Ranplan secures £300,000 funding for Smart Cities research project

Ranplan Wireless, developer of the world’s first 5G combined in-building and outdoor wireless network planning tool for urban environments, has received £300,000 funding over a two-year period from Innovate UK to develop a data analytics platform that can be used to predict and manage congestion in smart cities. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, which is funded by the UK government to drive productivity and economic growth through new ideas and technologies.

The research project will be led by Ranplan and will see collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Jinan University, and East China University of Science & Technology, along with telco, China Unicom. The aim of the project is to develop machine learning models and techniques to create a data analytics platform that will provide town planners and managers will real-time intelligence on how their citizens move around their cities. By identifying patterns of people and vehicle movement, and peak traffic times, planners will be able to predict where and when traffic congestion will arise and make decisions on how to improve the efficiency of public transportation. For example, data collected can be used can be used to facilitate smart mobility in urban areas such as traffic light control and scheduling, public transportation, and preventative policing,

“Advanced data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and ultra-fast and reliable 5G networks are the building blocks for tomorrow’s smart cities,” said Ranplan Group CEO, Alastair Williamson. “As urbanisation is set to intensify, causing issues in congestion and commuting delays, we need to better understand how citizens interact within their communities to improve public services, particularly during peak times.

“Smart cities are all about people and 5G is a core enabling technology to empower society. The results of this research project will enable us to commercialise a new smart mobility solution to compliment our existing in-building and outdoor network planning tools and offer cities a robust 5G and IoT planning tool.”