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Events | 5 Mar 2024

Data as an Infinite Resource at the Interchange Conference

Data as an Infinite Resource at the Interchange Conference
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‘Data is the new oil’ – this was a phrase used by Teodora Kaneva, Head of Smart Infrastructure and Systems at TechUK, at the recent Interchange Conference. Although she caveated that she disliked the saying, it has some merit. Data is now a coveted resource, precious, but not finite like oil.

‘As data powers applications like self-driving cars, wearables, and satellites, it simultaneously generates even more data. Unlike oil, data is not used up when it’s collected.’

Data is more like capital – we lend or invest it in the hope it will deliver returns. It takes refining to be of value, but increases each time it is used. At Manchester Central on the 27th and 28th February, the role of data in collaborative working and moving the infrastructure industry forward was the hot topic.

The Interchange Conference utilised the hashtag #bethechange, encouraging a push towards an ‘integrated, decarbonised and resilient transport ecosystem that puts a premium on the quality of movement of people and goods.’ The conference’s success was achieved through the combination of three innovative events – TIP Live, the ITS UK Conference and STB Conference – as well as talks from keynote speakers, sneak peeks of some brand-new technology, and interesting round table discussions. The conference offered a wealth of knowledge, with speakers from major public and private sector stakeholders across the transport, energy, property and technology sectors taking part. 

The Re-flow team were at stand 65b – right in the thick of things – speaking to attendees about how their award-winning field-management software can help achieve these common goals.

Adam Kyffin, Business Development Manager said, ‘Data is such a valuable resource. At Re-flow we understand the importance of clear and correct data to workers both in the field and the office. Having access to this data at all times means users can create robust audit trails, keep on top of the maintenance of vehicles and equipment, assign qualified workers to jobs, avoid scheduling conflicts, avoid fatigue, and much more. A constant stream of data means businesses can be reactive. They can respond to schedule changes, health and safety incidents, and communicate together in real-time. The more data that’s collected, the more efficient a business can be. Long-term plans can be put in place to streamline processes, which leads to growth. It was great to speak to a few of our clients, including Colas and Tarmac, who have already benefitted from digital transformation.’

The Re-flow team demonstrated the software’s...

  • powerful data-driven forms – made as simple or complicated as needed, with bespoke formulas and custom fields
  • new A.I. reporting – to make data more visual and easier to understand
  • tracking capabilities – to ensure users always know the location of their operatives and equipment
  • The ability to soft delete and archive – to eliminate the risk of lost data
  • And much more...

Re-flow were joined by other exhibitors including: Arcadis, Arup, AWS, British Aviation Group, BT Active Intelligence, CIHT, Colas / Colas Rail, Costain, East West Rail, Egis, Galliford Try, GBR TT, Google Cloud, Heathrow Southern Railway, HS2, Jacobs, Kier, MAG Group, Mott MacDonald, National Highways, Network Rail, OS Ordnance Survey Limited, Pascall + Watson, Peninsula Transport, Rail Industry Association, RSK, Skanska, Swarco, Tarmac, TechUK, Telent, Thales Transport, tmc3, TRL, VivaCity, Western Gateway STB and WSP.

If you want to know where we are heading to next, take a look at the full road map here.

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