Announcing Highways England, Arriva and TfWM Keynotes at TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2019


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We’re delighted to confirm our three keynote speakers, along with their presentation topics, for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2019 which we’re hosting in Birmingham on February 12th:

1) “The End to End Journey – Planning for Autonomous Vehicles on the Strategic Road Network” – In this opening keynote, Dr Joanna White , Head of Highways England’s Intelligent Transport Systems Group, will talk to us about future Highways England ambitions, including the 9 key future trends highlighted in their “Connecting the Country” report that the organisation will be focussing on to meet the challenges currently faced on the strategic road network. Jo’s presentation will focus on connected and autonomous vehicle trials, the role of Highways England in those trials and the value of collaboration across road authorities, vehicle manufacturers, telecoms providers and academia. Jo will also discuss how the outcomes of those trials will deliver services and determine future intelligent infrastructure requirements for digital roads as well as how these can support intelligence led end to end journey planning.

2) “The Role of DRT in Supporting the Public Transport Network and Initiating Behavioural Change”Asiya Jelani , Arriva’s UK lead for demand responsive transport, will explain in her keynote how Arriva is developing a DRT strategy that strengthens the spine of public transport and uses digital innovation to initiate behavioural change in customers to modal shift. Asiya is responsible for the creation and launch of ArrivaClick, a product that has been described as a “game changer” for the bus industry!

3) “Using Data and Developing Partnerships to Tackle Congestion” – The West Midlands is undergoing an economic renaissance, unprecedented investment is taking place to deliver transport upgrades, motorway junction improvements and of course HS2. In addition, the region is due to host the Coventry City of Culture in 2021 and the Commonwealth Games in 2022. All of this is against a backdrop of an already over capacity network, so managing the change will impact massively the existing transport network. In this closing keynote, TfWM’s Data Innovation Lead, Stuart Lester, will explain how, in order to help to mitigate the effects, high quality, trusted data is required to be shared by Transport for West Midlands with partner organisations so they can all deliver a revolution in customer communications.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes, this Smart Class will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations from 5 leading smart transport technology experts, each representing a key priority innovation topic (e.g. “Managing and Enforcing CAZs and LEZs”, “Impact of MaaS”, “Future of Incentivised Mobility”, “Predictive Modelling”, “Data Sharing and Visualisations” etc); Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and senior stakeholders to hone delegates smart strategies and help address some of their specific transport and mobility challenges; Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and hot lunch buffet, all at no charge!

Buyer side stakeholders with relevant credentials (e.g. Midlands based Councils and Local Authorities, Public Transport Operators, ITAs, PTEs, SNTBs, National Transport Agencies, Prime Contractors etc) can Register here for a free place and join us for what promises to be a truly insightful half-day (8.30am-1.30pm)!

If you’re a Smart Transport innovator, or if your company sources or advises on digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies or best practices that can play a key role in helping our  delegates address their transport and mobility challenges (e.g. around congestion, traffic flows, air pollution and emissions, noise, first and last mile mobility, customer/passenger experience, cost efficiencies, connecting transport networks, managing and maintaining assets & infrastructure), please ask about our innovation sponsorship packages for this and the other TRANSPORT Smart Classes (North of England 2019, Scotland 2019, London & South East England 2019, South West England 2019 and Wales 2020 editions) we have scheduled over the coming year:

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2019

In February we will be casting a spotlight over Central England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the burgeoning city-regions of the West and East Midlands (incl. Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Northampton, MK, Oxford etc), and beyond.


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