 2019, ADEPT secured £22.9m funding from the Department for Transport for Phase 3 of the programme, which involves the development of eight individual Live Labs projects led by local authorities with university and private sector partners.

The Live Labs are piloting innovation across SMART communications, transport, highways maintenance, energy, materials and mobility. The ADEPT SMART Places programme has been developed with partners: SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, EY, Kier, 02, Ringway and WSP.

Highways jobs

Senior Planning and Highways Lawyer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£45,834 - £48,819
Are you a Senior Planning & Highways Lawyer with local government experience who is looking for variety and challenge Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Technical Lead Officer – Transport Planning and Policy

Somerset County Council
£34,728 to £38,890 per annum
We have a fantastic opportunity in Somerset within our Transport Commissioning team. Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Outreach and Engagement Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£26,592 - £28,672
You will have a good understanding and some experience in waste management practices. Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Cyfarwyddwr Corfforaethol - Economi a’r Amgylchedd / Corporate Director Economy & Environment

Caerphilly County Borough Council
£117,115 - £130,128 p/a
Tîm Caerffili-YN WELL GYDA’N GILYDD Team Caerphilly- BETTER TOGETHER Caerphilly (Caerffili)
Recruiter: Caerphilly County Borough Council

Operations Manager (Traffic & Compliance)

Capita
Competitve
We’re looking for the right person for this role, so we don’t mind where you’re located, as long as... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Operations Manager (Traffic & Travel)

Capita
Competitve
You’ll be responsible for developing strategies and delivering projects and programmes as part of the service senior management team - including... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Operations Manager (Development Control)

Capita
Competitve
You’ll be responsible for the overall delivery of all highways and development control management in this varied role. London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Operations Manager (Assets)

Capita
Competitve
It’s an exciting role where we’ll look to you to ensure highways projects are delivered against continuous improvement and... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Asset Manager

Capita
Competitve
You’ll be part of a friendly team and work closely with the operations managers and senior team to... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Technical Supervisor

Capita
Competitve
You’ll make an impact in a friendly team who are responsible for... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Traffic & Travel Manager

Capita
Competitve
As part of a friendly team, you’ll support the operations manager of traffic and travel in the overall delivery of... London (Greater)
Recruiter: Capita

Environmental Surveyor

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£34,900 - £47,300 per annum
You will have practical experience of grounds and repair works to common parts of housing estates and... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Traffic Engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£25.137 - £34.209
We are looking to appoint a Traffic Engineer to work within the Traffic Group (Traffic Team) to
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Senior Travel Plan Officer

Somerset County Council
£25,991 to £29,577 per annum
Fantastic opportunity in Somerset to work in our Travel Plan Team within the Highways Development Management service as a... Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Outdoor Learning Assistant

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£11,036 per annum
You will contribute to the outdoor learning programme for a wide range of participants visiting our Centres. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Director of Operations

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£92,968 - £98,282
This role is an opportunity for talented, corporate thinking and grounded leaders to grow personally and professionally in... St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Refuse Driver (LGV Chargehand Driver)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22995 - £24258 per annum + plus contractual overtime and allowances
It is an exciting time in Waste and Street Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This is a opportunity to be part of a busy, successful team mak England, London, Greenwich
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Principal Traffic Signal and ITS Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£40,876.00 - £42,821.00 plus annual standby allowance of £2,562.84
You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of our Urban Traffic Management and Control System. Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Refuse Driver

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22.995 - £24.258
The successful candidates will work anywhere within the Borough of Greenwich, work outside in all weathers, and be able to use... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Protection Group Leader

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£43,857 - £45,859
You will develop a strategic approach to deliver a service which promotes jobs and businesses, protects the safety of... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue
Also:
  • Highways Awards shortlist revealed
  • Jim O’Sullivan interview
  • Legalising e-scooters: risks and rewards
View the latest issue

Latest Video