On April 28th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, South West England 2022 at M Shed, Bristol. This Smart Class gave a fresh take on deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions such as Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth and Torbay, Bournemouth/Poole, Salisbury, Swindon, and beyond, and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.
As usual, our videographer captured the keynotes and innovator presentations on film for additional stakeholders to enjoy post-event!
If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on the day, just complete the short application form below and we’ll give you complimentary access to the presentation videos, recordings and slides.
Our inspirational keynotes included: The West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) Future Transport Zone Programme Manager, Oliver Coltman, and National Highways’ Future Technologies and Mobility Team Leader (Intelligent Transport Systems Group), Dr Paraskevi (Vivi) Michalaki. Oliver and Vivi provided invaluable real-world insights into their transport and mobility strategies, ongoing programmes and challenges, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies and data driven outcomes.
The Smart Class also featured innovator thought leadership presentations – on behalf of Padam Mobility, Siemens Intermodal Solutions (IMS) UK, The Green Transportation and Logistics Company (The Green TLC) and Vortex IoT (part of Marston Holdings) – from Jack Holland, Alex Stewart, John Grantham and John Vinson. Each innovator speaker represented unique transport and mobility innovation themes and priority areas of application, and subsequently hosted (with support from expert colleagues) confidential, deeper dive, roundtable discussions with all delegates in attendance. The live (in-person only) session also included Q&As plus further networking opportunities over breakfast, drinks and a cooked lunch.
Key topics addressed included:
- West of England transport strategies – from walking, cycling and electric scooters to public transport, cars and freight;
- Transforming the regions transport system with innovation – an exploration of WECA’s “Future Transport Zone” and aim to demonstrate replicable transport innovations in collaboration with constituent councils, and public and private partners;
- Persona analysis and journey mapping across the West of England;
- FTZ programme solutions and services being trialled, including a Mobility-as-a-Service platform, transport data hub, mobility hubs, dynamic demand responsive transport, urban freight and e-scooters;
- Applying intelligent mobility to transform road journeys, drive integration with the wider transport network and meet National Highways’ ambitions around environmental sustainability, customer experience, safety and innovative digital technology enabled solutions;
- How National Highways is promoting the concept of intelligent mobility following demand trends (demographic and usage shifts; on-demand consumption; connectivity), infrastructure trends (smart assets; construction innovation; reducing impact, increasing resilience) and vehicle trends (electrification; connectivity and autonomy; mobility-as-a-service);
- Current research and trials to enhance journeys on the strategic road network and plans to deliver further advancements to enable end-to-end journeys, and improve integration with the wider transport ecosystem through collaborations beyond National Highways’ roads;
- Rethinking our road space;
- Utilising data science to introduce new dynamic demand responsive transport services – how data is used pre-mobilisation and post-launch;
- Applying an evidence-based approach to understand the impact a DRT service will have on feeding fixed-line buses and/or trains in a region and what existing fixed-line services may benefit from being converted into DRT;
- Creating a ‘sustainable’ MaaS solution by using high quality data and analysis to significantly enhance passenger satisfaction and drive modal shift, economic growth and social value;
- Community logistics for low-cost zero-carbon delivery services and a catalyst for behavioural change and cultural shift – creating a network of neighbourhood delivery hubs across the BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole) conurbation for sustainable communities and low cost zero-carbon cargo cycle logistics;
- How social infrastructure could help solve the problem of the ‘last mile’ in urban logistics, catalyse and support a timely transition to 1.5-degree lifestyles and help to build sustainable and supportive community cohesion;
- Utilising GIS data to create rich interactive maps and optimise cycle routes;
- Transition hubs and micro-consolidation hubs vs parcel locker networks and how shared single pick-up/drop-off points can also become powerful economic entities;
- Harnessing public transport for smarter asset management;
- Connecting the unconnected – continuous and real-time vehicle to infrastructure scanning and fixed infrastructure scanning;
- Retro-fitting to existing fleets;
- Leveraging real-time 3D data and condition-based monitoring of highway and urban environment assets;
- Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance etc
Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private 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, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.
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