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Esoterix secures new funding award for crowding predictions on trains using real-time data

February 12th 2021

Future Space residents, Esoterix secures new funding award for crowding predictions on trains using real-time data

Today the Department for Transport has announced the latest winners of the T-TRIG programme.

The FAST project, Find a Seat on a Train, is amongst them.

Using real time occupancy measurements from carriage weight data, FAST will develop the technology to predict how busy a train service will be further down the line.

In essence, if there are 1000 people on the train at Station A, how many people will there be at Stations C, D, E, etc.?

FAST will use machine learning from previous crowding patterns on services, set within the context of weather, day-type and events (e.g. football matches, concerts – when they start again) to give intelligent predictions that passengers can rely on.

Fear of crowding is cited as the number 1 barrier to choosing to travel by train. With passenger numbers currently hovering at 10%-15% of pre-COVID levels, building confidence about the ability to socially distance on public transport is key to attracting people back to rail as the mode of choice.

"We’re excited about this latest award that will enable better passenger information about crowding at a time when the ability to socially distance is so key. This latest award will further our work on using big data to improve the passenger experience." says David Stewart, Esoterix CEO.

June 4th 2021

Flexys expands board with appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Flexys is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr David Scholefield to the role of Chief Operating Officer. David’s appointment is the first in a series of vital new management roles in Flexys soon to be joined by a Chief Financial Officer, a Chief Revenue Officer and an additional non-executive board advisor.

May 24th 2021

The advantage of university engagement for growing businesses.

Universities can play a key role in helping SMEs grow, with access to skills training, student and graduate resource, academic expertise, and an abundance of practical advice. See how university engagement has helped the Future Space community.

May 11th 2021

Innovation call to address domiciliary care workforce issues

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), South West AHSN and Health Education England South West are calling for innovative solutions that are ready for adoption (or adaptation) and spread, in order to support the domiciliary care workforce.