TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2020: Retrospectives Round-Up


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On March 5th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2020 at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. If any of the “Retrospective” releases from this edition passed you by, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (BetterPoints, Clearview Intelligence, Imperial, Padam Mobility and Videalert) and Keynote Supporters (Department for Transport, Transport for West Midlands and Leicester City Council). Just click on the presentation title of your choice to access the associated slides:

  1. “Improving the Use of Data in Transport – Developing a Transport Data Strategy”
  2. “Journey Time Monitoring is Evolving – Find out how!”
  3. “Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport – Best Practices in Shared Mobility for Lower Density Areas”
  4. “How to Effectively Manage and Improve Clean Air Scenarios through Enforcement”
  5. “Future Mobility Strategies – Better Data, Behaviour Change and Better Insight”
  6. “Towards an Inclusive Zero Carbon Transport System – Developing the Future West Midlands Transport Strategy”
  7. “Smart Connectivity and Mobility for Inclusive and Sustainable Cities”

Here’s what some of the stakeholders in attendance had to say about this year’s Midlands edition:

“The Smart Class is a really good format for exploring a contemporary area of work” – Professional Lead, Transport Strategy, City of Wolverhampton Council • “Spot on content! Thanks again and see you again next year!” – Value Chain Delivery & Development Manager, Highways England • “All of the presentations were informative and gave insights into solutions being offered to address a variety of issues on the transport and carbon reduction agenda” – Senior Project Engineer – Forward Programmes Highways Strategy, Derbyshire County Council • “The presentations and roundtables were all valuable” – Highways Strategy Manager, Derbyshire County Council • “Pleased to be involved. I found it a very interesting morning” – Smart Leicester Programme Manager/Smart City Programme Lead, Leicester City Council • Very informative, well chaired, excellent time keeping, lovely lunch and venue. Thank you!” – Environmental Protection Team Leader, Warwick District Council • “Related well to my ongoing projects” – Transport Planning Project Officer, Warwickshire County Council • “Informative presentations and roundtables which all had value. Well worth the trip! Well done, a very good event!” – Traffic Systems and Technology Engineer, Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire Council • “All presentations provided useful and interesting insights” – Transport Planner, Mode Transport Planning • “Really interesting presentations and roundtables were a valuable opportunity to discuss real world issues. Great morning – Thank you!” – Principal Transport Planner, Rodgers Leask • “All of the presentations were valuable as they covered different points” – ITS Engineer, WSP • “Many thanks for hosting this excellent event” – Business Development Manager, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor) • “The event was a great opportunity to meet our targets” – Marketing Acquisition Manager, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

Here are the other Transport Smart Classes we currently have scheduled for smart aspiring city-regions of the UK:

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2020 – The RSE, Edinburgh, 10th September 2020
• TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2020 – The Barn at Greencoat Place, London, 13th October 2020
• TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2020 – The Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, 17th November 2020 (rescheduled from June 9th in light of the current coronavirus situation)

These collaborative, half day (8.30am-1.30pm), knowledge exchange events 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 to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.

Delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering 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 at a Transport Smart Class can range from on-demand transport and MaaS applications, EVs and e-mobility, predictive traffic management, journey time monitoring, smart parking and enforcing CAZs and LEZs, to analysing people movements, new ways of visualising data, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent street lighting, real-time transport modelling, and smart ticketing and fare collection. Delegates 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 sessions. These events also feature up to 3 keynote presentations from major buyer side stakeholders giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.

If you’d like to secure a free delegate place at one of the Transport Smart Classes above, please click on the appropriate event link and complete the registration form at the bottom of the page (spaces are limited and subject to satisfying the qualification criteria described).

If you’re an intelligent transport innovator – or your company sources or advises on digital solutions, data insights or smart best practices that can play a key role in helping our buyer side stakeholder delegates to address their transport and mobility challenges – check out our Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages, which (along with a variety of other benefits) enable your speaker to deliver a unique thought leadership presentation and your team of experts to host a series of deeper-dive roundtable consultations with the delegates. If you like what you see and would like to discuss a potential sponsorship commitment for 2020, please contact us here. We also welcome keynote speaker applications from appropriate buyer side stakeholders.

NB. Looking ahead to Q1 of next year: We plan to host a Transport Smart Class for South West England or Wales (either in Bristol or Cardiff) in late January 2021 and will be hosting TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2021 in Nottingham during the first half of March 2021.

Opportunities to participate as a delegate or showcase innovations and thought leadership as an innovation sponsor are also available for our Emissions & Air Quality, Waste Management, Public Realm & Urban Spaces, Energy, Water Management and Health & Assisted Living editions. As per our “Schedule Update” announcement in response to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown (with duty of care to delegates, speakers, sponsors and staff of paramount importance):

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, South 2020 (8.30am-1.30pm) and WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2020 (1.30pm-6.30pm) will still be hosted in central London but on Thursday 10th December (instead of April 15th as originally planned). We’ve secured The Embassy at 19 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, as our historical new venue for these events!

• To accommodate these reschedulings and that (to Nov 17th) of TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2020, new 2021 dates will be announced further down the line for our PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES, ENERGY and WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Classes and for EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, Midlands & North.


We will, of course, continue to follow government rules and guidelines and closely review the advice from Public Health England to ensure the best possible event experience for all of our stakeholders.

Seeking further inspiration to realise the ‘Smart Vision’ of your city, region, communities, public services or critical infrastructure operations?

Check out our Innovator Directory or enlist your company or organisation to become a source of inspiration across the Smart Classes platform: Smart Classes Launches New Innovator Directory: Add your Credentials as a Smart City-Region Stakeholder. For additional insights, explore our Knowledge Base!

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2020

On 5th March 2020 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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