Britain’s biggest transport digital event comes to Birmingham

June 13, 2018


The UK’s leading event in digital local transport, the Digital Transport Exchange, is being hosted by the West Midlands on 11th and 12th July at iCentrum.


Launched last year in Oxford by Landor LINKS, who are well known and respected thought leaders and publishers in the transport industry, the event pairs the latest national thinking and research in digital and data with the host region’s transport priorities, challenges and opportunities.


The West Midlands is home to a significant quantity of transport investment and opportunity in the coming years, including HS2 and associated works, extensions to the Midland Metro, and improvements on the ‘Birmingham Box’ motorway network. 


The region also hosts significant multi-billion pound research and development projects for future transport technologies such as electric charging, connected and autonomous vehicles and wireless connectivity.


But large projects and technology innovations alone do not solve the congestion and air quality issues for emergency services, businesses, freight and residents. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) are leading the way in the practical application of digital and data to manage these challenges and potential conflicts.  This event showcases some of that work, and sets it into the national context.


Local businesses are ideally placed to help deliver these changes and improvements to our local transport network, and to scale their services to other regions.  But often it’s hard to penetrate the transport sector and understand client priorities and needs. 


That’s why, through the support of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and the ERDF-funded projects Innovation Engine and Big Data Corridor, local businesses are able to attend the event and receive a tailored package of free local support and advice.  It provides an excellent networking opportunity with exhibitors, delegates and presenters and critically, enables local business needs in relation to transport to be voiced and shared. 


Nic Cary, Director at Waysphere Transport Intelligence, said “There is significant support for local authorities to engage regionally, and for disruptors to the transport market to utilise data in more effective ways.  This event provides and excellent opportunity for local businesses to understand the priorities for scaling their services, or learn how to get their voices and needs heard for local transport provision.” 


David Hardman, CEO of Innovation Birmingham, said “Helping local digital and technology businesses to develop and scale solutions for local transport is a very important part of our work here at Innovation Birmingham.  We’re delighted to be hosting this event and encourage local businesses to take advantage of this offer and take an active part in the activities available”.


Full details of the event and programme. Link to book for local businesses registered with Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Innovation Engine and Big Data Corridor.


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