Smarter Assets, Sustainable Communities: TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 Retrospective


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An estimated 7 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. This trend, coupled with the urgency of tackling climate change, highlights the need for smart and sustainable communities and infrastructure. It also provides perfect context for the Brightly team’s informative contribution to TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 last month.

Brightly is a leader in cloud-based asset and maintenance management software and were recently acquired by digital buildings frontrunner, Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI), accelerating their shared ambition to build smart communities, enabled by digitalisation and intelligent systems.

Hannah Winstanley and Matthew Kelley’s presentation emphasised that the requirements of effective transport management go beyond operations management and include robust planning, the Internet of Things (IoT), Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and sustainability to serve ever evolving needs: “This demands enterprise-wide engagement and a focus on corporate/local strategies to ensure that all parties involved are pulling together to achieve these key elements. Globally, individuals and businesses are ever more dependent on efficient, sustainable travel and multi-modal options. The implementation, maintenance and communication with users and potential users is critical to uptake, service perceptions and overall success”.

Matt and Hannah explained how EAM enables organisations to transform the performance of their assets, effectively integrate with IoT and deliver to their ESG requirements in support of effective transportation services, and all in one platform.

They took us through:

  • The Future Highways Research Group released guidance on recording GHG Scope 1 & 2 for local highways authorities including selecting baseline year, calculating carbon footprint, carbon reduction strategies (e.g. electrification of vehicles and equipment, use of recycled materials, change in intervention policy) and performance and benchmarking;
  • FHRG key processes;
  • The positive contribution of green infrastructure (e.g. offsetting operational activities with tree assets and improving air quality with EV charging);
  • Carbon intensity data trends by job types such as pavements, drainage, traffic signs and lighting, and by highways activity such as reactive maintenance, routine maintenance, inspections and planned works;
  • A “Plan for Carbon Reduction” from 2022-2050, measured in CO2 emissions per mile and featuring low carbon bitumen, EV site cars and vans, smart drainage sensors, LED lighting, solar generated electricity, a net-zero road enhancement scheme and fossil-fuel-free materials!

For Brightly’s deeper dive hosted roundtable sessions with the delegates, Matt and Hannah were joined by Senior Consultant, Nick Vague.

Like to learn more?

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in Manchester on September 9th for the live in-person event at Chetham’s School of Music, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Hannah and Matt’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event 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.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022

On September 9th we will be casting a spotlight over the North of England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse and beyond.


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