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High praise for Dover knowledge scheme

[ February 14, 2018   //   ]

Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Kent and the Dover Harbour Board has achieved the highest rating from Innovate UK, the UK’s technology strategy agency, after it helped reduce traffic congestion, boost efficiency and cut costs.

The project started in 2016 when the port appointed Kent Business School graduate Dr Cliff Preston, to work within the organisation to help it use data modelling and simulation software to operate more effectively.

Notably the work helped to improve how the port predicts likely traffic volumes and get enough staff on hand to process vehicles and help minimise queues.

By improving its use of data from various sources, such as live traffic data and past traffic levels at similar times, it has drastically reduced the use of the Traffic Assessment Project system that hold trucks outside Dover by a series of traffic lights.

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