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Challenge Sponsor organisation

Transport Scotland


Major Transport Infrastructure and Professional Services


Programme Manager


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You can now send your application for this challenge through Public Contracts Scotland.

Challenge timeline

Submission deadline: Monday 1st August 9AM

Top 6 announced: Friday 5th August

Skype interview: Thursday 11th August

Exploration stage kickoff: 22nd August

Pitch day: Thursday 1st September (Edinburgh)

Challenge narrative: what the problem is, its background and context; why it’s important to to solve the problem, the benefits solving it would trigger, and the parts of society that would receive those benefits

The Scottish Government’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Plan dated 6th December 2011 includes a £3bn commitment to complete the dualling of the A9 Trunk Road between Perth and Inverness by 2025. The A9 forms a strategic link between Central Scotland and the Highlands and the 177km route between Perth and Inverness includes 127km which requires dualling. 

The A9 Dualling programme includes a Smart Corridor Initiative, where the upgrade will act as a catalyst to improve digital connectivity in the corridor. At present 3G and 4G coverage is patchy with some areas having no coverage. It is intended 3G coverage will be provided throughout the corridor to aid construction, while 4G will be in place by completion. A primary aim is for TS to ensure sufficient communications coverage in the corridor to support its current projected needs for information sharing, such as traffic information updates during incidents and bad weather and to allow drivers to make mobile phone calls if stuck on the A9.

However, TS wish to identify the wider opportunities the Smart Corridor connectivity could offer, for example:

  • To gather data through the use of cameras and other technology provided by Smart Corridor for use in wider applications
  • The use of sensor data to monitor physical condition of road and plan maintenance
  • Monitoring effectiveness of environmental mitigation
  • Other opportunities from data collection which connectivity can facilitate

The opportunities need not be directly related to the road itself, but could be wide ranging in nature and of benefit to other stakeholders and the public.


Why the Challenge Sponsor is focused on this

TS wish to ensure a legacy from construction of the dualling with benefits beyond simply construction of the road. The improved 3G and 4G connectivity can act as a catalyst to improve data collection and usage in the corridor.


The attempts [if any] the Challenge Sponsor has made to find a solution to the problem - and why they’re not fit for purpose

No attempts to date.


Who are the end users?

Any stakeholder who can benefit from the data collection which improved connectivity can facilitate.


What the Challenge Sponsor would like to see from the solution

Opportunities for making use of data collection and analysis which improved connectivity can facilitate.


What would success look like in measurable terms?

What is the one metric that matters?

The number of new applications making use of data collection and analysis which improved connectivity can facilitate.


Systems including software, APIs and databases the solution will need to work with and / or integrate with



What’s in it for the successful solution provider: the commercial opportunity from initial contracts to national and international potential

It’s likely any solutions which are identified could be applied to similar routes worldwide, with the potential commercial opportunities this brings.


What resources is the Challenge Sponsor providing?

Knowledge and experience

An additional resource of 3 graduates for 4 hours per week (12 hours per week in total) from consultant design teams will be provided for the accelerator phase from September to December, led by the A9 project innovation champion.


The stakeholders that would be involved, and the team would require access to

TS, Traffic Scotland

BEAR (Network Operating Company)

Jacobs, CFJV, AMJV – the 3 design consultants taking forward different sections of the A9 Dualling for TS

Any stakeholder which the development team’s proposal could benefit


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