TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Back on February 9th, we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023 at Cultra Manor, Holywood. If you missed any of the subsequent presentation “Retrospectives”, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (ioki – a Deutsche Bahn company; Brightly, a Siemens Company; Artemis Technologies and the Belfast Maritime Consortium) and Keynote Supporters (Sustrans Northern Ireland; Ulster Transport Museum/National Museums NI)…

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria* for a Transport Smart Class but were unable to join us on the day for this live in-person event, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” at the bottom of the post to receive a unique link giving free of charge access to all of the presentation videos, recordings and slides. Alternatively, click on your preferred presentation title from below to re-visit an individual retrospective:

  1. “The Role of Smart Data in Building a Unified Framework for Greenways Development in NI”
  2. “Success Factors for DRT Planning and Operations”
  3. “Sustainability – The Next Evolution in Asset Life-Cycle Planning”
  4. “Pushing the Boundaries of Transport Invention – NI’s Pioneers of Science and Engineering at ‘The Museum of Innovation’”
  5. “Unlocking Electric High-Speed Maritime Transport”

*Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy 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.


Here’s what some of our delegates and stakeholders had to say about TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023:

“Fantastic morning, welcoming environment, very glad I came. Extremely interesting discussion around the road to net zero. Thank you!” – Head of Digital and Customer Information, Translink “I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear and discuss what opportunities there are. Thanks again for the invitation” – Head of Information Services, Translink • “As Sustrans highlighted, the role of multi-modal sustainable journeys and behavioural change to achieve modal shift is so important. Invaluable comments and feedback from the community transport representatives during the DRT roundtables” – Strategic Transport Network Planning Engineer, Translink • “This has been a truly enjoyable experience. Gained lots of knowledge, pitched at the right level and really relevant to our operation” – Chief Executive, CDM Community Transport “Excellent event” – Chief Executive, Easilink Community Transport “Thank you for a great morning and afternoon” – Transport Manager, Fermanagh Community Transport “Great half day with interesting presentations and discussions. Asset management roundtable was especially valuable” – Corporate Project Officer, Ards and North Down Borough Council An excellent event with engaging discussions. Zero carbon emission calculation/monitoring topics of particular interest. Thank you for the opportunity” – Capital Project and Programme Manager, Ards and North Down Borough Council “Presentations were all relevant in different aspects and very timely current projects. Roundtables triggered further discussions and created collaboration opportunities between attendees” – Routes and Networks Programme Manager, Sustrans Northern Ireland “Great event!” – CEO, K McShane Ltd/Associate Adviser, The Strategic Investment Board/CIHT Vice President • “Excellent event experience – useful info on DRT to inform clients” – Senior Transport Consultant, AECOM “Really enjoyed the event” – Principal Highway Engineer, Amey OW Ltd “Thank you for the invite. The presentations and roundtables were informative and the event ran very smoothly. Please keep us in the loop for future events” – Highway Engineer, WSP 

“Thanks for the great day yesterday” – Associate Director – Transport Planning & Future Mobility, RPS Group • “All of the presentations were very good – CAVs, digital twins and net zero topics were most interesting” – PhD Researcher – Visualisation and Digital Twins, Ulster University • “It was an interesting day and I’d appreciate you keeping me in the loop” – Research Fellow – Net Zero in Transport, Queens University Belfast • “My 3rd Smart Class and have enjoyed each and every one…Excellent insight into the future of maritime developments, as often this mode of transport is overlooked in discussions of ways of modal shift to drive CO2 down” – Account Director, NSL “Really enjoyed this event and learning from the collective expertise in the room. Connecting with Translink and Sustrans was hugely valuable” – SiP Programme Director, Belfast Maritime Consortium (Innovation Sponsor) • “I wanted to say a massive thank you! I had excellent feedback from Katrina, Iain and Benoit, who said they met with some highly relevant people. We would be delighted to be involved in future events, please do keep us updated on future programmes” – Events Manager, Artemis Technologies (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you for last week. I found the session to be most informative and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the various key stakeholders in the transport sector” – CEO and Director, Artemis Technologies (Innovation Sponsor) • “I really enjoyed it – what a lovely bunch of people and great conversation” – Senior Director for EMEA Client Services Centre, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor) • “As always, a great event. Thank you for all the hard work and organisation behind it”…“My first time to Northern Ireland and what a trip! I was honoured to speak to so many like-minded people in the room who are committed to improving public transport. Great to hear about the steps Belfast has taken to get its first autonomous project off the ground! Thank you for the great impulses and discussions” – International Sales & Business Development Manager, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor)


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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Northern Ireland 2023

On February 9th we will be casting a spotlight over Northern Ireland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by Belfast; Derry City and Strabane; Lisburn and Castlereagh; Antrim and Newtownabbey; Ards and North Down; Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon; Causeway Coast and Glens; Fermanagh and Omagh; Mid and East Antrim; Mid Ulster; Newry, Mourne and Down; and beyond.


   Belfast (Holywood), UK

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Artemis Technologies
Belfast Maritime Consortium
Brightly Software
ioki - a DB company

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