UK plans "intelligent" IT-enabled transport network

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Birmingham could be at the forefront of urban technology if a multimillion-pound transport project backed by a public and private consortium goes ahead.

The scheme, dubbed Intelligent Transport, is claimed to be a UK-first, IT-led initiative to address urban issues relating to transport, tourism, security and climate change.

The initial phase of the project will combine data on transport areas including traffic congestion, car park availability and bus scheduling, to provide individual, location-specific tracking information which could speed up travel times and reduce environmental impact.

The integrated information network comprising Birmingham Science City Partnership, Birmingham City Council, Digital Birmingham, Coventry University Enterprises, Microsoft and Virtual Earth developer Shoothill covers services geared at car users, public transport and pedestrians.

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