Our MERGeS project manager has told us that today is a scary day. By midnight we will already be a quarter of the way through the three months allocated to the project. And he then unsubtly reminded us that the first deliverables were now due as the month end is only days away!
Where has that time gone? It seems only yesterday that we were celebrating winning the funding from the Geospatial Commission and Innovate UK. And then sharing that news with the Forest of Dean District Council, who provided the public sector endorsement of the project.
The MaaS: Enabling Rural Geospatial e-Solutions (MERGeS) project is Rural Technologies first funded project that looks at the feasibility of applying Mobility as a Service to rural areas using the district of the Forest of Dean as its starting model.
Progress Being Made
The reality is that following the announcement, RTL and our collaborators have thrown themselves into the project. The Project Manager need not worry. By month’s end there will be an outline technical specification informed by discussions with operators and cyber-security specialists.
If you live in the Forest of Dean or know someone that does, you have an opportunity to complete our Forest Inhabitants Travel Study . The survey is open to any inhabitant. So if you’ve done it, so can your partner, your secondary school child and older and then there is the rest of your neighbours!
With over 200 responses already there are some interesting trends developing. Some were expected but as always with all surveys there is always something not completely foreseen. Which is why it’s good to ask the potential end users rather than making assumptions. It also why its important that we get as big a response as possible from the population in case the trend is a statistical quirk from low numbers.
The survey closes on 14th February. But if you complete it today, it will be one less thing for our project manager to worry about. And from the marketing trainee perspective, boy does he worry!