Digital map to boost Midlands engine

The Midlands Engine Partnership and the Geospatial Commission will use £1.5 million of new government funding to pioneer cutting-edge technology across the Midlands.

The two bodies will use the funding to develop a digital map of the region combining vast amounts of existing public and private sector data linked to location – covering infrastructure, local services, housing and other developments. The collaborated Midlands information together will allow for better, faster and more informed decisions around health, education, housing, trade and tourism.

Oliver Dowden, Cabinet Office Minister for Implementation, said: “This project will further cement the UK’s place as a geospatial world leader, once again showing our commitment to providing more opportunities for tech companies to flourish, including small businesses.

“Technology using this location data is revolutionising our economy. From navigating public transport to tracking supply chains and planning efficient delivery routes, these digital services are set to become part of everyday life and business in the Midlands.”

The work is part of the government’s drive to maximise the value of data linked to locations, which could generate £11 billion a year.

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