IET Transport Panels team up for Heathrow technology tour

The IET’s Transport Policy Panel and Transport Sector Executive Panel held their first ever joint meeting at London’s Heathrow Airport on 13th June 2018.

The group was welcomed by Heathrow’s CIO, Stuart Birrell MIET, and given an overview of the transport hub’s plans to implement new ‘smart city’ technologies and processes with the aim of providing better security, more seamless and efficient movement of passengers and goods, a better customer experience and lower emission and noise levels.

The Panels also visited the control centre for the Track Transit System (autonomous pods to transfer passengers to and from the car park at Terminal 5) and had a ride on the pods before going airside to watch the BA Mototok in action, the busy runways, the snow centre (built to ensure that Heathrow is ready for icy conditions) and the cargo operations.

Following the visit, the Panels shared updates on the progress they’ve been making with their work around autonomy, logistics, MaaS, cyber security, energy and innovation procurement, and also explored opportunities for further collaboration in the future.

Photo of Heathrow technology tour attendees

Picture (L-R): Simon Brown, Heathrow Airport; David Lindley, Hybrid Air Vehicles; Matt Grote, Southampton University; Alan Stevens, Southampton University; Paloma Cid, IET Transport Lead; Sheema Segal, Intel Corporation; Richard Westgarth, BMT Global (back); Peter Sheppard, WSP (front); Darren Capes, Department for Transport; new Policy Panel member Pearl Noble-Mallock, BAE Systems; Peter James, Lycra Electronics; and Will Drury, Ricardo.