On May 26th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Wales 2022 at voco St David’s Cardiff. 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 including South East Wales and the Cardiff Capital Region, Swansea Bay, North East Wales/Deeside, and beyond, and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.
Our film maker has captured the keynotes and innovator presentations for additional stakeholders to enjoy post-event!
If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on the day for the live in person event, just complete the short application form below and we’ll give you free access to the presentation videos, recordings and slides.
Our inspirational keynotes included: Transport for Wales’ (TfW) ‘MaaStermind’ and Digital Strategy Lead, Adam Stead, Director of Sustrans Cymru, Christine Boston, and Transport & Energy Manager at the Office of the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal, Clare Cameron. Adam, Christine and Clare provided invaluable real-world insights into transport and mobility strategies, ongoing programmes and challenges, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, and adoptions of transformative technologies and data driven outcomes.
The Smart Class also featured innovator presentations by leading technology experts and thought leaders, including Martin Navarro (Head of E-Mobility UK) and Michael Kent (E-Bus UK Region) from Enel X, XeroE’s (CEO & Co-founder) Steve Evans, John Vinson (Commercial Director) from Vortex IoT, and Conigital’s (CEO) Don-Paul Dhaliwal. Each innovator speaker represented distinct 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 and further networking opportunities over breakfast, drinks and cooked lunch.
Key topics addressed included:
- ‘MaaSsive’ opportunities for modal shift in Wales – Transport for Wales’ journey to become an integrated provider of seamless door-to-door journeys: from better integrated journey planning and ticketing, to expanding access to shared and demand-responsive mobility;
- Introducing the concept of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), what it is and what makes MaaS unique within Wales;
- How TfW approached the problem of creating a MaaS strategy through a deeper understanding of customer needs and challenges, validating ideas for MaaS with customers, and combining TfW’s digital services together to revitalise the digital customer experience in Wales;
- Working with communities for smart transport futures – The ways Sustrans (with leaders facing multiple crises of climate change, air pollution, inactivity, obesity loneliness and isolation) is working with communities across Wales to increase data and information that will ensure smart and inclusive travel futures;
- Making it easier for people to walk and cycle – Combining innovation with a collaborative design approach to transform urban design, tackle the challenges of transport and achieve liveable cities and towns;
- Sustainable transport opportunities across the Cardiff Capital Region – From active travel, bus priority and retrofitting to park & ride, transport integration, air and ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs);
- How the CCR RTA and City Deal is offering the latest opportunities to lead and inform the transport agenda where rapid change to how the transport network is developed is required due to climate emergency, COVID, lifestyle changes and the cost of living crisis e.g. Metro Plus programme, ULEV strategy and delivery etc;
- E-mobility, clean energy and the electrification of public transport;
- Net zero strategy for Wales and the current EV charging infrastructure;
- Towards a shared transport energy system – Considering the transport system as a whole when local governments and businesses are reviewing their net zero goals and how maximising energy assets for a joined up approach can benefit residents and businesses, and boost the local economy;
- Harnessing public transport for smarter asset management;
- Connecting 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;
- Hyperlocal air quality monitoring case study – Providing high resolution air quality data for Neath Port Talbot;
- Innovative and sustainable emissions free deliveries – An eco-friendly, data driven and frictionless approach to courier services;
- Virtual platform pooling with independent ZEVs – Bicycles, cargo bikes, electric vans, electric cars and e-scooters;
- Vehicle emissions tracking – Data sources, savings, impact reporting and supporting local authority clean air zones (CAZs) and low emission zones (LEZs);
- Adding gamification and automation to behavioural change applications;
- Connecting autonomous vehicles to empower mobility through autonomous multimodal MaaS;
- Accelerating the adoption of autonomous connected electric shared (ACES) fleets for a safer, cleaner, greener and more climate-conscious future 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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