Informed Solutions has been presented with the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Global Innovation Award for Sustainable Growth for the national roll out of Clean Air Zones with the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), a joint unit between the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport (DfT), and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA).

The Global ICT Excellence Awards are unique in that nominations are made by the national and regional WITSA ICT industry associations from over 80 countries. With unparalleled insight, the most innovative and impact solutions are brought before an independent panel of judges, consisting of select industry leaders and luminaries from key international organizations, corporations, and government entities.

Sustainable Growth

The Sustainable Growth Category Winner is selected as the best clean growth solution that clearly demonstrates its application the world over.

JAQU and DVLA are charged with delivering HM Government’s legal and policy commitments to improve air quality by reducing levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution. A key priority is to work in collaboration with Local Authorities (LAs) to influence changes in motorist behaviour.

In the UK, the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Framework permits Local Authorities to implement Charging Clean Air Zones as a measure for achieving this. The intent is that the introduction of Charging Clean Air Zones will drive changes in motorist behaviour – such as upgrading to a cleaner vehicle or using public transport – thereby reducing NO2 pollution.

The Central CAZ Service is a national elastically scalable and resilient digital infrastructure.  Hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), PaaS and SaaS AWS offerings accelerate and de-risk service delivery, maximise technical quality, and minimise administrative and maintenance overheads.  A serverless execution model maximises the solutions’ ability to scale elastically in response to changing demand as more Local Authorities implement Clean Air Zones across England and Wales.

Informed Solutions UK CEO Seth Finegan comments: “We are so proud to be recognised for our work in partnership with JAQU and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

“JAQU and DVLA have succeeded in creating a national digital service that not only encourages motorists to change their transport behaviours but also helps local authorities implement and manage their Zones and in doing so, helps our cities become increasingly welcoming and healthy places to live, work, and play.”