Connected Places Catapult SME Development Director Alex Weedon said: “We are excited to welcome such a diverse group of exciting businesses to the SIMULATE programme,. We had a large number of quality applications which allowed our judges to select a group which really represents the scope and ambition of the thriving SME and start-up community currently working on air quality and mobility in the UK”
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: “The SIMULATE project has reached an exciting stage where we now have all of the SMEs on board to start their challenges.
“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.”
The successful SMEs will now help generate a new vision for sustainable travel and clean air within Staffordshire. Each SME will be delivering a key element of Staffordshire’s radical new vision of multi-modal mobility hubs.
David Ogden, Business Director at Amey, said: “Seeing the successful list of SMEs that have now joined us on the SIMULATE programme really excites me. Innovation is vital in addressing air quality and mobility challenges that the transportation sector and local communities will face in the coming years.
“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.”