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Managing digital information for safer and more sustainable construction

Managing digital information for safer and more sustainable construction

We sat down with Graham Kelly, the director of award-winning BIM Academy, to discuss how they use digital information to tackle the challenges facing the construction industry.

Graham Kelly, Director, BIM Academy

11 May 2020

Breaking ageing stigmas with the Internet of Caring Things

Breaking ageing stigmas with the Internet of Caring Things

We sat down with Nic Palmarini, Director of the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), and Jessica Dawes, NICA’s Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) Programme Manager, to discuss their new programme’s mission in the North of Tyne.

Nic Palmarini & Jessica Dawes, National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA)

22 April 2022

Investing in data skills to unlock the value of data

Investing in data skills to unlock the value of data

The launch of the National Data Strategy Forum last year has led to many activities and discussions about how we support the responsible and trusted use of data in the UK.

Barry Hodgson, Director of Strategy, National Innovation Centre for Data

8 March 2022

The Life Cycle of EV Batteries

The Life Cycle of EV Batteries

With Connected Energy's E-STOR technology using second life batteries, it is important to calculate the carbon impact of an electric vehicle battery pack.

Connected Energy

9 February 2022

How can Newcastle lead the way in digital inclusion?

How can Newcastle lead the way in digital inclusion?

Many creative and innovative ideas are born out of charitable work, often influencing statutory services. However, when it comes to digital technologies, the sector has been slow to adapt.

Amy McKie, Connected Voice

25 February 2022

Using innovation to help the NHS reach Net Zero targets

Using innovation to help the NHS reach Net Zero targets

The NHS has set ambitious targets to reach carbon net zero by 2040. Pete Lillie, Innovation Manager at the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) discusses his work in energy and sustainability to facilitate and translate the NHS's drive to Net Zero.

Interview with Pete Lillie, Innovation Manager AHSN NENC

24 February 2002

How do you compare green tech/battery tech?

How do you compare green tech/battery tech?

An introduction to the concept of evaluating methods for calculating and comparing the carbon footprint of technologies.

Connected Energy

1 February 2022

Supporting the North East on the global tech stage

Supporting the North East on the global tech stage

Earlier this year, James Hall, Executive Engagement Director, sat down with the Monstarlab team and Invest Newcastle to talk about his ambitions for our new northern office, how digital and experience transformation has evolved over the years, and how we can continue to put the region on the global tech stage.

Q&A with James Hall, Executive Engagement Director

4 February 2022

The hidden costs of car ownership

The hidden costs of car ownership

Having easy access to your own vehicle makes life simple, but how much is it really costing you?

Co-wheels

24 January 2022

Excluding Citizens Isn’t Smart

Excluding Citizens Isn’t Smart

How does technology, not just policies, impose additional burdens on citizens, reducing access to essential services delivered by digital systems, and contributing to further lost opportunity?

Colin Watson, Open Lab, Newcastle University

25 November 2021

Dynamic Kerbside Management –  the key to unlocking a greener, smarter city future

Dynamic Kerbside Management – the key to unlocking a greener, smarter city future

Innovation in kerbside management is the one to watch, as cities become smarter and begin to see the value in this prime, yet undervalued piece of real estate.

Seline Shaw, Marketing Lead, Grid Smarter Cities

20 September 2021

Welcome to NCLEUS – sharing the story of our smart city 

Welcome to NCLEUS – sharing the story of our smart city 

As a Geordie girl born and bred, it’s fair to say that I’m always going to have a good word to say about my home ...

By Jenny Nelson, Digital Newcastle Programme Manager, Newcastle City Council 

22 September 2021

Protecting local digital services from cybersecurity threats

Protecting local digital services from cybersecurity threats

You’ve likely heard the term “cyber threat” in the media, but what exactly are these cyber threats?

Emma Clement, Senior Consultant, Urban Foresight

23 July 2021

A sign of the times: new parking e-sign that transforms use of scarce city kerb space

A sign of the times: new parking e-sign that transforms use of scarce city kerb space

New technology to assist cities in better managing their kerbside has been developed by mobility innovation start-up Grid Smarter Cities.

Seline Shaw, Marketing Lead, Grid Smarter Cities

13 Aug 2021

Newcastle smart city and the golden thread of Information for construction projects

Newcastle smart city and the golden thread of Information for construction projects

The North-east is already an innovation hub of building information modelling (BIM) and digital construction companies. Now, collaborative golden thread initiatives are helping to make buildings and their residents safer. 

Paul Swaddle, NBS

22 June 2021

Innovation in the city

Innovation in the city

What are the innovations going on in the city that make our city SMART? In a series of blogs, RTC will discuss how innovating companies across all sectors are developing products and services, which make the city smart, innovative, safe and efficient.

Claire Robinson, Brokerage Specialist, RTC North

1 July 2021

Optimise first, then electrify: making Newcastle’s fleets work smarter

Optimise first, then electrify: making Newcastle’s fleets work smarter

As fleets in Newcastle look towards net-zero emissions, an obvious strategy is to swap dirty diesels for electric vehicles. However, route optimisation technology can also help cut costs and carbon emissions.

Sarah Ferguson, The Algorithm People

1 July 2021

Q&A with ProxiSmart, creators of the app ParkingPerx

Q&A with ProxiSmart, creators of the app ParkingPerx

ParkingPerx is the app that rewards you with FREE parking for spending with your favourite brands on the high street and online.

Chris Reed, Founder, ProxiSmart

30 June 2021

IoT North community: connecting to a new IoT solution marketplace

IoT North community: connecting to a new IoT solution marketplace

Paul Wealls from County Durham UK, Founder of IoT North, announced the new IoT North Marketplace is out of Beta and fully open for business, with 23 use cases currently registered and growing every day.

Paul Wealls, Founder, IoT North

30 June 2021

Q&A with Streets Systems

Q&A with Streets Systems

Street Systems provide data to support the built environment sector, primarily transport.

Tom Bailey, Director, Streets Systems

30 June 2021