Data as national infrastructure

February 1 2017   | Region: Cymru Wales, East Midlands, East of England, London, North East & Cumbria, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber

Data as national infrastructure

It is vitally important that we consider data as national infrastructure, just like our physical infrastructure. The quality and availability of data is as important for capacity planning, routing and resilience as it is for road and rail networks. The interfaces between local and national data are as vital as they are for transport links.  Listen to the podcast here.

This podcast features an interview with Nic Cary, Head of Digital Transformation at the Department for Transport and Teresa Jolley, an independent consultant.

Nic Cary said in the podcast:  “It is not just optimising journeys in order to boost the economy, actually it can save lives.  We found on our A14 project that ambulance dispatchers, following an instance would send, not one, not two, but three ambulances by diverse routes to the incident because they could not predict which ambulance would get there first….all the routing of all blue light services is still a fairly hand and mouth business.  That indicates the need for really good data to underpin all of this”.    

Teresa Jolley noted there has been quite a lot done with public transport data – through Traveline and Transport Direct – but that there has not been the equivalent for highways data. 

Nic Cary is due to speak at the CIHT Annual Conference on 2 March 2017.

The interview comes from the latest in the CIHT podcast series where Justin Ward speaks to leading individuals in the transport world.  To find others and to listen click here.

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