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Driving road safety

Science Park company Tonic Analytics has completed phase two of Galileo, a major project jointly sponsored by Highways England and the National Police Chief’s Council. Galileo aims to reduce road-related fatalities, injuries and crime while also reducing incident-related disruption on the road network through better use of data and analytics.

While phase one of the programme focused on understanding the landscape and identifying priorities, phase two involved building an extensive Digital Twin data model to recreate events in the real world in a parallel virtual world of data.  

This Digital Twin incorporates blended data for over 50 million vehicles and detailed behavioural insights relating to vehicle keepers and drivers. In addition, over 1 billion records of traffic flow and speed on the road network have been blended with records of more than 9 million incidents as well as weather and temporal data.

Chief Operating Officer, Andy Dollin, commented: “It is believed that this is the most extensive data model of its type, necessitating close engagement with the Information Commissioner’s Office to ensure its lawful and ethical processing. A key outcome for us has been seeing the ease with which our technology and methods have again been transitioned from its aerospace applications to a completely new sector.”

Galileo has now moved into its third phase which will see the Digital Twin used in several pilots which it is hoped will build a business case for full scale implementation and demonstrate how advanced analytics enable real world outcomes.

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