Manchester in the top 5 cities in Europe
for its innovative smart ticketing app and collaborative transport system
Manchester, 10 June, 2015
Sparta Digital, an integrated IT and Digital marketing consultancy based in the Northern Quarter, Manchester has won an initial funding of €150,000 as part of the frontiercities accelerator program for developing a transport ticketing mobile app. This will involve a collaborative transport ecosystem on the Cloud supporting the Greater Manchester transport infrastructure. Sparta’s proposal was 5th amongst the 27 winners chosen from nearly 600 applications across Europe.
Frontier cities is part of the FIWARE Acceleration Programme (€80 million) aiming at promoting the take up of FIWARE technologies among SMEs. This EU call (http://www.fi-frontiercities.eu/) could be of great benefit to Manchester Council and TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) in developing user centric applications using the latest technologies to solve specific mobility problems at no cost.
C-TEC platform and T-smart app will enable transport service providers, local businesses and public authorities to provide an integrated experience for public transport users. This project provides a great opportunity for local businesses to work with TfGM and Manchester City Council and makes it more attractive for people to visit Manchester. Following on from the FI-PPP programme (€600 million) of the EC, the IT systems developed using FI-WARE will enable TfGM to open up their networks for greater business and citizen engagement, generating benefits for all.
Adrian Slatcher, City Policy team, said: “Sparta were one of the companies who represented Manchester at the Barcelona Smart City Expo last November, and so it’s great to see them doing so well in attracting European funding for new and innovative applications which can be developed to benefit citizens and businesses”
Zulf Choudhary, CEO of Sparta Digital, said: “Sparta is leading the way for innovative solutions and user focused engagement applications that are at the core of our strategy. The team worked very hard and deserved to win to bring this project to Manchester”
frontierCities will disburse nearly €4 million in EU grants to develop and deploy customised Smart Mobility Applications and Solutions for European Cities. While frontierCities will fund SMEs, Start-Ups, Web-Developers & Foundations to develop these applications, the intended beneficiaries of the programme are Cities and their citizens. This FIWARE Acceleration Programme comes under the third phase Your Profileof the FI-PPP, supported by the European Commission, with a total investment of 600 millions Euros over 5 years, aims to build Europe’s Future Internet. Frontier Cities will work with interested Cities to identify their mobility and transport needs. We select and pair cities with ambitious high-caliber applicants with a proposal that will address the problems they face.