TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2023 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Back on September 7th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2023 at Riddle’s Court on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. If you missed any of the subsequent presentation “Retrospectives”, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (Siemens Mobility and Padam Mobility, Project Centre – part of Marston Holdings, and Brightly – a Siemens Infrastructure company) and Keynote Supporters (The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland, The Office of The Scottish Road Works Commissioner, and The City of Edinburgh Council).

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. “Digital Innovations Continue to Help Deliver Scotland’s Vision for Transport”
  2. “Future Mobility – Go Big or Go Home!”
  3. “Edinburgh’s Circulation Plan – A Framework for Allocating Street Space”
  4. “Achieving Environmental Benefits through Data and Digitisation”
  5. “Improving Road Works and Reaching Net Zero”
  6. “Laying the Foundations for Smart Mobility”

*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, Scotland 2023:

“It was excellent, and I found it thoroughly useful because of the broad range of people there. I would definitely travel a greater distance to another event” – Smart Cities Project Manager, The City of Edinburgh Council “Thanks for the invitation. I thoroughly enjoyed the thought provoking presentations and the discussions afterwards” – Scottish Road Works Commissioner, Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner “I found last Thursday’s session really interesting. I’ll confess that I’m avidly not a transport geek, and am much more attracted to the human aspects of Sustrans’ work – walking, cycling, placemaking, rebalancing streets etc. So it’s all the more of a compliment to you that I found the session very engaging” – Head of Policy and Communications, Sustrans Scotland “Thank you for the invitation to speak, great questions and discussion! A really thought provoking morning” – Head of Placemaking and Mobility, The City of Edinburgh Council “Useful and insightful knowledge relevant to schemes we are trying to implement and great potential of software systems that could benefit multiple departments throughout the council” – Transport Officer, The Highland Council “Another excellent Smart Class and most relevant to current work on MaaS! Thanks to the team” – Policy Advisor, The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership “I currently work in public transport with a focus on rural, community and DRT so it was interesting to see how valuable a fully integrated system can be. All of the roundtable discussions were good and valuable” – Transport Officer, The Highland Council

“The presentations were really good, the Edinburgh angle was especially interesting for myself. Thanks again for having me along, it’s a great event which is also really well run. Lunch was also excellent, both in quality and in opportunity for discussion! Look forward to the next Scottish one” – Sustainability Officer, Lothian Buses “Really interesting morning at Riddle’s Court for Transport Smart Class, Scotland today” – Insight Lead (Spatial), Stagecoach Group “Really enjoyed the presentations and roundtables” – Research & Insights Analyst, Stagecoach Group “Continued the stimulating tradition of Smart Classes, providing up-to-date information and networking” – Director, Association of Transport Coordinating Officers “It was another great session and I came away with a lot of new ideas and connections. I’ll see you another time for sure” – Client Director, Atkins Global “Good event, would recommend Smart Classes to colleagues” – Air Quality Policy Officer, Scottish Environment Protection Agency “A very interesting group” – Senior Environmental Engineer, Transport Scotland “Very informative and I made some good connections for the future” – Associate Director, Systra “Riddle’s Court was host to this fantastic event last week, facilitated by Smart Classes and with insightful keynote speakers and inspiring presentations” – Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (Venue Host)

“It was another really great event! Looking forward to next year’s edition already!” – Account Director, NSL, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “It is always a pleasure attending these sessions” – Principal Engineer, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great to see you in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed the event and it seems that our presentation was well received and the audience were engaged. Lovely venue as well!” – Business Development Consultant – IMS, Siemens Mobility (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was great to present at the Edinburgh Smart Class last month. Our message remains simple – to truly understand the benefits of Future Mobility, we need to transition our approach from a series of small, isolated short term pilots, to wider, longer term commitments that can deliver modal shift and value for residents in areas where other public transport options are limited” – UK Business Development, Padam Mobility, Siemens Mobility Software Business Unit (Innovation Sponsor) • “Delighted to have presented at another great Smart Classes event, this time in beautiful Edinburgh and talking about laying the foundations for smart mobility! It was great to see that a theme throughout the day was the collective ambition to find new ways to help decrease carbon emissions produced by roadworks. Thank you for having us. It was great to see so many new faces!” – Account Director, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor)


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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2023

On September 7th 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.


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Project Centre

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