TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2019

Sponsored by
Clearview Intelligence
Vivacity Labs


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.

Delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy 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, predictive traffic management, journey time monitoring, smart parking and enforcing CAZs and LEZs, to analysing people movements, new ways of visualising data, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent street lighting, real-time transport modelling, and smart ticketing and fare collection.

On June 20th we will be casting a spotlight over the North of England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse 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 (senior keynote speakers from TfGM, Leeds City Council and TfN already confirmed!) giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies. This half day in-person event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying our registration criteria. NB. We’re delighted to confirm that TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2019 has been selected as an official event for Digital Leaders Week, the most inspirational week in the UK Digital Transformation calendar!

Our previous Smart Transport events have attracted senior delegates from:

LB Barnet • LB Brent • LB Camden • City of London Corporation • LB Croydon • LB Ealing • Ebbsfleet Development Corporation • Greater London Authority • Royal Borough of Greenwich • LB Hackney • LB Hammersmith & Fulham • Islington Council • Royal Borough of Kingston • LB Richmond-upon-Thames • Slough Borough Council • LB Sutton • Thames Estuary Partnership • Thurrock Council • LB Wandsworth • Westminster City Council • Transport for London • TfL London Buses • TfL Trams • TfL Crossrail 2 • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council • Bedford Borough Council • Birmingham City Council • Blackpool Council • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council • Bristol City Council • Bristol is Open • Buckinghamshire County Council • Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council • Canterbury City Council • Cardiff Capital Region City Deal • City of Cardiff Council • Coventry City Council Derby City Council • Devon County Council • East Sussex County Council • City of Edinburgh Council • Essex County Council • Exeter City Council • Glasgow City Council • Gloucestershire County Council • Hampshire County Council • Hertfordshire County Council • Hull City Council • Royal Leamington Spa Town Council • Luton Borough Council • Kent County Council • Milton Keynes Council • Monmouthshire County Council • Oxfordshire County Council • North East Combined Authority • North Yorkshire County Council • Nottingham City Council • Perth & Kinross Council • Portsmouth City Council • Renfrewshire Council • Salford City Council • Sheffield City Region • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council • City and County of Swansea Council • Warwickshire County Council • West Berkshire County Council • West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Wirral Borough Council • Wokingham Borough Council • City of Wolverhampton Council • Worcestershire County Council • Abellio ScotRail • Arriva Rail North • Arriva Southern Counties • Arriva UK Trains • Big Green Coach • Brighton & Hove Buses • CalMac Ferries • c2c Rail • Derbyshire Community Transport First Group • Go-Ahead Group • Govia Thameslink Railway • Great Western Railway • HCT Group • HS2 • Merseytravel Metrobus • National Express Group • Network Rail • Northern • ScotRail Alliance • SLC Rail • Southeastern Railway • Spirit of Sussex Coaches • Stagecoach Digital • Stagecoach Group • TransPennine Express • Trenitalia UK • Virgin Trains • West Midlands Trains • Centre for London • Department for Transport • Environment Agency • Highways England • HITRANS • Living Streets • MaaS Scotland • Midlands Connect Midland Metro Alliance • Museum of London • SEPA • SEStran • South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive • SPT • Sustrans • Tactran • Transport Focus • Transport for Edinburgh • Transport for Greater Manchester • Transport Scotland • Transport for the North • Transport for West Midlands • Transport Systems Catapult • Sustainability West Midlands West Midlands Open Data Forum • AECOM • APCOA Parking • Arup • Audi • Britannia Parking • Capita • Connect Plus Services Engie • GeoPlace • Jaguar Land Rover • Kier Highways Minicabit • NCP NHS RAC • Royal Sun Alliance • RSMA • SYSTRA • WSP • Unipart Rail • Birmingham City University • British Standards Institute • Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles/BEIS • Centre for Mobility, Coventry University • Confederation of Passenger Transport Open Data Institute • Transport Institute, University College London • WMG, University of Warwick • Urban Big Data Centre • University of Glasgow • University of York

Previous presentations have addressed:

“The role of DRT in supporting the public transport network and initiating behavioural change” “Using data and developing partnerships to tackle congestion” “The end-to-end journey – Planning for autonomous vehicles on the strategic road network” • “How digital tools can advance knowledge of active travel” “How to deliver business benefit, solve public sector challenges and create social value through transport data sharing” “Open passenger data and smart city mobility” • “The intelligent commuter transport network” • “The evolution of digital interventions for travel behaviour change” • “The future of incentivised mobility – How to incentivise smart city initiatives through tokenised reward structures” • “Delivering autonomous vehicle solutions at high-traffic destinations” • “DRT for London and dynamic demand led bus service planning: Maximizing the opportunities provided by technology” • “Strategic approaches to smart mobility: Walking towards a smarter city” • “Improving mobility operations and services through data sharing, data catalogues and data visualisations” • “How to effectively manage and enforce clean air zones and low emission zones with virtual permits and digital ANPR” • “National Rail’s transition to digital ticketing – Historical challenges and future opportunities” • “The impact of MaaS and CAV on the future of mobility” • “Using crowdsourced mobility data to understand active travel” • “Managing traffic with predictive modelling” • “Smart and integrated ticketing in Scotland – Journey towards implementing the ministerial vision” • “The E-bike revolution – How we can approach innovation that works for people, communities and business” • “‘Tracking the changes’ with WOW – How digital technology has helped deliver one of the biggest ‘smarter travel’ behaviour change programmes in Scotland” • “How open data and collaboration can help to deliver growth in the bus industry” • “Developing MaaS for Greater Manchester” • “Ticketing, payment and information solutions in West Yorkshire – case studies and lessons learnt” • “Cross industry collaboration to enable smarter travel in the North” • “The importance of user engagement in the MaaS industry” • “Harnessing data and technology to enhance asset management” • “How recent advances in machine learning can revolutionise transport network data collection and UTMC” • “RTPI – so much more than a 3 line display” • “Avoiding data lock-in” • “MaaS and TfWM’s commercial mobility as a service initiative” • “CAV testbeds” • “Creating a commuter shared transport network via incentivised car pooling” • “Demand responsive transport: Bus pooling and flexible shuttle services for municipalities” • “Future of taxi/ride sharing” • “Smarter travel: What does it mean to the user?” • “Improving trust in public transport operators with smart ticketing and contactless travel” • “Automatic delay repay: solutions to provide customers with automatic compensation during times of disruption” • “How crowdsourced travel behaviour data can help local authorities and transport professionals” • “Solving last mile transport problems with non-docking bike sharing services” • “Innovation through digital partnerships and TfL open data” • “Mobility on demand – Smart transport solutions for the city” • “Smart journey planning through citizen-sourced data” • “Using beacon and smartphone technology to help the visually impaired navigate the tube” etc.

Testimonials and feedback:

“It was a pleasure to contribute to this very well organised event. Great format!”

Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester


“A very useful event, well worth the time spent. All the presentations and roundtables were valuable”

Group Leader Transport Projects, Blackpool Council


“Thank you for organising. Presentations and roundtables were excellent”

Specialist Transport Planner, North East Combined Authority


“Excellent event”

Technology & Change Business Partner, North Yorkshire County Council


“The format worked well, and a good choice of topics in the right level of detail”

Senior Consultant & Rail Subject Matter Expert, Transport for the North


“Found the event very worthwhile and would value attending further events in the future”

Chief Executive, Highways Term Maintenance Association


“Very well organised and delighted with the feedback from such an attentive and informed audience. A great format and a pleasure to meet the delegates and discuss some of their own smart city challenges”

Managing Director, Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions (Innovation Sponsor)

Full collection of testimonials and feedback


“Using Smart Roads to Keep Leeds Moving” – In this opening keynote presentation, Stephen will provide an introduction to Leeds City Council’s smart cities programme, Smart Leeds which includes the three priority areas of health, housing and transport. As the largest city in Western Europe without a mass transit system and with just one central railway station, commuters still rely heavily on buses and cars to get around, and like many major cities, Leeds is experiencing increasing problems with congestion and pollution. Joel will outline what Leeds City Council is doing to address these issues by using new technology in areas such as the city’s new Clean Air Zone and how it is involved in a new regional UTMC programme to improve traffic flows across West Yorkshire.

- Stephen Blackburn, Joel Dodsworth

“AI for Accessibility” – The crest of the Tech4Good wave in the UK crashed on to the beach of last week’s London Tech Week, valued at £2.3 billion in 2018 with a turnover of £732million. Technology is merely a tool that will increasingly be used to tackle the most meaningful problems in our society. In this presentation, CityMaaS’ Co-founder and CEO will explain how combining this with user-centric design is key to successful products that can create positive social impact such as accessible travel – one of the major obstacles to independent lives. To tackle both online and real world location accessibility, we need to create a community that can help each other to overcome daily obstacles. CityMaaS is one of the UK’s leading start-ups in this ecosystem with the vision to provide personalised digital and travel experience using AI and crowd-sourced data.

- Rene Perkins

“Journey Time Monitoring is Evolving – Find out how!” – Knowing what is happening on the road network, both locally and nationally, at any given moment is a constant challenge, as is understanding peak traffic flow or the performance of congestion reducing schemes. However, innovative changes to the way we can gather road user data for journey time monitoring mean road operators can now monitor their network quickly and economically. This presentation from Clearview Intelligence, including case studies, will show how crowdsourced data is changing the way in which we monitor our roads, empowering road operators to manage live situations and improve the experience for road users.

- Pete Cattell

“How to Effectively Manage and Enforce Clean Air and Low Emission Zones with Virtual Permits and Digital ANPR” – A recent UN pollution report found that air in 44 UK cities and towns is too dangerous to breathe and estimated over 40,000 premature deaths per year from road polluted air. Imperial and Videalert demonstrate that the move towards managing air quality needn’t be a giant leap into the unknown and can be achieved by simply utilising proven technologies in a way that will make a very real difference to the quality of life in our cities and towns.

- Ashley Bijster, Tim Daniels

“Improving Traffic Insights with Artificial Intelligence” – Artificial Intelligence has brought about a revolution in mobility for the consumer, with new apps and services flooding the market, but is the infrastructure on which these all depend really keeping up? In this presentation, Peter will highlight two AI products and some cutting edge research that Vivacity are carrying out to make our roads smarter to ensure our road authorities can keep pace with the technical revolution. He will also explain how Vivacity’s video based sensor is able to provide a wide range of data outputs, from traditional classified counts and journey times, though to zonal occupancy, turning counts and detailed path analysis, and how many of these outputs can be added as an upgrade to existing traffic CCTV.

- Peter Mildon

“Developing an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Network” – As new plug-in vehicle electric sales continue to climb and the 2nd hard market for EVs begins to stabilise, alongside an increasing choice of plug-in vehicles with discounted and/or attractive leasing options and an expected price parity with ICE in the next few years, there is a pressing need to ensure that suitable charging infrastructure is provided to meet expected increasing demand. Key to this is ensuring that the right locations and technology are selected, that the supply of infrastructure is carefully managed (from a cost management perspective) and that scalability and flexibility can be accommodated to support the EV market. This keynote presentation will describe TfGMs approach to developing a regional charging infrastructure, providing insight and lessons learnt when moving from a first generation system to a modernised network, and how the tenets of innovation and future-proofing are essential when planning and delivering a charging network.

- Jason Smith

“Improving the Public Transport Customer Proposition with Smarter Data” – Last year, DfTs Bus Open Data programme consulted on its proposal to make the provision of bus fare data in an open way compulsory. While the industry eagerly awaits the outcome of that, TfN, as this closing keynote will show, are already cracking on with their plans to revolutionise the provision of fares information in the North of England. TfN hopes to set the industry standard and are actually developing a Fares Data Build Tool in partnership with both the DfT and Traveline. It will be delivered first in the North, with potential to scale it nationally. Importantly, TfNs scope is more than just bus. Fares data needs to be simple and transparent across all modes of public transport – tram, light rail, ferry and bus. TfN’s proposed tool will standardise all public transport data into the NeTEx format – the European technical standard for exchanging public transport information. The tool will then work in tandem with TfN’s Open Data Hub to make the information deliverable to passengers. In layman’s terms, this will help make multi-operator fares information more easily shareable, accessible and understandable for passengers in the North.

- Richard Mason


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 9:20 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
  • 9:20 am - 10:20 am Expert Presentations
  • 10:20 am - 10:35 am Keynote Speaker 2
  • 10:35 am - 12:15 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
  • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Keynote Speaker 3
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Close, Networking and Buffet Lunch

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Supported by
Leeds City Council
Smart Leeds
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)
Transport for the North (TfN)
ODI Leeds
Digital Leaders Week

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