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Connected Places Catapult publishes Manual for Smart Streets

07/03/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Connected Places Catapult (CPC) has begun to develop a Manual for Smart Streets to help local authorities in using technology for traffic management and to support the movement of people.

It has published a beta version on the Transport Technology Forum website and is carrying out research – running focus groups and publishing a questionnaire – to make it more comprehensive.

Daniel Hobbs, mobility integration team lead for the CPC, said in a blogpost: “Huge advances in transport technology will deliver efficient and safer mobility quickly and cost-effectively.

“It is important local authorities understand the value of the solutions, and how to maximise the benefits. Therefore, the Manual for Smart Streets has been born.”

Traffic and people

He highlighted factors such as how traffic signals will develop to connect to vehicles, how new sources of data can link into implementing other services, and the capacity to collect information on how people move around.

Among the issues addressed in the manual’s use cases are air quality management, transport payments, electric vehicle charging information, mobility as a service and transport data management.

Hobbs added that the new manual should be used alongside the Manual for Streets, published by the Department for Transport, in designing the digital urban infrastructure.

CPC is a government backed organisation that supports work on the use of technology to build more cohesive places and communities.

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