The main feature that makes a public transport system smart is enhanced control and monitoring features.
In the case of the Nottingham trams Express Transit project, in the UK, these functionalities became a reality through the collaboration of big industry names such as Taylor Woodrow, Alstom, and Boulting Technology.
Nottingham Express Travel Phase Two
In a bid to become one of the UK’s first smart cities, Nottingham has recently expanded its existing tram network to include two new lines to serve the South and South West of the city.
The first new line crosses the river Trent to Clifton and the second connects the Queens Medical Centre, Beeston and Toton.
The UK government has renewed its vision for the country’s industrial sector, with Prime Minister Theresa May announcing a “modern industrial strategy”.
Having gone through a prolonged period of restructuring during the 1970s and 80s, industry and manufacturing have come to be seen by some people as something of an anachronism.
But now, with newer robotics and automation technologies, combined with much higher levels of connectivity through the internet of things, as well as advanced manufacturing methods such as 3D printing, the industrial sector may become a significant growth area. Continue reading UK government reinvigorates industrial policy
Amazon is growing its UK fulfilment centre network as it expands to meet customer demand, increases its product selection and supports more third party Marketplace sellers with Fulfilment by Amazon.
The fulfilment centre will be Amazon’s 13th in the UK and will be equipped with advanced Amazon Robotics technology.
Amazon says its new fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex, will open in 2017, and create more than 1,500 new permanent jobs for humans next year. This is in addition to the 3,500 other humans the company already employs in the UK. The new centre will also be filled with autonomous logistics robots. Continue reading Amazon to open logistics centre filled with robot workers
New research from AXA suggests small firms in the UK are sceptical about the prospects of next-gen tech – from 3D printing, and smart homes, to robotics and driverless cars – reaching their workplaces.
While more than 40 per cent of small businesses don’t yet have a website, the study found that most of them do plan to move online in the next twelve months. If these plans are fulfilled, only 7 per cent of UK businesses will remain offline by this time next year. Few are ready to plunge deeper into the digital revolution, however.
Just one in five plan to migrate to the Cloud in the coming years, and only six per cent of business owners say they expect to adopt smart technologies. Driverless cars, which are set to hit UK roads as early as 2020, have an equally low resonance, as just 8 per cent of business owners expect they will drive one. Continue reading Are Britain’s small firms ready for robotics and automation?
The UK’s first national agricultural technology business plan competition has been won by a lettuce-picking robot
It is estimated that over 60 per cent of the production cost of a lettuce is in the manual harvesting. Automating this process would allow producers to be more competitive and respond faster to demand.
SoftHarvest, working closely with G’s Growers, one of the UK’s largest vegetable producers, has developed a robotic handler with vision recognition that is set to revolutionise this £300 million market across the UK, France and Spain.
Multi-million-pound boost for next generation robotics technologies as robotics week comes to an end
Science Minister Jo Johnson has announced a £5 million challenge, to encourage UK companies and academics to develop robotic innovations.
The challenge will encourage UK businesses and academic institutions to work together to develop new and novel uses for robotics and autonomous systems across different industry sectors. The competition has been devised by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Speaking at the end of EPSRC’s robotics week, Johnson says: “The UK is a world leader in advanced robotic technologies that promise to transform so many aspects of our lives. Through this £5 million competition we will build UK expertise in robotic and autonomous systems and open up new opportunities for innovative businesses and economic growth.” Continue reading UK science minister pledges £5 million to robotics
Exclusive interview with Alan Norbury, industrial central technology officer at Siemens UK
German industrial giant Siemens employs approximately 15,000 people at some 30 locations across the UK. Globally, it employs around 350,000 and has annual revenues of more than €75 billion. It is said to be the largest engineering company in Europe. It’s also claimed to employ more computer programmers than does Microsoft.
With the European Union referendum looming over the UK, the company’s senior executives have made their views clear, with the UK chief executive of the 165-year-old Siemens, Jurgen Maier, saying manufacturing jobs would be at risk if Britain left the EU.
The UK exports almost €150 billion of physical goods to the EU, and it is estimated that around 1 million jobs in the UK are linked to EU trade.
The UK is deciding whether to stay in the European Union or not, which may or may not affect the manufacturing sector
The UK is currently in the midst of a national debate over whether or not to leave the European Union, with opinion polls suggesting that the so-called “Brexit” campaign has the public’s favour, although only marginally.
Those who are arguing against an exit from the EU say that the country’s economy will suffer if the majority of people vote to leave, and they produce figures to support their argument. But then, so does the other side.
In this exclusive interview, Mike Rigby, Barclays’ head of manufacturing, talks about how robotics and automation technology can help UK companies compete with the rest of the world – even those in the Far East
It’s a generally accepted notion that when it comes to computer technology, what happens in the US this year is likely to happen in the UK the following year, and then on mainland Europe the year after that. Meaning, Germany is a bit behind the leaders when it comes to IT. That’s the perception some people in the tech industry have anyway.
The wider public’s perception of Germany as a tech leader is predicated on the country’s prowess in engineering, specifically its expertise in auto-making, and, by extension, manufacturing. And crucial to manufacturing is the technology of robotics and automation, which is also an area in which Germans are thought to be strong.
The UK is developing technology to connect robotic submarines to satellites to help them find their way around the world’s oceans.
The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is to form part of the new Centres of Excellence in Satellite applications, which is expected to aid economic growth in the Solent region, the waters off the southern coast of the country, near Portsmouth.
Investing an additional £1.2bn into manufacturing processes, to increase robotics and automation over the next decade, could add as much as £60.5bn to the UK economy over the next decade, forecasts new research from Barclays. This is equivalent to nearly two fifths of the manufacturing sector’s value to the economy today.
The “Future-proofing UK manufacturing” report reveals that investing in automation technology will help to increase the international competitiveness of the UK’s manufacturing sector through increased manufacturing productivity and efficiency. As a result of additional investment, the manufacturing sector will be worth £191bn in 2025, £8.6bn more than currently projected and a 19.6% increase on today.