We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Reading Room Ltd by the Idox group.
Reading Room is a digital consultancy with an international reputation for innovative and award-winning strategic consultancy, design, and technical delivery.
As architects of digital change, Reading Room sees its role as removing fear of change, closing knowledge gaps, and helping its clients reach their full digital potential. A digital consultancy that’s not hampered by legacy thinking, its multi-disciplinary teams focus on how people experience technology and blend the best design and technical expertise with new and exciting insights from behavioural science and psychology to deliver highly effective solutions.
Reading Room has an outstanding client list ranging from every sort and size of public body – Kew Gardens, HMRC, the NHS, West Yorkshire Police, Edinburgh Napier University, Big Lottery Fund, Visit England, Knowsley Borough Council - through to household names such as ŠKODA, Nationwide Building Society, Taylor Wimpey, National Football Museum, and Victim Support.
We are hugely excited by this acquisition and by the addition of so many new skills and business opportunities to the group particularly in the areas of design, user experience and digital consultancy. It is a powerful acquisition not just because of the outstanding quality of the company, its staff and its work, but also because of its fit with our own digital growth strategy. This will dramatically expand our capability to help our customers “be digital” wherever they happen to be on that critical journey.
Richard Kellett-Clarke, CEO of Idox, commented: "The acquisition of Reading Room is a major step in our strategy to build a sophisticated digital platform from which we can leverage our sector and domain knowledge to provide value adding solutions across the UK and Europe."
Sarah Vick, Managing Director at Reading Room said “I am delighted that we will be joining the Idox group with all the opportunities that can open up for all parts of the business. It is a great fit for us and the beginning of a new era for Reading Room.”
To learn more about the Reading Room, visit: http://www.idoxgroup.com/reading-room-home
Wednesday 30th September saw the latest OneCPD conference and exhibition at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester. The event explored how a modern, fit-for-purpose estate can provide value for money for the taxpayer while increasing sustainability and enabling improvements in the way an organisation works. Idox’s CAFM Explorer and EPAM provided delegates with practical insights from customer case studies and discussed current software and future innovations for managing property and estates to provide more efficient and cost effective workplaces.
The day started with a keynote speech from Stephen Talboys, Director of Facilities and Estates at the University of Salford, discussing the three main drivers for creating fit for purpose learning, living and working environments. These three requirements are for estates to be:
- Effective: services developed collaboratively and continuously improved and developed to better meet needs of student, staff and partners. Ongoing customer feedback proves the success of these services.
- Economic: facilities and IT drive change and look at new ways of working by prioritising investment in the right blend of space and technology, leading to cashable savings and additional, related benefits.
- Efficient: achieved by meeting statutory/corporate KPIs for information, health and safety, sustainability and utilisation whilst enabling academic quality, growth and diversity. Success can be seen by benchmarking with Gartner and HESA reports and by following the Estate Plan. Success is also reflected by the size of the EFIT (Estates, Facilities, IT) department, carbon usage and estate utilisation.
‘Hubs’ were also a topic of discussion during the day – linking separate facilities with various functionalities together to form one large, combined estate. This linked in nicely to Idox’s Essex Property Asset Map (EPAM), a hosted, publicly available mapping solution operated by The Essex Property Group (EPG). EPG is a partnership of Essex public sector organisations that required a shared, location based, property resource to support greater collaboration and enable better decision-making relating to land and property estates owned or leased by its members.
To learn more about the Essex Property Asset Map, visit: EPAM.
Cloud Amber recently launched Speed Amelioration in Argonaut to address the growing concern of speed violations in the urban environment.
Speed Amelioration in Argonaut focuses on ameliorating vehicle speeds using traffic signals and data from different sources enabling authorities to minimise road disruptions and to automatically control traffic lights to help reduce the number of speeding vehicles.
Discover how Speed Amelioration in Argonaut could benefit your community visit: Speed Amelioration
Link to full news article: Cloud Amber launches Speed Amelioration
The planning profession works closely with ecologists in ensuring that biodiversity issues are addressed in spatial planning and development control. As the UK’s leading provider of Planning, Building Control and related services to local authorities, Idox continually improves its products to allow for more efficient decision-making within the planning process. An important part of this is ensuring that evidence on the potential social or environmental impacts of development is documented and available electronically, both to the public and to planners themselves.
In this article, Idox’s Morwen Johnson looks at how biodiversity is being recognised within planning policy as a key part of sustainable development.
Gosport is expanding its portfolio of Idox integrated solutions by implementing Idox’s Total Land Charges (TLC) solution, replacing its existing Arcus Global Land Charges system.
Idox’s TLC is designed to automate land charge searches thereby reducing manual collection and entry of data.
In a second award, Idox will provide the Council with Exacom’s Obligation suite designed to administer Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 obligations, to be implemented as a managed, hosted service.
The new systems will be integrated with existing Idox solutions already in use at the Council.
Facilities maintenance and services provider MJ Ferguson has been selected to provide mechanical and electrical, planned and reactive maintenance services for three academies within the Ark Schools Framework. MJ Ferguson was selected because it has “considerable experience in the education sector and will be working in partnership with Ark to create Innovative Learning Spaces (ILS) for productive and inspirational learning environments for students”.
MJ Ferguson will be providing framework support, initially for three years, for Ark Boulton and Ark Chamberlain – both in Birmingham – as well as for Ark All Saints Academy in London. It will also provide services for Highshore School, which is not part of the Ark organisation but shares the heating services with Ark All Saints Academy.
MJ Ferguson use Idox’s leading Facilities Management software, CAFM Explorer, to manage their clients’ facilities, making use of Helpdesk, Reactive Maintenance, PPM and Reporting functionality. MJ Ferguson are able to extend their maintenance capabilities by using CAFM Web for online helpdesk logging and CAFM Engineer to send and manage work orders via their mobile devices.
For more information on CAFM Explorer, visit www.cafmexplorer.com
To learn more about MJ Ferguson, visit www.mjferguson.co.uk
While delivering ‘digital as default’ public services is a UK Government priority, many other countries around the world are also focusing on eGovernment as a way to increase engagement with their citizens and improve service delivery. Idox has a strong relationship with local and central government in Norway, as Idox Elections was awarded contracts to support Norwegian municipal and county elections held in September 2015. This follows Idox Elections’ success in delivering similar electoral management services during the Norwegian General Election of 2013. In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at the reasons why Norway is a leader in digital government and considers the areas they are likely to focus on in coming years.
The Association of Electoral Administrators recently held its 10th National Seminar in Sheffield. Idox, an exhibitor at the event and a leading supplier of Elections Services, actively engages with issues affecting the field of electoral administration.
This year’s seminar focussed on the continuing changes and challenges within electoral administration particularly in light of the Government’s proposal to end the transition to IER, the Votes for Life Bill mentioned in the 2015 Queens speech and the probability of a referendum on Europe in the next two years together with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016 and the National Parliamentary and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Everyone involved is constantly looking to improve the processes and maximise value for money with public funds.
The programme also highlighted the challenges that electoral administrators are about to face in the registration of electors and the conduct of elections over the next 12 months. The overall conclusion is that the election process continues to be resource-intensive, costly, reactive and dictated by central government, when it could be significantly improved by the implementation of the Association’s members’ own policies and suggestions.
To learn how Idox Elections could help your organisation, visit: Idox ElectionsTweet
The shift within the public sector towards ‘digital as default’ delivery of services is a key priority of the UK government. Part of this digital transformation is about making services citizen-focused, something that Idox, as a market-leader in supplying software solutions to UK and international public sector organisations, is doing with its new iApply combined online planning and building control submissions service. More generally, digital transformation relies on organisations understanding the benefits and efficiencies that can be achieved. The Government Digital Service was set up in 2011 to lead on digital transformation and inspire radical change. In this article Idox’s Steven McGinty considers what the GDS has achieved and what the future holds for it.
Cloud Amber, a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions, has designed and developed Stand Manager, a cutting edge stand management system that improves utilisation of bus terminal space by up to 70%.
The Stand Manager assists bus terminal operators to ensure smooth throughput of buses on bus stands, by allocating vehicles to appropriate stands and providing vehicle information to drivers, operations staff and passengers, dynamically adapting to avoid congestion and queuing.
Full article: Cloud Amber launches the Stand Manager
Exploring policies and practice to enhance the professional development of doctoral researchers and research staff, the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference is a key annual event that brings together all those active in the field. This year, it was taking place in a funding environment in which the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills reports 72% of all first year UK-domiciled postgraduate Master’s students are receiving no financial backing to meet tuition fee costs. Idox attended the conference in its capacity as Europe’s leading grants and policy information publisher to learn more about the latest thinking on researcher development in the UK and beyond. In this article, Idox looks at how the sector is responding to changing funding conditions.
Across the devolved nations, planning reform is at the top of the political agenda due to its impact on issues such as ensuring adequate housing supply. As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox actively engages with issues affecting the planning profession and this includes publishing the journal Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL). In this article, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson reflects on this year’s SPEL conference, which considered key issues including fracking, land supply, continuous improvement and the relationship between neighbourhood planning and spatial planning.Tweet
Today's world of Facilities Management is a constantly changing ecosystem which can be a challenge to any size of business. Idox's latest 'back to basics' whitepaper looks at the current state of facilities management and how technology can help companies face these problems and improve the efficiency of their Facilities Departments and Estates Teams.
Download the whitepaper: Back to Basics: Facilities Management and CAFM
In brief, the topics covered include:
- The various roles and requirements of today's facilities manager
- In-house, external and international challenges
- How technology can ease help desk processes, PPM, cost control, asset tracking, property management, room booking, space management, reporting and mobile engineer management
For more on Idox’s leading facilities management software solution, CAFM Explorer, please visit: www.cafmexplorer.com
Cloud Amber, a member of the Idox group and a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions to local authorities and passenger transport executives, has extended their portfolio of innovative solutions with the launch of Icarus - RTI for public transport operators.
Icarus - RTI delivers deep integration of real-time vehicle information with traffic information to drive intelligence and reduce operational expenses.
With the help of Icarus - RTI, route network controllers, depot managers and vehicle operators can access vehicle information in real time anywhere anytime through internet-enabled computers or mobiles.
Discover how Icarus – RTI could benefit your organisation, visit: Icarus – RTI for Public Transport Operators
Published in October 2014, the NHS Five Year Forward View sets out a future vision for the UK National Health Service.
In September, Idox attended the 2015 Health and Care Innovation Expo – the health sector’s largest calendar event. Drawing on insight into the latest announcements and developments from leading sector professionals, Idox’s Sabra Aswani discusses the measures being taken to support the NHS Five Year Forward View and how innovation is paving the way.
In a world in which Idox is helping councils join up their land and property information to support improved services and outcomes, Idox Information Service talks to Waheed Nazir, Director of Planning and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council. We hear how he has approached transforming the organisation and why he values the use of research and evidence as a tool to support strategic planning.
Moving to a "paperless" or "paperlite" environment is on the agenda for many local councils including Lambeth, Poole, Spelthorne and Western Isles.
These councils have all engaged Idox to scan and index various historical files from current paper versions to electronic format ready for upload into their Idox Document Management Systems (DMS). Switching from paper to electronic file format will help free up valuable office space as well as automating the online publishing of relevant documents for both internal and external use by staff and citizens.
Improving our transport infrastructure is vital for the UK economy and councils across the country are using technology and data to make life in cities safer, smarter and more sustainable.
Idox is a leading supplier of integrated transport solutions, especially traffic management for the road network, through its Cloud Amber solutions. However, preventing congestion is just one aspect of efficient travel infrastructure. Accessibility of transport is also important and this has been in the headlines recently in relation to London’s night tube proposals. In this article, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson, looks at how London compares to other global cities in terms of 24-hour public transport.
Idox’s Cloud Amber extends their portfolio with Icarus, a next generation traffic management solution that enables authorities to better manage traffic based on real time information and true predictions.
Icarus integrates with existing traffic systems and other data sources to gather traffic information in real time that helps authorities to better visualise, strategise and enhance traffic management of rural and city centre roads and highways.
Discover how Icarus could help your organisation: Icarus - Cloud Amber’s next generation traffic management solution
As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox actively engages with issues affecting the planning profession. Idox are therefore proud to support the 2015 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. As sponsors of the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement and the Student Award, we congratulate all the winners and commended entries for their achievements.
RTPI Awards for Research Excellence - winners announced: Curtain call: use of theatre in planning research wins national research award