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Contact Data

Coordinator

Innovate UK

Year Established

2013

Location

The Urban Innovation Centre, One Sekforde st, EC1R 0BE, London (United Kingdom)

Website

http://futurecities.catapult.org.uk

Social Media

Contact information

Daniela Melandri
r&d@futurecities.catapult.org.uk
+44(0)2079525111

Description

Description

We are Future Cities Catapult. Our mission is to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better.
We bring together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face.From our Urban Innovation Centre in London, we provide world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models.

We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

We are Future Cities Catapult. Our mission is to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better.
We bring together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face.From our Urban Innovation Centre in London, we provide world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models.

We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the British national initiatives for digitising industry, Digital Strategy and the Green paper on Industrial Strategy.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Public administration and defence
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Future Cities Catapult has recommended a range of solutions that could help Dubai become the happiest and smartest city in the world, including a digital dashboard to help residents make better use of city data.
Dubai’s His Highness Sheikh Mohammed wants the city to become the happiest and smartest place in the world. Future Cities Catapult is helping the city achieve its goals with the help of a network of companies and academics across the UK and years of experience in supporting urban ecosystems that nourish entrepreneurship and innovation. With the help of Future Cities Catapult, the ‘smart and sustainable city’ goals of its Strategic Plan 2021 have now been moved into the fast lane, aided by a set of practical policy and technology proposals and a human-centric, design-led approach.
One of the first visible outcomes of the involvement by Future Cities Catapult, a UK Government-backed global centre of excellence in urban innovation, is the creation of a new government department Smart Dubai Office. As Dubai implements its strategy, the Catapult’s Smart District Guidelines provide a framework for districts to use to pilot the Smart City initiatives proposed.
The city needed a neutral convener to help them define the important questions and structure an actionable plan. The Catapult responded with over 60 actions that the city authorities could take to help it become smarter, many of which have already been implemented. Future Cities Catapult involved a number of leading UK firms and academics in the process, including Oxford and Imperial Universities, CS Transform, Spacehive and Open Play. The Catapult’s suggestions have been incorporated into the city’s Smart Dubai Roadmap, which outlines more than 500 current and planned smart services and initiatives by strategic partners.


Built to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the expansive Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London is now a major hotspot for urban innovation. To enhance the Olympic legacy, a consortium of universities, businesses and public organisations has been testing out new internet-enabled technologies across the Park’s 560 acres. One of the latest projects to launch in the ‘living lab’ aims to discover how most can be made from the site’s potential to improve the health and well-being of its users. The results of the study are expected to benefit the Park’s visitors, the local community and residents in similar areas around the UK.
Throughout 2017, several small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be testing out new market-ready solutions to better connect visitors and residents with the Park. The companies have been selected by Future Cities Catapult, the Government-backed global centre of excellence in urban innovation, funded by Innovate UK.
BetterPoints, an SME from Reading, has developed a smartphone app that encourages people to engage in healthy activities by rewarding them with points which they can exchange for vouchers from local retailers as well as those on the high street– or donate to a charity or community group. London-based SME OpenPlay is including the Park’s facilities and activities in its online database. The site’s users can search for anything from a football pitch or tennis court to Zumba classes, and make reservations. Activities and venues in the Park, and four surrounding local boroughs, are being unearthed and made more easily available for use by the community.
LivingMaps, another London-based SME, is developing a software hub for the constantly evolving Park to keep the area’s signs and maps in sync, making sure the Park remains easily accessible for both regular and first-time visitors. The solution will also help people explore areas of the Park that they have not yet discovered.
Future Cities Catapult is working closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation on the project as part of a larger internet of things (IoT) collaboration named Capstone to enhance the Olympic Legacy.   The project, which focuses on the ever-growing range of physical objects with a network connection, has already seen Intel Labs Europe and the engineering departments of Imperial College London and University College London install interconnected sensors throughout the Park.


The Tombolo Digital Connector is a new piece of open-source software designed to interconnect datasets and urban models. Urban specialists can now create models based on a much wider range of data sources. Because of its modular structure, the software can be expanded by users to cater for a diverse range of datasets.
Applying an open and standard approach to urban modelling will accelerate data-driven decision-making in cities. Policy makers, planners, designers and developers all stand to benefit from generating and sharing urban models.
Models based on information such as healthcare statistics and infrastructure data are used by city planners and developers to predict the impact of their policies and projects across topics such as the economy, environment and health.
This type of analysis forms a crucial part of a city’s ability to plan one or two decades ahead, and helps highlight urban areas that need intervention. Tombolo, an open source software project, is set to further expand these modelling capabilities. The tool makes it easier to combine and interpret multiple data sets, enabling evidence-based decision making about city services such as transport or healthcare.
The more data can be integrated into a model, the more precise the impact of a particular change can be predicted. But the data sets and modelling tools used by the various government departments and businesses involved in delivering city services are often very diverse in nature, and don’t always integrate well.
Because the market had so far not produced a solution to this problem, Future Cities Catapult, the Government-backed global centre of excellence in urban innovation, stepped in to help remove this major barrier to entry for companies with solutions to city challenges.
The Catapult teamed up with geospatial modelling company Space Syntax, enabling it to investigate exactly which data sets and models could be combined and developed into a single software solution. The resulting open source tool is now set to be applied to urban challenges in cities around the UK, opening up new market opportunities for businesses with solutions to issues in areas ranging from transport to healthcare.
The open source license allows companies to commercialise certain aspects of the software itself, starting in 2018.

Organization

Organizational form

Other (describe)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

International

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding

Customers

Number of customers annually

-

Type of customers

  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals

Partners

Innovate UK

Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
Last updated: 03/09/18 05:04