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Health as defined by the World Health Organisation is 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'. It covers a wide remit for improving the quality of life for individuals and will benefit from numerous disciplines beyond those that are typically associated with health. 

Octoply  is developing a platform in which transport could be used to provide a variety of health, educational and leisure activities for commuters.  One approach is to provide a passenger service along the River Thames in London that aims to make commuting other than by car more appealing. This will be done by introducing vessels that are suitably designed to host a variety of events and activities for commuters during morning and evening congestion hours. Outside of peak commuting hours, some of these vessels can be used as flexible venue spaces that will be available for hire.

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The idea is to use waterways as a catalyst to develop novel products and services, primarily focussing on health and well being.  'Constructive commuting' as described above,  is one example of an alternative  approach in which transport could be used as a platform for the provision of social, health and educational activities. This line of investigation has been outlined into following document - TIDAL (Transport Integration Demonstration; an Alternative to a Land-only) Transport Scheme. 

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So far, Octoply:

 The company is, in essence, defining its territory at an intersection of sectors transport, health, energy and hospitality.

 

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