2019 has been a huge year for PUBLIC. From launching the first ever pan-European GovTech program and taking on 14 new companies, to moving into PUBLIC Hall and doubling our team across four offices – here are some of our top achievements from this year.
GovStart company Patchwork is nominated for the 2019 HSJ partnership awards
GovStart company Valerann closes $5m seed funding round
With a startup ecosystem valued at $4.5 billion, the capital of Bavaria is now becoming increasingly attractive for entrepreneurs wishing to improve people’s lives – from healthcare to smart city to ethical finance.
The booming GovTech scene is further supported by government initiatives like the creation of Munich Startups – a virtual startup portal created by the City of Munich, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria and the four entrepreneurship centers of the Munich universities within the framework of the Entrepreneurship Strategy Munich. Other projects like the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie provide support to social entrepreneurship projects and work to broaden the network of organisations that anchor social entrepreneurship within society.
“Munich’s impact startup scene is coming into its own. People are starting to realize that we don’t have that much time to fix the problems in the world, and you can do well by doing good.”
We selected ten young businesses transforming the public sector in Munich, check it out!
Top 10 GovTech Startups
FlixBus – a “combination of tech-startup, e-commerce-platform and transportation company”, the eco-friendly online platform offers long distance bus rides at low prices through an online booking service
ParkHere – a spin-off of the TUM that has developed a self-powered parking sensor. They have estimated that 30% of road traffic is due to drivers blindly driving down streets hoping for an open parking spot: a problem that their solution aims to fix.
IDNow– one of the leading providers for identity verification in Europe, they are building a mobile facial recognition platform for authenticating transactions.
Convaise – Part of PUBLIC’s GovStart accelerator programme, Convaise is a chatbot that helps local administrations cut out forms and data entry, saving time and money.
Hawa Dawa– tackle the problem of unlimited clean air for cities, businesses and citizens through data on air pollution that provides useful insights.
Smokify– creates substantial and lasting improvements to patients’ health through the use of personalized digital health solutions, by building a patient centered digital health ecosystem, integrated into major payment systems.
Etherisc – an ethical InsurTech startup that builds decentralized insurance in order to make insurance accessible and affordable for everyone.
Personiq – an identity management framework that allows companies to verify the digital identity of their customers in compliance with GDPR and e-privacy.
Definiens – Provides image analysis and data mining solutions for quantitative digital pathology in the healthcare industries.
Teleclinic – a communication platform that enables simple and secure communication between doctors and patients all over Germany.
In 2018, PUBLIC supported 21 companies through our GovStart accelerator programme. From closing huge funding rounds to game-changing pilots, here’s what our GovStart companies got up to in 2018 – from beginning to end.
2018 was off to an exciting start with Flynotes – a medical consent platform – closing a Seed Funding Round.
Red Sift, a cyber security startup stopping phishing attacks, signs a deal to protect Ministry of Justice email accounts.
Adzuna, a search engine that collates every job listing from every site, starts DWP’s Universal Jobmatch contract worth over £7.5m.
Forward Health, a member of PUBLIC’s most recent GovStart cohort, has recently secured $3.9 million in seed funding. We spoke to Forward about how they got here, what they’re doing now, and what they hope to be doing in the future.
Doctors face an NHS overly dependent on inefficient ways of communicating. Rather than using the fast messaging services we all rely on, the NHS remains tied to outdated landlines and pagers. The solutions to which many doctors turn, like WhatsApp, are neither secure nor designed for clinical use. This was the situation facing doctors Barney Gilbert and Lydia Yarlott which led them, alongside Philip Munday, to founding Forward.
They wanted to provide a secure, easy and efficient alternative for clinicians to use – to fix the “broken communication in healthcare”. The idea is that the less time doctors need to spend waiting for messages to deliver, or landlines to be answered, the better. It would mean more time to spend helping patients – this is why Forward designed a secure clinical messaging app for UK-based clinicians.
Is it working? Well, according to co-founder Barney, Forward is already “saving them time and improving the quality of care they can offer to patients”.
For now, the app is being used by 5000 UK-based clinicians. From talking to Barney, it’s clear that this is only set to grow. Forward is currently in their “love” phase. Rather than rolling the app out to all UK clinicians immediately, Forward is determined to perfect their offering first. They want to know what makes their users tick, and be able to offer this from the start. Once they’ve understood what makes the first 5000 users tick, it’s about understanding the first 10,000, and so on.
We asked Barney where he saw the future of Forward going: “We’d like to be the UK’s leader in healthcare messaging by the end of next year.”
And after that? “Scale internationally”.
Forward’s Funding and GovStart
Forward has recently secured $3.9 million in seed funding, courtesy of Stride.VC accompanied by Albion Capital, which will go a long way to helping them achieve what they have planned for the future. As well as being funded by Stride.VC and Albion Capital, Forward is now over halfway through PUBLIC’s GovStart 2018 programme – we asked Forward about its GovStart experience.
Whilst PUBLIC provides its cohort with support by helping them achieve specific goals, Barney stressed it was the “intangible extras” that were most helpful. For them, this included discussions with startups data experts in different areas.
GovStart has given Forward the chance to interact more with other leading entrepreneurs and innovators wanting to make waves in the public sector. This has had a huge impact for Barney and for Forward: “It allows for the collision of ideas. It’s transformative and helps you think in a new way – that’s what is most helpful.”
Alexander de Carvalho, PUBLIC co-founder and CIO, had this to say of Forward’s recent successes:
“We’re so excited to be working with Barney, Philip and Lydia and the rest of the Forward team as they look to solve the huge problem of communication in healthcare today. The best way to improve care pathways and therefore patient outcomes is to build better, more joined-up systems that allow multiple stakeholders to collaborate in a truly connected way. The Forward platform does just that through a beautifully-designed, intuitive mobile app.
“The progress that the team has made over the past 18 months is extraordinary and I can’t wait to see what functionality they will be offering clinicians in the years to come.”
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The GovTech Startups Transforming Europe, By Country
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Across the world, the modern state is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. A new generation of technology is changing the way countries – and, indeed, local and federal governments – collect taxes, provide healthcare, distribute welfare, keep citizens safe, manage public transport, and deliver all kinds of key public services. In a surprisingly short time, the entire way a state engages with its citizens will be different. Driving this change is the rise of GovTech – new technologies applied to public services, designed for local and central governments. The phenomenon is happening globally, in countries large and small. In particular, the last few years have seen a remarkable growth in the European GovTech ecosystem – in this article, we outline the European GovTech startups that are transforming public services, delivering smarter, more efficient solutions for European citizens. ?? Austria – Enpulsion, a spin out from University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, has developed a unique propulsion technology optimised for launching small satellites into orbit. The company has raised 3.4 million euros to date — 1 million for European Space Agency research and 2.4 million from private sources and the European Commission. ?? Belgium –Cubigo is an online platform that connects community staff, residents and family members to improve the experience of senior living communities. This includes a single platform for managing dining, maintenance, transportation, communication and other activities – which not only improves the lives of senior residents, but also delivers more efficient community workflows and lower operating costs. ?? Denmark – Monsenso is a HealthTech startup that provides a platform to support individuals suffering from mental health problems by creating a ‘triple-loop care‘ that engages clinicians, patients and carers. Its mHealth solution encourages individuals to engage in self-care, helps carers play a more active role in their treatment and provides clinicians with a remote monitoring tool that assists them to make clinical decisions. ?? Estonia – Skeleton Technologies has developed a technology that enables companies to reach significant energy savings in a wide variety of industries ranging from automotive, transportation, and maritime, all the way to renewable energy, power grids, industrial applications, and aerospace. They are currently working with the European Space Agency and several Tier 1 automotive manufacturers. ?? Finland – Huoleti is a crowdsourcing care platform that supports patients who have just been diagnosed with a severe illness. Its mobile app allows citizens to build peer support networks and to invite carers and loved ones to help them on an everyday basis. ?? France –Fluicityhas found a way to deal with the crisis of trust between citizens and politicians. They have created an app that aims to bring to life citizens’ projects and ideas by enabling a dialogue between elected officials and citizens. They have been operating across local governments in France and Belgium: for example, 12% of the population in Vernont are using Fluicity, which led to the repair a faulty public lighting within a few hours of being notified to the city via the app. ?? Germany –ParkHere is a spin-off of the Technical University of Munich that has developed a self-powered parking sensor. They have estimated that 30% of road traffic is due to drivers blindly driving down streets hoping for an open parking spot: a problem that their solution aims to fix. They are currently in operation in many cities around Europe, including Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France. ?? Greece –novovilleis a citizen engagement platform that now operates in 40 cities across Europe. Citizens are provided with an app through which they can apply for services, report problems, and, most importantly, share their opinions. This information feeds through in real-time dashboard controlled by the council, allowing councillors to detect and solve problems quickly and efficiently, whilst seamlessly updating the citizen who has filed the report. Novoville won the Digital Citizenship Challenge on the Urban Challenge, an open call competition PUBLIC organised with the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. ?? Iceland – Ankeri’s mission is to change the global shipping industry by fostering more transparency and collaboration between ship owners and charterers. They developed a cloud-based platform that allows them to examine fuel performance and try to improve it together, leading to a more efficient transportation since customers pay for fuel. ?? Ireland – The HireLab is working with governments to give them freedom to manage their full hiring process, through an online platform with engaging candidate portals, flexible workflows, skills matching and hiring tools to provide a unique experience for their target talent market. ?? Italy – Comuni-Chiamo is a cloud solution to that aims at improving city management: from waste management calendars to communicating with citizens through an app. The startup is already working alongside 98 mayors for 4 million citizens across Italy. ?? Luxembourg – Because air pollution is the 4th highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease, Footbot developed a device that makes pollution visible and then makes it disappear. It provides an air monitoring technology that allows the measurement of indoor pollution, leading to improved air quality in indoor public spaces. ?? Netherlands –Teqplay is disrupting the port logistics industry by providing real-time data management to port managers, who are then able to carry more efficient operations, through increased collaboration along the logistical chain. ?? Norway – In 2014, a Norwegian public investigation report was published on the use of interpretation services in the public sector that demonstrated a widespread use of interpreters without proper qualifications, which creates confusion and misunderstanding. In light of this problem, TikkTalk has created an open marketplace for interpretation services, that brings more quality and fairness to the trade – for both the interpreters and their clients. They work with public sector organisations to improve translation processes in courts, hospitals and asylum centres. ?? Poland – Ifinity provides beacons based tailor-made technology to cities and public spaces around the world to let people digitally interact with reality through their mobiles. For example, it is placing thousands of beacons around Warsaw to facilitate mobility for the visually impaired. The applied technology integrates with existing electronic systems at public offices and buses allowing them to navigate their way and providing them with remote services. ?? Portugal –myPolis is working with local authorities across the country to improve citizen engagement in an intuitive way through an app that allows any citizen with a smartphone to vote on political decisions, by gamifying the process. ?? Russia –Welltory is a HealthTech startup based in St. Petersburg that has developed an app that measures your stress & energy levels by analysing your heartbeat with your smartphone. It helps hard workers increase performance and productivity by monitoring stress and energy, finding optimal work and sleeping schedules, etc. ?? Serbia – A member of this year’s GovStart cohort, Strawberry Energy aims to reinvent the urban landscape, by creating smart and solar-powered urban furniture for smart and sustainable cities. They are now present in more than 30 cities (17 countries) all around the globe with clients such as: Ford, Cancer Research UK, Canary Wharf, Crown Estate, Orange, UNDP, Eon, EWZ etc. In London, there are Smart Benches in Southwark, Islington, Lewisham and Canary Wharf. ?? Spain – Unblur is a security startup that has developed an intelligent assistant for commanders in the field, integrating dynamic information (from drones, cameras, GPS, etc.) with static information (from databases, maps, etc.) to provide in-depth situational intelligence. ?? Sweden – Mapillary is a global network of contributors who are working together to build better maps. Anyone can join and collect street-level images, using simple tools like smartphones or personal cameras. With computer vision, it connects images across time and space to create immersive street-level views and extract map data. ?? UK –Adzuna is a search engine for job ads that lists every job, everywhere. Recently, thanks to our GovStart GovStart accelerator, Adzuna was successfully awarded a £2.5m p.a. contract with the Department for Works and Pensions to power Universal Jobmatch: the Government’s job board. ? Get in touch with us on Twitter if you know any other exciting tech startups transforming public services, across Europe! You’re a GovTech Entrepreneur and you’d like to promote your idea & expand your business? Join us at the GovTech Summit – register here!
If you want to learn more about the GovTech industry and the state of the UK market, check our report!
Hanna Johnson, former N.10 advisor, joins PUBLIC as our new COO. Hanna talks about her experience and GovTech.
Before coming to PUBLIC, I’ve had a varied career – starting out in management consultancy with Accenture, then spending several years in the charity sector, before moving into Government to spend six years across DCMS and (most recently) Number 10, as an advisor to the PM. The common thread across all of my roles has been trying to make things work better; whether it’s a business process, a donor-charity relationship, or a public policy.
PUBLIC is, to me, the next step in that journey. The team have already done huge amounts in uncovering opportunities through the research programme, investing in and developing some of the best emerging players through the GovStart accelerator, and beginning to build the public service providers of the future in companies like Panopticon and Free Up. But there is so much more to do. I think it’s clear that some sectors – notably health – have been quicker adopters of new tech than others. And there are other areas, for example policing, where there is still a long way to go. What I think is a great opportunity though is that we now have Secretaries of State in the Foreign Office, the Home Office and in the Department for Health who have previously been in charge of digital issues and the digital economy. So, now more than ever, we have people in Government who know the value and abilities of the tech sector to deliver, and I hope that that will carry forward in what we see over the next few years. The opportunity for improvement is enormous – and the benefits for the public sector and the UK economy as a whole is so obvious – that it seemed like a no-brainer to me to come and join the PUBLIC team.
Strawberry Energy: Transforming the way we interact with cities
GovStart 2018 cohort member Strawberry Energy aims to reinvent the urban landscape. We interview Miloš Milisavljević, founder of this smart benches startup about his ambitions and the highlights of his business.
What is Strawberry Energy?
Strawberry energy is a pioneer in creating and delivering smart and solar-powered urban furniture for smart and sustainable cities. Our purpose is to enhance people’s experience in outdoor public spaces and to improve urban living by making cities smarter, greener and more convenient to live in. We are the first in the world, and are now present in more than 30 cities (17 countries) all around the globe with clients such as: Ford, Cancer Research UK, Canary Wharf, Crown Estate, Orange, UNDP, Eon, EWZ etc. In London, there are Smart Benches in Southwark, Islington, Lewisham and Canary Wharf.
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How does Strawberry Energy impact the way we interact with cities?
Our smart urban furniture improves people’s outdoor experience and motivates them to socialize and spend time outdoors, thus allowing a stronger feeling of community and contributing towards smarter and greener spaces. We also aim to add a “smart city layer” to any public space and unlock the full power of IoT in the outdoor environment. By giving citizens and the local governments direct use of the data collected by our devices, we are empowering them and help them making better decisions.They would be able to see where are the healthiest conditions for training outside, while the city officials could set actions and policies based on this data to improve the quality of urban living for citizens.
What is different in your business model?
We offer the network of smart Benches free of charge to the City and then make revenue through the long-term commercial partnership with brands who get branding on the benches and digital user engagement on WiFi and Smartphone app. For example, Cancer Research and Ford UK were our first partners in this journey by launching 20 Smart Benches in 2017. Recently, we closed a deal with London Boroughs who will roll-out the first network of 100 Smart Benches in their locations and at the same time, we partnered with the UK leading marketing agencies to monetize branding space and user engagement on the benches. After London, we plan to expand the same model to other UK major cities followed with leading European cities.
Why is there a need for Smart Benches in the public sector?
For the public sector, we see two key benefits of accepting and supporting our Smart Bench Networks: on the one hand, the local government will be providing a new and free of charge city service to citizens as well as a new gathering and socialising location. On the other hand, using data collected and generated from built-in sensors inside each Smart Bench can ensure better contextual understanding on the hyperlocal city level.
What are your hopes on GovStart?
We are really excited to be part of this accelerator programme and to be working with PUBLIC. We believe that GovStart will open new doors for us and will provide us with opportunities of expansion in the UK and the rest of Europe. Also, this is a great chance to meet new startups that can provide us with insights into their personal experience and potentially become partners of Strawberry Energy.
How do you think cities will look in the future?
As a tech optimist, there is no doubt that the future will bring us a variety of advanced new technology solutions. In most cases, we will be able to fully embrace urban innovations, that will truly enhance the quality of life for millions of people. However, we also need to be aware that new technologies mean additional pressure on already built city infrastructures that are in most cases old and obsolete. I believe there is a need for disruption to digitally transform our regular cities into smart ones. It is all about reinvention in a way that progressively reuses, remixes and adds value to our lives. In that sense, we started with public sitting and reinvented the ‘bench’ with a variety of smart free services in the urban landscape. We see cities in the future as livable, vibrant and citizen-oriented districts with technology solutions that will gather people on the streets, strengthening their sense of community.
Strawberry is a herald of spring – it is one of the first fruits that ripens after a long and cold winter. It symbolizes something new and innovative, something that is at its beginning. Since our aim is to develop innovative green technology that will make people’s life easier and better, the company was christened Strawberry Energy. Moreover, strawberries grow fast. If you plant a strawberry, very soon there will be a whole bush of them growing around. It grows and develops rapidly, spreading among its environment – which relates to our objective of diffusing our benches across the world.
We interview Dr Anas Nader, founder of LocumTap – a platform that connects clinicians with vacant shifts – about the journey, challenges and highlights of his business.
What is LocumTap?
LocumTap is a marketplace app that connects clinicians directly to vacant shifts in hospitals and other healthcare organisations. By eliminating the middlemen, our app ultimately increases staffing levels, improves safety of clinical services and reduces the need for expensive recruitment agencies.
LocumTap was built in partnership with the Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, where it has been shown to substantially increase fill rates (≻90%) and save millions of pounds in agency fees, rises in pay rates, and service inefficiencies. LocumTap has since been adopted by many NHS Trusts across the country and was recently selected for the national Flexible working / Staff Banks pilot sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
How did you found it?
LocumTap was founded by Dr Anas Nader and Dr Jing Ouyang, who are both NHS doctors with a passion for technology and innovation. As I became the lead of Medical Temporary Staffing in Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, I was uniquely positioned to understand the challenges our healthcare system was facing. In 2016 hospitals spent £3.7bn on temporary staffing (i.e. locums), which is largely attributed to external agencies charging significant commissions. At the time, the staff bank was using analogue methods and legacy software to manage their temporary staffing requirements. It was quickly recognised that technology could transform and scale the staff bank, which served as the inspiration for LocumTap. Because the current methods for managing flexible healthcare workers are outdated, bureaucratic and frustrating for both clinicians and managers, we came up with a software that drastically improves the experience for all user groups, leading to better management of existing resources and a happier workforce.
How does it differ from what’s already out there?
There are several technology providers that have build different tools to address this challenge. We are unique in that we built a product from within the NHS to address the frustrations from the perspectives of both the employer as well as the locum clinician. Clinicians benefit from our ‘locum app’ that improves their flexible working experience, by allowing them to create a digital passport to join staff banks, stay informed of relevant vacancies, and instantly book into shifts – paperless and hassle free. This enabled us to create a dynamic marketplace where employers gain direct access to thousands of clinicians whilst also benefiting from the efficiencies of a streamlined temporary staffing management system.
LocumTap has transformed our staff bank! The trust has reduced its agency spend by significantly improving our bank fill rates. Our service managers have better control over their locum activity, and the clinicians love the app too. – Rob Hodgkiss, Chief Operating Officer of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
What are your hopes regarding GovStart?
Ultimately, our goal is to deliver substantial cost savings and better staffing levels, helping with the ambition to create a more sustainable NHS. Through GovStart, we hope to work more closely with the Department of Health and the NHS’ leadership and regulatory bodies to facilitate more flexible working in healthcare using technologies such as LocumTap. We believe that PUBLIC will help us connect with the relevant civil servants and politicians as well as give us the necessary support for future fundraising campaigns.
How do you think working life will change in the NHS?
Clinicians are demanding more flexibility in the workplace and employers are looking for better ways to engage with workers to improve their recruitment & retention efforts whilst reducing their reliance on agencies. We strongly believe innovative flexible working models will be essential for a sustainable NHS workforce. To keep up to date with the latest GovTech news and startups,subscribe to the PUBLIC Newsletter.
Join us at The GovTechSummit in Paris on 12 November 2018 to bring entrepreneurs to the public sector!
PUBLIC’s Mira Cole-Wijaya shares a starter-kit for startups applying to join G-Cloud 10 – the government’s SME-friendly procurement framework.
G-Cloud 11 applications are currently open, closing on the 15th May. G-Cloud is an important framework for technology companies hoping to work with the public sector. A framework is essentially an approved supplier list. Government bodies are much more likely to buy technology from suppliers on approved supplier lists.
G-Cloud is one of the easiest frameworks to procure through – and get on – and we therefore highly recommend any startups in the GovTech space put in an application. Joining the framework is also helpful in legitimising your startup to government bodies who may want to procure your services or product through other pathways.
Therefore, G-Cloud is often the simplest route to the public sector market. It will probably save you money, workload and time. Some buyers will only work with companies already on the G-Cloud, so in some cases it is the only route to market.
We’ve put together a starter-kit to help you get started with your application. Begin your application now.
These are relatively easy questions found under “Supplier Declaration”. You will need to include basic company details, conform to basic levels of government compliance and confirm that your services are relevant.
Your Service Description
Provide a clear name with a unique reference number
You should detail your specific service (in layman’s terms) such that the buyer can understand simply what they are buying, and if you have a more general service you offer around it (support/training/etc.), then you should detail this as well
Avoid language which commits you to a service that you might not be able to deliver, and don’t use superlatives
Do not overuse the word digital, instead, make sure you use the word cloud
The Free Form Document
Here you have the opportunity to upload a document which explains your service in your own words. Though the free form document is not required for the G-Cloud application, we do recommend that you submit one. It’s a much better way for you to sell your product and company in more detail.
Our Recommended Template for the Free Form Document
Here you should provide a brief, succinct and clear overview of your service. This should be the quick sales pitch for the product.
Detailed service definition
Here you should provide a much more detailed overview of the service you are providing. For example:
How you plan to execute your service
What you expect the buyer to provide or input
What you will be providing
Things which are excluded from the service provision
What the buyer will receive in terms of deliverables, outcomes, and outputs from your service
Which situations your service can be used in
Why your company
In this section you should sell your company – explain why buyers should buy from you.
Consider your pricing carefully. Although you can reduce it, you will not be able to raise it until the next iteration of G-Cloud.
Any legal information that may apply to the services.
Terms & Conditions
We recommend you speak to a lawyer to draw up your T&Cs. Bear in mind that you are likely to need slightly different T&Cs for a consultancy service and an operational service. Also, make sure you put limitations into the contract, and read the T&Cs provided by G-Cloud carefully.
Have a look at a few of the Skills For the Information Age rate cards and other pricings for services similar to yours. This should be the ballpoint pricing for your product. Regardless of whether you are charging for licenses or a fixed fees, you should still have a daily rate card.
Tech Innovation & The UK Fishing Industry Post-Brexit
PUBLIC’s Director of Insight Max Chambers analyses the opportunities new technology can provide the UK fishing industry post-Brexit.
It’s clear from the Government’s various position papers on Brexit that the UK will be heavily reliant on technology for implementing new arrangements with the EU. But as well as enabling new borders, customs, security and data-sharing processes, there are also major opportunities for using new technology to harness the key opportunities of Brexit for British industry.
Defra, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative government departments, has already shown its commitment to thinking creatively in this space, with the announcement of a new £40 million farming productivity and innovation fund, as well as measures to use technology to promote livestock traceability. One area where cutting-edge technology could play a major role as we leave the EU is fisheries. Fishing is an extremely important economic driver in the UK, employing over 24,000 people and contributing around £1.4bn to our economy.
One major issue in the fishing industry is the current ‘landing’ obligation, which aims to ensure that all fish catches are properly recorded, reported and counted. Unfortunately, this is often not what happens now. The landing obligation has been notably difficult to control and enforce; with many vessels participating in harmful and unsustainable fishing practices such as discarding (the illegal dumping of low-value fish to free up quota space) and transshipment (illegally transferring fish between ships) in order to maximise the value of their catch. In fact, recent estimates value the total costs of EU discards at approximately £1.6 billion annually, which shows that attempts to control the landing obligation have been far from successful. The big prize to be solved is that of Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which is a €10bn annual problem, or roughly 19% of all reported catches. This is both a massive drain on the economy and a problem for sustainability and the wider environment.
Brexit Opportunity At the moment, fisheries in the UK are managed under the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which fixes our national catch quota, and guarantees UK access to certain fishing zones. However, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will result in its full withdrawal from the CFP, and present a major opportunity to negotiate an entirely new set of fishing policies – to help the UK fishing industry operate more efficiently, economically, and ethically. As part of these efforts, we will want to significantly enhance our ability to monitor activities at sea, maintaining confidence throughout the supply chain, and avoiding overfishing and the depletion of UK stocks.
Monitoring all activity across open seas is impossible, but with the help of technology, enforcement bodies can increase penetration and improve their chances of catching illegal and unethical fishing activities. For example, projects such as ‘Eyes on the Seas’, which uses satellite technology and virtual watch rooms to track vessel movements, coupled with algorithms to automatically flag signs of suspicious behaviour, can help detect illegal or suspicious fishing activity in real-time.
“There is an immense opportunity to transform the way we run our fishing industry…”
There are also a number of UK entrepreneurs who are devising technological solutions to increase efficiency and compliance: two brothers have developed iCatch, which allows fishermen to submit their IFCA shellfish returns via an app. Another interesting company, SafetyNet Technologies, builds devices that use light to increase selectivity of commercial fishing practises; this disruptive technology can reduce bycatch/improve fishing efficiency and environmental data capture.
Blockchain is the word on everyone’s lips, and it is not always easy to separate the hype from the substance – you can see our CTO, Andy Richardson’s, thoughts on this here. However, the application of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to the fisheries industry has already shown extremely promising results. The WWF, in partnership with major US-based tech innovators and implementers, has recently launched a pilot project in the Pacific Islands that will use DLT to track the journey of tuna from “bait to plate”. Early trials have indicated that DLT could provide a cost-effective and reliable solution for promoting traceability across the UK fishing supply chain.
Aquafarms are discussed widely as a means to sustainably provide food for the population in the future, with some commentators predicting that they will overshadow traditional fishing as the primary means by which we obtain fish for consumption. However, even these closed environments require a great deal of monitoring, to avoid poisoning and disease outbreak. Technology in aquafarms has already been successfully used to provide smart, automatic monitoring of the composition of seawater environments. For instance, ‘smart cages’ can monitor pesticides and pollutants in aquafarms. Similarly, robotics equipped with biosensors can mimic the appearance and movement of real fish, and change their swimming patterns in response to environmental stimuli (a cool example is ‘iTuna’, a fully-autonomous bionic fish). This is just a flavour, but there is an immense opportunity to transform the way we run our fishing industry – and it’s great to see Michael Gove’s department putting so much thought into our future arrangements. We’re most excited by how emerging technology can enable a more sustainable and ethical industry, and help us to ensure everyone is playing by the same (fair) rules – and we look forward to seeing more of the great things the government is planning this year.
Want to explore how Brexit might affect the GovTech market? Join us at The GovTechSummit in Paris on 12 November 2018 to bring entrepreneurs to the public sector!