Accelerating the building of housing using geospatial intelligence: SBRI competition
Waltham Forest is investigating how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types, building an accurate picture of development status from permission to completion and occupation.
The outcome of this competition should be solutions which construct an accurate timeline of development. This means bringing together the diverse sources of information which already exist, and exploring potential new sources of information for the monitoring of development sites. The tool developed will be tested to ensure that it enables planners to make more informed decisions.
We are particularly encouraging applications that:
- demonstrate how Waltham Forest can blend existing council owned datasets, such as Council Tax records, with other datasets such as postal address files to build an accurate timeline of development
- explore how to apply new technologies to the collection and analysis of data for monitoring, from satellite imaging to crowdsourcing and collaborative maintenance of data
- investigate how a system might assess the uncertainty present in various data sources and learn from interactions to increase the accuracy of key statistics and forecast estimated dates of completion
- will be tested and proven to work with planners
The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.
Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study
The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.
Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing
The second phase involves up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants.
We expect projects to range in size up to total costs of £50,000, including VAT, for each organisation.