Controlling Infrastructure Performance: The theory and practice of control systems innovation

Paul Nightingale, Tim Brady, Andrew Davies, Jeremy Hall

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Abstract

This paper explores the role of control systems in the evolution of critical infrastructure. It explains how control systems co-ordinate the flow of goods, traffic, materials, funds, or information through complex supply, production or distribution systems. The paper examines how they increase productivity by improving the utilisation of installed capacity, creating economies of system that are distinct from the traditional economies of scale, speed and scope. A framework is developed that explains what sectors they are important in, and how innovation in component technologies relates to organisational changes. It is illustrated by case studies of three sectors: elevators, telecommunications and investment banking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation - The Hague, The Netherlands, 26-29 June, 2001
Duration: 1 Jan 2001 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation
Period1/01/01 → …

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Technical Systems
  • Control
  • Complex product systems (CoPS)

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    Nightingale, P., Brady, T., Davies, A., & Hall, J. (2001). Controlling Infrastructure Performance: The theory and practice of control systems innovation. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation http://in3.dem.ist.utl.pt/delft2001/