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About the group

The automotive and transport industries face exciting near-term opportunities to deliver the first generation of fully connected vehicles, autonomous transport systems and supporting infrastructure.

Technologies exist and are emerging to deliver the required and predicted capabilities. However, they will only become acceptable to Governments, operators and the public when the needs for international standards, effective data security and ownership of liabilities are clearly understood. Even then, such systems will only become a reality with compelling business models or targeted government directives.

The industry needs to navigate these challenges; draw on the vast experience and knowledge within other sectors; and gain access to innovations from SMEs and academia. Much of the integrated transport communications will be implemented using wireless systems and with its extensive cross-industry knowledge, the Cambridge Wireless community is ideally placed to foster and promote this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ flow of new innovation.

It is on this basis that the Automotive and Transport Special Interest Group (A&T SIG) has been formed.

The A&T SIG aims to become a leading global focal point for cross industry collaboration, working with the established automotive and transport industries and their networks to create a bridge to the less structured highly innovative internet of things ecosystem that encompasses mobile M2M and smartphone apps.

The SIG will:

  • Broaden cross sector understanding and co-operation to improve innovation flow and engender faster cycle times
  • Identify current issues and future opportunities
  • Examine emerging technologies and their relevance to the sector
  • Understand the balance of public sector versus private sector initiatives in terms of funding, delivery and meeting market needs

The A&T SIG will bring together senior industry figures and speakers and fully intends to raise provocative and challenging questions whenever it meets.

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SIG Champions

  • Mr Andre Burgess — Strategic Business Development, Digital, National Physical Laboratory

    NPL’s nominated SIG Champion, Andre Burgess runs Strategic partnerships for the Digital Sector at NPL where he is also leading on its activities in CAV R&D as well as the development of new testing infrastructure for future integrated communications networks.  Andre has a long experience in product and service innovation in the TMT sector, including NTL (now Virgin Media) and...

    NPL’s nominated SIG Champion, Andre Burgess runs Strategic partnerships for the Digital Sector at NPL where he is also leading on its activities in CAV R&D as well as the development of new testing infrastructure for future integrated communications networks.  Andre has a long experience in product and service innovation in the TMT sector, including NTL (now Virgin Media) and Three.  He subsequently established a successful business designing and deploying disruptive digital end user products and services.  More recently he turned his focus on the energy and environment sector, working with distributed generators, housing providers and local authorities, to develop innovative data centric services to optimise localised energy generation and affordable smart home services.  With a mission to ensure data can be trusted and shared openly in the future, he joined NPL in 2017.

  • John Okas — Consultant, Real Wireless

    John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems....

    John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems. Then as Managing Director - Telecommunications he was responsible for growing NTL's wireless business and entering the fixed telecommunications and satellite services markets. Moving to Pell Frischmann the consulting engineers, he started a telecommunications business and was involved in several large transportation projects including the Highways Agency's NRTS Project which updated the motorway communication systems. Currently he operates as an independent consultant covering technical, commercial and product strategies. He works with other consultancies including Real Wireless, the independent wireless experts, who develop strategy, policy and practical solutions. John has a close interest in the IoT/M2M market within the transport sector; he worked with the Weightless SIG at its formation to help identify market requirements.

  • Mr Tom Robinson — Technical Director, Conigital

    Tom has a background in software engineering and worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, during this time Tom has held responsibility for business units at several world leading automotive consultancies including Pi Technology, Ricardo and Applus IDIADA. For 6 years Tom supported InnovITS (UK Centre of Excellence for Tranport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility) as a non-executive director...

    Tom has a background in software engineering and worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, during this time Tom has held responsibility for business units at several world leading automotive consultancies including Pi Technology, Ricardo and Applus IDIADA. For 6 years Tom supported InnovITS (UK Centre of Excellence for Tranport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility) as a non-executive director to help promote the establishment of UK ITS capability. He has championed and directed a number of innovation programmes in the ITS including the Innovate UK MuCCA, EU SARTRE, InnovITS FaCITS, and TSB ERTOC projects. Tom is currently working at Conigital Ltd as an Associate Director helping drive the future towards CAV.

  • Nigel Wall — Director, Climate Associates

    Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has worked an independent complex-systems engineer, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. For the last seven years he has acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of...

    Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has worked an independent complex-systems engineer, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. For the last seven years he has acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle research projects supported by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. These projects included Gateway, Venturer, UK Autodrive, MOVE UK, INSIGHT, Flourish and UK Cite. During this period he has not offered CAV-related consultancy services to other companies to avoid any potential conflict of interest. As these Innovate UK projects have now completed, he is now returning to offer traditional consultancy services to organisations that need to pragmatic advice on developing market share in this exciting market.

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