About this Event Series
By rail, road, sea, inland waterways or air, the transport and logistics sectors are the linchpins that keep the UK moving. As an island nation, the movement of goods is critical to our economy, with imports and exports worth £48bn and £51bn annually, respectively. Moving people in 2019 clocked up 873 billion passenger kilometres. These figures have taken a knock in the wake of the pandemic and with the sectors’ return to pre-pandemic levels comes a considerable set of challenges. The post-COVID, post-Brexit world is ever more complex, with shifting consumer demands and behaviours, rising costs and shrinking margins. Add to this, the sectors’ need to address its status as the UK’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases (prior to the pandemic).
To succeed and thrive, organisations need to become more resilient, agile and productive. 5G – and the digital technologies it powers – can be the key to unlocking a more efficient, sustainable future for transport and logistics.
About this Session
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK had seen an increasing number of air passengers year-on-year for some time. Travel restrictions in 2020 saw air transport movements down 63% compared to 2019. 68.5 million passengers carried by all operators in/out of the UK, a drop of 75% on the year before.
Aviation played a vital role bringing much needed cargo and medical supplies to the UK from overseas. Cargo operations increased by 43% in 2020, with traditionally commercial passenger airlines operating dedicated cargo flights across the globe. 1,35 million tonnes of freight flew on cargo dedicated aircraft in 2020, an increase of 57% from the previous year. The skies may be quieter for the time being but that will change.
In addition to manned flight, there’s a lot of interest in drones (UAVs) across sectors including in logistics. Some estimates put 76,000 of these connected flying vehicles in the skies by 2030. 5G provides the capabilities and capacity to power the high density/ultra low latency systems that future flight requires. Join us to learn about the how and why of 5G in future flight from those who are making it happen. This event will be of interest to anyone concerned with efficient, safer and cleaner flight.