New Technologies

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A study examining how new technologies such as AI and machine learning can improve infrastructure productivity.

Summary

In November 2016, the National Infrastructure Commission was asked to consider how new technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning could help cut delays and disruptions across the UK’s infrastructure network.

The benefits of enabling new technologies through better infrastructure data could include:

  • Cutting the numbers of delays and disruptions to train journeys by better planning maintenance and making repairs more quickly through the use of sensor networks and the application of machine learning
  • Reducing the numbers of traffic jams on the roads by using smart traffic lights and other systems
  • Responding to extreme weather events like snowstorms and floods in a more coordinated way
  • Faster identification of leaks in the water network through data from smart water meters
  • Increasing competition between mobile and broadband operators by sharing data on signal and connection speeds – helping to end intermittent services.

The Commission’s final report, Data for the public good, explores these opportunities and what action is needed to maximise them.

Final Report

Data for the public good

The Commission’s final report of its new technologies study makes a series of recommendations for ensuring the UK’s infrastructure system can benefit from harnessing new technologies.

Read the full report

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Latest Updates

Call for evidence responses
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Call for evidence responses

14 Mar 2018
International best practices in using technology
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International best practices in using technology

14 Dec 2017
Data sharing in infrastructure
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Data sharing in infrastructure

14 Dec 2017
Data as infrastructure
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Data as infrastructure

14 Dec 2017
Value analysis: better asset management
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Value analysis: better asset management

14 Dec 2017
International best practices in using technology – slides
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International best practices in using technology – slides

14 Dec 2017
Resilience of digitally connected infrastructure systems – appendices
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Resilience of digitally connected infrastructure systems – appendices

4 Dec 2017
Resilience of digitally connected infrastructure systems – literature review
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Resilience of digitally connected infrastructure systems – literature review

4 Dec 2017
New Technology Study: Second Call for Evidence

New Technology Study: Second Call for Evidence

27 Sep 2017
The Digital Twin Data Challenge

The Digital Twin Data Challenge

5 Sep 2017
Technology Study: Call for Evidence

Technology Study: Call for Evidence

15 Feb 2017

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