National Infrastructure Assessment response from Connected Places Catapult

Focus on climate resilience data welcomed by the Catapult.

18.10.23, LONDON, Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership, has today responded to the Second National Infrastructure Assessment published by the National Infrastructure Commission.

The Assessment highlights the importance of infrastructure providers assessing and managing the interdependency of systems in light of our changing climate. It refers to Connected Places Catapult’s Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) as a ‘useful tool’ in understanding these interdependencies. CReDo provides a practical example of how connected data can improve climate resilience across infrastructure including energy, water and telecoms. It is being developed by the Catapult in partnership with Anglian Water, UK Power Networks and BT.

Earlier this month, the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, featured on the Connected Places podcast. Sir John spoke about the role of technology and innovation, the importance of long-term certainty for businesses, and the power of an informed client. He stressed that small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are “a vital ingredient” of the UK’s economy and underlined the importance of policy certainty in order for them to make better investment decisions.

Sir John has also recently been confirmed as a speaker at the inaugural Connected Places Summit in London next March.

“The National Infrastructure Assessment places welcome emphasis on ensuring our infrastructure is fit for the future climate. We are pleased to see the role of data being highlighted around resilience, with mention of the Climate Resilience Demonstrator as a useful tool in helping to understand the interdependencies of assets in a changing climate. Technological solutions, including digital twins, coupled with robust data-sharing agreements, hold huge potential when it comes to monitoring and optimising our existing infrastructure.

We know that the UK’s infrastructure aspirations can only be fully realised if we embrace fresh ideas and innovation. At Connected Places Catapult we’re working with thousands of small businesses that hold innovative solutions to some of our most pressing infrastructure challenges.”
Paul Wilson, Chief Business Officer at Connected Places Catapult