GRID Smarter Cities joins HS2 innovator programme

The parking and kerbside management company GRID Smarter Cities has been selected as one of five technology firms to join the High Speed 2 rail line Innovation Accelerator Programme.

It’s hoped GRID Smarter Cities technology will help HS2, its contractors and site personnel to better manage commercial freight movements and activities, especially in congested urban areas where efficient network and kerb space management is critical.

Founder and CEO Neil Herron said, “Being part of the HS2 Accelerator represents a major achievement and opportunity for Grid, not only to be part of a world-class rail and infrastructure project but to help showcase the UK leading the way with technology and innovation.” 

Focussing on HS2’s innovation challenges of driving innovation in construction and enhancing passengers’ station experience, the five – chosen from 118 applicants to the programme – will receive commercial and technical support, plus rent-free working space, as they develop their technology to help deliver Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Along with Digital Rail, Hypervine, Rail Diary and Open Space, GRID Smarter Cities will start HS2 development this month, and will continuing to work through to March 2021.  

After four months of development inside the Accelerator, the firms’ solutions will be showcased and pitched to industry investors and HS2’s supply chain, consisting of the thousands of companies ranging from the largest international engineers to specialist suppliers to the project. 


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