Barcelona Digital Enterprise Festival Speaker Insights With Adrian Talbot Ferrovial Written by Digital Enterprise Festival - Barcelona on April 26, 2019

Next up in our Speaker Insights series is Adrian Talbot, Head Of Mobility Centre Of Excellence at Spains most successful facilities services company Ferrovial

Ferrovial are a global provider of transport infrastructure & urban services, focused on operational excellence & innovation.

Adrian will be taking a session “Public & Private Partnerships Are The Future Of Integrated Mobility” at our Barcelona Digital Enterprise Festival.

CIO’s, CTO’s, Innovation Leaders, Data Demons & Marketing Mavericks from the world’s most successful Enterprise brands will be taking the stage to share their best insights into digital transformation, digitisation & technological innovation….. Coca Cola, Grundfos, ABN Amro, Leroy Merlin, Barclays, Stryker Medical Devices, Bayer, Airbus, AON, Zurich, BBVA, Sanofi & Skanska are represented on the agenda (more TBC)…

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Over to you Adrian….

Please tell us about your current role at Ferrovial & what a typical day looks like for you?

Head of Centre of Excellence for Mobility. Weather at the office in Madrid or elsewhere a typical day involves engaging with our various eco-system partners to develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the wider mobility marketplace as it evolves and develops. Engaging with our own business lines to understand our own current challenges and opportunities with existing clients or business development discussions. It is in this intersection between external and internal needs/benefit that innovation projects are identified, scoped and delivered – and follow up of on-going project delivery rounds off the day.

Now many companies are paying a lot of attention to innovation and sustainability, what is the greatest achievement in this case of Ferrovial company? 

Ferrovial has been ranked in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 17 years in a row. Ferrovial was the only Spanish company in its sector (construction & engineering) in the global and European index in 2018. We have also been ranked on the FTSE4Good index for 13 consecutive years along with many more national and international accolades for innovation and sustainability.

Tell us about your passion for Smart cities?

My entire motivation for working in this sector is to make better places for people to work, live and play. Having a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible is what drives me – and driving the development and adoption of “smart cities” in general and multi-modal integrated urban mobility, in particular, is what gets me up in the morning.

Ferrovial works a lot with start-ups at improving and preserving the environment, why is it important that Enterprise level companies work effectively with good start up’s?

A lot of disruptive innovation is driven from start-ups (often spin-outs from academia and enterprise research labs) as they can focus 100% of their time and effort on one particular area rather than having to spread themselves too thinly or have other business priorities. Being able to tap into both the disruptive technology as well as the passion and focus that start-ups can bring is essential for the evolution of our business.

Which new technology (AR/VR/Blockchain/AI/Blockchain) have had the biggest impact on your industry?

To date, mobile field services couple with “BIM” related asset data management has had the biggest impact on the end-to-end lifecycle with AR/VR now increasingly having a positive impact. AI and predictive analytics is hot on its heels and blockchain will start having an impact (particularly in supply chain management and health and safety) in the coming years.

Where do you see the next wave of disruption coming from?

The next wave of disruption will be related to the “ethical” adoption of automation and robotics across all aspects of front- and back-office delivery. While there will be many benefits in terms of operational efficiency, service quality and new business opportunities – adopting this new technology to augment (rather than replace) human involvement – especially in the delivery of public services.

You are alongside a stellar line up of IT & Digital innovators at our Barcelona event, what will we learn from your session?

I will provide good insight into why the transformation of public services – especially urban mobility – will be dependent on long-term outcome focused partnerships between the public and private sectors. This will cover topics such as digital transformation, practical approaches for the adoption of innovative technologies and methodologies into operational delivery and management of the skills needed to deliver success in the increasingly complex world of data-driven service delivery.

Thank you Adrian for lifting the lid on the great work you & your team are currently working on, we are looking forward to hearing more at our event.

If you have any questions about attending, speaking or partnering our event, get in touch

Have a fantastic weekend.

DEF Team

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