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Digital Placemaking

Four big themes from Future PropTech 2019

Kieron Gurner,

With an overarching theme of “open collaboration”, here are four key themes we took away from Future PropTech 2019 this May. Keen to learn (and contribute), Calvium’s Jo Morrison and Kieron Gurner spent the day among 2,000 other attendees, taking in panel debates, keynotes, case studies, workshops, round tables, networking opportunities and an 80+-strong exhibition.

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Digital Insights

Voice Technology – Challenges and Opportunities

Kieron Gurner,

Last week the Government Digital Service announced that information about public services can now be accessed through voice-activated smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. The services available include applying for a passport and accessing details about the national minimum wage. This means that people can access over 12,000 pieces of…

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Good design is inclusive design: perspectives on digital accessibility with Tom Pokinko at Open Inclusion

Jo Morrison,

The world is finally waking up to the importance of accessibility. As we kick off our NavSta mobile wayfinding project with Transport for London, Connected Places and Open Inclusion, we sat down with Tom Pokinko, Research Director at Open Inclusion, to talk technology, accessibility, and why inclusive design (hopefully) won’t…

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Digital Placemaking

8 great digital placemaking projects from around the globe

Jo Morrison,

The concept of shared, culturally significant spaces is as old as time itself. The ancient Greeks had agora, the Romans had forums, and medieval cities had bustling squares for trading. Since then, the relationships between people and place has been rethought multiple times. Now, with the rise of technology as…

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Digital Insights

Our favourite projects from TfL’s Access All Areas event 2019

Jo Morrison,

On 19th March 2019, Transport for London (TfL) hosted Access All Areas, London’s largest accessible transport event at the ExCeL London. It showcased the latest transport innovations geared towards accessibility, looking at roads and streets, train stations and public transport, design and services, and, of course, technology. The exhibition included…

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App tech, smart cities and accessibility: 5 key takewaways from TfL’s Access All Areas

Jo Morrison,

What has already been done to improve accessibility on London’s public transport network? What are today’s biggest challenges? What projects are businesses currently working on to increase accessibility still further? The TfL Access All Areas event at ExCeL London on March 19th aimed to answer these questions, and more. Access…

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Digital Insights

What’s a blockchain (and why the hype?)

Alumni: Charlie Harman,

‘Blockchain’ is like ‘post-modernism’: one of those words many of us think we should know but would be horrified to try and explain to friends. Here’s a secret: we feel the same. Which is why we asked Calvium Technical Director Ben Clayton to explain what blockchain is, what it’s for,…

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Digital Placemaking

Event Round-Up: Exploring digital practice and social purpose at Let’s Get Real 2019

Jo Morrison,

January’s Let’s Get Real 2019 Conference saw speakers from across the arts and cultural heritage sector converge to discuss the intersection of digital practice and social purpose at London’s Wellcome Trust. The event demonstrated the power of digital practice for driving social change – including ‘changes to our identity, our wellbeing,…

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Digital Placemaking

White Paper: Digital Placemaking for Urban Development

Jo Morrison,

Well-considered, attractive and useful public spaces can increase investment, property values, revenue, livelihood opportunities and much more. But how can developers and local authorities make the spaces between buildings work better? One way is to harness the power of digital placemaking: the augmentation of physical places with location-specific digital services,…

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Calvium partners with Transport for London (TfL), Open Inclusion and Transport Systems Catapult following Innovate UK funding win

Alumni: Charlie Harman,

Calvium is pleased to have won Innovate UK funding to develop a mobile wayfinding application to enable people with less visible impairments to navigate railway stations independently and with confidence. In partnership with Transport for London (TfL), Open Inclusion and Transport Systems Catapult we shall deliver a digital wayfinding solution…

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