Community, Society & Sustainability, Data

Digital Roads will enable a safer Strategic Road Network (SRN), faster delivery, and an enhanced user experience for us all, but what will Digital Roads do? Digital Roads plan to harness data, technology and connectivity to improve the way the SRN is designed, built, operated and used – and they are embedded into Highways England’s vision for the future.

Currently at the beginning of a digital revolution, the way in which roads are built across England will change even more over the next decade, more than we have ever been seen in the last century. Come and join Highways England’s Chief Technology Officer, Chris Paton and Principal Architect at Netcompany, Chris Bird to hear more about:

– How Digital Roads will:
* Improve road safety
* Enhance user experience for all
* Help drive carbon emissions down to the government’s target of net zero
– Following a greener construction plan, maintenance and driving the use of zero emission vehicles
– How Highways England are supporting a wide range of government policies and commitments to provide a common approach for realising shared strategic ambitions and supporting the UK’s growth – including the Construction Playbook and the Transport Decarbonisation Plan
– How Netcompany are helping drive forward the next phase of Highways England’s digital transformation and their vision for the future

To get a sneak peek of what Digital Roads comprise of exactly, check out the teaser video: Digital Roads 2025.

Event agenda:

17:30 – Arrival, drinks & nibbles
18:00 – Talk
19:00 – Drinks & networking

A little more about our speakers:

Chris Paton
Chief Technology Officer, Highways England

Chris Paton is the Chief Technology Officer at Highways England, accountable for Architecture Services, Design Services and all Technology Services.
Chris has 25+ years’ experience in IT, previously CTO at Hewlett Packard and DXC to name a few. As a highly experienced and adaptable technology leader, Chris has a proven track record of successfully delivering Strategy, Architecture, Solution Design and Enterprise Governance for complex organisations. Chris’ organisational evolution has been a constant theme through his career – from his earlier days of the UK’s first Electronic Patient Record, through to today’s Digital Agenda and the creation/delivery of the Digital Solutions Hub at DXC.

Chris Bird
Principal Architect, Netcompany

Beginning his career with a 9-year assignment in the Royal Air Force as an IT and Telecoms Controller, Chris holds a 28 year career within the IT sector working across both the public and private sector. Transitioning from systems engineering to all aspects of architecture, Chris now heads up Netcompany’s architecture practice in the UK and leads a team of enterprise and solution architects currently delivering architecture services for Highways England in support of their digital transformation journey.

Please note that the session will be held in-person and in line with government guidelines at our new Netcompany collaboration space.

12 Greek Street, Leeds
1st Floor
LS1 5RU

Highways England – Digital Roads of the Future
22nd Sep 2021 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Hosted by Netcompany
Netcompany collaboration space: 12 Greek Street, Leeds, 1st Floor, LS1 5RU

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