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New tech to help airport operations during Covid-19 A


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ower experts are testing innovative technologies that


could be adopted by UK airports, to help electricity engineers work remotely rather than on site. UK Power Networks Services will


investigate the creation of remote offsite access for the control and monitoring of Heathrow Airport’s electricity distribution network that meets the airport’s high level security requirements and allows staff to control the electricity network when access to the airport is restricted. Funding for the project was


awarded by Innovate UK in response to Heathrow Airport’s need for social distancing measures, while ensuring power supplies remain safe and reliable. ‘Mixed reality’ technologies will be


assessed including the use of geo- fencing, a cyber perimeter that ensures the network remains highly secure in the virtual world. Biometric scanning such as facial recognition will also be tested.


Major highways project seeks sustainable surveillance system


xis Communications,


the market leader in network video, has helped develop an innovative and clean energy solution which illustrates the potential of sustainable surveillance technologies in remote locations. In response to a request to produce a system to document part of a major programme of improvements to Scotland’s A9 carriageway, Axis and its partner Camera Control UK, developed a solution which is capable of capturing high quality 4K time-lapse imagery using entirely renewable sources. One of the main challenges was that the solution needed to be able to


capture high-quality surveillance video in an area with no communication networks or local power, while coping with weather extremes and construction logistics. With diesel generators disregarded due to the pollutants they would produce, and the challenges associated with trying to lay power cables over a considerable distance along a route that twists and turns, a clean and sustainable solution was required. The highways project will see a 10 mile stretch of the A9 from Perth to


Inverness widened to increase the efficiency of the route and allow for smoother traffic flow.


Triggo reveals micro-electric car for launch across major cities in 2021 T


Industry- wide ‘skills for climate’ consultation launched


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major new industry-wide consultation has been


launched on ensuring the UK has the necessary skillbase for delivering a low carbon economy in the coming years. The consultation is being run by


ECA, in association with the REA, STA, BESA and The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP). It is also being supported by an array of bodies from across industry, including EnergyUK, FETA and SELECT (see Notes to Editors for full list). A number of recent reports have indicated that hundreds of thousands of green jobs could be created in the coming years. The consultation will play a pivotal role in understanding the current state of play, and what steps businesses and the Government need to take to ensure there is a skilled workforce available. ECA Energy Advisor Luke


riggo S.A., a European engineering design company, founded in Poland has announced the launch of its first electric urban mobility vehicle, combining the safety and comfort features of a car with the manoeuvrability and


parking benefits of a scooter. In mid-June, the company concluded an agreement to complete homologation of Triggo with the Automotive Industry Institute and is already in talks with major car distributors worldwide. Triggo’s electric vehicle has been developed in response to the growing demand for “future-orientated” urban


mobility in the large metropolitan markets of Europe, Asia and the Americas, such as autonomous robo-taxis and car sharing services. Triggo vehicles are designed to ease pressure on existing busy urban transport infrastructure and to meet future transport needs in smart cities and towns through improved urban mobility. With a view to commercialisation in 2021, Triggo, which was founded by CEO Rafal Budweil, is in discussion with


major players from across the industry, operating on different continents, and includes international automotive corporations looking for ways to improve urban mobility.


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Osborne commented: “It’s vitally important that the skillbase exists to deliver ambitious plans for a green recovery and a low carbon economy in the UK. This consultation aims to understand the state of play, and what actions are required to ensure skilled and competent people fill the likely major expansion in green jobs. ECA urges businesses from across industry to complete this important consultation”.











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