Technology Showcase: Big Healthcare Challenges in Chronic Disease, Oxford, 6th July 2016

By: Smart Oxford

technology showcase

Oxford University Innovation, Oxford AHSN & BRC Technology Showcase

Wednesday 6th July 2016

12.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Big Challenges need Big Ideas

This year’s Oxford Technology Showcase will highlight the high quality and diversity of innovation in healthcare that has arisen from Oxford University, the Oxford University Hospital Trust and the region in the field of Chronic Disease. The audience will be a mix of researchers, clinicians, investors, entrepreneurs, healthcare companies and others from the local innovation “ecosystem” and beyond.

This year Oxford University is working in partnership once again with the Oxford AHSN and, for the first time, with the NIHR Oxford BRC.  We are also pleased to receive industrial sponsorship from Triteq Ltd.

Within the theme of chronic disease the event will focus on four disease areas:

  • Cardiovascular and Stroke
  • Ageing , Frailty & Improving Delivery of Patient Care
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Cognitive Health (including Neurodegenerative)

To register, please click here

Regional integration project for Oxfordshire – the UK’s first fully integrated iMaaS programme

By: Alex Froom, Zipabout

Oxford skyline


Total integration

There has been a lot of talk about MaaS, Intelligent Mobility and the future of transport of late – but not a lot of action. Every week it seems another global consultancy produces it’s ‘dream of future transport’ or tells us about the ‘personal journey assistant’ we can expect in 2020, but little seems to be being built. That’s why we decided it was time to deliver something real.

Based on the Demand Management platform we developed for London Underground and the London 2012 Olympics, we have built an intelligent mobility platform covering all aspects of the UK transport network. Rather than look at one simple part of the problem – monitoring the angry tweets at rail companies for delays being a popular, if unchallenging, example – we wanted to see if we could integrate all of the disparate elements that influence the way we move around. Operational road, rail and car data, live positioning, delays and disruptions were the starting point, but what about the human element? The myriad of accessibility needs, the school-runs, the comfortable or the crowded? What about holidays, football matches and weather? Car share schemes, bike schemes, traffic and air quality management, electric vehicle schemes…

What about integrating independent transport networks into one seamless experience and actively engaging with every user of that super-network in a truly personalised way? Not just real-time information, but predictive, personalised information – delivered only to the people who need to know?

UK First

In order to develop a genuinely useful solution for the every stakeholder, we came to see Oxfordshire County Council, well known for their smart city approach to transport problems, and together we formed a powerful R&D consortium of the key stakeholders in the region. Chiltern Railways, Oxford Bus and Great Western Railway lead the needs of the transport operators that was vital to understand the problems and capabilities the region has. Milton Park, Harwell and Culham Science Centre represent the needs of some of the countries most important and busiest business parks, each with their own unique transport issues. A panel of other experts, such as the Met Office and Transport Focus, are guiding the project from their own unique experience and expertise, whilst we try and deliver a fully integrated solution that addresses not only the problems in the transport network but also improves the individual traveller experience.

What is the Oxfordshire pilot programme?

  • Collaborative, real-world deployment of the Zipabout IMaaS Data Collection and Communication platform
  • 2 year consortium-led R&D project involving every transport operator and stakeholder in Oxfordshire
  • Records and maps every transport input – every user journey, every influence, every disruption, every person
  • UK first for combining disparate datasets (open and closed) and fully personalised communication
  • Development of a suite of tools, both standalone (e.g. co-branded app) and integrated services for stakeholders
  • Full Business Intelligence and analytics platform designed for the needs of the stakeholders

Example challenges include: 

Traveller needs

  • Fully personalised, automated travel advisor
  • Must learn the needs of the individual, no matter how diverse or complex
  • Accessibility to the transport network addressed at an individual level
  • Push not pull approach needed to avoid disruption and delays

traveller needs

Regional needs

  • Transport on demand, smart ticketing and future cities programming
  • Identify and measure ROI for scalable infrastructure investment
  • Reduce congestion and air quality issues
  • Optimise park and rides, traffic lights and sustainable schemes
  • Keep the region moving smoothly at all times

image of Oxfordshire route map

Transport Operators

  • Improved customer experience
  • Optimise capacity and integrate with other networks
  • Predictive Demand and Disruption management
  • Route and timetable optimisation
  • Smart ticketing, dynamic routing and Transport On Demand

image of Oxford bus

Business parks

  • Optimise congestion and inflow/outflow in realtime
  • Implement targeted – not random – behavioural change
  • Integrate cycle schemes, lift-share, taxis and public transport
  • Investigate dynamic routing and timetabling around peak periods

image of Oxford bus

This article first appeared on the website of Zipabout

Oxford bike scheme upgraded to become first of its kind in the UK

By: OXONBIKE & Partners

people riding OxonBike bikes

OXONBIKE, the popular bike share network in Oxford, has added e-bikes (electric power assisted bicycles), to its existing pedal bike fleet to become the first scheme in the UK to offer both types of bikes.

OXONBIKE now offers up to 80 bikes at 13 docking stations across Oxford including the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. 

Sixteen of the bikes will be e-bikes. Their addition will broaden OXONBIKE’s appeal by making journeys by bike quicker and easier, reducing the effort for uphill and longer trips.  They improve the transport options in the City as well offering the health benefits of active travel to its users.

New docking stations are also being added to the OXONBIKE network at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Begbroke Science Park and Redbridge Park & Ride. The scheme now connects major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the City Centre and the Park & Rides, enabling business and commuter trips to be conveniently made by bike.

Adam Bows, Sustainable Transport Manager at the University of Oxford said “The addition of e-bikes to the OXONBIKE fleet will take the pain out of cycling up Headington Hill and enable more University staff to travel quickly and sustainably between the Science Area, the OUH hospital sites in Oxford and Old Road Campus”.

“We encourage our employees to cycle to work so I welcome the addition of the e-bikes,” says Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. “They offer a great alternative for staff to quickly move around the Trust’s sites in Oxford, and other places around the city.”

The scheme expansion is funded by a £34,000 grant from the Department for Transport through Bikeplus’s Shared Electric Bike programme, with match funding of £30,000 from the University of Oxford with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality through active travel. With usage at £2/hour, the e-bikes offer a quick, reliable and easy way of getting about  town. To find out more and sign-up to the scheme visit
OXONBIKE is a partnership between Hourbike the operator, The University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.
To start using the e-bikes, simply watch the ‘How to Use’ e-bike video at and choose between the casual user and member tariffs. The casual user tariff is £1 an hour for pedal bikes and £2 an hour (or part thereof) for e-bikes. For regular users there are annual membership options which gives the user 20 or 30 minutes free hire, dependent on the bike type chosen.

Seven of the docking stations are equipped with electric docking points. E-bikes can be locked into any existing pedal docks but should ideally be redocked after use at an electric point in order to recharge:

  • Science Area (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Begbroke Science Park (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Old Road Campus (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Gipsy Lane (e-bike enabled dock)
  • JR Hospital (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Churchill Hospital (e-bike enabled dock)
  • Thornhill Park & Ride (e-bike enabled dock planned)
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • Warneford Hospital
  • Littlemore Mental Health Centre
  • London Road
  • Redbridge Park & Ride

Matching coders with Oxford entrepreneurial teams

By: Katy Clapham, Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Oxford

Oxford Launchpad

If you’re a software developer with an entrepreneurial mindset (or a desire to develop one!), here’s a great opportunity to meet with start-up teams from across the University of Oxford who are interested in developing apps or other software products.  Many start-up teams are looking for a developer, either to become a co-founder of the business, or to develop a product for a fee or share of profits.  Come along and hear some of them pitch their ideas: you’d be surprised at the range of topics and industries they cover!

Start-ups: here’s your chance to meet a range of people with software development skills, both individuals who might want to join your team, and consultants who can help you for a straight fee. Sign up for a pitch slot to be in with a chance to describe your needs and find key skills to drive your business forwards.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (BST)  

Where: Saïd Business School – Oxford Launchpad, Oxford, OX1 1HP 

Ethos and Oxford Brookes Smart Parking Partnership

By: Adam Leach, Nominet

car with parking space detection system

We were very pleased to learn recently about a partnership that came about as a result of the Oxford Smart City Challenge event that we held in September last year. Two of the teams, Ethos and Oxford Brookes University, met and began a conversation at the event that has led to a partnership. The partnership combines Ethos’ Future Cities Parking platform and Oxford Brookes’ vehicle based parking space detection system to create a system that can monitor and predict parking in spaces that are not monitored by fixed sensors.

You can find more information on the partnership here.


This post first appeared in the Nominet R&D blog on 6th May 2016.