TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023

Sponsored by
Artemis Technologies
Belfast Maritime Consortium
Brightly Software
ioki - a DB company


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, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, programme managers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, parking operators, 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 February 9th we will be casting a spotlight over Northern Ireland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by Belfast; Derry City and Strabane; Lisburn and Castlereagh; Antrim and Newtownabbey; Ards and North Down; Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon; Causeway Coast and Glens; Fermanagh and Omagh; Mid and East Antrim; Mid Ulster; Newry, Mourne and Down; 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 transport authorities, public transport operators, governmental agencies/departments, local authorities/councils or NPOs, giving real world insight into their policies, programmes, collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023 – our inaugural Northern Ireland edition – will take place in person at the magnificent Cultra Manor, eight miles from Belfast City Centre, in the hills between Holywood and Helen’s Bay. This half day in-person event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying the registration criteria described and follows on from the 24 acclaimed Transport Smart Classes that we’ve hosted to date for other countries, provinces or regions of the UK (including dedicated editions for Scotland, Wales, the North of England, Midlands, South West England and London & South East England).

Our previous Transport Smart Classes have attracted senior delegates from:

LB Barnet • LB Brent • LB Camden • City of London Corporation • LB Croydon • LB Ealing • Ebbsfleet Development Corp • Greater London Authority • Royal Borough of Greenwich • LB Hackney • LB Hammersmith & Fulham • LB Haringey • LB Hounslow • Islington Council • Royal Borough of Kingston • LB Lambeth • LB Lewisham • LB Newham • LB Redbridge • LB Richmond-upon-Thames • Slough Borough Council • LB Sutton • LB Tower Hamlets • London Councils • Thames Estuary Partnership • Thurrock Council • LB Wandsworth • Westminster City Council • Aberdeen City Council • Aberdeenshire Council • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council • Bath and North East Somerset Council • BCP Council • Bedford Borough Council • Birmingham City Council • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council • Blackpool Council • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council • Bracknell Forest Council • Brighton & Hove City Council • Bristol City Council • Bristol is Open • Bristol City Operations Centre • Buckinghamshire Council • Caerphilly County Borough Council • Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council • Cambridge City Council • Cambridgeshire County Council • Greater Cambridge Partnership • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority • Canterbury City Council • Cardiff Capital Region/CCR City Deal • Cardiff Council • Carlisle City Council • Central Bedfordshire Council • Cheltenham Borough Council • Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council • Copeland Borough Council • Cotswold District Council • Coventry City Council • Cyngor Gwynedd Council • Denbighshire County Council • Derby City Council • Derbyshire County Council • Devon County Council • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council • Dorset Council • Dumfries & Galloway Council • Dundee City Council • East Dunbartonshire Council • East Sussex County Council • City of Edinburgh Council • Essex County Council • Exeter City Council • Exeter City Futures • Falkirk Council • Fife Council • Forest of Dean District Council • Glasgow City Council • Gloucestershire County Council • Hampshire County Council • Harrogate Borough Council • Herefordshire Council • Hertfordshire County Council • Hull City Council • Isle of Wight Council • Kent County Council • Kirklees Council • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council • Lancashire County Council • Royal Leamington Spa Town Council • Leeds City Council • Leicester City Council • Leicestershire County Council • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority • Luton Borough Council • Manchester City Council • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council • Midlothian Council • Milton Keynes Council • Monmouthshire County Council • Moray Council • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council • Newport City Council • Norfolk County Council • Northamptonshire County Council • North Ayrshire Council • North East Combined Authority • North Lanarkshire Council • North Norfolk District Council • North Somerset Council • North Yorkshire County Council • Nottingham City Council • Nottinghamshire County Council • Oldham Council • Oxford City Council • Oxfordshire County Council • Perth & Kinross Council • Peterborough City Council • Plymouth City Council • Portsmouth City Council • Powys County Council • Reading Borough Council • Renfrewshire Council • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council • Salford City Council • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council • Scottish Borders Council • Sheffield City Council • Sheffield City Region • Shetland Islands Council • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council • Somerset County Council • South Gloucestershire Council • South Hams District Council • South Somerset District Council • South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority • Staffordshire County Council • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council • Surrey County Council • City and County of Swansea Council • Swindon Borough Council • Tees Valley Combined Authority • Torfaen County Borough Council • Trafford Metropolitan District Council • Vale of Glamorgan Council • Wakefield Metropolitan District Council • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council • Warrington Borough Council • Warwick District Council • Warwickshire County Council • West Berkshire County Council • West Devon Borough Council • West Midlands Combined Authority • West of England Combined Authority • West Oxfordshire District Council • West Sussex County Council • West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council • Wiltshire Council • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council • Wokingham Borough Council • City of Wolverhampton Council • Worcestershire County Council • Wrexham County Borough Council • City of York Council • Abellio ScotRail • Arriva Group • Arriva Rail North • Arriva Southern Counties • Arriva UK Bus • Arriva UK Trains • Arriva Buses Rhyl • Big Green Coach • Black Country Transport • Brighton & Hove Buses • Bristol Airport • CalMac Ferries • c2c Rail • Derbyshire Community Transport • Enterprise Car Club • FirstGroup • First UK Bus • Go-Ahead Group • Govia Thameslink Railway • Great Western Railway • HCT Group • Heathrow Airport • HS2 • KenEx Tramway Project • Lothian Buses • Merseytravel • Metrobus • National Express Group • Network Rail • Northern • Nottingham City Transport • Rail Delivery Group • ScotRail Alliance • SLC Rail • Southeastern Railway • South Western Railway • Spirit of Sussex Coaches • Stagecoach Digital • Stagecoach Bus • Stagecoach Group • Stagecoach South Wales • TfL London Buses • TfL Trams • TfL Crossrail 2 • Thames Gateway Tramlink • TransPennine Express • Trenitalia UK • Virgin Trains • West Midlands Trains • Active Gloucestershire • Awel Aman Tawe • CoMoUK • Connected Places Catapult • Data Mill North • Department for Transport • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities • England’s Economic Heartland • Environment Agency • Highways England • HITRANS • Innovate UK • KTN • Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership • Living Streets • Lower Thames Crossing • MaaS Scotland • Midlands Connect • Midlands Engine • Midland Metro Alliance • Midlothian Disability Access Panel • Ministry of Defence • Museum of London • National Highways • North Bristol SusCom • North Wales EAB • One Trafford Partnership • Oxford to Cambridge Arc Leadership Group • Peterborough Environment City Trust • Public Health England • Roads Collaboration Programme • The Rail Innovation Group • Satellite Applications Catapult • Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance • Scottish Cities Alliance • Scottish Government • Scottish Parliament • SEPA • SEStran • Smart Cities Scotland • Solent Transport • South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport • South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport • Sustainability West Midlands • Sustrans • SWestrans • Tactran • Transport East • Transport Focus • Transport for Edinburgh • Transport for Greater Manchester • Transport for London • Transport North East • Transport Scotland • Transport for the North • Transport for the South East • Transport for Wales • Transport for West Midlands • Transport Systems Catapult • Traveline Cymru • Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive/Nexus • Welsh Government • West Midlands Open Data Forum • Western Gateway • West Yorkshire Safer Roads Executive Group • Yorcard • ZetTrans • 31ten Consulting • AECOM • Amey Consulting • APCOA Parking • Arcadis • Arup • Atkins • Audi • Balfour Beatty Vinci • BEAR Scotland • Britannia Parking • BWB Consulting • CampbellReith • Capita • Chorley Group EV • Connect Plus Services • Costain • Engie • GeoPlace • Go Travel • Griffiths • Integrated Transport Planning • Jacobs • Jaguar Land Rover • Kier Highways • Meinhardt UK • Minicabit • MM Transport Planning • MobiHub • Mode Transport Planning • Momentum Transport • Mott MacDonald • NCP • NHS • Norman Rourke Pryme • Parsons • Paul Basham Associates • Pell Frischmann • RAC • Rappor Consultants • Ringway • Rodgers Leask • Royal Haskoning DHV • Royal Sun Alliance • RSMA • S82 Consulting • Skanska • Smart Transport Hub • Stantec • Steer • SWECO • SYSTRA • Transporting Cities • Transport Planning Associates • Turner & Townsend • Vectos • Waterman Aspen • Witteveen+Bos • Wood • WSP • Unipart Rail • Urban Foresight • ATCO • Birmingham City University • University of Birmingham • British Parking Association • British Standards Institute • Bus Rapid Transit UK • Cardiff University • Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles/BEIS • Centre for Mobility, Coventry University • Cenex • CENSIS • Centre for London • Changeworks UK • CIHT • City-REDI, University of Birmingham • Community Transport Association • Confederation of Passenger Transport • Edinburgh Napier Transport Research Institute • Energy Saving Trust • The Green Party • ITSO • ITS UK Data Forum • Local Government Association • Nottingham Trent University • Open Data Institute • RTPI • Scottish Enterprise • Scotland’s Towns Partnership • Scottish Motor Trade Association • Scottish Power • South of Scotland Enterprise • SSE Energy • Technology Scotland • Transform Scotland • Transport Institute, University College London • Transport Planning Society • UKTram • Unitary Councils’ Network • University of Bath • Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow • University of Leeds • University of Salford • University of Stirling • University of Surrey • WMG, University of Warwick • University of the West England • University of Wolverhampton • University of York

Previous presentations have addressed:

“Driving down car use in Scotland by 20% – A strategic approach to behaviour change for net-zero” • “The Glasgow city centre transport plan” • “How to increase channel shift away from personal cars and into public transport – Are mobility hubs the answer?” • “A strategic assessment of the City of Edinburgh roads – What are the effects of the national ban on footway parking?” • “Addressing the big transport challenges of our time through SEStran’s regional transport strategy” • “Driving innovation through sustainability” • “Harnessing data and new technologies to create a more sustainable transport system” • “The role of sub-regional partnerships in delivering future mobility – Life without certainty and a road map” • “Innovating in London – How TfL is working with market innovators to deliver the outcomes of Sadiq Khan’s transport strategy” • “Delivering MaaS globally and for the UK” • “Visions for transport – Delivering a high impact active travel scheme that meets placed-based objectives for Northolt” • “Collaborating to deliver more connected mobility across the North” • “MaaS – It’s a people thing!” • “Bus franchising and enhanced partnerships – Strategies for success” • “Putting buses at the heart of the Liverpool city region’s transport revolution” • “Lessons from the active travel trail” • “How to set up a tailor-made DRT service: Success factors for DRT planning and operations” • “Learning from connected and autonomous vehicle trials – Scaling up to deliver the National Highways connected service roadmap and digital roads vision” • “Smarter assets, sustainable communities” • “MaaSive opportunities for modal shift in Wales” • “Considering a shared transport energy system” • “Sustainable, emission-free deliveries” • “Data for good – Working with communities for inclusive smart transport futures” • “Cardiff Capital Region’s sustainable transport and mobility ambitions in a post-Covid, post-Brexit and climate-focused era” • “Autonomous connected electric shared fleets and MaaS” • “Ambition needs innovation – The West of England FTZ programme” • “Utilising data science to introduce new DDRT services” •  “Community logistics for low cost zero-carbon delivery services and as a catalyst for cultural shift” • “Applying intelligent mobility to transform road journeys and drive integration with the wider transport network” • “Harnessing public transport for smarter asset management” • “Pandemic’s impact on passenger behaviour and travel patterns – Embracing new mobility models and technology strategies to give London the ‘above ground’ transport services that it needs” • “Buses – A powerful enabling force for wider decarbonisation and economic regeneration” • “Bettering Oyster outside the London area – How we finally do it” • “Integrating DRT into BSIPs” • “Transforming mobility in Coventry with urban airport and Coventry very light rail” • “7 myths of why MaaS why will fly” • “TMA part 6 – Tools and opportunities for enforcing moving traffic” • “Making it easier for people to walk and cycle: Innovations in approach” • “Delivering at speed and at scale, without leaving anyone behind” • “Embracing innovation to enable Greater Manchester to build back better” • “National Highways’ digital roads vision” • “Future travel scenarios in the North and the developing transport landscape” • “Strategic use of data in delivering Edinburgh’s city centre transformation, city mobility plan, active travel action plan and low emission zone” • “The future’s smart for Scottish transport” • “Integrating demand responsive transport into the wider transport networks – Practical tips for the implementation and launch of DDRT” • “HAFAS-based intermodal journey planning – Key to a successful and sustainable MaaS platform” • “Digitalisation of public transportation: From passenger information to MaaS” • “Perspectives on EV charging and infrastructure” • “Clean air – a design, build, monitor and enforce model” • “Bringing positive travel changes for pupils and parents across Scotland with WOW” • “Moving traffic enforcement for cleaner air and road safety compliance – Are we ready?” • “Continuous and real-time vehicle to infrastructure scanning and fixed infrastructure scanning – Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance” • “Dynamic demand responsive transport – Best practices in shared mobility for lower density areas” • “Using data to drive businesses to adopt emission free deliveries” • “A transport strategy for the East” • “Connecting people, transforming journeys” • “Improving the use of data in transport” • “Revolutionising data collection and traffic optimisation using AI” • “How to effectively manage and improve clean air scenarios through enforcement” • “Mind over mode shift – The future of public transport in Kent” • “Towards an inclusive zero carbon transport system – Developing the future West Midlands transport strategy” • “Using intelligent infrastructure initiatives to deliver transport objectives” • “The importance of passenger data in MaaS” • “Hubbing our mobility” • “Smart connectivity and mobility for inclusive and sustainable cities” •  “Future mobility strategies: Better data, behaviour change and better insights” • “Taking MaaS to the next level” • “Developing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure network” • “Improving the public transport customer proposition with smarter data” • “The role of smart mobility in delivering a transport strategy for the South East” • “Transport innovation in Milton Keynes – The future’s here!” • “Using smart roads to keep Leeds moving” • “Applying big data to transport analysis across Wales” • “AI for accessibility” • “How journey time monitoring is evolving with crowdsourced data” • “How to effectively manage and enforce clean air zones and low emission zones with virtual permits and digital ANPR” • “Whole city transformation” • “Improving traffic insights with artificial intelligence” • “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” • “Transport innovation in London” • “DRT for London and dynamic demand led bus service planning: Maximizing the opportunities provided by technology” • “Flexible models for demand responsive transport in Wales! • “Strategic approaches to smart mobility: Walking towards a smarter city” • “Improving mobility operations and services through data sharing, data catalogues and data visualisations” • “National Rail’s transition to digital ticketing – Historical challenges and future opportunities” • “Dundee – Electrifying a city!” • “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” • “Driving forward innovation and transparency with public sector data” • “Enabling hyper-local air quality monitoring with emerging technologies” • “Transport challenges and solutions in North Wales – taking advantage of technology and natural resources across the region” • “Smart Cardiff – smart corridors, smart city roadmap, smart transport vision & initiatives” • “Revolutionising accessible living through AI and data with personalised products and services” • “Town centres and the suburban renaissance – Possibilities, pitfalls and potential innovation” • “Technology shift and what the near future will look like for parking” • “More than a passing destination – Building a community and triggering behavioural change with clean energy producing pavements” 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

“It was great to collaborate with others on how open data can help a city…Really enjoyed it, well done!”
Head of Commercial Innovation, Transport for London

A really good event – really useful. Please keep me in the loop for next year’s!”
Head of Sustainable Transport Demand, Transport Scotland

“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

“A really worthwhile event to attend, a very valuable use of my time and a really good mix of delegates in terms of public/private organisations and transport authorities and operators”
Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, Highways England

“Many thanks for inviting me as a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed the event and presentations”
Roads Development Director, National Highways 

“Thanks to everyone at Smart Classes for hosting their recent North of England 2021 Transport Smart Class and for the invitation to present on TfN’s future travel scenarios and examples of this application towards decarbonisation, transport planning, future mobility, future travel and spatial planning. It was strange but fun being back at a face-to-face event and seeing some familiar faces, and the innovator roundtable sessions were really engaging!”
Senior Major Roads Planning and Strategy Officer, Transport for the North

“Yesterday our Strategic Director got back to face-to- face events – speaking at Transport Smart Class, London & SE England 2021. He highlighted the unique transport challenges of the East and why some of the usual approaches to sustainable transport don’t quite work for the region. The following discussion on solutions for rural areas was really timely to inform our work. Thanks to Smart Classes for the invite to a great event”
OBO Strategic Director, Transport East 

“Excellent service by Mark and Harriet. Clearly passionate about giving the attendees a well planned, joined up event. The presentations were all highly valuable. Thorough enjoyed it, very well coordinated and the material covered was exactly right”
Head of Strategy, Midlands Connect 

“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 (now Chief Executive at TfN)  

“It was lovely to meet you and your team on Wednesday. I must admit, I was quite apprehensive about attending given that I’d not been in an office/work environment since before lockdown. However, your event was so well organised that I felt safe and able to enjoy the day and engage with the other speakers and attendees. I will look forward to following your events and hope that I can attend next year’s event in Glasgow”
MaaS Delivery Manager – Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel Directorate, Transport Scotland

“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 (now Bus Rapid Transit Development Manager at Kent County Council) 

“Thanks for organising such an insightful and informative session”
Principal Sponsor, Transport for London

“Great to be there!”
Head of Open Innovation, Transport for London

“Many thanks…a good event with some great delegates there!”
Head of Technology and Data for Surface Transport, Transport for London

“Thank you for organising the event. It was great to understand what other areas of the industry are doing and to bump into familiar faces too”
Surface Transport Portfolio Sponsor, Transport for London

“Thanks for hosting a really useful event, great to hear from everyone today”
Smart Programme Manager, Smart & Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland

“Thanks for a great event. So good to do this sort of thing again. Good breadth of expertise and speakers”
Senior Advisor, City Planning, Transport for London

“An excellent event experience – informative presentations and engaging roundtable discussions”
Head of Digital Strategy, Transport for the North

“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

“Thank you for this morning. I thought the session went very well”
Head of Concessionary Travel and Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland

“A valuable opportunity”
Intelligent Transport Systems Analyst, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

“It was a very complementary set of inputs – a reflection of really good planning on your part. The format of these events really allows us to build meaningful networks across sectors” /“Really enjoyed popping over to beautiful Glasgow yesterday to talk at Smart Classes. We talked about how the (draft) SEStran Regional Transport Strategy takes aim at the big challenges of car dependency, transport poverty, integrating modes and connecting communities. It was great to talk about common issues with partners from all sectors and I learnt a lot from the other speakers…also great to catch up with so many colleagues from across the country”
Senior Partnership Manager and Strategy Manager, The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership

“Great morning and very illuminating discussion. Thank you”
Senior Partnership Manager, The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership

“Excellent insights into smart solutions for sustainable transport, a “don’t miss” event when it comes to your region”
Ticketing Commercial Team Leader, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

“An excellent event with a range of interesting subjects covered. The half day format is ideal”
Ticketing Commercial Officer, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

“A great Transport Smart Class at the V&A Dundee, looking forward to its return to Scotland. I really enjoyed the event and learnt something useful from all the presentations”
Partnership Director, Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership

“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

“Great event!”
Sustainable Journeys Delivery Officer (Clean Air), Transport for Greater Manchester

“It was a really great event!”
Transport Strategy Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester

“Spot on content! Thanks again and see you again next year!”
Value Chain Delivery & Development Manager, Highways England

“A great event – relaxed, informal, lots of time for networking and all of the roundtables added value”
Principal Mobility Planner, Sustrans

“Thank you, I found it all really valuable”
Partnerships and Public Affairs Manager – West of England, Sustrans

“Excellent organisation, event experience, facilities and venue”
Head of UK and EU Relations, Transport Scotland

“It was a pleasure to speak, the other presentations were really informative, so I learned a lot. The attendees were really engaged and there were some great discussions in the roundtables”
Insights lead, Transport Focus

“This was my second smart class – again, very well organised with great content”
Acting Head of Insight, Transport Focus

“I found the afternoon very helpful; a carefully curated audience, very well managed, and a warm friendly organisation to work with. You’re doing a great job”
Ex-Head of Digital Transformation & Transport Data Policy, Department for Transport

“A thoroughly worthwhile morning”
Policy Manager, Department for Transport

“Really interesting Morning”
Strategic Transportation Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

“Informative and relevant for local authorities and related consultants”
Parking Manager, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

“Well organised, great location and good brand of delegates”
Contract Manager, Birmingham City Council

“A very useful event, well worth the time spent. All the presentations and roundtables were valuable”
Group Leader Transport Projects, Blackpool Council

“Excellent event and organisation. Good to get an update on current projects”
Team Manager Regeneration Opportunities, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council/Chair of ATCM Wales

“Presentations were informative and the programme was targeted at the right level”
Senior Physical Regeneration Officer, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

“Good event, relevant and well run”
Principal Engineer – Highway Network Resilience & Traffic Manager, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

“My first Smart Class and it went well, thanks! Interesting to hear about the challenges and the development of solutions. Loved the Brighton Bus story!”
Transport Strategy Manager for Freight, Buckinghamshire Council

“Great event with really interesting discussion. Thanks for the invite to speak”
Strategy and Partnerships Manager – Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge Programmes, The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council

“Very interesting, looking forward to attending again”
Digital Program Manager, Canterbury City Council

“Thank you Smart Classes for inviting me to speak on the CCR City deal sustainable transport & mobility ambitions in a post-Covid, post-Brexit & climate-focused era. A really informative and interesting morning sharing best practice and new innovation”
Transport & Energy Manager – Office of the CCR City Deal, Cardiff Capital Region

“An interesting and informative morning at Smart Classes Cardiff event at the St David’s Hotel, sharing best practice and exciting innovation. A big thank you to Smart Classes for giving Clare the opportunity to share the work we are doing at the Cardiff Capital Region and our sustainable transport and mobility ambitions”
Transport Planner, Cardiff Capital Region

“The presentations were all relevant to CCRCD future proposals and the roundtables were all very useful”
Project Development Officer, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

“Excellent event, well run and highly relevant”
Enterprise Architect, Super Connected Cardiff Project Team, Cardiff Council

“Thank you for the opportunity, it was great to meet so many people that could usefully help with delivering our plans. Great format!”
Operational Manager – Transport and Network Management, Cardiff Council 

“A great event!”
Smart City Strategy Lead, Cardiff Council 

“I would love to attend again this year as I found it hugely valuable last time”
Senior Sustainable Transport Officer, Central Bedfordshire Council 

“Engaging roundtable discussions and excellent opportunities to network”
Senior Sustainable Transport Officer, Central Bedfordshire Council 

“Thank you for the invitation. It was a pleasure to present”
Transport Innovation Manager, Coventry City Council

“All of the presentations were informative and gave insights into solutions being offered to address a variety of issues on the transport and carbon reduction agenda”
Senior Project Engineer – Forward Programmes Highways Strategy, Derbyshire County Council

“The presentations and roundtables were all valuable”
Highways Strategy Manager, Derbyshire County Council

Full collection of testimonials and feedback


“The Role of Smart Data in Building a Unified Framework for Greenways Development in Northern Ireland” – Perla Mansour is the Routes and Networks Programme Manager for Sustrans Northern Ireland. Her role focuses on the design, development and delivery of greenways schemes and active travel corridors to achieving better connectivity in both the physical and the natural environments.

In this keynote, Perla will discuss the ways in which Sustrans employs data to enable collaboration between local and cross-border government and engage communities to inform the development of innovative models for delivering greenway schemes:

“With our towns and cities facing the crises of climate change and biodiversity decline, it is crucial for us to strengthen cross-sectoral collaborations to develop local solutions to these global challenges. Consistent, precise, and reliable data enables organisations and governments to do just that.

Through the design of smart frameworks derived from qualitative and quantitative data, we can involve a wide range of stakeholders in our ‘Paths for Everyone’ and ‘Liveable Towns and Cities’ programmes, tailoring the context to fit rural and urban settings. This enables an engagement and understanding of on-going challenges and opportunities and allows an evidence-based development of active travel projects”.

- Perla Mansour

“How to Set up a Tailor-Made DRT Service: Success Factors for DRT Planning and Operations” – As diverse as the challenges in public transport are, the bottom line is that efficiency and passenger numbers are the decisive factors for the success of a service. Demand responsive services can provide the solution here, both for passengers and for the operator. But how do you build a successful on-demand transport service? What opportunities does on-demand transport offer in my region and what differences in planning need to be taken into account? What criteria does software have to fulfil so that transport can really be operated in a user-oriented and economically efficient way?

In this presentation, Anna Filby from software-as-a-service provider ioki will highlight the most important criteria for a successful implementation of on-demand transport, from the data-driven analysis in the run-up to planning to the appropriate parameters in the product setup. Anna will also provide some real world insights into CO2 savings and the role DRT can play in helping to achieve your climate goals. The ioki team will provide input and best practice examples on how to make your on-demand service a complete success.

- Anna Filby

“Sustainability – The Next Evolution in Asset Life-Cycle Planning” – Globally, individuals, businesses and companies are ever more dependent on efficient, sustainable asset management. Brightly (a Siemens Company) work with clients to support the lifecycle-planning of assets, ensuring that they are aligned with Councils and Governments Asset Management Policy and balance the impact of financial and carbon savings:

“From measuring your historic emissions and creating a baseline, you can start to evidence a carbon reduction plan to meet 2030 and 2050 goals. From planning the replacement of vehicles and equipment, moving from traditional materials to more sustainable alternatives, optimising IoT, increasing green infrastructure and employing different strategies on how waste materials are disposed of”.

In this innovator presentation, Brightly’s Hannah Winstanley will explain how Enterprise Asset Management enables organisations to transform the performance of their assets (e.g. road signs, carriageways, fleet, street lighting, trees) and manage the operational data which is integral to decision-making and planning for Net Zero.

- Hannah Winstanley

Pushing the Boundaries of Transport Invention: Northern Ireland’s Pioneers of Science and Engineering at ‘The Museum of Innovation’ – The Ulster Transport Museum tells the story of transport and social change in this part of the world since the birth of the modern era. It is a place of inspiration for the designers, engineers and adventurers of the future who will take on the challenges of inventing cleaner and greener ways to travel. The Museum of Innovation is a permanent exhibition at UTM focused on local innovators, whose creations have had a global impact:

“This exhibition gives us an opportunity to showcase an impressive and significant aspect of this small country’s history”, says Clare Ablett, the Curator of Transport and Industry at the Ulster Transport Museum. “The positive impact our local scientists and engineers have had around the world is nothing short of astonishing. Whether it was saving the lives of pilots, revolutionising agricultural technology, pushing the boundaries of aircraft design, inventing a new form of road travel or saving the lives of those who suffer cardiac arrest, they all have had an impact on people around the world and Northern Ireland was the birthplace of those achievements”.

In this keynote, hear more from Clare about some of these ground-breaking innovators, the stories behind the objects on display and their relevance to engineers and scientists today and in the future.

- Clare Ablett

“Innovation Insight – Unlocking Electric High-Speed Maritime Transport” – Artemis Technologies is a world leading high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company who have developed high-speed zero-emission electric foiling vessels in Belfast. Their current vessel range includes the 12m Artemis EF-12 Workboat, Artemis EF-12 CTV (Crew Transfer Vessel).

As lead partner in the Belfast Maritime Consortium’s Strength in Places programme, Artemis Technologies is developing a 24m EF-24 Passenger ferry which will be launched in 2024, with the pilot scheme running between Belfast and Bangor, Northern Ireland. The ferry will be a cost-effective public transport solution that helps address air pollution, congestion, and noise.

Dr Katrina Thompson, SiP Programme Director, will share insight into the innovative technologies underpinning Artemis Technologies’ pioneering vessels, their capabilities, benefits and potential to lead the decarbonization of maritime industry. Powered by the patented Artemis eFoiler® electric propulsion system, these vessels provide commercially-viable green transport solutions for individuals, operators, cities and governments, with varying applications within workboat, public transport, port operations and luxury leisure sectors.

Artemis Technologies’ CEO, Dr Iain Percy OBE, will subsequently be joining Dr Thompson for the roundtable discussions.

- Dr Katrina Thompson


  • 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

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Sustrans Northern Ireland
Ulster Transport Museum

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