Urban Mobility of the Future; Are We Ready?

The smart city, citizen, and passenger

Building transport ecosystems

How data and co-creation enables the connected city networks of the future

The Future… the buzz word on everybody’s lips.

It’s in the title of every event you get invited to and every supplier proposal. The future of Transport is especially interesting as no-one really knows what it’s going to look or feel like, despite the plethora of revolutionising technologies and modes of travel on the horizon.

But what is the key to realising them? We’ve gathered some of the most respected industry experts to discuss the future of urban mobility, and hosted by the fantastic David Altabev from the Connected Places Catapult.

The first podcast in Fujitsu’s trilogy, Urban Mobility of the Future.

Listen to urban transport gurus from TFL, The Connected Places Catapult and DG Cities talk about what our urban environments will look like in the future, and point to the vital role transport will play in shaping city spaces for the people – the passengers – who inhabit them.

If transport is what currently connects our cities and citizens, then connected transport will connect our smart cities.

In this dynamic podcast hosted by David Altabev of the Connected Places Catapult, experts from TFL, DG Cities and Fujitsu explore the role of connectivity in smart urban environments. They’ll debate challenging questions around accessibility for each and every citizen to urban services and advantages on offer, how to ensure that technology and innovations are on offer to everyone, and balancing the need for data to drive innovation against personal rights.

How will a more collaborative, co-creation-based approach better enable the future of urban transport?

In the final podcast, We’ll aim to sculpt a collaborative model that could be used to deliver smart transport services for urban environments, and we’ll consider how these new services might be marketed to the people who’ll ultimately use them.

Finally, we’ll consider what the main priorities should be for businesses and transport operators as they embark on this journey.

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David Altabev, Series Moderator

Director of Data and Demonstrators, Connected Places Catapult

Episode 1

The smart city, citizen, and passenger

When people envision the city of the future, it inevitably comes with images of towering glass structures glinting in the sun, criss-crossed by flying vehicles gliding effortlessly through the sky.

But is that really what a smart city will look like? It’s unlikely, to say the least. With transport models moving from ownership to usership, and accessibility increasingly defining the mobility options of the future, the traditional vision of a transport utopia is changing.

In the first episode of our new series on urban mobility we explore what our transport needs are now, and how they will change in the future. We convened a panel of experts to discuss the vital role transport will continue to play in shaping city spaces for the people who inhabit and visit them, and how transport providers and city authorities can best accommodate the full mix of passengers – including workers, commuters, students, families and tourists.

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Contributors
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Rikesh set up and is accountable for TfL’s engagement with market innovators including start-ups, SMEs, R&D institutes, accelerators, venture capitalists and large corporates. This eco-system works with TfL to define clear problem statements, engage with the most innovatssdddive companies from across the world, curate and incubate the best ideas and then scale them to support the delivery of the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy.

Rikesh was previously responsible for TfL’s world leading open data strategy and set up a digital and data partnerships function.

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Kim is a highly experienced Strategy and Planning Manager, specialising in Transportation and a wider interest in the sustainable expansion and development of Smart Cities. She has over 25 years in transport planning, project delivery, policy formation and high-level strategy, as well as working at an operational level managing the delivery of specialist passenger transport services.

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Paul Campion has been the CEO of the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) for 21 months. The TSC, now part of the newly-formed Connected Places Catapult, was formed to grow the UK economy and jobs by supporting companies bringing innovative products and services to market that will improve the way that people and goods move around our world. Before he joined the catapult Paul worked in IT transformation and is fascinated by the ways in which technology can enable a better world, and how we can prevent all the things that stop that happening.

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Lauren Carmedy is a Business Consultant within Fujitsu’s Consultancy and Professional Services Practice currently working with High Speed Rail 2. As our population grows and cities become more connected we need to be considering all methods, models and technologies to help manage some of the challenges we face – this is why Lauren is so passionate about Urban Mobility, as it impacts and benefits us all.


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Episode 2

Building transport ecosystems

If transport is what currently connects our cities and citizens, then connected transport will connect our smart cities.

It will offer whole new opportunities, platforms, mediums, and formats by which people will interact with the services they use.

In this episode, we explore how smart urban environments will incorporate multimodal, MaaS solutions. Experts from across the transport and technology industries unpick the challenges associated with integration, and the role data and connectivity will play in this. And we also examine what all of this means for the transport end users: the citizens and city visitors themselves.

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Simon is accountable for the delivery of technology solutions to address the transport needs of one of the largest city’s in Europe. During his time at TfL Simon has rolled out the world’s largest Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and provided RTPI for 19,000 bus stops across London on roadside signs, the internet, SMS and via an Open Data interface to over 300 independent smartphone apps. He is currently developing a common framework for delivering three major technology programmes for Surface Transport.

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Noemi has been in the Wireless Telecom industry for over 15 years. In her previous work, she led technology projects that focussed on technical-commercial features and business initiatives. Noemi is responsible for ensuring underlying infrastructure and connectivity requirements are considered when implementing new urban innovations.

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Rabih Arzouni is the Chief Technology Officer for Fujitsu's Transport sector, and part of the Digital Technology Services division. In his role, Rabih is responsible for the technology strategy and vision for major dedicated transport accounts such as TfL and HS2, empowering them to be effective in the digital age by utilising emerging technologies.

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Arielle is a researcher with extensive experience in community engagement and trialling innovative methodologies. With a particular interest in the socio-cultural impacts of smart city development, Arielle works on the public engagement and customer research aspects of DG Cities' projects.


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Episode 3

How data and co-creation enables the connected city networks of the future

With data growing into its burgeoning role as a new kind of currency, and technology driving change at a pace that few organisations can keep up with on their own, how will a more collaborative, co-creation-based approach better enable the future of urban transport?

In this podcast, we aim to sculpt a collaborative model that could be used to deliver smart transport services for urban environments, and how these new services might be marketed to the people who’ll ultimately use them.

Finally, the main priorities be for businesses and transport operators as they embark on this journey are discussed.

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Robin Gissing is an Innovation Technologist (and armchair futurist) at Heathrow Airport, working in the Innovation & Automation Team. This team looks at the near, mid and further away technologies that could and should be utilised at the airport going forwards. Robin’s role sees him performing various trials around the airport of new & emergent technology. A recent trial saw a week-long implementation of a driverless bus around the Heathrow HQ car park, sharing the road with live car park traffic. He also engages with academic institutions both locally and internationally to work on and solve business challenges at the airport.

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Johannah Randall is HS2 Head of Stations, leading all aspects of the customer proposition, operation and maintenance for HS2 and non-HS2 stations. This includes the development of user needs for the specification of customer facilities and services to meet the requirements of the HS2 Service Prospectus through to the operation and management of the stations in 2026.

Johannah has worked in transport for 20 years covering a range of roles for airlines and rail operators including leading the development of King’s Cross Station for East Coast. Prior to HS2 she worked at the Department for Transport in rail franchising and policy development leading in areas such as accessibility, innovation and sustainability.

Johannah graduated in International Relations and Politics from the University of Staffordshire.

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Rabih Arzouni is the Chief Technology Officer for Fujitsu's Transport sector, and part of the Digital Technology Services division. In his role, Rabih is responsible for the technology strategy and vision for major dedicated transport accounts such as TfL and HS2, empowering them to be effective in the digital age by utilising emerging technologies.


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Blogs

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13th May 2019

Transport systems are the foundation for smart cities of the future – here’s why
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Rabih Arzouni

Chief Technology Officer (Transport), Fujitsu

By shifting our focus of what a smart city really is and what it looks like, we can start getting a good idea of what urban life will look like in 15 to 20 years. There may not be flying cars, but with a little imagination and a better use of emerging technology and data, we should be looking at cleaner, greener spaces that are easier and more pleasurable to access and use.

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13th May 2019

Why better connectivity will underpin our future smart cities and transportation systems
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Rabih Arzouni

Chief Technology Officer (Transport), Fujitsu

As the debate around “what constitutes a smart city” evolves, the conversation has moved from modes of transportation and the latest technology to more fundamental discussions around connectivity. How do we ensure every citizen has access to the transport services, benefits and technology in the city, without compromising their digital rights to their data?

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26th March 2019

How co-creation will help us to achieve new heights of innovation within transport
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Rabih Arzouni

Chief Technical Officer, Transport

The mantra “two heads are better than one” has always been at odds with today’s competitive world of business. But with Mobility-as-a-Service being a core pillar in the future of public transport, collaboration and co-creation between traditionally competitive organisations will be imperative. Here’s what Johannah Randall from HS2 and Robin Gissing at Heathrow had to say about it.

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