IT trends and innovations for public transport
Tomorrow´s public transport relies on IT
After three days of IT-TRANS at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, it is clear above all that: A future-oriented public transport system needs intelligent IT solutions. A total of 3,671 trade visitors from over 50 nations were in attendance at IT-TRANS, International Conference and Exhibition on IT Solutions for Public Transport that was held from February 18th to 20th.
This is an increase of 18 percent compared to the previous event in 2012. At the exhibition, 162 exhibitors (2012: 150) from 26 countries presented their IT solutions for tomorrow´s public transport.
"Since the first edition of IT-TRANS in 2008, the event has continuously grown. There are two good reasons for this: firstly, the innovation pressure increases with public transport operators and secondly, with IT-TRANS we have created a worldwide unique platform to promote an exchange among international experts," Britta Wirtz, the Managing Director of the Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK), said. The KMK and the International Association of Public Transport, UITP jointly organised IT-TRANS. In his opening statement, Alain Flausch, the Secretary General of UITP, emphasised: "I want to urge all stakeholders to carry on to invest into the brilliant combination of IT and public transport. We must follow the same paths as that of the automobile industry and focus on innovation."