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Education Authority Launches 'Smart School Transport' Competition

Education Authority Launches ‘Smart School Transport’ Competition

The Education Authority (EA) has launched a new ‘Smart School Transport’ competition under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) scheme.  

The competition is aimed at digital solution providers to stimulate the development of innovative solutions to enable delivery of safer and more efficient home-to-school transport in Northern Ireland for approximately 90,000 children.

The EA ‘Smart School Transport’ competition is inviting bids from innovative companies that can provide cost-effective technologies, tools or processes to improve the utilisation of the EA fleet of approximately 800 buses and minibuses.

Sara Long, EA Director of Operations and Estates commented on the ‘Smart School Transport’ competition;

“EA offers assistance with home-to-school transport for approximately 27% of all pupils in Northern Ireland. In supporting this and ensuring our services meet the needs of young people and parents EA are committed to delivering a programme of digital transformation to improve our services.

We are delighted that EA has been successful in securing a budget of £200,000 from SBRI to facilitate in the initiation of Phase 1 of the ‘Smart School Transport’ competition and help us with our bid to offer more efficient and safer home-to-school transport.”

During Phase 1 of the competition applicants are expected to demonstrate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of proposed concepts.  If applicants proposals are successful there may be follow on phases for development and testing.

EA ‘Smart School Transport’ competition bid documents are available to download from the eTEndersNI website at

The deadline for applications is 3pm on Friday 1 December 2017


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