In 2008 East Ayrshire Council made a successful funding application for £1.2m to Strathclyde Passenger Transport to implement Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) on main bus routes within the region.
As it was a joint initiative, the project required the co-operation of a number of stakeholders including East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council as well as Stagecoach West Scotland, the main operator on the designated routes.
Adelante Software’s unique credit card transaction processing system, MobilePOS, enables credit and debit card payment on mobile phones and PDAs. One of its key customers was using the system outside of the UK and incurring huge bills for mobile data usage because of the need to access a foreign mobile network. These ‘roaming’ costs are notoriously high as anyone using their mobile phone abroad knows. Mobius Networks offered a solution. Because of an exclusive agreement set up with every foreign network the costs for data sent via Mobius SIM cards can be reduced by a factor of 150.E
By working together over a period of three years RTIG, Centro, Vodafone and Mobius have put together a more robust, more secure Private Mobile Network to support Centro’s real time passenger information system. But, as importantly, this has also significantly reduced costs.
The enforcement officers working in the London Borough of Islington use mobile devices to record traffic offences and issue fixed penalty notices. Information about each offence is wirelessly sent to the council's back office via the mobile network. Since moving to Mobius Networks the council has been able to cut its budget for transferring this data by £300,000 over 12 months, leading to an additional £3 million of consequential savings.
Kent County Council is implementing a wide reaching plan to join with Medway Council and integrate Real Time Bus Information into the UTMC systems of both authorities. Using GPS enabled electronic ticket machines passing location and journey data to the central database via GPRS. By using Mobile Private Networks and SIMs from Mobius, Kent can increase security, have true bi-directional data and cut costs. The processed information is then passed out to displays across similar Mobius-supplied Mobile Private Networks.
The Real Time Passenger Information system (RTPI) in Wiltshire is operated through a partnership between the Local Authority and local bus companies. It forms an integral part of the Intelligent Transport System in the Salisbury area and covers a number of key bus routes. The system is supplied and maintained by Trapeze Group (UK) Ltd.
In 2012, the maritime Olympics will take place in Weymouth, Dorset. In anticipation of a huge influx of visitors, Dorset County Council needs a reliable traffic management system. This must be installed at least one year in advance, reassuring the council that spectators and athletes will arrive on time. Machine-to machine solution provider Mobius used its longstanding partnership with Vodafone to create a compelling case for a machine to-machine solution. The strength of the proposal lies in the integrated expertise of the two companies, added to their track record of successful Machine-to machine implementations.
Building Smart Cities is now the only way that any urban environment can cope with the volume of traffic going through the roads of the UK. At the heart of the South of England, Bracknell Forest Council has to deal with the huge tidal flows in and out of London as well as being a commercial hub in its own right.
Slough Borough Council was a lead adopter in using mobile for the very demanding SCOOT system supporting Urban Traffic Management and Control across the densely populated Borough.
By drawing on Mobius ability to deliver differentiated airtime, real time diagnostics and end-to-end visibility Siemens, Slough and Atkins were able to show that mobile was a viable and lower cost alternative to fixed line.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Mobius Networks are working together to improve connectivity and support for the growing estate of remote conservation cameras.
Dunelm have been leading the way in developing a sophisticated building management system for their stores. This increase in efficiency helped cut costs but meant that the connection between the Head Office and their stores was used for everything - phones, payment even the music streamed to the customers.
At present there ia pressure on conurbations to become 'Smart'. There are many definitions and views of what constitutes being a Smart City. A common theme is that a Smart City will use technology to reduce consumption of resources (which are finite) and this will reduce the cost borne by its citizens and the environment. To achieve this it will need to actively engage with them in as close to real-time as appropriate. Main sectors of the Smart City include energy, water, transport, waste, social and health care.