Discussions and debates about the future of mobility are still ongoing and are now more topical than ever. Due to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, transport policy is being re-visited and re-shaped both in Europe and globally. The two-day virtual conference ‘Empowering mobility with secure and accessible data’ organised by ERTICO-ITS Europe, in collaboration with Partner BlackBerry will address the issues that are underpinning effectiveness and safety in mobility. It will discuss the potential for clean mobility at this time of health crisis when priorities for decision-makers and users will be changing.

The European Commission, in its European Strategy for Data published early in the year, refers to the establishment of the Common European Mobility Data Space that will position Europe at the forefront of the development of an Intelligent Transport System.  ERTICO and BlackBerry both recognise the value in further promoting the discussion between the private and the public sector on needs and requirements, business bottlenecks and safety requirements in mobility. Four distinct panel discussions will tackle these issues, where distinguished speakers will attempt to provide a clear direction on the new and innovative developments taking place in the mobility sector.

Panel 1: Mobility data – needs and plans of the public sector aims to shed light and foster open debate amongst high level representatives from the public sector at national and European level, to assess the current status of data-powered smart mobility schemes as well as the key factors that can boost efficient, multi-modal and safe mobility. This panel will discuss data sharing as envisaged in the European Data Strategy as well as the plans of the EC on NAPs (National Access Points) and on the possible federated European NAP model. In this panel, the EC, national Ministries and cities will set forward their needs and requirements and discuss their plans for exploiting data.

The panel is moderated by Johanna Tzanidaki, Innovation & Deployment Director, ERTICO – ITS Europe, with panellists that include Edoardo Felici from DG MOVE, European Commission; Tiffany Vlemmings from the Dutch National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information,  Odysseas Raptis, CEO of e-Trikala and Vasco Mora from the City of Lisbon.

Panel 2: New “data-agile” transport businesses will discuss the private sector perspective on mobility services and products such as journey planning, travel information (including real-time traffic information), MasS services and products. It will  discuss how these require access, exchange, use and re-use of public and personal/non-personal data (from both public and private mobility stakeholders) in order to benefit different user categories (from public authorities, to transport operators, businesses and road users) in mobility. This panel will discuss state of the art of deployment of such services, the use of multiple data types (static/ dynamic road data, real-time traffic data), sources (FCD, PVD, PID), formats and what should be transformed, in order to ensure that business can meet EU plans for green and digital transformation.

The panel is moderated Laura Coconea, Head of Innovation at Swarco with panellists that include Jeroen Brower, from TomTom, Piia Karialainen, MaaS Alliance and Paul Theyskens from MyData Global.

Panel 3: The Cyber-secure infrastructure will discuss the challenges for the transport sector as it becomes increasingly digitalised. These include the protection of digital transport assets against cyber-attacks of growing complexity and the provision of solutions for digital security, privacy and data protection. Low cyber-security awareness can lead to successful cyber-attacks and to the compromise of transport systems, resulting in financial loses that expands beyond transport operators and endanger travellers’ safety. More recently there is a trend from just disruption of service, towards theft of information for financial gain via malware, intellectual property theft and cyber-extortion – both for financial and non-financial gain, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks or other exploit vectors.

The panel is moderated by  Jeffrey Davis, Senior Director Government Affairs and Public Policy, BlackBerry  with Panellists that include John McClurg, BlackBerry, Sebe Vogel from Dutch Ministry Rijkswaterstaat  and Steve Dellenback from Southwest Research Institute.

Panel 4: Data powered mobility in COVID-19 times discusses how new technologies can be used to support contagion prevention and people’s mobility. The surprise pandemic of COVID-19 and the strict counter measures enacted in European states varied in duration and scope but they all had a considerable impact on people’s movement and the use of transport. As Europe slowly exits lockdown, governments are looking at technology to support the movement of citizens and transition into the new normal. This panel will focus on the short and medium term future of mobility during and post health crisis, and discuss the opportunities to support society with mobility data and technology Moreover, it will touch upon how the world of mobility will be forever changed following this shared experience and the directional shift of technological development for the mobility of tomorrow.

The panel is moderated by Irina Patrascu-Grant, Partnership Development and Communications Director of ERTICO – ITS Europe with Panellists that include Darren Capes, Department for Transport, UK, Camila González Arango from Spare and Jaap Hatenboer from UMCG Dutch Ambulance Care.

ERTICO and BlackBerry look forward to the presence of a range of mobility stakeholders and their questions at this must-attend virtual conference. Please register at the link below to participate in the conference.

Empowering mobility with secure and accessible data: 3- 4 June 14.00-16.00

Register here.