Check out our TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 Keynotes and Speakers!


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We’re excited to confirm the participation of 5 senior keynote speakers at TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 which takes place at the historic RSE, Edinburgh, on Wednesday December 8th:

“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.



At a crucial point in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (and less than a month after the last minute deal reached at COP26), TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 will give a fresh take on deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle transport and mobility challenges faced by the burgeoning city-regions of Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Edinburgh & South East Scotland, Stirling, Tay, Aberdeen, Inverness & Highlands, and beyond, and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes, the event will also feature:

  • Rapid fire innovator presentations* delivered by technology experts and thought leaders from Padam Mobility, Siemens IMS, Project Centre, Marston Holdings and Living Streets Scotland;
  • Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists to help hone delegates’ smart strategies and address some of their specific transport and mobility challenges;
  • Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and lunch, and all at no charge!

*Our Innovator speakers will be addressing high priority topics including:

  • Integrating DRT into the wider transport network – practical tips for the implementation and launch of dynamic demand responsive transport;
  • How rural and peri-urban areas in Scotland with significant public transport gaps can use DRT to significantly improve the mobility of their inhabitants;
  • Intermodal journey planning and the key to a successful and sustainable MaaS platform;
  • Fostering modal shift from car to public transport, and significant reduction of CO2 emissions, with MaaS;
  • Current EV charging infrastructure, the different needs of consumers, projections on future charge points requirements and trends in new car sales;
  • How local authority strategies should plan to deliver charge points given the recent Transport Scotland report signalling an end to 100% public subsidy for charging infrastructure;
  • How to integrate EV infrastructure into existing parking systems;
  • Principles of designing, building and enforcing clean air and low emission zones;
  • Research, data analysis, design solutions and business cases for clean air projects such as neighbourhood traffic, healthy streets and school streets schemes;
  • Bringing positive travel changes for pupils and parents across Scotland with WOW, the year round walk to school challenge – how digital technology is helping to deliver one of Scotland’s biggest behaviour change programmes; and more!

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 and private 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, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

If you meet our qualification criteria, REGISTER NOW to claim one of the last complimentary delegate places and join us for what promises to be an insightful half-day (8.30am-2.00pm) of in-person collaboration and knowledge exchange!

Stay Safe, Feel Safe: The number of delegates at a Smart Class is strictly capped and venues selected to host a Smart Class are required to operate an event compliant ‘Covid-Secure Standards Charter’ and remain vigilant even now that the government has removed most legal limits on social contact, authorised the reopening of all forms of hospitality premises and eased restrictions on even larger events and performances. Delegates should ensure that they are either double vaccinated or have had a negative covid test within 48 hours of the event. Bottles of hand sanitiser will be included on all tables and we’re providing full face-visor shields which delegates may find more comfortable than a face mask, especially during the roundtable discussions.

A maximum of 5 innovators/solution vendors can participate at a Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity. All of the sponsorship slots have been secured for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021 but our Events Schedule includes 6 more TRANSPORT Smart Classes in 2022 (dedicated editions for the Midlands, South West England, Wales, North of England, London & South East England and Scotland) and the possible addition of a Northern Ireland edition. We’re also hosting several EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Classes next year, along with a PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class and a WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class, and are currently exploring dates for ENERGY, WATER MANAGEMENT and HEALTH & ASSISTED LIVING editions. Check out our Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages” or contact us by phone or e-mail if you’d like to discuss sponsorship options for any of these Smart Classes further. Peruse our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages on our website) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters!

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2021

On 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.


   Edinburgh, UK

Sponsored by
Padam Mobility
Marston Holdings
Project Centre
Living Streets Scotland

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