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On Friday 10th September we assembled in the Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, to host TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021, one of the first in-person industry events since the Government removed most remaining coronavirus restrictions. At a crucial point in our pandemic recovery, this Smart Class gave a fresh take on deploying digital innovation, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle the transport and mobility challenges facing burgeoning city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse and beyond.

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Our inspirational keynotes included: Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Head of Strategic Planning, Insight and Innovation, Nicola Kane, National Highways’ Head of Innovation, Dr Annette Pass, and Transport for the North’s (TfN) Senior Major Roads Planning and Strategy Officer, Simon McGlone. Nicola, Annette and Simon gave us invaluable real-world insights into their transport and mobility strategies, ongoing programmes, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, data sharing experiences and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.

The Smart Class also featured innovator thought leadership presentations from Instant System’s Aurelien Cottet; Padam Mobility’s Jack Holland; Adrian Sutton and Dr Behzad Heravi from Vortex IoT; and Stuart Scott, on behalf of Videalert and Project Centre. Each innovator speaker represented a unique high priority transport and mobility innovation theme and associated fields of application, and their technology experts subsequently hosted confidential, deeper dive, roundtable discussions with all delegates in attendance.

Key topics and critical subject matter addressed included:

  • Embracing Innovation to Enable Greater Manchester to Build Back Better
  • Using AI and 5G Technology to Support Social Distancing and Better Manage Our Transport Systems
  • Innovating During a Pandemic
  • Scenarios for CAV Adoption, Developing CAV Principles for GM, CAV Personas and Autonomous Vehicle Trials in Salford
  • Smart Junctions 5G – Multi-Modal and Dynamic Optimisation for Sustainable Modes
  • Shared and Electric Shared Mobility (e-Bikes, e-Scooters, e-Cargo Bikes and Electric Cars) – Encouraging Uptake of eHUBs 
  • e-Scooter Trials at the University of Salford/Media City and Rochdale Town Centre
  • Disrupting the Highways Industry with Digital Technologies
  • Delivering National Highways’ Digital Roads Vision for 2025 through Digital Design & Construction, Digital Operations and Digital for Customers
  • Digital Roads, The Future: 2025-2035 – Increased Connectivity, Autonomy & Data Sharing; 2035-2045 – Significant Autonomy; 2045+ Fully Connected and Autonomous   
  • Future Travel Scenarios in the North and the Developing Transport Landscape
  • How an Agile Approach can Support our Reaction to Covid-19
  • TfN Analytical Framework – A Consistent Approach to Data, Modelling and Appraisal Across Travel Modes and Regions of the North 
  • TfN’s Decarbonisation Strategy and the National Transport Decarbonisation Plan
  • Using Scenarios to Appraise Alternative Infrastructure Options 
  • Dynamic Demand Responsive Transport – Best Practices in Shared Mobility for Lower Density Areas
  • How can DRT be Integrated into a Peri-Urban or Rural Transport Policy? 
  • Integrating DRT into a MaaS Offering
  • Improving an Existing DRT Service – Lincolnshire County Council
  • Moving Traffic Enforcement for Cleaner Air and Road Safety Compliance – Are We Ready?
  • Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction (TCPR) Schemes 
  • Combining Analytics and ANPR
  • Hosted Civil Enforcement Architecture 
  • Connect the Unconnected – Continuous and Real-Time Vehicle to Infrastructure Scanning and Fixed Infrastructure Scanning
  • Leveraging Real-Time 3D Data and Condition-Based Monitoring of Highway and Urban Environment Assets
  • Moving from Reactive to Predictive Maintenance  
  • Different Levels of Public Transport Digitalisation and the Situations to which they are Best Suited
  • Passenger Information Applications – Use Case
  • Integration of Ticketing – Use Case
  • “Light” Integration of Mobility Service Providers – Use Case
  • Mobility as a Service – Use Case

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021

On September 10th 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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