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 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 Wednesday December 8th we will be casting a spotlight over Scotland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the city-regions of Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Edinburgh & South East Scotland, Stirling, Tay, Aberdeen, Inverness & Highlands, and beyond. Confirmed delegate places, along with speaker and sponsor slots, remain secured and have been transferred to the new date. 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, regional transport partnerships, major transport operators, national transport agencies or local/combined authorities giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies. TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 takes place at The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and follows on from our highly acclaimed 2019 and 2018 editions (hosted in Dundee and Glasgow, respectively). 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:
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Testimonials and feedback:
Partnership Director, Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership
“The morning was very good! The speakers were excellent and the roundtable speed dating style discussion sessions were also really useful”
City Centre Programme Manager, City of Edinburgh Council
“Thanks again for organising the excellent event last week – the mix of speakers and delegates was absolutely superb, and the talks were incredibly informative all round”
Smart Perth Project Coordinator, Perth & Kinross Council
“Enjoyable event, engaging conversations and plenty to follow up on”
Data Cluster Project Manager at Scottish Cities Alliance and City Development, Dundee City Council
“Great morning and very illuminating discussion. Thank you”
Senior Partnership Manager, South East Scotland Transport Partnership
“An excellent event with a range of interesting subjects covered. The half day format is ideal”
Ticketing Commercial Officer, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
“Thank you for this morning. I thought the session went very well”
Interim Head of Concessionary Travel and Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland
“A very useful session”
Smart & Integrated Ticketing Manager, CalMac Ferries
“A very interesting event”
Data & Market Analyst, Stagecoach UK Bus Research Team
“All of the roundtables were valuable”
Local Air Quality Management Specialist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
“Great Smart Class today in the impressive V&A on transport, MaaS and the latest digital technology-enabled solutions…Dynamic range of speakers”
Sales Operational Leader, Buildings & Major Infrastructure Projects Europe, Jacobs
“Great day with thought provoking presentations and roundtable discussions!”
Managing Director, Imperial (Innovation Sponsor)
“Some extremely interesting conversations surrounding transport challenges”
Business Development Manager, North Region, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)
“It was a great event, very informative and engaging. Wonderful venue too!”
COO, Finance and Product Director, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)
“Many thanks, really enjoyed the session and looking forward to the next one”
Head of Sales, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)
“An enjoyable event and we had several very interesting discussions. It sounds like we might get some concrete outcomes in the near future”
Senior Researcher & Lecturer in Transport Studies, Urban Big Data Centre/University of Glasgow (Innovation Sponsor)
“Strategic Use of Data in Delivering Edinburgh’s City Centre Transformation, City Mobility Plan and Low Emission Zone” – Getting people out of their cars and embracing active and sustainable travel now lies at the heart of Edinburgh transport policy. But how can we be sure we are investing in projects that are in the right places and that will have the most impact? We need evidence.
For active travel in particular, significant modal shift is a genuinely emergent property of active travel network quality (particularly network extent, density and coherence), and getting that right relies on robust, evidence-led network planning. Historically, active travel network planning in Scotland has necessarily been fairly rudimentary (because most LAs have simply not had access to best practice network planning tools).
This keynote – to be co-presented by City of Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Convener (and Chair of Transport for Edinburgh), Lesley Macinnes, and Sustrans Scotland Infrastructure Coordinator, Angus Calder – will provide a snapshot of ongoing joint CEC-Sustrans work to build on the UK’s existing industry-standard network planning tool, the Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT), updating it for the CEC/Scottish context and reflecting the growing emphasis on equalities and inclusion.
The presentation will then close with a brief examination of how data has been used to inform ongoing discussions around Edinburgh’s LEZ.
“The Future’s Smart for Scottish Transport” – This keynote – to be jointly presented by Head of Concessionary Travel & Integrated Ticketing, Mary Docherty, Smart and Integrated Ticketing and Payment Programme Manager, Juliet Bell and MaaS Delivery Manager, Laura McCaig – will focus on providing an update on the Transport Scotland journey towards implementing the Ministerial vision: ‘That all journeys on Scotland’s bus, rail, ferry, subway and tram networks can be made using some form of smart ticketing or payment’.
The scope of Mary, Juliet and Laura’s speeches will cover Transport Scotland’s smart programme including smart and integrated ticketing and payments, mobility as a service (MaaS) and public transport travel data/bus open data services.
“Integrating Demand Responsive Transport into the Wider Transport Networks – Practical Tips for the Implementation and Launch of DDRT” – 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 by Padam Mobility will show how rural and Peri-urban areas in Scotland which have significant public transport gaps, can use DRT to significantly improve the mobility of their inhabitants.
Jack Holland will provide practical advice on what public authorities need to consider now to successfully implement the concept of DRT in their wider transport networks in partnership with local transport operators.
“Design, Build, Monitor and Enforce – Clean Air” – As we continue to respond to and work alongside the Pandemic, and digest the powerful messages that emerged from COP26, specifically the urgency with which we need to achieve Cleaner Air and decarbonisation goals, Graham will be speaking about both macro and local drivers that are influencing transport strategy.
This will focus on the merits of a design, build and enforce model, using referenceable lessons learned from in-flight Clean Air projects Marston Holdings are leading on. Insights from their experiences and breadth of delivery will support policy thinking, outcome analysis and measurable achievements.
“Perspectives on EV Charging and Infrastructure” – This presentation from Project Centre’s Lead Consultant for Electric Vehicles will cover what charging infrastructure is currently available and the different needs of consumers, projections on future charge points requirements and trends in new car sales.
It will then go on to review how local authority strategies should plan to deliver charge points – given the recent report issued by Transport Scotland, which signalled that 100% public subsidy for charging infrastructure will come to an end – before ending on the critical topic of how to integrate EV infrastructure into existing parking regimes.
“HAFAS-based Intermodal Journey Planning – Key to a Successful and Sustainable MaaS Platform” – By integrating all different kinds of mobility service providers, MaaS is considered as one of most important measures to foster the modal shift from car to public transport. Since this leads to significant reduction of CO2 emissions, MaaS is getting more and more attention from authorities and operators in the UK as a problem solver.
But what are the indicators for a successful and long-lasting MaaS platform? The routing engine? The data quality? The amount of integrated mobility service providers? The ticketing system?
This presentation by Siemens will demonstrate the critical requirements to succeed, provide an overview of implemented state-of-the-art journey planners and MaaS solutions from all around the world and explain why you should never underestimate your customers.
“Bringing Positive Travel Changes for Pupils and Parents Across Scotland with WOW – The Year Round Walk to School Challenge” – Living Streets will demonstrate in this presentation how digital technology is helping to deliver one of the biggest behaviour change programmes in Scotland.
Working with local authority and transport partners, WOW – with the award-winning interactive Travel Tracker – is making a positive impact in hundreds of schools the length and breadth of the country.
- 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