Transport Data and Innovation – BCS Berkshire

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


John Bickerton (Head of Engineering & Innovation, Reading Buses)

Summary of event:

Talk at UTC Reading, Crescent Road, Reading, RG1 5RQ.

From there we shall go by bus to the depot at Great Knolly’s Street, Reading, RG1 7HH, returning to UTC Reading by 9 pm.

During this talk John will describe the ways that Reading Buses plan and gather data to the benefit of bus users, partners and Reading Buses. There is increasing use of open big data which are distributed to partners and 3rd parties. The ultimate goal is to understand how this information can enable better use of the bus service.

Reading Buses has GPS transmissions from all its vehicles and these are sent as data feeds to 3rd parties such as Google for Google Maps app and City Mapper app. This results in more real-time information getting to users on their smartphone apps.

Following the talk, at about 2000, attendees will be invited to ‘jump on the bus’ and travel to Great Knollys depot for an exciting tour.

Speaker Biographies:

John is a chartered engineer with project management experience and a track record working from the shop floor to board level, and between suppliers, partners and end-users. His primary focus to date has been on improving fuel and energy efficiency, but he is always interested in wider engineering projects – particularly in getting something from nothing!

Overview of Agenda:

18:30 Refreshments (light buffet , tea, coffee, buscuits) and networking

19:00 Talk by John Bickerton

20:00 latest John will drive us to the depot by bus.

20:15 Tour of depot

20:45 Return to UTC Reading by same bus

21:00 Close

About the organiser: The *BCS Berkshire Branch organises this event; find out more about the group at

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


January 16
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Crescent Rd, Reading RG1 5RQ + Google Map

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