The Smart Streets project aims to develop an open data hub for road maintenance that will facilitate new innovation across the industry leading to cost reductions and new revenue opportunities. The Smart Streets Hub will act as a common repository for a wide variety of highways related data ranging from asset status through to maintenance schedules and meteorological data. Its goal is to allow industry stakeholders to share and exploit data to improve efficiency of current services and to allow the development of new services that exploit and combine data in new ways. By developing common agreed data standards and access protocols, as well as an access control and monetization framework, the industry will be able to exploit new opportunities and broaden the participation from smaller innovative technology players.
The consortium includes case owners, data consumers/providers, and technology organisations. The project is led by In Touch Ltd., a technology focused SME that provides data solutions for many of the companies that maintain the UK's transport infrastructure. Lancaster University and University of Birmingham represent the academic contributors.
Carillion, Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald and Amey represent the Highways maintenance sector within the project.