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ADEPT Live Labs Expo – transforming local places

11 November 2020

Find out more about ADEPT’s exciting Live Labs innovation programme at the Live Labs virtual Expo on the 2nd December.

COVID-19 has seen local authorities across the country act swiftly to support communities, maintain core services and manage the rapid introduction of social distancing and active travel across our towns and cities. To do this they have transformed how they operate on a day to day basis, using digital platforms to communicate and engage. If they can do this during a pandemic – how far can they go when given the budget, resource and freedom to be truly innovative?

The Live Labs Expo is your chance to find out.

The £22.9m ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs Programme is a local authority led innovation project that brings universities, SMEs, start-ups and the private sector together to create 8 Live Labs. Each Lab is developing, testing and trialling new technology that can be implemented to support local places, roads and highways.

Current trials include:

  • creating a SMART Garden Town
  • harvesting kinetic energy from pavements used to power digital screens & provide public charging points 
  • using thermal energy to de-ice carparks and light/heat workshops
  • using solar surfacing on pavements
  • trialling using sensors and cameras on waste lorries & drones to assess highways/local roads' maintenance needs
  • creating composite/recycled lighting columns with sensors
  • testing the environmental sustainability & quality of using waste plastics in roads
  • creating data analytics to support air quality management areas & public health
  • managing congestion using data & video analytics to create personalised travel planning through understanding travel behaviour
  • trialling the use of sensors to support adult social care

The Expo will feature a key note from Transport Minister, Baroness Vere and cover up-to-the-minute progress from each of the Live Labs. Find out about best practice innovation from another sector, hear from some of our SME cohort delivering innovation and listen in on a discussion on how industry is capitalising on the programme.

Find more information here and book your free place here.