Ultra recognised at UK National Transport Awards

At the award ceremony which took place in London on the 11th October, Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod was Highly Commended in the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ category of the National Transport Awards 2012.

Launched at Terminal 5 in April 2011, Heathrow pod is a network of 21 low-energy, battery powered, driverless, zero emission, transport vehicles. They carry four passengers and their luggage along a dedicated 3.8km guide way between the main terminal and its business car parks. Each pod is controlled by an internal computer and onboard sensor systems.

This year, the Pods will carry their ½ millionth passenger and continues to grow in popularity with several countries lining up to use the advanced technology. Work has started on the project to deliver the world’s first urban PRT system in Amritsar, India.

The Heathrow pod was showcased at the Global Business Summit on Infrastructure this year as an example of the best of British business to the world to develop strong international partnerships for future growth. The event drew delegates from Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Russia and Ghana.

For Ultra it is an honor to be recognized at the National Transport Awards, which follows on from our success in winning in the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ category at the London Transport Awards earlier in the year.

For more information on the awards click here.

Ultra recognised at Light Rail Awards 2012

At the award ceremony which took place in London on the 3rd October, Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod was Highly Commended in the ‘UK Project’ category of the Light Rail Awards 2012.

This builds on a successful year for Ultra: in early 2012, the Pods were awarded the top prize at the British Parking Awards for transport innovation, as well as a London Transport Award for Most Innovative Transport Project.

Further success was achieved at the Global Air Rail Awards, where Heathrow pod won the Innovation of the Year award, and most recently the pods have been announced as the winner of the Most Innovative Service at the Best in Britain awards of The Great Exhibition 2012.

Launched at Terminal 5 in April 2011, Heathrow pod is a network of 21 low-energy, battery powered, driverless, zero emission, transport vehicles. They carry four passengers and their luggage along a dedicated 3.8km guide way between the main terminal and its business car parks. Each pod is controlled by an internal computer and onboard sensor systems.

This year, the Pods will carry their ½ millionth passenger and continues to grow in popularity with several countries lining up to use the advanced technology. Work has started on the project to deliver the world’s first urban PRT system in Amritsar, India.

The Heathrow pod was showcased at the Global Business Summit on Infrastructure this year as an example of the best of British business to the world to develop strong international partnerships for future growth. The event drew delegates from Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Russia and Ghana.

For more information on the Light Rail Awards click here.

Ultra shortlisted in National Transport Awards 2012

Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod has been shortlisted in the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ category of the National Transport Awards 2012.

Transport is critical to the nation’s quality of life and its economic success. The Transport Times Awards provide an important platform for organisations and individuals to showcase their work, to encourage best practice and to achieve the recognition they deserve for their dedication, hard work and innovation demonstrated in delivering transport initiatives.

The shortlist for the category ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ is:

1. Cambridgeshire County Council, Guided Busway
2. TfL, Travel Demand Management
3. TfGM, Rochdale Interchange
4. Southern, CHURROS
5. Emirates Airline
6. Heathrow Pod
7. Nottingham Workplace Parking Levy
8. Cubic Blackfriars
9. ScotRail: Better prepared for winter

For Ultra it is an honor to be shortlisted, as we’ve already won the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ in the London Transport Awards earlier in the year.

For more information on the awards click here.

Ultra Global PRT’s Innovation Skills Awarded Yet Again.

Ultra Global PRT, the creators and operators of the Heathrow pod, the unique driverless, electric powered new transport system has just received the “Innovation of the Year” award at the AirRail News 2012 Awards in Stockholm.

For the nine specialist international judges from air and rail industries, Ultra Global PRT was a stand-out Innovation winner with its Heathrow pod, the pioneering, on-demand transport service. Their view was that the award recognized,  “the Heathrow pod’s true innovation and design excellence, its economic, business, environmental and social benefits and unique customer experience”.

Bristol based Ultra faced stiff competition from companies around the world at the Global AirRail Awards, the first ever international awards ceremony dedicated to the air-rail market to recognize the best practice in world-wide intermodal travel.

For Ultra Global, this accolade comes hot on the heels of Innovation Award wins from the 2012 Business Parking Awards and London Transport 2012 Awards and being shortlisted in the Climate Week Awards and is further recognition of the system’s success and popularity with customers.

Boasting reliability figures of over 99%, a wait time of usually less than 30 seconds from programming and entering the pod to the journey start, on a direct 5 minute journey, with no-stopping for other passengers, traffic or traffic lights on each trip, it’s easy to see why enthusiastic customer and media reviews are being endorsed with numerous awards.

Accepting the award, Ultra Global PRT’s Bid Manager, Dr John Hammersley said, “This is recognition of the work of all of my colleagues in delivering an innovative
new way of moving passengers around quickly, directly and without creating any form of environment harming emissions.  The fun and funky pods have endeared
themselves to passengers, who respond in glowing terms.  At the moment, they’re only in operation in Heathrow, but where London leads, others are busy following and plans are afoot to install a system of 240 pods in Amritsar India by 2014. We’re also working with Government’s and private organisations and developers in many other parts of the world to look at installing PRT systems.”

Ultra award success – further media coverage

Ultra has had a fantastic start to the year, being nominated for and achieving a number of awards to date. The transport and parking industries are recognising the Heathrow pod PRT system as “groundbreaking”, resulting in a number of awards being won by Ultra.

Below you can see some extracts from articles published highlighting Ultra Global’s achievements:

Futuristic parking, now

Parking Review, 01/04/2012, p.6, Unattributed
These capsules, or pods, are part of a passenger rapid transport (PRT) system
that the airport’s operator, BAA, believes will become increasingly common in
the future.

Ensuring happy landings

Parking Review, 01/04/2012, p.13, Unattributed
Andy Cameron joined BAA three-and-a-half years ago as a retail operations
manager. Prior to that he was a store and area manager for Dixons Retail Group,
a role which gave him a solid grasp of retail operation as well as a strong
customer focus and service ethos.

Heathrow’s Ultra Pod PRT wins top award for parking innovation

New Transit, 01/03/2012, p.13, Unattributed
Heathrow’s Ultra Pod PRT wins top award for parking innovation MAR 14 The
Driverless electric transport ‘pod’ PRT People Mover system that shuttles
passengers between Heathrow Terminal 5 and the BAA airport’s business car parks
has won the top prize at the British Parking Awards 2012, which took place in
London on 9 March.

The best of the best…

Parking Review, 01/04/2012, p.4, Unattributed
A network of driverless electric pods that shuttle passengers between Heathrow
Terminal 5 and the BAA airport’s business car parks has won the top prize at
the British Parking Awards 2012, which took place at a lunch hosted by
Alexander Armstrong in London on 9 March.

The awards are a celebration of parking excellence

Parking Review, 01/04/2012, p.5, Unattributed
Equita Overall Winner Heathrow Ultra Global PRT & BAA.

Top of the pods scoop for ultra

Parking News, 01/04/2012, p.8, Unattributed
A network of driverless electric pods that shuttle passengers between Heathrow
Terminal 5 and the BAA airport’s business car parks swept the board at the
British Parking Awards 2012, which took place at a lunch hosted by comedian
Alexander Armstrong in London. The Ultra Pod system won the Equita Overall
Winner Award, having already scooped an Innovation Award and the Parking and
the Environment Award.

And the winner was…

Parking Review, 01/04/2012, p.3, Mark Moran
And the winner was… A network of driverless electric pods that shuttle
passengers between Heathrow Terminal 5 and the BAA airport’s business car
parks, which has won the top prize at Parking Review’s British Parking Awards
2012, which took place at a lunch hosted by Alexander Armstrong in London on 9
March.

Back to the future

Project, 01/04/2012, p.28, Sarah Speight
In 2005, BAA asked British developer Ultra to build the groundbreaking pod
system at Heathrow. But at that point, the pods were just a concept, and much
work still needed to be done. David explains: “Ultra brought the idea, but
they needed to take it to production. They had a test track in Cardiff, and had
some pretty clear ideas of what they wanted it to be, but it still needed work
and energy to take it to what you see now.”

Heathrow pod recognised at London Transport Awards

The revolutionary Heathrow pod system, designed by Ultra Global PRT was named as the Most Innovative Transport Project at the London Transport Awards held in London yesterday.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, the prestigious Awards recognize excellence in transport, rewarding successful innovation and progress for transport initiatives. Ultra beat off competition from larger, well known names to clinch the title.

Ultra Global PRT, a small Bristol based company designed and implemented the Heathrow pod system of 21 battery powered, driverless, zero emission vehicles capable of carrying more than half a million passengers each year along a dedicated 3.8km guide way.

They have proved hugely popular with passengers, BAA (Heathrow’s owners) and media around the world.  Their innovative benefits have been recognized by the Punjabi Government, which has commissioned Ultra Global PRT and their partner, Fairwood to build a much larger system (240 pods, 8km guideway) in Amritsar, India, due to go live in 2014.

Fraser Brown Ultra Managing Director at Heathrow said: “We are delighted to have our pioneering and innovative system recognized by the industry at the London Transport Awards. Passenger feedback on the Pods has been excellent since their launch at Heathrow a year ago. We are now implementing this pioneering and revolutionary British technology in other parts of the world to improve passenger transport, emissions, noise and the cost of providing modern public transport in the 21st century.”

Awards Press Release (opens in a new window):

http://www.transporttimesevents.co.uk/news.php/INSPIRING-TRANSPORT-PROJECTS-REWARDED-AT-LONDON-TRANSPORT-AWARDS-CEREMONY-26/

British Parking Awards – Ultra Shortlisted

Ultra has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2012 British Parking Awards, to be held on the 9th March 2012 at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane in London. The British Parking Awards, organized by Parking Review and sponsored by Equita, are presented to the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work.

The two categories that Ultra has been shortlisted for are “Parking and the Environment Award” and “Innovation Award – Technical Achievement“.

Full shortlist: http://www.britishparkingawards.co.uk/2012/2012shortlist.php

Ultra put forward as a ‘Great’ in Great Britain

The Great exhibition 2012 was formed to capture the true Great Britain Spirit. With the idea evolving from the original Great Exhibition in 1851 and the Festival of Britain 1951, the Great Exhibition 2012 is planning to enhance the celebratory mood that the country will be in for 2012.

This is an exciting opportunity for Britain to promote home grown industries, celebratory talents, tourism and people that make Britain Great, and as part of this the Ultra pod has been put forward.

We’re currently in 12th position, which is great news! Help Ultra boost it’s votes and be on the final awards list by clicking here!