Part of ADEPT Live-Labs

The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) represents local authority county, unitary and metropolitan directors. The ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs programme is a two-year £22.9million project funded by the Department for Transport and supported by project partners SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, EY, Kier, O2, Ringway and WSP. Local authorities are working on eight projects to introduce digital innovation across SMART Mobility, transport, highways maintenance, data, energy and communications. Live Labs is part of ADEPT’s SMART Places programme to support the use of digital technology in place-based services.

SIMULATE, in Staffordshire, is one of eight Live Labs projects that also includes; Kent, Reading, Solihull and Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Central Bedfordshire, Cumbria and Suffolk. More information on the other Live Labs can be found here.


We sit on the precipice of a digital revolution within Infrastructure and Mobility.  Over the past decade, the rapid maturation of new technologies now presents us with the greatest opportunity for radical transformation in our services in generations.  However, with opportunity comes our greatest challenge; to engage with and integrate a very different supply chain, now made up of exciting, technology focused SMEs. 

SIMULATE aims to bridge the gap between ground-breaking SMEs and real-world challenges faced by local authorities, against the backdrop of a new vision for sustainable mobility within Staffordshire.  

For more information on our programme, click here.

The Challenges

Air Quality

Three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) present three different types of challenge in delivering clean air.  Each AQMA is pre-sensorised; creating the ultimate test environment.



SIMULATE's Mobility challenges are centred around a radical new vision for sustainable transport in Staffordshire