19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

All Streams are across 2 days

Where will the investment for the future of transport come from? What business opportunities will new mobility solutions create? What impact will they have on jobs? The Future of Transportation World Conference will discuss and investigate how disruptive technologies will affect the thousands of people employed throughout various transportation networks, and what new opportunities they could create.

How will current infrastructure cope with new disruptive technology, and is it ready for mass adoption of highly connected autonomous vehicles? Future infrastructure projects will also need to be proactive in their design to incorporate new emerging technology and connectivity. Smart cities and transportation networks will need to become smart-grid networks connecting road, rail, metro, public transport and new urban mobility solutions. In this stream we will discuss challenges for infrastructure in the future, from both a technical, and an economic perspective, and what role infrastructure projects will play in society and in creating more efficient, sustainable, long-term transportation solutions for the future.

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Conference Programme

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Conference Room 5 - Level 2 Smart, Connected Transportation Infrastructure To Support Future Urban Mobility Solutions


John D'Arcy
Transportation development director
Mott MacDonald


European Investment Project Portal – a transparent project pipeline

Michael Feith
Policy officer
European Commission
The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP), an initiative of the European Commission, is a multilingual online platform providing greater visibility and transparency about infrastructure projects within the EU. It is a key instrument of the Investment Plan for Europe, and aims to support the financing of investment projects across the EU, enabling project promoters to reach potential investors worldwide. It covers all sectors of the economy, including transport.


'Predict and provide' or 'disrupt and react'

John D'Arcy
Transportation development director
Mott MacDonald
Within our Future Mobility initiative, we have identified a suite of infrastructure development areas that could shape a future integrated transport network. Taking each of these in turn (and building on our experience gained in working with leading transport organisations globally) we will explore whether the balance of evidence points to demand leading to and shaping supply or to the area being subject to disruptive forces that then demand a reaction. In each case we will identify our view of the enablers and barriers and offer key questions and areas that need to be addressed.


Are cities ready for automation and is automation ready for cities?

Siegfried Rupprecht
Rupprecht Consult GmbH
Mobility in cities is a complex topic and automating its core functions is a challenge that will require many stakeholders to cooperate. How are transport authorities preparing for automation? Is automation included in sustainable urban mobility plans and infrastructure investment plans, or is it too early for that (or simply not relevant)? Conversely, are current automation concepts likely to contribute to achieving key policy goals of cities, or will they primarily increase demand? This presentation will discuss the building blocks of an enabling framework for policy-compliant transport automation and make proposals for what urban stakeholders can do now to get ready for automation.


The bumpy road to smart infrastructure

Friedemann Brockmeyer
Civity Management Consultants
The trend of new mobility services is often seen to be disruptive, changing our behaviour and the way we move from A to B. But to what extent will, for example, autonomous driving require a dedicated and improved infrastructure to fully unlock its potential? Significant investments are needed in order to make infrastructure smart. On the other hand, a significantly more intelligent use of resources also leads to lower land consumption. How does this demand fit with the existing situation of infrastructure, its management and funding? Based on our experience with public- and private-sector projects we will explore what cities’ needs are, how big the infrastructure and funding challenge is, and if city authorities are ready to face it.

10:40 - 11:20



The road to being smart – enabling smart infrastructure

Steve Birdsall
Gaist Solutions Ltd
A smart system uses a feedback loop of data, providing evidence to inform decision making. The system can monitor, measure, analyse, communicate and act, based on information captured from sensors. Gaist has developed a data-led smart system approach that is helping asset owners in government and the private sector to build a much richer and smarter understanding of the condition of their infrastructure assets. These insights are helping to increase responsiveness, drive down maintenance costs and inform the big infrastructure investment decisions about how we evolve our highways to ensure they can facilitate the new transport revolution.


Using planning to support infrastructure in UK city-regions

James Harris
Policy and networks manager
Royal Town Planning Institute
This presentation will use examples from the UK to demonstrate how planning policy and legislation can help reduce infrastructure costs, generate funding for new infrastructure, and ensure that investments meet wider economic, social and environmental objectives. It will explore how city leaders are using data and technology to plan infrastructure more effectively, and the critical need for governance structures that can drive collaboration across administrative and sectoral boundaries.


Controlling environment, traffic and services on motorways, expressways and turnpikes with an IoT infrastructure in a C-ITS context

Francesco Mazzola
T.net Italia SpA
Congestion cost is a major issue for any nation in terms of fuel consumption and travel time. ITS and connected car technology are transforming mobility and safety on highways by avoiding crashes and reducing fatalities. To have a full C-ITS you need the IoT subsystems and the V2X infrastructure to talk to each other. The ITS framework we've developed for motorway concessions takes all of this into account using software-defined radio concepts and geo-broadcast packet forwarding.

12:35 - 13:50



Siegfried Rupprecht
Rupprecht Consult GmbH


How to create engagement platforms for engineering sustainable infrastructure projects

Otto Schepers
Business unit manager traffic and roads
We are used to creating mobility by engineering large projects, planned by the government using time-consuming administrative procedures. We as engineers think there is an alternative: offering engineering skills to the crowd; creating engagement platforms for communities to engineer and experience (mobility) solutions in their own neighbourhoods; using the latest technology like AR/VR, parametric design modelling, blockchains and open data; empowering citizens to create bankable and sustainable solutions. Designed by the crowd, developed by the community, validated by engineering experts. In this presentation we will share our dreams, our prototypes and our first successful experiences.


Connectivity agenda for Western Balkans: investments in infrastructure and policy

Mate Gjorgjievski
Transport policy and law expert
South East Europe Transport Observatory
The Western Balkans Six Connectivity agenda has been somewhat successful in supporting concrete cross-border and regional infrastructure projects that bring highest value on the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). Moreover, it started shifting the paradigm from pure infrastructure-driven to connectivity reform projects and new areas of interventions in the transport sector, which are likely to have positive benefits for the whole society. The presentation will offer sound analysis of how the infrastructure development depends on the efficiency of setting and/or reinforcing the regulatory and institutional framework that should enable the Western Balkans to reap the full benefits of the investments in infrastructure.

14:40 - 15:20



Delivering autonomous vehicle solutions at high-traffic destinations

John Paddington
Senior project manager
High-traffic destinations such as airports, business parks, shopping centres and hospitals have an increasing need to move people, freight and vehicles around their campuses. We will discuss how autonomy can meet the needs of high-traffic destinations, how Conigital is working on solutions through UK Government-funded projects and how the customer experience may change in the future.


European New Mobility Expert Survey 2018/ ENMS'18

Egbert Huenewaldt
CEO and founder
Green Business Development
ENMS is an independent, international expert survey of new mobility market development. This survey is a trend analysis of the mobility market shift. Its aim is to identify trends and problems of this infrastructure and development at an early stage; in particular, the differences in individual European countries. Furthermore, the different assumptions of the protagonists of this market change are analysed: automotive industry, the public sector, startups and investors.?
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change