Latest ITS (UK) Coronavirus webinar looks at opportunities
In the third ITS (UK) webinar concentrating on the effect of Coronavirus on the industry, we hear about one member’s new solution which is perfect for the situation and how another is adapting to help manage the way we understand the public’s response to the crisis.
Neil Herron, CEO and Founder of GRID Smarter Cities explains his new service GRIDLocal. The delivery scheme for businesses to deliver to local consumers has been in the planning stage for some time now, but is suddenly extremely topical. “What we’re doing is providing the handshake between the local creator and the community, especially people who are self isolating, and can’t get to the shops anymore,” he explains. “By virtue of the fact that we’re now creating a virtual marketplace and the delivery service, we’re hopefully going to be solving some of the problems when we go live in a few weeks’ time.”
Meanwhile Geoff Collins from speed enforcement solution company Jenoptik explains how his technology is being used to understand the effect of the lockdown explaining, “We have been able to take some data anonymously from a number of our locations, because it gives a really good measure for what people are doing now, and how driver behaviour has changed… how it changes from hour to hour, day to day, month to month, different types of journeys, whether they’re short or long. So that data really can be used to identify trends and behaviours. And I think it will help to guide intelligent decisions and interventions if needed.”
Independent Consultant, and former ITS (UK) Chair Sharon Kindleysides completed the panel and discussed how in some ways, business goes on in the ITS sector. She told the webinar, “I’ve been plugging the Innovate UK funding competitions quite widely… I’ve been doing some work on a big procurement. How do you hold negotiations for multinational with multinational companies remotely over several time zones?… I think this week now after Easter people are going to go okay, this now is the new normal. How do we cope going forward?”
The webinar also discusses how people are adapting during the crisis and what things may look like when we come out the other side. “Things are going to work differently, it will be a different future,” says Collins while Herron adds that travelling patterns will change, “Travelling from the northeast for a one hour meeting in London and then traveling back in the same day, it [now] just just seems ridiculous.”