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 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 Wednesday December 7th 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. 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 2022 takes place at Citation, Glasgow, and follows on from our highly acclaimed 2021 (pic below), 2019 and 2018 editions (hosted in Edinburgh, 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:
Previous presentations have addressed:
Testimonials and feedback:
MaaS Delivery Manager – Bus, Accessibility and Active Travel Directorate, Transport Scotland
“Thanks for hosting a really useful event, great to hear from everyone today”
Smart Programme Manager, Smart & Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland
“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
“I have a keen interest in MaaS and enjoyed an excellent event experience and informative presentations”
Project Manager, City of Edinburgh 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
“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
“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”
Head of Concessionary Travel and Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland
“The programme content was relevant, roundtable discussions were engaging and there were excellent opportunities to network. Exciting innovation presented on tech solutions for combining fixed routes and DRT, and the air quality monitoring roundtable was most valuable”
Road Safety and Active Travel Liaison Officer, City of Edinburgh Council
“Some really good content”
Smart Perth Project Coordinator, Perth & Kinross Council
“I’ve had a chance to review some of the videos – a great balance of public sector and innovators! I’ll keep an eye out for the next Scottish classes”
Lead Consultant – Local Transport Strategy, Fife Council
“A very useful session”
Smart & Integrated Ticketing Manager, CalMac Ferries
“A very interesting event”
Data & Market Analyst, Stagecoach UK Bus Research Team
“Many thanks for hosting yesterday’s Smart Class at the RSE. An excellent event, very well run and pitched at the right level”
Principal Transport Consultant, Meinhardt UK
“Attended the Transport Smart Class, Scotland 2021 event yesterday, which featured presentations by innovation leaders in Transport. The sessions covered a range of topics including data driven decarbonisation objectives in Edinburgh, LEZs, EV charging, dynamic demand responsive transport and MaaS. The roundtable discussions at the end were thought provoking and demonstrated the opportunities of technology-based mobility solutions. Many thanks to all speakers and for the invite. I would highly recommend future Smart Class events to anyone interested in Transportation and Smart Cities”
Senior Transport Modeller, Mott MacDonald
“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
“Valuable to see how digital innovation and technology can play such a vital role in the success of MaaS; lots of interesting learnings about air quality monitoring and how local authorities can use this technology; DRT, innovative charging solutions, multi-modal city-wide solutions and behaviour change topics were also most interesting”
Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust
“All of the roundtables were valuable”
Local Air Quality Management Specialist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
“A very well run and executed event. Great to see and hear from all the presenters and delegates that Scotland really does take sustainable transport seriously. We will be participating again, it is the event that keeps on giving! Thank you from all of us”
General Manager, Siemens IMS (UKI) at Siemens Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)
“A very successful event”
Event Management, HaCon – A Siemens Company (Innovation Sponsor)
“Thank you, Mark, and the whole Smart Classes team for the smooth communication, organisation and great support before and after the events. We really appreciate it!”
Marketing Manager DACH, UK & Nordics, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)
“Thank you as always for your great work and events. A lot of very qualified people…A big thank you for your help from all the team here at Padam and we look forward to continuing the good work next year”
Head of Business Development & International Partnerships, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)
“Delighted to contribute to this event today. Thanks to Mark and the team for arranging”
Regional Director – North of England and Scotland, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)
“Thanks for inviting us to contribute to this Smart Class. Please keep in touch regarding future events”
Schools Programme Manager, Living Streets Scotland (Innovation Sponsor)
“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)
“Driving Down Car Use in Scotland by 20% – A Strategic Approach to Behaviour Change for Net-Zero” – In this this keynote on behalf of Transport Scotland, Phil McCluskey (Head of Sustainable Transport Demand) and Heather Cowan (Head of Climate Change & Just Transition) will discuss the Scottish Government’s approach to meeting its world-leading commitment to reduce car use by 20% by 2030, in support of their wider net-zero ambitions:
“This will include an overview of the behaviour change approach developed through our route map, published in draft in January 2022, which recognises that individual behaviour change happens in the context of the social and material environments in which people live, and which sets out the interventions that will enable people to adopt better ways of living by creating a social and material context where reduced car use is a normal, easy, attractive and routine behaviour to adopt”.
The presentation will explain how the framework of interventions in the route map supports behaviour change at both the individual and system level. Phil and Heather will set out how the approach unlocks benefits for car users and non-car users, including for health, wellbeing, safety, the environment and the public realm. They will also provide an overview of the collaborative approach taken with local and regional partners to support the reduction in car use, and how individuals, organisations and businesses can support this transformation.
“The Glasgow City Centre Transport Plan” – Glasgow City Council has been working on a new Glasgow City Centre Transport Plan. Its overall aim is to ensure that transport plays a key and proactive part in Glasgow City Centre being an attractive and sustainable place for residents, visitors and businesses. The Plan sits under the overarching Glasgow Transport Strategy for the city and ties in with a number of other key policy documents including the Connectivity Commission, City Centre Strategic Development Framework, and Glasgow’s Climate Plan.
Glasgow City Council’s keynote will be jointly presented by Councillor Angus Millar (Glasgow’s Convener for Climate, the Glasgow Green Deal, Transport and City Centre Recovery) and Steven Gray (Group Manager – City Centre Transformation Plan).
Their presentation will cover the content of the Plan, methods used – including consultation – and will highlight some of the key projects that are to be delivered, including the creation of a “City Centre People First Zone”. This would be a high quality public realm area where people are able to easily and safely walk and wheel, “where people feel they have priority and vehicles are the guests in an environment with less noise and cleaner air”.
“Addressing the Big Transport Challenges of our Time through SEStran’s Regional Transport Strategy” – In this keynote on behalf of SEStran, Anna Herriman (Senior Partnership Manager) and Jim Stewart (Strategy Manager) will talk through SEStran’s new (draft) Regional Transport Strategy, and how it meets the challenges of the next decade for the region. SEStran’s strategy aims to create a framework for the region in which sustainable modes of transport are easier, more appealing and accessible for all to use. The RTS vision simultaneously provides a framework for delivering on climate targets and social justice outcomes:
“A South-East of Scotland fully integrated transport system that will be efficient, connected and safe; create inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable places to live, work and visit; be affordable and accessible to all, enabling people to be healthier; and delivering the region’s contribution to net zero emissions targets”.
Anna and Jim will outline the approach used to develop the RTS and the role of an RTS in Scotland’s transport ‘environment’. Their presentation will include discussion on how transport issues relating to land use, planning and development have been woven into the development of the RTS, and an overview of the RTS’s new spatial strategy will be given.
The presentation will also explain how the RTS’s use of new regional mobility themes have been designed to help define the region’s challenges and priorities. This part of the presentation will also discuss the role of all partners in delivering the RTS’s vision.
“A Strategic Assessment of the City of Edinburgh (CEC) Roads: What are the Effects of the National Ban on Footway Parking?” – The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced the statutory framework for a national ban on pavement parking, double parking, and parking on dropped kerbs. Transport Scotland describes the aim of the prohibition as being to minimise the detrimental impact that obstructive and irresponsible parking can have on vulnerable groups, as well as emergency vehicles and other road users in general.
Since then, Transport Scotland has run a series of consultations to help develop a suite of secondary legislation necessary to bring new legislation into force. The enforcement of the legislation will likely take place in 2023-2024.
The Act gives local authorities the relevant powers to enforce these new provisions and the power to exempt footways from the pavement parking prohibition provided they meet certain characteristics, as specified by Scottish Ministers.
Project Centre developed a methodology to assess all the adopted roads inside the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC). The resultant assessment categorised these roads in accordance with the levels of footway parking identified, helping CEC improve their understanding of the issues.
In this presentation, Gavin Sherriff (CEC’s Senior Transport Team Leader – Parking Operations) and Eduardo Martin Moral (a Principal Engineer at Project Centre) will outline the process and the benefits of having this information to hand.
“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 low efficiency and declining 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.
“How to Increase Channel Shift away from Personal Cars and into Public Transport: Are Mobility Hubs the Solution?” – With the increasing pressure on Local Authorities to reduce personal car journeys, minimise congestion on the road network, encourage greater use of Active Travel and deliver air quality improvements, are Mobility Hubs the key to tackling these multiple challenges?
Leveraging existing Car Park, Park & Ride and Retail locations as well as designing new sites that offer a range of facilities, services and systems to deliver a frictionless experience for motorists can encourage a modal shift away from personal car journeys and onto Public Transport and Active Travel modes, but the customer experience has to be as seamless and frictionless as possible.
In this presentation on behalf of Trapeze Group and Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions, Trapeze’s Intelligent Mobility Solutions Manager, Colin Urquhart will discuss how many of the systems and solutions required to support a Mobility Hub concept already exist and are in widespread use today across the country. By leveraging existing and proven technology in a collaborative approach we can support Local Authorities, Transport Operators and other key stakeholders to deploy Mobility Hubs across the country and help prove how effective this concept can be in supporting that modal shift away from personal cars.
“Driving Innovation through Sustainability” – Clearview Intelligence is a data and technology company with offices in Glasgow, Ayr and Milton Keynes. They work with transport authorities and operators including Transport Scotland, National Highways, Amey, Bear and several local authorities.
Having invented the world’s first automatic traffic counter, innovation has always been at the heart of the business. However, “not all innovations see the light of day”, says Head of Sustainability and Client Strategy Kelly Morris, “and some, whilst great ideas, weren’t always relevant to what we do”.
In this case study based presentation, Kelly will talk about how the development of Clearview’s sustainability strategy offered some unexpected benefits, providing clarity of purpose, and focusing their approach to innovation. She will also share how Clearview is using data and technology to make road and active travel networks, safer, smarter and more sustainable.
- 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
- 9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
- 9:30 am - 11:10 am Expert Presentations (followed by teas & coffees)
- 11:10 am - 11:30 am Keynote Speaker 2
- 11:30 am - 1:10 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
- 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker 3
- 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Close and Lunch Networking