A new report detailing the progress of the UK digital transformation has said the country is on the verge of a ‘digital revolution’.
The ‘Digital Vision for Mobility’ report, issued by technology firm Atos, examines the ways in which developments in digital technology have affected the transport sector in the UK; taking into account the impacts of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, automation and blockchain, among other key disruptive innovations. The report covers the fields of personal mobility, logistics and transport; with input from digitally focused companies including Google, ITS-UK, KPMG and Siemens.
Siemens Rail Automation UK’s Operations Director – Digital Railway, Mark Ferrer, said: “Digital technologies are integral to the future of rail, enabling train operators and infrastructure owners to safely increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of their networks and assets whilst increasing levels of passenger satisfaction. For operators and passengers, digital signalling and control systems together with advanced data and analytics are key to meeting intense demands while driving down costs – which can only be good for the UK’s economic future.”
The report lays out the ways in which the use of digital data and disruptive technologies are increasingly deployed to facilitate the evolution of the UK transport sector, drawing particular attention to the deployment of the Internet of Things and smart infrastructure across the rail network. The rapid progress of the UK digital transformation, it says, is forcing business models to evolve and altering the structure of supply chains around the world.
Kulveer Ranger, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Communications at Atos UK & Ireland and former transport advisor to the Mayor of London, said: “Increasingly with population growth and denser metropolitan conurbations, we see the need to support the mass movement of people and goods with efficient, effective and integrated multimodal public and personal transport systems. Transport operators are beginning to rely heavily on data: harvested both from within their own networks and systems and from the personal mobile devices of individuals. To realise a vision of truly personal mobility, vast amounts of data will need to be aggregated. This will be a huge technological feat for innovative integrators and digital architects.”