TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2019: Retrospectives Round-Up


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On December 4th we returned to Bristol to host TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Broad Quay. If you missed any of the presentation “Retrospectives” here’s another chance to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (Clearview Intelligence, Imperial, Videalert, UrbanThings and Living Streets) and Keynote Supporters (Bristol City Council/Bristol is Open and Exeter Futures/Exeter City Council). Just click on the title of your choice to access the associated slides:

1. “Laying Bristol’s Foundations for a Smart Well-Connected Future & Using Intelligent Infrastructure to Deliver Transport Objectives”
2. “How is Journey Time Monitoring Evolving?”
3. “How to Effectively Manage and Enforce Clean Air and Low Emission Zones”
4. “The Importance of Passenger Data in MaaS”
5. “How Digital Tools Can Advance Knowledge of Active Travel”
6. “Whole City Transformation”

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Eric Hargrave for a fascinating post-event tour of Bristol Operations Centre. This state-of-the-art, multi-award winning, control room was pivotal in Bristol being recognised in 2018 as the number one smart city in the UK and being shortlisted, in 2019, into the top-six Smart Cities in Europe!

Here’s what some of the stakeholders in attendance had to say about our latest Transport Smart Class for the South West:

“Very interesting, engaging and overall useful event today, thanks once again” – Senior Transport Policy Officer, Development & Environment, North Somerset Council • “Very useful workshop” – Transport and Development Manager, Wiltshire Council • “Informative and relevant for local authorities and related consultants” – Parking Manager, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council • “Very useful and informative. Thank you” – Principal Transport Planning Officer, South Gloucestershire Council • “Informative Transport Smart Class in Bristol today…all of the presentations were valuable!” – Principal Transport Planner, Norman Rourke Pryme • “A very good event, thanks for inviting me” – Senior Transport Planner, Arup • “Thankyou for the invite and well done, a really useful session” – Regional Director, Transportation/SW England & Wales Teams Lead, AECOM • “Great morning, thoroughly enjoyed the debate on how existing technologies are supporting the challenge of delivering clean air zones. Thanks for a good session” – Strategy and Business Development, Transformation & Bid Management, Imperial (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thanks very much, a very well organised event” – Project Manager, South West & Wales, Living Streets (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was a pleasure to speak at the Transport Smart Class in Bristol today about the importance of passenger data in MaaS”/”We look forward to being involved again in the future” – Founder & CEO/Head of Marketing, UrbanThings (Innovation Sponsor)

On January 31st we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Wales 2020 in Cardiff. Several “Retrospectives” have already been released from that edition and more will follow over the coming weeks!

Here are the other Transport Smart Classes we’re organising this year for smart aspiring city-regions of the UK:

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2020 – Birmingham, 5th March 2020
TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2020 – Manchester, 9th June 2020
TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2020 – Edinburgh, 10th September 2020
TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2020 – London, 13th October 2020

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.

Opportunities to participate as a delegate or showcase innovations and thought leadership are also available for our Emissions & Air Quality, Waste Management, Public Realm & Urban Spaces, Energy and Water Management editions. Peruse the full schedule below!

Smart Classes Schedule for 2020 (and beyond):

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Wales 2020 – Cardiff, 31st January 2020

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2020 – Birmingham, 5th March 2020 – Quick, 70% of delegate places already allocated and only two sponsorship slots remaining!

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, Southern England 2020 – London, 15th April 2020

WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2020 – London, 15th April 2020

TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2020 – Manchester, 9th June 2020

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2020 – Edinburgh, 10th September 2020

TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2020 – London, 13th October 2020

PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2020 – London, 13th October 2020

ENERGY Smart Class 2020 – Birmingham, 12th November 2020

WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2020 – Birmingham, 12th November 2020

EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class, Midlands & North 2020 – Sheffield, 10th December 2020


Re the first quarter of 2021: a TRANSPORT Smart Class for South West England or Wales will be hosted in Bristol or Cardiff in late January 2021 and TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2021 will be hosted in Nottingham during the first half of March 2021.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2019

On December 4th we will be casting a spotlight over South West England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions such as Bristol, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth and Torbay, Bournemouth/Poole, Swindon, and beyond.


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