The Smart Mobility Research Unit was launched in March 2018. The Unit builds on projects run at the University such as: Evalu8 (which delivered the Government’s Plugged-in-Places scheme in the East of England), smart bus ticketing and the E-Car Club (the UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use car club).
The Unit’s research interests and professional expertise encompass: travel planning, transport-related behaviour change, intelligent transport systems, biometrics, mobile (‘smart’) ticketing, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) applications, big data analysis and spatial mapping.
The Unit works with the Government, Local Authorities, private sector organisations and public transport operators to develop practical transport solutions that benefit both the University and the wider community in Hertfordshire and beyond.
The Unit has the benefit of being able to work with UNO which is a fully operational bus company owned by the University. UNO serves both the University’s staff and students and the public. UNO has ground breaking ‘smart’ electronic ticketing which was developed with the assistance of the Unit’s staff. One of the benefits of working with UNO is that it is able to act as a ‘living laboratory’ for the Unit’s research projects.
The Unit is involved in developing Mobility as a Service (MaaS) which seeks to make transport an integral part of the process of community planning and change. More locally, the Unit is leading the work to make the University’s estate a ‘smart transport campus’.
The Unit is also a key partner in local projects such as the Hatfield 2030 plan to redevelop the town centre closest to the University.
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