New possibilities have emerged for the retrofitting/repurposing of existing infrastructure assets with technology such as large-scale data collection, real-time asset monitoring, automation and AI. Whilst this phenomenon is transforming traditional infrastructure, forcing asset owners to rethink their business models, many are increasingly exposed to technological risks that have not been properly assessed.
Three successful start-ups discuss the principal challenges they face growing within the infrastructure space:
Though still fragmented, the pool of companies that fall under the umbrella of infratech is quickly becoming a distinct market in its own right. Over the last year we have seen a number of sector leaders make the headlines:
• Identifying investable opportunities
• Fundraising and scaling-up
• Obsolescence risk
With the emergence of mobility-as-a-service, business models have evolved and the UK government has taken a leading role in facilitating smart mobility applications. What are the successes and lessons learnt?
• “Roads for the Future” and smart motorways
• Ridesharing economy
• Autonomous vehicles
• Rapid growth, M&A, and massive energy consumption
5G represents the springboard for future technology and data applications. The past 12 months have seen several European countries holding 5G spectrum auctions - what is the status of these supply chain rollouts?
• Partnerships and joint ventures
• Enabling new technologies
• Tenders and implementation progress
• Regulatory framework