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NDGAI receive Innovate UK Sustainable Funding

By December 16, 2020June 20th, 2022No Comments

NDGAI has some exciting news!

In June 2020 we jumped at the opportunity to apply for an Innovate UK Covid 19 Grant and we are pleased to announce we have been awarded £95,000. 

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £191 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund over the next two years.  The aim of these competitions is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund is funding 1,103 projects, 1189 UK businesses and totalling over £130 million in support across the UK.

The grant has been awarded to fund a prototype product, RoutifAI, which is embedded within NDGAI’s first product, OptifAI, launched earlier this year.

OptifAI is an innovative artificially intelligent product that automates the scheduling process and creates more efficient schedules, increasing organisations performance and profitability.

NDGAI Co-founders, CEO Nigel Gittins and Data Scientist Dr Rodrigo Pinheiro, recognised that NDGAI could create a product, separate to the  OptifAI engine, that would benefit other scheduling solutions and Graphhopper/OpenStreetMap users.

OptifAI requires the pre-processing of millions of locations. Current commercial routing providers are designed for real-time applications, where you have to process many individual requests. Due to the high volume of requests, they are slow to process, and/or prohibitively expensive.

NDGAI created the RoutifAI prototype project to offer a product that could be plugged into any field-based scheduling system that would benefit from quicker bulk routing requests at cheaper prices. 

This is fantastic news for the UK’s social care sector, which is under immense strain to deliver care to an increasingly growing ageing population with limited funding.  Austerity measures mean more care needs to be provided with less funding.  Technological advancements like this project will assist social care providers with servicing the market growth. Technology, especially AI, will be the solution.

Nigel and Rodrigo put together the successful application, which was a solid confirmation that NDGAI had the go-ahead for the development of RoutifAI

The funding will be used to develop a prototype of a self-hosted routing engine utilising an AI-based solution to improve the route planning process and enhance carer utilisation, allowing efficient and effective care to be delivered to an increased number of service users. 

The team at NDGAI have appointed a new Data Science Engineer, who will work alongside Dr Rodrigo Pinheiro, to develop the RoutifAI prototype.

NDGAI will be first to provide an AI-technology to be utilised for route planning in the home care sector.  A limited number of available care staff means that their time is precious.  Current route planning methods are poor, resulting in unnecessary expenses and wasted time travelling.  NDGAI’s solution will reduce travel time and mileage between each home care visit.

Nigel Gittins, NDGAI CEO, said:  “This is an exciting but busy time for the team at NDGAI

“The product will make a profound difference to the healthcare sector, and we cannot wait for the end result to launch.”

Dr Ian Campbell, Innovate UK Executive Chair, said:  “In these difficult times, we have seen the best of British business innovation.  The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy.

“NDGAI’s RoutifAI project, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development.  Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”

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