TRANSPORT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle their transport sector challenges (e.g. around congestion, traffic flows, air pollution and emissions, noise, first and last mile mobility, customer experience, cost effectiveness, connecting transport networks, managing and maintaining assets & infrastructure) and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.
Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from progressive city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils; public and private transport operators/service providers; sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; DfT and supporting national transport agencies; prime contractors etc.
Core themes range from on-demand transport and MaaS applications, EVs and e-mobility, micro mobility, predictive traffic management, journey time monitoring, smart parking and enforcing CAZs and LEZs, to active travel and behavioural change, analysing people movements, new ways of visualising data, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent street lighting, real-time transport modelling, smart ticketing and fare collection, and ITS in a Covid and post-Covid world.
On Thursday October 7th we will be casting a spotlight over London and South East England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the capital, its hinterland, burgeoning smart city-regions of the South East and East Anglia (incl. Greater Brighton, Cambridge, Colchester, Guildford, High Wycombe, Ipswich, Luton, MK, Norwich, Oxford, Reading, Portsmouth, Slough, Southampton, Southend, Watford etc), and beyond. Delegates will hear from industry movers, shapers and disruptors during initial rapid-fire thought leadership presentations, before moving on to in-depth consultations with experts and peers during the roundtable discussions. In addition, this Smart Class will feature up to 3 keynote presentations from ITAs, PTEs, major transport operators, agencies or local/combined authorities giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies. TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2021 takes place at The Embassy, Belgravia, and follows on from highly acclaimed 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 editions (also hosted in London). This half day in-person event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying our registration criteria.
Our previous Transport Smart Classes have attracted senior delegates from:
Previous presentations have addressed:
Testimonials and feedback:
Head of Commercial Innovation, Transport for London
“This was my second Smart Class event and, again, I found it very informative and an excellent opportunity to engage with stakeholders”
Head of Data Policy, Analytics and Data Division, Department for Transport
“Great to be involved in a face-to-face event – arrangements worked very well. Well done for a very well organised Covid safe event. Great presentations and so good to have a chance to network again!”
Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland, and President, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
“The Smart Class I attended was extremely beneficial. I went along to present information but came away with so much more, owing to being in a room full of like-minded individuals for various different organisations trying to achieve similar goals. The event was well structured and extremely informative. I would highly recommend”
Principal Bus Policy Planner, Transport for London
“A fantastic event. I learnt a lot from the innovators and keynote speakers, very insightful roundtable discussions and great networking opportunity”
Chair, Thames Estuary Partnership
“Very well organised and run”/“Excellent event, very informative and useful”
Strategic Lead Commissioner/Transport and Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet
“Very interesting, looking forward to attending again”
Digital Program Manager, Canterbury City Council
“Really enjoyed the session and look forward to attending future events, well done!”
Senior Strategic Transportation Officer, City of London Corporation
“Highlight of the week – TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & SE England 2020, one of the first events to be held in a Covid-safe physical format. I’ve missed so much the face-to-face collaboration and sharing of ideas! I had the pleasure of learning about the challenging present and future of transport and mobility from innovation experts. It was an excellent networking opportunity to discuss ongoing projects whilst engaging in roundtable sessions led by the speakers. Absolutely insightful to learn about strategic regional level initiatives and partnerships, forward thinking leadership within the public sector and specific solutions. Networking 100% useful as well. Great work by Smart Classes to enable all this. From larger to smaller local scale, I totally recommend this Smart Class!”
Senior Placemaking Project Manager, Croydon Council
“A really great bunch of people and stimulating presentations. Found the morning really useful and am following up with several people already!”
Travel & Transport Planning Officer, Croydon Council
“Very positive and informative session”
Transport Development Manager, LB Ealing
“Useful to hear what another authority was doing”
Group Manager Transport Strategy, Hertfordshire County Council
“Thank you for the opportunity to be a keynote speaker”
Public Transport Project Manager & Lead for MaaS in Kent, Kent County Council
“Going back to Luton to sell the ideas to my colleagues!”
Strategic Policy Advisor, Luton Council
“Thank you for inviting me to a very well organised and interesting event yesterday, you had brilliant speakers and a great agenda”
Senior Transport Planner, Milton Keynes Council
“Outstanding! Great speakers and presentations from the businesses and I look forward to applying the concepts from the ideas shared at the event in my future endeavours as well as sharing with Portsmouth CC”
ITS Planner, Portsmouth City Council
“Informative presentations and roundtables which all had value. Well worth the trip! Well done, a very good event”
Traffic Systems and Technology Engineer, Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire Council
“First one for me, very impressed!”
Head of Transport and Highways, Slough Borough Council
“Excellent event – and good, pacey, interactive format. Well done and thank you”
Councillor, Lead Member Highways and Transport, West Berkshire Council
“The morning was both informative and enjoyable. I learned a lot and hopefully contributed in the roundtables. The opportunity to network is very important and the ambiance of the venue made it a perfect location to meet and mix”
Commissioner for Road Safety, Westminster City Council
“It was great to get the opportunity to attend and reassuring to see how active we are in so many of the areas of discussion. Exciting times!”
Innovation Lead for Bus at Go-Ahead Group PLC/Head of Innovation and Strategy Brighton & Hove Buses|Metrobus|Spirit of Sussex Coaches
“Great event, many thanks to you and the speakers”
Principal Consultant – Smart Cities, Communities & Internet of Things, British Standards Institute
“An actual, real-life, conference. How I’ve missed the registration pastries! Nice to see the sector bringing new models to bring people together”
Chairman, The Rail Innovation Group, and Rail Transport Planner, Transporting Cities
“Excellent event with informative presentations from sector leading experts…and brilliant, insightful keynotes”
Associate Technical Director, Transport Planning and Development, Arcadis
“Today, I’ve attended my first face-to-face event since March! Very refreshing to say the least! Thanks a lot to the team at Smart Classes for making it happen in such uncertain times. Great speakers and insightful presentations from both public and private sectors”
Senior Consultant, New Mobility, The Steer Group/Currently working for Transport for the South East developing the TfSE Future Mobility Strategy
“It was a pleasure to be part of the Smart Class today together with TfL, Transport for the South East, Milton Keynes Council and other innovators in the space. Format works so well!”
CEO & Founder, CityMaaS (Innovation Sponsor)
“Thanks once again for the event – it was very well run and we got a lot from it”
UK Operations Director, Ofo (Innovation Sponsor)
“An excellent format to engage with innovative companies and delegates. The roundtables in particular were really useful”
Managing Director, DriveNow UK (Innovation Sponsor)
“We’re still getting approaches from attendees of the event. You managed to find a really engaged audience. Hats off to you!”
COO, TravelAI (Innovation Sponsor)
“Great Transport Smart Class! Really interesting talks and a really productive day!”
Head of Partnerships, Cube Intelligence (Innovation Sponsor)
“Great organisation with PPE”
CEO & Founder, CityMaaS (Innovation Sponsor)
“Yesterday we saw our CEO & Founder speaking at our very first physical event since lockdown restrictions. We are so thrilled to have been a part of one of the first Covid-secure transport events! Thank you…really enjoyed being part of it”
Head of Marketing, Pavegen (Innovation Sponsor)
“I just wanted to say how much we appreciate all the after event work you are doing”
Head of Business Development & International Partnerships, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)
“Right, that’s Over…Back to it!” – We have just lived through 18 months of a pandemic and may not be out of it yet. This raises many challenges for Surface, the part of Transport for London that runs the ‘above ground’ transport network (Buses, Overground, DLR, Roads, Cycling, River Services, Tram, Taxi & private hire, Dial-a-Ride, and more).
In a post-Covid transport environment the narrative has changed from “how do we recover revenues” to “what services should the public purse provide and at what cost?”
Eighteen months since the first lockdown, London has seen road transport recover to pre-pandemic levels and public transport recovering at a far slower rate. But is that the whole story? The city has changed dramatically over this period and the new city needs new to embrace mobility models to provide an equitable, safe environment for all.
The biggest change of all has been around the behaviours of our travelling passenger. That passenger has worked from home, has access to new shopping, leisure and mobility services and, as a result, has new patterns of usage, new attitudes towards transport and new demands. The only thing that is 100% certain is that the demands of that passenger are going to change faster and further than ever before.
In this keynote presentation, TfL’s Head of Technology and Data for Surface Transport, will share data showing how travel patterns have affected some of the pandemic’s impact on London’s public transport business and outline how, from a technology team, TfL are trying to embrace the changes required in their passenger information, ticketing and technology strategies to give London the transport services that it needs.
“A Transport Strategy for the East” – Transport East is the Sub-national Transport Body for Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Their vision is of a thriving economy for the east, with fast, reliable and resilient transport networks, driving forward a future of inclusive and sustainable growth for decades to come. The following challenges are being tackled through Transport East partnership’s new Strategy, to be published for public consultation this autumn. How can we:
- enhance the lives of 3.5 million people living and working across diverse and growing urban and rural communities?
- grow our £74bn economy, connect with neighbouring regions and support the UK’s global competitiveness?
- level-up coastal towns along 500 miles of coastline?
- support our international ports to process over half the UK’s containerised freight?
- reduce carbon emissions to Net Zero in a region where over 40% of total emissions come from transport?
In this keynote, Transport East’s Strategic Director will share the thinking behind the strategy, and how our Smart Class audience can get involved.
“Bouncing Back Better from Covid to a Brighter, Cleaner, Greener Future” – Few can ignore the devastating impact that the pandemic has had on the UK bus industry but, whilst the road to recovery will undoubtedly be winding and challenging, Patrick Warner – Head of Innovation Strategy for Go Ahead Group’s south eastern based bus operations, ‘Brighton & Hove Buses’ and ‘Metrobus’ – thinks we have real reason to be optimistic.
Patrick explains in this keynote why, with the right funding and messaging, we have a unique opportunity to take learnings from our response to the pandemic and improve the passenger experience and perception of bus travel for the longer term.
“The need to lock many of these improvements in and the drive towards a zero emission future leaves the Bus with a unique role to play, not only in improving public health and reducing congestion but also in driving much wider decarbonisation of other forms of road transport if we spend the promised funding wisely. Armed with supporting policy and the potential of considerable funding, the bus to the future leaves shortly, who’s joining me?”, asks Patrick!
“Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) – Best Practices in Shared Mobility for Lower Density Areas” – Public transit can be a challenge where demand is scarce. Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport streamlines mass-transit systems by matching service levels more closely to that demand. Lowering operational costs, easier access to transportation, reducing environmental impacts: when territories need to address some of these challenges, an intelligent DRT solution can provide the answer.
This presentation from Padam Mobility will demonstrate how it has drastically improved the situation in territories at various stages of deployment.
“Digitalisation of Public Transportation: From Passenger Information to Mobility as a Service (MaaS)” – In this presentation, Instant System will outline the different levels of public transport digitalisation and the situations to which they are best suited, with a particular focus on:
- Passenger information applications
- Integration of ticketing
- “Light” integration of Mobility Service Providers
- Mobility as a Service
Alex’s presentation will also provide real world insights from case studies in Annecy (France) and Brussels (Belgium).
“Using Data to Drive Businesses to Adopt Emission Free Deliveries” – According to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the transport sector is the leading contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for nearly a third of all GHG emissions in the UK. XeroE (with a fleet of bicycles, cargo bikes, electric mopeds and vans) is an emission free delivery service and has developed an algorithm to drive the uptake of clean air deliveries by e-commerce businesses in London.
In this presentation, CEO and Co-founder, Steve will enlighten us further about a sustainable, data driven and frictionless approach to courier services.
- 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
- 9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
- 9:30 am - 10:40 am Expert Presentations
- 10:40 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speaker 2
- 11:00 am - 12:40 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
- 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker 3
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Close and Lunch Networking