Special Skill: creating innovative, deliverable business propositions
works at the intersection of location and communications technologies, with a
strong focus on intelligent transport systems (ITS). He specialises in
creating innovative, deliverable business propositions that target real
customer needs, and the complementary role of finding commercial applications
for innovative technology. He can think out-of-the-box, and then progress
ideas to create deliverable concepts. A particular strength is his ability to
identify potential problems at an early stage, and ways to overcome these,
essential for viable solutions and plans.
Nigel brings a
broad technical skill base including: requirements capture, systems
specification, architecture development, standards setting / selection,
design, integration and evaluation.
include: location based services (LBS), audio, data and video communications
systems; radio and mobile systems, particularly mobile data. He also offers
commercial and business analysis skills required for the preparation of bids,
project work, and direct customer contact. He has extensive experience of
leading teams of people with a wide range of skills and abilities, ensuring
the delivery of a variety of innovative IT projects and systems, to tight
time, cost and quality targets.
Nigel is active
professionally as well as commercially and is currently:†
Chairman of the
Land Navigation & Location Group, of the Royal Institute of Navigation
Member of the
Technical Committee of the Royal Institute of Navigation,
Acting Chair of
the new Communications Interest Group of the Intelligent Transport Society
for the UK
Hon. Sec of the
Security Interest Group of ITS UK
Champion of the
Location SIG at Cambridge Wireless.
Expert on the
BSi EPL278 (ITS) committee, working on ISO and ETSI standards.
Member of the
Transport Associates Network (http://www.transport-associates.net/)
I have a very broad base of technical skills in
ICT - specifically telecommunications, location technologies and IT, with an
international reputation in the field of mobile telematics, and Intelligent Transport
Systems. These services rely heavily upon wireless and mobile technology,
with distributed computing systems.
I worked for BT for nearly
30 years, where I performed a wide variety of roles, including:
- purchasing and
commissioning massive satellite communication systems,
- design and manage the
trial of innovative audio-conferencing and video-conferencing systems
- specification and
development of experimental integrated multimedia networked office
- radio and mobility
(including radio planning tools, through network intelligence to mobile
telematics). My involvement ranged from managing and implementing policy
for standards work, through building demonstration systems, to the
evaluation of commercial opportunities
- representing BT at
standards meetings, and various international fora
- management of European
Union collaborative R&D projects, to deliver real business benefits
- managing several
teams, pulled together from different backgrounds
- head of mobility and
wireless research, BT Networks & Systems Engineering.
- chief designer for
mobility, including fixed and mobile convergence
- business sector
manager linking with the sales teams for logistics, travel and transport
- content manager for
Innovation 97 Ė a multi-million pound event where BTís key accounts were
given a view of how emerging technology would affect their business and
that of their customers.
- Manager of customer
solutions programme Ė delivering the vision outlined at Innovation 97
- Manager of customer
propositions - creating a more proactive approach to business
- Published many
conference papers, chapter in IVHS book, guest editor for in-house technical
journal on Customer Solutions (April 2000).
- Principal Consultant within the BTexactís Strategic
Consultancy, leading on Agility and Mobility
- Director, Shadow Creek Consulting
CEng, †FRIN, †MIEE
BSc Honours (2:1) in Applied Physics and Electronics, University of Durham
Status: Married, with two daughters in who are starting their careers.
Nigel Wall: Specific
expertise in Wireless, Mobility and Telematics
In 1990 I was appointed head of mobile data at BT
Labs. I was able to grow this role significantly, and contributed Transport
Telematics papers to many conferences and publications.
- I managed BTís
involvement in the ETSI RES6 (TETRA) activity (offering Trunked PMR and
packet data capabilities). I had to produce a convincing business case
for BTís continued involvement in this activity, which was seen by many
as no relevant to BT. This activity was subsequently turned into a £3B
commercial business for BT to provide the Public Safety Radio
Communications Project for the UK Police forces.
- I was the Project
Manager of the DRIVE project CIDER from 1990 to 1991 (on behalf of the
EU DGXIII). I also led BTís work in SOCRATES. These projects were
already running and I re-focusing these projects on delivering tangible
benefits, pushing the need to develop open interfaces.
- In 1991 he was invited
to join the organising committee for a workshop on Systems Architecture
at University of Michigan, USA. From 1991 to 1995 I served on the organising
committee of the ISATA.
- 1991: Invited to join
the organising committee of a conference on Systems Architecture for
Intelligent Transport Systems, at the University of Wisconsin, as part
of the launch process of the American IVHS (Intelligent Vehicle Highway
Systems). Awarded a $2,000 bursary for my paper on future-proof
- 1992 accepted an
invitation to join the editorial board of the international journal
Transportation Research, part C Emerging technologies, published by
- Within DRIVE II I led
BTís involvement in PROMISE, PLEIADES, SOCRATES Kernel, LLAMD, and
Quartet. In 1992 I was contracted to act as Rapporteur and Chairman of
DRIVE II Topic Group 7, Communication Protocols.
- I was an active member
of the Transport Telematics Requirements Board, where I deputised for
Chris Wheddon, Director at BT Labs.
- 1993: invited by the
Department of Transport to chair an initial meeting of the UK Road
Transport Informatics Focus Group.
Ė precursor to ITS UK.
- Conceived the TrafficLine service currently operated
by Cellnet (now O2)