Ten projects are to share £1.5 million in funding to develop innovative uses of location-based data and crowdsourced information for public benefit. The Cabinet Office has announced the results of a competition run by the Geospatial Commission and Innovate UK, with the winners including schemes to support safe cycling, tackling public transport accessibility issues and mapping the UK’s trees.
The winning projects are being led by a combination of public and private sector organisations:
Communitree, involving the Open University, Forest Research and Treework Services to develop the largest and highest quality urban tree map in the world.
Your.Vu.City, led by Vu.City with Pipers Projects and University College London, aimed at engaging the public with the planning process and improving the understanding of the built environment.
Crowd Blacksport Intelligence for 5G Roll Out, in which the University of Warwick is working with Ranplan Wireless Network Design on crowdsourcing service complaints to help guide the 5G roll out for rural and urban areas.
Crowdsourcing for a digital geospatial joint strategic needs assessment, with City Science Corporation and the University of Exeter bringing together databases for the public to crowdsource data on issues such as quality.
Pinpoint (Precision Indoor Positioning Information System), in which Cartographics is working on the use of Wi-Fi networks and smartphone sensors for better indoor navigation of public buildings.
StreetFocus, involving Cyclestreets and Planit helping communities to automatically identify areas which need improvements to street infrastructure.
Coreo, from Natural Apptitude for the development of a platform on which anyone can build and run geospatial citizen science projects.
Ride (Routing Innovation through Data Engineering), in which Beeline is developing route optimisation for cyclists.
Generating crowdsourcing geospatial data, with Transreport undertaking research on accessibility issues for transport and how data can be collected to improve the service.
The Neighbourhood Safety Index, in which Synced is aiming to produce the first integrated live score of the safety of different neighbourhoods.
Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden said: “We are investing in location based data technology to improve public services and the way people experience them. I’m delighted to see such innovative ideas come forward, which will help people in their everyday lives and keep the UK at the forefront of this exciting new technology.”
The Geospatial Commission was set up in April 2018, backed by £80 million of government funding. Its aim is to identify and implement ways to release what the government estimates as £11 billion of additional value that geospatial data could provide to the UK economy each year.