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19. 11. 2019 13:11

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Innovative SMEs take top prizes at CityX Business Expo

Innovative businesses Drivernet and The Future Fox took home the top prizes from the SME pitching competition at the Connected Places Catapult’s (CPC) Cityx expo. 

Cityx is a two-day expo bringing together leading thinkers, city leaders, academics and businesses.

The event explores today’s priority city and mobility challenges and explores how UK businesses are harnessing new technologies to solve them. 

A total of 24 SMEs pitched their ideas across two days, with housing related solutions being presented on day one and transport related solutions on day two.

A panel of industry expert judges chose the two winners. Both organisations will now be offered the opportunity to access business support services at the CPC free of charge to help them grow in their respective markets.

Annette Jezierska Future Fox

The Future Fox’s (winners pictured above) digital platform helps planners engage with communities on ambitious housing, transport and infrastructure schemes to accelerate the development of smart, sustainable and people-focused places. 

Drivernet’s platform helps local authorities and the NHS manage their mobile operations and is currently being used by local authorities in adult social care, special educational needs and schools, non-emergency patient transport and Dial A Rides.

Speaking after the event Connected Places Catapult CEO Nicola Yates (pictured, below presenting the award to Drivernet) said: “Hearing from SMEs working at the cutting edge of urban and transport innovation has been one of the highlights of Cityx this year.

"The energy and ingenuity of the UK’s SME community was clearly on show during this competition and the two winners represent the best of a very high-quality field."

Nicola Yates presenting the award to DriveNet

"Crucially, both solutions showed that new technology innovations can support community engagement and the development of quality connected places that work for everyone.

"This is a key factor we need to consider as we try to make sense of the digital revolution that is sweeping our built environments.”

 

About the Connected Places Catapult

The new Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow.

It focuses on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness.

The Connected Places Catapult operates at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities.

It convenes the disparate parts of the market to help innovators navigate the complexity of doing business, creating new commercial opportunities and improving productivity, socio-economic and environmental benefits for places.

 

About Drivernet

DriverNet digitally transforms passenger and mobile workforce operations for local authorities and the NHS.

Its platform is made up of a cloud-based management system and mobile apps for drivers, assistants and health and social care professionals.

DriverNet provides a series of modular services that improve the efficiency, experience and service levels of their day to day operations. Its services include: • Scheduling and Deployment • Route Optimisation • Vehicle Inspections and Defects • Incident Reporting and CRM • Client Tracking and SMS Notifications • Dynamic Routing and Live Maps • Messaging Channels • Client Profiles and Checklists • Lone Worker Safety Alerts • Offline Working Mode

DriverNet is now being used by local authorities in adult social care, special educational needs and schools, non-emergency patient transport and Dial A Rides.

The app is also due to launch with NHS community nurses, enabling customers across the wider sector to operate in more smart, safe and secure ways.

Find out more: www.driver-net.com

 

About The Future Fox

The Future Fox helps planners engage with communities on ambitious housing, transport and infrastructure schemes.

Using citizen-centric and AI technology, its digital platform empowers citizens to engage meaningfully, at scale, and generates new, deep insight for responsive design.

It works with Government, local authorities and the private sector to accelerate the development of smart, sustainable and people-focused places.

Find out more: www.thefuturefox.com

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