Here you will find the latest news and developments around the IT-TRANS, the international conference and exhibition.

Digitalization as a driving force in the background

Whether apps for booking tickets or software for controlling passenger information services: Digital solutions from transport companies already have a lot to offer customers. But digitalization can do more. Smart solutions can also make internal processes easier. There are now a number of good examples of this.

There is no shortage of space in DB Fernverkehr's ICE maintenance workshop in Cologne. The hall in the Nippes district is around 500 meters long. This can mean a long walk for fitters if they have to fetch a special component from the warehouse to repair damage. In such cases, the maintenance work takes a correspondingly long time.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has developed an app to solve this problem: The fitters take a photo of the component to be replaced using a tablet and an AI reads the image. The system then reports to the merchandise management system which component is needed at the fitter's workplace - and it is brought to him. This solution is also in use at the S-Bahn plant in Frankfurt.

With the help of the app, travel times have been reduced by three quarters in some cases, says Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, the member of the DB Management Board responsible for digitalization and technology. The solution has literally "gone viral from the bottom up" in the DB plants.

Platforms that facilitate the scheduling of vehicles, for example, have also become very popular in the transport industry. The Karlsruhe-based company Init Innovation in Traffic Systems, exhibitor at IT-TRANS 2024, , for example, offers these and other solutions. Whether at Ingolstädter Verkehrsgesellschaft (INVG) or Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH, INIT software is now used throughout Germany - and very often abroad. The companies use the solutions from Karlsruhe to digitally create timetables and fare systems, plan vehicle routes or record passenger flows.

The increasing switch to electric buses in particular has created a whole new playing field for digital solutions: With the appropriate software, dispatchers can keep an eye on the charging status and current range of individual vehicles. The Canadian Trapeze Group is one of the providers of such solutions. With its LIO-Volta system, not only can the charging status of each vehicle be monitored in real time, but the occupancy of charging stations can also be managed.

The Berlin-based start-up Menlo79 focuses entirely on staff scheduling with its Wilson solution, which was developed specifically for the rail sector. Among other things, the platform can be used to optimize the productivity of train drivers, shunters and wagon inspectors. One special feature is that communication does not only take place in one direction - i.e. from the dispatcher to the employee. Instead, train drivers & co. can also install the software themselves via an app on their cell phone and thus specify their preferences for working times and areas of operation. A share function enables communication across several companies, so that personnel service providers can also be connected to the platform. "The aim is to create a win-win situation for everyone involved. Our solution not only increases productivity, but also satisfaction within the company," says Fabian Stöffler, CEO and founder of Menlo79.

Recognizable added value is the best prerequisite for the success of a digital solution within a company. DB board member Daniela Gerd tom Markotten agrees: Her company relies on a mixture of top-down and bottom-up concepts when developing digital solutions. To this end, employees are regularly asked to make concrete suggestions for helpful digital solutions. The ideas are then reviewed in pitches. This is also how the image recognition app for the DB plants came about. At the same time, the mixture of top-down and bottom-up methods promotes the development of a corporate culture that is open to new digital solutions and where such solutions are welcomed with curiosity.

Spotlight on women in the mobility sector

D, E&I - "diversity, equality and inclusion" - is the formula for equal opportunities and participation, particularly in a professional context. Today, we’re focusing on gender equality at IT-TRANS and why Karlsruhe, as the location of the exhibition and conference for intelligent solutions in public transport, plays a pioneering role.

Both IT-TRANS and its organizer, Messe Karlsruhe, are guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, including point 5 "Gender Equality" and point 10 "Reduced Inequalities". Furthermore, in November 2023, Messe Karlsruhe achieved gold standard accreditation from EMAS – the world's most demanding environmental management system.

Co-organizer UITP, the world association for urban public transport, is also focusing on greater visibility for women speakers at the conference and is now led by a female president for the first time: Renée Amilcar, General Manager of OC TRANSPO in Ottawa, Canada.

Women and men are both pillars of the industry and, therefore, our international exhibition and conference, too. As such, they should be given equal opportunity to share their expertise with the trade audience. However, the goal of achieving greater visibility goes far beyond IT-TRANS. That’s why we’re grateful that our partner, the Women in Mobility network, has taken on this mammoth, ongoing task, which includes hosting a networking meeting for industry professionals on the second day of the event in Karlsruhe.

A question of perspective

So why is the visibility and expertise of women particularly important in the mobility sector? Because they not only play a major role professionally – think technicians, streetcar drivers, sales experts, software developers, communication professionals and operations managers – but also have a very different perspective on public mobility than their male colleagues. As women often play a key role as caregivers, they use public transport differently: they notice the hurdles that their disabled grandma faces when visiting the doctor, they see isolated, poorly lit stops as a potential threat and they know how difficult it is for a mother with a pram and toddler to use a tram during rush hour. These insights are worthy of note!

Karlsruhe: co-host of the most important digital award for women

Karlsruhe has hosted the Digital Female Leader Awards (DFLA), the most important prize on the female digital scene, since 2023. The event, organized by Global Digital Women (GDW) and co-hosted by the City of Karlsruhe and Messe Karlsruhe, honours successful women in the digital economy, including in the "Mobility" category. Initiated seven years ago by Tijen Onaran and her company GDW, the award will this year become DFLX, the Digital Female Leader X-Change: with the prize-giving ceremony and accompanying workshops set to become a platform for networking and knowledge exchange.

What does all this have to do with IT-TRANS? That’s an easy question to answer: the DFLA is inspirational proof that digitalization and women are a perfect match, and that Karlsruhe plays a strategic pioneering role when it comes to providing a stage for female thought leaders!

Encouraging more people to switch to public transport

Public transport offers great potential for making people's mobility behaviour more environmentally friendly and sustainable. However, a new mode of transport can only be a real alternative to private transport if it makes mobility easier in the long term and ideally even offers financial benefits. The ideal formula for this has not yet been found, but pilot projects throughout Germany are getting closer to answering the question "How do we get more people to switch?".

Two trade fair visitors examine an autonomous shuttle under the magnifying glass

The Hamburg on-demand project "hvv hop", for example, has been well received. According to a survey conducted by the Institute for Transport Planning and Logistics at Hamburg University of Technology, four out of five passengers use their private car less frequently and perceive the service to be a good substitute for their cars. Around two thirds of the journeys made across the service area were combined with buses and trains, providing connections to the established public transport network. The hvv-hop vehicle fleet currently consists of 43 barrier-free and locally emission-free shuttles from the British manufacturer LEVC. In the "ahoi" project, autonomous vehicles are to be added to the Harburg fleet.

The "Electric Autonomous Shuttle for You" has been making its rounds in Frankfurt's Riederwald district since November 2022. The practical phase of the EU project "EASYplus" ended on 31 October 2023, three months later than planned. Among other things, the interaction of the software in the vehicle with the planning and pooling of the Ioki app was tested. During the one-year test, more than 2,700 people took the opportunity to be driven by a machine (plus safety driver, consistently referred to as an "operator" in Frankfurt) at speeds of up to 20 km/h through the residential streets of the secluded Frankfurt-Riederwald neighbourhood. The passengers included technology enthusiasts from out of town, but mainly older people from the neighbourhood. This target group in particular, which had previously been assumed to be highly sceptical, turned out to be eager customers of the free shuttle service, especially between a residential complex for the elderly and the only supermarket in the district.

At IT-TRANS from 14 to 16 May in Karlsruhe, trade visitors can literally experience the autonomous FZI shuttle from Forschungszentrums Informatik FZI: The shuttle drives its rounds between two intelligent stops and simulates complex driving manoeuvres. The highlight: the shuttle is not limited to a specific lane as a kind of virtual track, but can use the entire width of the carriageway.

Funding that pays off

Women sitting in an autonomous shuttle working at a laptop

Projects such as EASYplus would be virtually impossible to realise at present without the high funding rates for pilot projects, but the value is undisputed. They support research with autonomous vehicles for areas and times with a lack of public transport, but also on main axis, as the lack of personnel requires the digitalisation of bus transport, light rail and heavy rail in the long term. The KIRA project ("AI-based regular operation of autonomous on-demand transport") is to follow EASY, but the launch date has been repeatedly postponed due to technical problems. KIRA industry partner Mobileye is also playing a key role in the ALIKE project in Hamburg. The project, which is subsidised by the Federal Ministry of Transport with EUR 26 million, aims to have 10,000 autonomous minibuses on Hamburg's roads by 2030.

The third phase of the "Ameise III" autonomous bus project is now underway in the Rems-Murr district. In addition to the existing test site in Waiblingen's Ameisenbühl, the area of the future "Quantum Gardens" neighbourhood in Ehningen will be used for test drives. The main aim is to investigate synergy effects with urban and neighbourhood planning, as well as the extent to which the driving experience can be improved, particularly for people with limited mobility.

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) has invited tenders for a study to provide a nationwide overview and evaluation of on-demand transport services in comparison to conventional scheduled services. Existing nationwide evaluations do not yet provide sufficient information on journeys actually made, vehicles used, transport options for pushchairs and bicycles, lead times for bookings, etc., which means that a comparative evaluation with scheduled services is not possible. The aim of the project is to close this gap in order to be able to adequately integrate on-demand transport services into the analyses of the quality of local public transport.

Where mobility and sustainability go hand in hand

Can you imagine hosting an exhibition and conference like IT-TRANS, which champions sustainable mobility of the future, in a city blighted by smog, traffic jams and noise? No? Nor us! That’s why Karlsruhe and IT-TRANS are perfect partners, with the city boasting a highly efficient public transport system, impressive bike and pedestrian networks, and traffic areas that have been redesigned to create public squares and streets for improved quality of life.

Design of Kaisestraße as a street without motorized traffic or tram
Photo credits: mach:idee

In fact, intelligent transport solutions are so much a part of Karlsruhe’s DNA, it has declared itself a city of mobility transition. The ongoing aim is to make urban space more attractive for pedestrians, particularly in the city centre, while also promising good connections for cars and public transport, and meeting the needs of cyclists too.

Here, Karlsruhe has achieved inspirational results with the so-calles “Kombilösung”. The tramway, which previously ran above ground, has been relocated into a tunnel. At the same time, a further tunnel allows car drivers to travel easily through the city centre under ground, providing welcome relief from traffic jams, noise and emissions. This large-scale project means improved quality of life thanks to less travel congestion, along with improved public transport connections – a perfect illustration of smart urban planning!

Design of a street with under ground signs
Photo credits: mach:idee

Yet there are also many other examples of projects that make Karlsruhe a model city in terms of sustainability and mobility: for example, the city continues to invest in its image as a cycling paradise - through cycle highways as well as attractive city routes. Meanwhile, local research institutions such as the FZI are working on autonomous shuttles for the last mile. In Nordstadt, a new district is to be built on almost 30 hectares, creating a model neighbourhood based on sustainable mobility and green energy supply. KVV's regiomove app ensures intelligent intermodal networking of all modes of public transport, as well as car and bike sharing.

So now you know why Karlsruhe is an unrivalled location for IT-TRANS, the central exhibition for digitalisation in public transport, which, together with its partners and exhibitors, is driving the future of mobility.

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regioKArgo - Logistics with a future

At the beginning of October 2023, this innovative four-year research project was given the green light at local transport company Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG).

Green tram in a green landscape.

The RegioKArgoTramTrain project aims to further develop the combined transport of passengers and goods in tramcars with automated loading and unloading. Here, AI-based technology installed in the rail vehicle will help optimise the process. Furthermore, a special logistics concept is being developed as part of the overall project in order to map the long-term and economical operation of a "RegioKArgoTramTrain" within cities and their surrounding areas. As a municipal public transport company with decades of experience, AVG is in charge of implementing the overall project.

At the kick-off meeting led by project manager Dr Christoph Rentschler (AVG), numerous partners involved in the project committed to ensuring a successful outcome. These include Automotive Engineering Network e.V. (aen e.V. ), Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI), Hochschule Furtwangen (HFU), Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft (HKA), INIT Innovative Informatikanwendungen in Transport-, Verkehrs- und Leitsystemen GbmbH (INIT), INOVAPLAN GmbH, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), MARLO Consultants GmbH, Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co KG, SimPlan AG, TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH (TRK) and TransportTechnologie-Consult GmbH (TTK). The aforementioned KIT is involved in the project alongside the Institute for Vehicle Systems Technology (FAST) and the Institute for Transport Engineering (IfV). The named partners were awarded the contract as a consortium following a Europe-wide tendering process.

The "RegioKArgoTramTrain" project was honoured in 2021 as one of 24 lighthouse projects across the state participating in "RegioWIN 2030 - Regional Competitiveness through Innovation and Sustainability". The competition attracts funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Baden-Württemberg. Three of the 24 award-winning lighthouse projects were entries from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK).

Baden-Württemberg will receive around €279 million from the European Union via the ERDF during the six-year funding period (2021-2027) to provide regional structural support. The ERDF programme Baden Württemberg is aligned with the Baden-Württemberg innovation strategy and supports key focus areas, including future technologies and skills, as well as resource and climate protection.

Karlsruhe – the place to be

When tourists think of Karlsruhe, they think of the Centre for Art and Media ZKM, the castle with the Baden State Museum, the beautiful historic buildings of the fan-shaped city, and an abundance of greenery.

When we think of Karlsruhe, however, we think of computer science, technology and, the recipient of the world's first e-mail. In short, the "Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion"!

Photo: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Karlsruhe has a long tradition of educational and research institutions, with more than ten universities - from technology and economics to art and music - characterising the city in the south of Germany. But did you know that Karlsruhe is home to the first and largest computer science faculty in Germany? Today, it’s one of the world's most renowned research universities: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), one of thirteen "Universities of Excellence" in Germany.

KIT not only offers degree programmes in industrial engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, but also various exciting mobility schemes, including the TEMPUS project for city bus platooning.

Karlsruhe is also home to the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology, which is renowned for its work on autonomous shuttles, as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Security in Information Technology.

Incidentally, the aforementioned institutions and many other partners are regularly on the road as part of the "Karlsruhe Mobility Lab" presenting innovations created in Karlsruhe at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Barcelona and - of course! - at IT-TRANS 2024.

An example of technology meeting mobility is the Fraunhofer ISI MobileCityGame project which was awarded the German Mobility Prize in November 2023. It involved the creation of an app that city planners, municipal decision-makers, transport companies and other interested parties can use to determine the impact of future transport decisions. How much CO2 can I save if I build a cycle highway, for example? Or how much more efficient will my public transport solution be if I relocate a bus route or create a new one? In this interview, project manager Dr Claus Doll explains what the MobileCity app can do and for whom it is intended.

Photo: Fraunhofer ISI

Dr Doll, this MobileCity App – what is it?

With the MobileCity app, we want to shine a spotlight on the use of transport and sustainability models, and make them accessible to everyone. To achieve this, we have pared back various complex simulation models so that they can be used on tablets and smartphones. The app was devised after a huge amount of research and expert discussions, and utilising our team’s knowledge of mobility, technology, sociology and psychology, economics and the environment.

As a result, we have created an interdisciplinary and dynamic tool that illustrates the impact of mobility transition strategies on transport, climate, quality of life and finances up to 2050.

Which areas of application are most suited to the MobileCity App?

We see fields of application in the preparation of municipal mobility plans, communication, citizen participation and the training of future experts. MobileCity is intended to stimulate discussion among experts and the public. The design of an appealing and intuitive interface was and is crucial for the use and dissemination of MobileCity.

So everybody can use this App?

Following a three-year research project supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, we have now published a free app in the Apple and Google app stores and invite everyone to try it out. I, along with colleagues from two Fraunhofer Institutes, four KIT institutes and Takomat GmbH, would be delighted if the German Mobility Award 2023 could help to further develop MobileCity, and adapt it for use in other cities.

Thank you for these insights – and congratulations!

By the way: In our next blog, we will explore a major construction project that is furthering the development of public transport in Karlsruhe.

Connected mobility apps: well established regionally, with room for improvement nationally

Transport associations are responding to the trend. However, the development is still in its infancy. And it is characterised by setbacks.

IT-TRANS - Woman in tram checking her mobile phone

Success for the Hamburg public transport association: in a recent study by Civity, the HVV Switch app took one of the top places. The consulting agency analysed the customer ratings of mobility apps. The result for HVV Switch: the app can keep up with commercial competitors such as Freenow and is "marginally even better rated".

Laurels for a transport association - with regard to mobility apps, this is by no means the norm in Germany. However, there are also providers who are consistently pushing ahead with their app development, such as local hero KVV, partner of IT-TRANS 2024.

The HVV is a good example of this. In addition to bus and train services, the Switch app now also includes services from companies such as Moia, Sixt Share, Miles, Free2Move, Share Now and the e-scooter providers Tier and Voi. "This means that all relevant free floating car-sharing companies in Hamburg can already be found in the app," says HVV spokesperson Constanze Salgues. The next step will be to connect the HVV Hop on-demand service and StadtRad.

And that's not all. The HVV has also succeeded in making all offers bookable within the app. The transport association does not provide precise information on the purchasing behaviour of users. However, the increasing number of downloads speaks for the success of HVV Switch: the utility programme has been downloaded more than 1.1 million times so far.

Other transport companies are also responding. These include Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe with its BVG Jelbi app, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVgo), Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (RegioMove) and Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMVgo). In addition to car and bike sharing providers and e-scooter hire companies, RMVgo now also includes taxi services. However, third-party services cannot yet be booked within the app. Instead, the user is redirected to the respective company.

A break in the user experience, which is still not uncommon in the transport associations' assistance programmes. One reason for this is the lack of standardised interfaces, which makes the deep integration - i.e. making bookings and billing - of third-party services within the app itself more difficult. "Standardisation at this point would make integration much simpler, faster and more attractive," says RMV spokesperson Maximilian Meyer.

What's more, if you want to make offers bookable and billable, you need access to the relevant data from the third-party provider. Transparency and trust are therefore of crucial importance in the collaboration," explains HVV spokesperson Constanze Salgues. However, these are currencies that have not been traded excessively in the entire mobility sector to date due to the fierce competition.

The pressure is growing, especially on the transport associations. Private providers are trying to tap into the business of organising intermodal services. This applies to Freenow, for example, but also to Google Maps. The company from Mountain View in California has been trying to develop its map service into a super mobility app for some time now. In Germany, it already offers services from Deutsche Bahn, Flixtrain and Flixbus, among others. However, these services cannot be booked on Google Maps either. Here too, users are redirected to the respective provider.

The latest developments surrounding the Mobility Inside app show just how difficult it is to increasingly network mobility providers. The aim of the public transport industry's digital networking initiative was to provide passengers with timetable and fare data from bus and rail companies, the booking of sharing offers and on-demand transport as well as other mobility service providers across regions via a single platform. The app has been available for download since April 2022. The initiative was supported by shareholders such as Deutsche Bahn, Stadtwerke München and Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund.

However, the shareholders' meeting has now discontinued its business activities. The reason given was the decision by the federal and state governments not to support a nationwide platform for the Deutschlandticket. However, even before this, the development of the platform was slow.

Nevertheless, Rhein-Main-Verbund criticised the end of Mobility Inside as a missed opportunity. "I think this is a big mistake, as the financial budget for public transport, which has become tighter in the face of constant cost increases, calls for efficient collaboration and cooperation and the realisation of synergies," says RMV Managing Director Knut Ringat.

There is still a long way to go before public transport customers can use a supra-regional mobility app with a wide range of services that can also be booked on the platform itself.

(((etiCORE – The new standard for digital tickets

(((etiCORE is published in English and is therefore also available to transport companies and manufacturers from non-German-speaking countries. At IT-TRANS from 14 to 16 May 2024, visitors will have the opportunity to find out all about the new standard both on site and in person at the booth of VDV eTicket Service.

The VDV eTicket Service has given the German public transport standard a major overhaul: The new version of the VDV core application, (((etiCORE, is now available in the VDV eTicket Service's ASM tool for transport companies and manufacturers. You can find the ASM tool here:

The renewal of the standard has become necessary due to new developments in IT security and the increasing use of smartphones. In addition to new protection mechanisms, a significant streamlining of the standard and the acceleration of issuing and control processes for eTickets, the language and the service for developers have also been updated: The VDV core application is available as a text-based specification in German only. (((etiCORE, on the other hand, was developed entirely in English and thus also offers international developers access to a standardised software model and development tools.

"The introduction of (((etiCORE is an outstanding milestone for the industry. In a European comparison, this really is the Champions League. With (((etiCORE, we have an open, interoperable, national ticketing standard that promises to securely and flexibly support future developments in mobility."

(((etiCORE, like the VDV core application, is an open standard that the industry actively helps to shape and is available to all manufacturers. With (((etiCORE, German public transport uses a common national digital infrastructure to issue and control secure tickets throughout Germany. In addition to chip cards and smartphones, it also allows for the integration of future technologies.

Today, more than 700 transport companies and associations - which equates to around 95% of all public transport companies - use the common standard and centralised systems of (((eTicket Deutschland.

Account-based ticketing in public transport: the smart way to travel

The good old paper ticket in local public transport has not yet become obsolete in many places - but technological progress, whether smartphone or chip card, has been pushing it into the background for some time. However, such media-based tickets require the registration of a user account. The ticket (and also the price) is therefore predetermined before the journey begins or when the chip card is purchased - the decision as to whether or not a day ticket would be cheaper on the day in question must therefore be made at the start of the first journey. This inflexibility has contributed to the rise of account-based ticketing (ABT) in recent years. It will come as no surprise that e-ticketing in general and ABT, in particular, will be one of the major topics at the upcoming IT-TRANS: The easier public transport is to use, the faster the transport revolution will gather speed.

ABT offers users significantly more freedom than its predecessors, as it does not require an app or special chip card - the token used to settle the payment can also be a contactless bank or credit card, mobile wallets with access to Apple Pay and Google Pay as well as linked wearables and smartwatches. These tokens do not require any prior registration; they are used in a "tap-in, tap-out" process. The data is no longer stored on the chip card or smartphone, but in an account on a secure server or cloud storage. The account tracks all journeys made with this token throughout the day and books the cheapest ticket price at the end of a specified period, based on the usage pattern and the number of journeys made. ABT thus offers uncomplicated access to public transport without a jungle of fares - for frequent travellers, occasional users or tourists.

In the future, this should also be possible beyond static underground turnstiles and bus tap-in card readers. In the UK, the companies Unicard and Amdocs are already working on solutions that also integrate micromobility. Together, they are developing a cross-modal and cross-operator "tap-in, tap-out" ticketing system for trains, trams, buses and other services such as stationless hire bikes or e-scooters. Unicard's ABT system supports contactless travel, which is made possible by tokens in the form of smart tickets, smart cards, mobile apps or digital wallets. Amdocs' cloud-based payment platform, which runs on Amazon Web Services, enables the quick and easy addition and integration of new modes of transport and additional operators. The acquisition of smart ticketing company Ecebs from Visa and the associated expansion of the portfolio to include contactless EMV payments also gives Unicard the opportunity to offer its services internationally beyond the UK market.

Easy access to bus and rail transport without having to purchase a proprietary user medium and without prior knowledge of fares: This is probably still the dream of many potential public transport customers. ABT has created the technical prerequisites to take a major step towards realising this customer wish. It is therefore not surprising that technology and payment providers as well as transport associations and transport companies are increasingly focusing on this approach and that more and more ABT projects are being rolled out internationally.

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Join the digital revolution: Speak at IT-TRANS 2024 as Call for Contributions opens

Urban mobility is changing, and the latest technological innovations and mobility trends continue to revolutionise the sector.

Only one event can help define that future – and your chance to take centre stage has arrived. Contribute to our official Call for Contributions in order to speak at IT-TRANS, taking place in Karlsruhe, Germany from 14-16 March 2024.

Jointly hosted by UITP and Messe Karlsruhe, the public transport sector will gather to exchange, discuss, and invent new IT solutions to keep urban mobility in the driving seat of innovation.

From on-demand mobility and MaaS, to autonomous vehicles and big data, all attendees at IT-TRANS share one collective goal: defining the future of urban mobility.

If you wish to be part of that innovative change, then you can submit a proposal to speak at the Conference – with a submission deadline of 15 November 2023, 11:59PM CET. We encourage you to submit suggestions for presentations that lean into your own expertise, and that would make for an interesting contribution to the discussions that will take place.

The key themes of IT-TRANS 2024 are:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Transformation
  • Ticketing and Payment
  • Connectivity, 5G and Telecoms
  • Cyber Security
  • Shared Mobility and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)
  • Data Standards and Governance
  • Autonomous Mobility

Interested in our 2024 key topics and themes? Then submit your proposal to speak now!

This is a call for individual proposals which is open to individuals from any organisation regardless of their membership in UITP. Selected papers will be assigned by the Programme Committee to the relevant session.

Good luck!

From IT security to resilience: holistic thinking arrives in the rail sector

End of October 2022, the Danish State Railways (DSB) have to stop all operations on Zealand for several hours. Hackers have cracked the test environment of an operation-critical train driver app. As it cannot be ruled out at first that other areas are affected, train services are shut down as a precaution - a nightmare for DSB.

Digitalisation and security: Where processes are left to computers, the risk of hacker attacks unfortunately also increases - this has long been clear to the railway sector, too. In the meantime, however, risks are no longer only prevented with cybersecurity concepts. Instead, the term "technical resilience" is doing the rounds. This is understood to mean security concepts that are far more comprehensive than before. "Today’s security concepts must be far more comprehensive than ever before. The topic of resilience will therefore take centre stage at the upcoming IT-TRANS 2024. Many of our exhibitors offer sophisticated concepts – and IT-TRANS is the proven route to connect suppliers, customers and partners who can learn from each other and identify synergies," says Markus Kocea, Senior Product Manager of IT-TRANS. About 280 exhibitors are expected to present solutions in the areas of cyber security, big data and artificial intelligence in public transport, among others.

On the topic of rail traffic, Frauscher Sensortechnik from St. Marienkirchen in Austria presented a good example this summer: Together with the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, the company has developed a solution to fend off attacks on sensors on axle counters. The system learns with every attack - this is made possible by machine learning and deep learning, methods of artificial intelligence (AI). It is also becoming increasingly important for medium-sized companies to offer such solutions. One reason is that large vehicle manufacturers such as Siemens Mobility and Alstom - which are working intensively with AI - are demanding more and more proof of cyber security from suppliers.

An effective strategy to overcome such challenges is called security by design. This means that security is already considered during product development instead of being retrofitted as a solution. Security by design is also playing a growing role in the rail sector, says Gottfried Greschner, CEO of INIT - the company offers security IT for the mobility sector. However, one should not forget that the railway sector is in a "transitional period". Also due to their long service life, many old systems are still in use "that do not map these safety-relevant processes". The topic of retrofitting will therefore continue to accompany the rail industry.

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Neue Lösungen digitaler Konnektivität drängen jedoch schon heute in den Markt. Wichtig sind sie etwa, um moderne Zugbeeinflussungssysteme wie ETCS oder den digitalen Zugfunk FRMCS auszubauen. Zudem bieten Cloud Computing oder neue Mobilfunkstandards nicht zuletzt den Fahrgästen mehr Komfort. Damit die Infrastruktur entlang der Strecke und im Fahrzeug für solche Lösungen nicht mehrfach aufgebaut werden muss, hat Unternehmen Sysgo eine Plattform gebaut, auf der jeglicher Datenaustausch zentral gesteuert werden kann. Dabei werde Informationssicherheit und Datenübertragung durch eine „strikte Kapselung und Trennung aller Kommunikationskanäle“ gewährleistet, sagt Oliver Kühlert, Head of Innovation Lab bei dem Unternehmen. In der Autoindustrie ist Sysgo mit einer solchen Plattform bereits erfolgreich unterwegs.

Der Begriff der Resilienz bezieht sich allerdings nicht ausschließlich auf digitale Sicherheit. Vielmehr wird darunter auch der Schutz analoger kritischer Infrastruktur wie Schienen oder die gesamte Betriebstechnologie verstanden – Fachleute sprechen hier von operationaler Sicherheit (OT). Dass auch hier Risiken bestehen, zeigte etwa der Anschlag im Oktober 2022 in Norddeutschland, bei dem Lichtwellenkabel beschädigt wurden, und so die Kommunikation zwischen Leitstellen gestört wurde.

Im Bahnsektor wird deshalb inzwischen dazu übergegangen, das Thema Sicherheit ganzheitlicher zu denken – die Rede ist von der IT/OT-Sicherheit. Mit der Thematik hat sich etwa auch schon das Deutsche Zentrum für Schienenverkehrsforschung (DZSF) beschäftigt. Das Ergebnis einer DZSF-Studie: Viele Bahnunternehmen wünschen sich eine prominentere Rolle des Bundesamtes für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) im Schienensektor, weil geltende Normen wie KritisV oder EN 50657 als zu allgemein empfunden werden.

Dass zumindest IT-Sicherheit den Bahnsektor auch künftig stark beschäftigen wird, ist sicher. Eine Umfrage von Trend Micro, Anbieter von Cyber-Sicherheitslösungen, ergab: 63 Prozent der befragten Unternehmen wollen mehr in ihre IT-Sicherheit investieren. Wirklich effizient kann das aber nur sein, wenn die OT-Sicherheit Schritt hält. Doch das Bundesverkehrsministerium und die Deutsche Bahn haben bereits Maßnahmen angekündigt: Auch auf Grund der Anschläge in Norddeutschland sollen Kameras und Sensoren an Strecken aufgebaut werden sowie die Sicherheit durch Polizei und Wachdienste verstärkt werden. So wachsen IT- und OT-Sicherheit immer stärker zusammen.

Egal ob Pandemie, Energiekrise, Hackerangriffe oder andere unvorhergesehene Ereignisse: Das öffentliche Verkehrswesen kann sich, gerade dank moderner Softwarelösungen immer umfassender auf Krisenfälle vorbereiten, Modelle durchspielen, um in Ernstfall schnell einsatzbereit zu sein oder ihre Infrastruktur oder IT-Systeme zu schützen. Auf der IT-TRANS sind unter anderem Ausstellende wie Funkwerk Security Solutions oder Stahl Computertechnik vor Ort, um ihre Lösungen rund um Sicherheit in der IT vorzustellen.

However, the term resilience does not refer exclusively to digital security. Rather, it also refers to the protection of analogue critical infrastructure such as rails or the entire operating technology - experts refer to this as operational security (OT). The attack in October 2022 in northern Germany, in which fibre optic cables were damaged and communication between control centres was disrupted, showed that there are risks here as well.

In the railway sector, therefore, there is now a move towards thinking about security in a more holistic way - we are talking about IT/OT security. The German Centre for Rail Transport Research (DZSF), for example, has already dealt with this topic. The result of a DZSF study: many railway companies would like the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) to play a more prominent role in the rail sector because current standards such as KritisV or EN 50657 are perceived as too general.

It is certain that at least IT security will continue to keep the railway sector busy in the future. A survey by Trend Micro, provider of cyber security solutions, showed: 63 percent of the companies surveyed want to invest more in their IT security. But this can only be really efficient if OT security keeps pace. But the Federal Ministry of Transport and Deutsche Bahn have already announced measures: also due to the attacks in northern Germany, cameras and sensors are to be set up along routes and security is to be strengthened by police and security services. In this way, IT and OT security are growing ever closer together.

Whether it's a pandemic, energy crisis, hacker attacks or other unforeseen events, modern software solutions mean the public transport sector can be better prepared to react, and protect its infrastructure and IT systems. Exhibitors such as Funkwerk Security Solutions or Stahl Computertechnik will be on site at IT-TRANS to present their IT security solutions.

Find out more about our exhibitors HERE!

Fake emails alert!

In the past few days, we have received reports of emails that are purporting to come from Messe Karlsruhe. The scammers…

- ask for account and payment data,

- offer data of other exhibitors, visitors or press representatives for sale or

- to sell entries in alleged exhibitor databases.

Messe Karlsruhe is stated as the sender and in the signature, but it is usually quickly recognizable from the e-mail addresses that such messages are spam or phishing.

We ask you not to answer such emails, not to send any data and, above all, not to open any attachments. If in doubt, we recommend that you contact us. The IT-TRANS team will be happy to answer your questions by phone. You can find our contact details HERE.

Karlsruhe expands hotel capacities

We all know the feeling! After a day at the exhibition with lots of walking, chatting and evening networking events, there’s nothing better than recharging your batteries in a comfy hotel room. But these are always in great demand, especially during trade fairs. And that’s why the trade fair team is excited to announce that the Karlsruhe hotel industry is significantly expanding its capacities between now and 2024. As a result, up to 2,500 new hotel beds will be created in five new hotels.

The Intercity Hotel, the Premier Inn Hotel am Wasserturm and the Styles Hotel at the trade fair venue are already open. They will be joined this autumn by the Moxy and Motel One – which is perfect timing for the upcoming IT-TRANS from May 12 to 14, 2024. Information on the exact opening dates and respective capacities can be found on the hotels’ own websites.

This significant increase in hotel capacity in Karlsruhe will make it even easier for both exhibitors and visitors to prepare their forthcoming IT-TRANS visit. Be part of IT-TRANS 2024: Click here and book rooms for you and your team today!

The S-Bahn Munich sets new standards in passenger information services

Changes in passenger information services are also expected as a result of the recent decisions of the Federal Cartel Office on online ticket sales.

Passengers in Munich can rejoice as they will soon be travelling in S-Bahn trains that are among the most modern of all - Siemens Mobility will deliver the first vehicles to Deutsche Bahn (DB) from the end of 2028. Representatives of the Bavarian state government and the two companies recently presented the new trains together.

The new equipment on these trains will include free wi-fi, mobile phone-permeable window panes, USB and conventional sockets, among other things. The trains - of which Siemens Mobility will initially deliver 90 for around two billion euros - are also remarkable in terms of the passenger information services they offer.

On the outside of the continuous, more than 200-metre-long vehicles, there will initially be an LED band on the side in the respective line colour. This way, passengers at the stations will immediately recognise which line it is.

In addition, a total of 166 displays were installed on the outside and inside of the trains. On the outside, the more than 60 displays above the doors provide information about the line, the destination and the intermediate stops. Thanks to the high resolution, further information can also be displayed, such as the carriage capacity or blocked doors.

Inside, there are more than 100 additional displays. Among other things, they provide information about the next station, the course of the journey, current disruptions and offer space for a passenger TV. The screens above the doors also provide passengers with orientation concerning the platform at the next station. For example, passengers can be informed about exits or the location of lifts.

"Germany's most modern S-Bahn trains are an important component of the mobility transformation in the Munich region. Every single one of the new XXL trains replaces 1500 cars during rush hour," said Evelyn Palla, DB Board Member for Regional Transport, at the presentation of the trains. "This is the local transport of the future."

Real-time information thanks to state-of-the-art data processing for local and long-distance transport

"Many of our contacts in transport companies, administration or industry assume that IT-TRANS focuses solely on local passenger transport. This is of course not the case," explains Markus Kocea, Senior Product Manager at IT-TRANS. “In fact, exhibitors offer solutions for local, regional and long-distance transport requirements in line with the needs of passengers who want to travel and obtain information seamlessly intermodally, and interoperably.”

Another striking feature of the new passenger information solutions is that DB is increasingly relying on real-time information processing in the background. This is made possible by software systems that process data from the vehicles and make the infrastructure faster and better. Such solutions have led to ever better ways of informing passengers in long-distance transport in the recent years.

One example is the DB Navigator app from Deutsche Bahn. Today, it also provides information about train capacity or connections. Numerous other improvements are already foreseeable, for example customers could be given the option of reserving seats via Seatmap.

Such developments could also be accelerated by the recent decisions of the Federal Cartel Office on ticket distribution. This authority also commented on the sharing of real-time and forecast data, which could drive the overall market for passenger information services. Companies like Flixtrain or online ticket distributors such as Trainline and Omio will also be given the opportunity to better inform guests about connections. The market for passenger information services is in a state of flux - and therefore remains particularly exciting.

Meet us in Barcelona!

Speaking over the phone is not your thing? Would you rather have a face-to-face chat with the IT-TRANS team? If you’re one of 15,000 experts attending the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Barcelona in June, don’t miss the chance to catch up with us at our stand 7D102!

At our booth, you’ll find the latest news about the leading conference and exhibition for digital solutions in public transport – how to become an exhibitor, get extra visibility on-site and digitally, and how to make the most of all three days of IT-TRANS from 14 to 16 May 2023. Join us in Barcelona and take a look at the benefits you can expect as an exhibitor at IT-TRANS!

Try your luck: IT-TRANS raffle

The three-day IT-TRANS conference is one of the highlights of the event in Karlsruhe. On site at the booth you can take part in our raffle and win one of six conference tickets.

Revolutionising the German transport system

Huge demand for the Deutschlandticket, which has been available since 3 April 2023 (and will be valid from May) has been driven by passenger convenience, cost-effectiveness and reduced CO2 emissions. Its popularity is similar to that of the 9-Euro-Ticket, which was introduced in the summer of 2022. Although the Deutschlandticket builds on experiences learned from its predecessor, it still posed new organisational challenges for transport companies. Keen to find out more, the IT-TRANS team spoke to experts about the evolution of the 9-Euro-Ticket and Deutschlandticket, and what it means for the transport revolution in Germany. The extent to which digitalisation is driving the sector, user-friendly ticketing options and associated IT solutions are all key topics that will be addressed at the upcoming IT-TRANS, the leading trade fair and conference for digital solutions in public transport, which will take place from May 14-16, 2024.

The precursor to the Deutschlandticket was the 9-Euro-Ticket - a special offer for a limited period which was intended to make local public transport more attractive, while easing the financial burden in times of hardship. The ticket was not only intended to protect commuters and frequent travellers from rapidly rising energy costs, but also make public transport more attractive for those who had previously preferred to use their car. In total, more than 52 million 9-Euro- Tickets have been sold, saving around 1.8 million tonnes of CO2, which is roughly equivalent to the result of a one-year speed limit on German motorways (1). Yet despite its undisputed success, such a cheap ticket was not financially sustainable in the long run, according to political leaders at the time.

However, growing calls from associations and environmental organisations for the continuation of the 9-Euro-Ticket beyond August led to the creation of a follow-up ticket. Thus, the Deutschlandticket, at 49 euros per month, was born and offers the same benefits as the 9-Euro-Ticket. This time, though, it is designed to be a longer-term solution or compromise for rail travellers, with the cost borne by the transport companies until 2025, and an annual contribution by the federal and state governments to the tune of €1.5 billion as compensation for losses (2).

IT-TRANS Ticketing

Lessons learned from the 9-Euro-Ticket

What was not obvious to the buyers of the discounted ticket, even in 2022, was how difficult it would be to successfully implement the short-term changeover of a long-standing system, with the perennial problem of different tariff areas and association borders. Although the 9-Euro-Ticket was an unmitigated success for the SSB - the Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG - with more than one million tickets sold (52 million tickets were sold throughout Germany), it also required a lot of work, according to Mathias Hirth, head of the sales department. For example, all existing season tickets had to be put on an equal footing with the 9-Euro-Ticket without disadvantaging either online or paper ticket users in the process. "We had to start preparing for the changeover even before the final framework conditions were set by the politicians," says Hirth. "The challenge was not in selling the 9-Euro-Ticket but, among other things, refunding customers who had already bought annual tickets. To implement price reductions on this scale across the board had never been done and therefore we had to start from scratch.“

"For more than 15 years, IT-TRANS has been the leading trade fair and conference for digital solutions in public transport. Naturally, we’re keen to know what our customers, both exhibitors and visitors, are currently most concerned about and how the market in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world is developing - for example, in ticketing. The Deutschlandticket obviously plays an important role here and, despite all the challenges, looks set to be a real milestone in the transport revolution," observes Markus Kocea, Senior Product Manager at IT-TRANS.

Challenging changeover

For Karina Kloppenburg from IVU Traffic Technologies, it was not only the many unanswered organisational issues but also the many to-do's involved in the technical implementation that made the changeover extremely complex. "One problem was the modernisation of the sales channels and subscription systems in a short time-frame. Previously, mobile subscription systems via smartphones were not commonplace, which is why there had to be investment in a new sales infrastructure," she says. In addition, the requirements of the Deutschlandticket had not been fully defined even up to the day of its launch on 1 May 2023, which led to customer uncertainty.

However, despite the difficulties, the introduction of the Deutschlandticket as the successor to the 9-Euro-Ticket is a milestone in transport innovation. "One ticket for regional and public transport in all German cities is a revolution for the German fare system," says Alexander Giegerich, Head of Sales & Marketing at the ATRON Group. Yet he also believes the conversion from the 9-Euro-Ticket to the Deutschlandticket to be costly and time-consuming: "In some associations, a suitable distribution and control infrastructure for a purely digital ticket is still lacking. And tickets on chip cards are not electronically readable for control purposes nationwide. In addition, the Deutschlandticket should be accessible to all age groups.“ Giegerich goes on to point out: "There are challenges in the digital area too. For example, going forward, the use of a dynamic Motics barcode on smartphones is planned to protect against copying and manipulation. However, it will take until the middle of 2024 at the earliest to introduce this nationwide.“

Even though the SSB says it has been well positioned in the field of digital ticketing for some time, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG nevertheless faced an organisational challenge, as shortly before the introduction of the Deutschlandticket, the Youth Ticket BW was launched – also on 1 March, 2023. "Thankfully, the fact that we‘ve been investing heavily in digital ticketing for eight years is paying off," says Hirth.

There is agreement, too, that, going forward, digital, standardised ticketing is essential in order to make access to public transport as easy as possible for customers.

Cheaper, simpler and more flexible - but not for all

"The Deutschlandticket is definitely an opportunity for public transport, as it makes local transport more attractive for passengers, offers extra flexibility and is more user friendly: Passengers no longer have to worry about tariff boundaries, as long as they do not want additional transport options and offers not covered by the Deutschlandticket," says Kloppenburg from IVU. The needs of commuters, in particular, for whom the Deutschlandticket has now become much more affordable than a conventional ticket, are being addressed, he adds. Experts agree that the new Sparticket will encourage many people to switch to public transport for the longer term. But there is also something else to be considered: "For occasional users, it may still be cheaper to buy a 'normal' ticket, without any obligation to subscribe," says Giegerich. He also believes that retaining customers long-term may be a challenge. "If the travel experience is not great as a result of delays, overcrowding or other disruptions, the benefits of the new ticket will be negated. Furthermore, it’s not relevant in rural areas due to the frequent lack of public transport options. Therefore, in order to offer those in remote areas an alternative to their car, needs-based and flexible mobility offers must be created. But here, too, there are already encouraging examples of functioning on-demand transport. This must now be expanded quickly.“

The introduction of the Deutschlandticket was essential for the progression of public transport, however, according to experts, the momentum must continue, particularly with regard to investments. "We still a need to catch up in terms of investment in the public transport infrastructure. Germany is lagging behind countries such as Switzerland and Austria, with the latter investing much more in its infrastructure despite being less than a quarter of the size of Germany. For example, Germany invests €125 per inhabitant annually as opposed to Austria at €270," concludes Karina Kloppenburg.

While price is a key factor in consumer decisions to use public transport, so too are user-friendliness and convenient ticketing options for long-term retention. Not surprisingly, e-ticketing is one of the most important topics at IT-TRANS: At the last event in 2022, one-third of attendees visited with the aim of finding out about related solutions. In addition, according to a visitor survey, passenger information, e-mobility and flexible, on-demand services were among the most requested topics, and will therefore be high on the agenda at the upcoming IT-TRANS in May 2024.

(1) (retrieval 09 May 2023)

(2) (retrieval 09 May 2023)

Innovation made in Karlsruhe showcased in Barcelona

From 4-7 June, the worldwide who's who in public transport will meet in Barcelona for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, the leading event for sustainable mobility. With the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, numerous institutions and companies from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) will once again be on board.

Fifteen partners from Karlsruhe and the surrounding area, transport companies and industrial enterprises, research institutes and municipalities, will present the innovative powerh of the region on a joint stand that will highlight current topics such as autonomous and automated driving. The network and its interdisciplinary projects previously received international recognition at the last UITP Summit 2019 in Stockholm and at IT-TRANS 2022.

Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director at TRK, says: “Through its partners, the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab has developed into a globally recognised centre of intelligent concepts in urban and regional mobility. A major focus is on continuously developing local public transport and new mobility concepts. As a hub of research, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion offers a unique density of mobility-related institutions. Together, all parties are contributing to the mobility revolution worldwide.” One of these partners is the Research Centre for Information Technology FZI. Its division manager, Dr Alexander Viehl, adds: “The FZI is a leader in the fields of connected automated driving and intelligent digital infrastructures for novel mobility concepts. The UITP Global Summit offers FZI an exceptional platform to showcase its technological capabilities, and applications and expertise for automated public transport.”

Autonomous driving, platooning and state-of-the-art software solutions

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology will be in Barcelona to bring the technologies behind its autonomous FZI shuttles to life: In a demonstrator, FZI experts can interactively simulate cockpits as well as control centre views and provide unique insights into the infrastructure as well as the communication capacity of various technical systems. The Institute for Information Processing Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present its project on city bus platooning. Platooning enables vehicles to automatically follow the lane of a lead vehicle at a short distance. Thanks to this technology, operations can be adapted to passenger numbers, become more automated and thus more economical.

PTV Group presents innovative software solutions that enable transport companies to virtually test different scenarios to make existing infrastructures more attractive, or to improve their demand and operations planning. Under the name "Omnimover", TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK), a consultancy for sustainable mobility, will present a feasibility study for an innovative mobility system with on-demand functions that goes the extra mile. The DAKIMO project of Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe aims at making sustainable and intermodal mobility more attractive and seamless with by means of AI methods. The LogIKTram project, meanwhile, focuses on innovations for combined passenger and freight transport, and will be bringing its LogIKTram to Barcelona.

With regards to the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, other partners of the hub, AVG - Albtal-Transport Company, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, INIT GmbH, the KVV – Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV), City of Karlsruhe, the UITP Regional Training Centre Karlsruhe, VBK – Karlsruhe Transport Company, Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, and Messe Karlsruhe, will also present on the joint stand.

Do you want to be part of this must-attend industry event in Barcelona? Then please do not hesitate to get in touch - the Messe Karlsruhe team is the point of contact for exhibitors from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia.

About the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab

Based in one of Germany's central mobility and technology locations, the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is a globally recognised hub for the development of intelligent concepts for future urban and regional mobility. Science, business, the public sector and innovative transport companies work together in an interdisciplinary way within the framework of this unique ecosystem to improve public transport and develop new mobility concepts. The focus is on intelligent, connected, resource-conserving and sustainable mobility that reconciles environmental friendliness and mobility comfort.

Much has already been achieved in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab – from a convenient mobility platform that integrates individually usable means of transport such as car- and bike-sharing, as well as intermodal traffic control, to autonomous first/last mile services in on-demand transport, cross-border mobility solutions, an extensive network of cycle paths and innovative fast cycle lanes. And last but not least, the Karlsruhe Tram Train Model, which has attracted worldwide attention.

Attractive start-up packages from May

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You are a young company and developing innovative products, services and solutions around mobility and public transport? Then make IT-TRANS your stage now and network with stakeholders from all disciplines! Make a note of May 2023 in your calendar: That's when you will find attractive start-up packages for the leading international conference and exhibition for intelligent solutions in public transport on our website.

With our packages, you can secure your presence in a joint start-up booth at IT-TRANS 2024 at excellent conditions. In addition, we offer you the opportunity to showcase your product or solution to a wide professional audience in a lecture as part of our accompanying programme in the Start-up Zone.

The start-up packages are suitable for you if your company...

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  • has an annual turnover or balance sheet total not exceeding 10 million euros.

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Look forward to:

  • an innovative environment of nearly 300 international exhibitors
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  • all relevant topics and key aspects around smart mobility

We can't wait to meet you at IT-TRANS 2024!

Almost two-thirds of exhibition floor already reserved for 2024

Preliminary hall plans for the upcoming IT-TRANS from 14 to 16 May 2024 are now online, with an increasing number of exhibitors booking their stands in recent weeks, all of whom will be highlighting their intelligent solutions for public transport at this leading international conference and exhibition for intelligent solutions in public transport. Take advantage of this opportunity and book your favoured stand location now – more than 60 per cent of exhibition space is already reserved!

Key players such as INIT, Trapeze, Axentia, Amcon and Vianova will make IT-TRANS in 2024 their preferred platform for showing how best they can help keep the public transport wheels in motion. In the dm-arena, in particular, sought-after stand spaces are still available – for example, around the Market Update Forum, where exhibitors will be sharing their best-practice experiences with the expert audience.

Please find the current floor plans as well as the registration documents HERE. The IT-TRANS team is looking forward to welcoming you!

Current challenges are driving the traffic turnaround

"Climate, costs and the Corona pandemic are driving the mobility turnaround" – that was the news headline published by Bitkom research end of October. In a representative survey of more than 1,000 people aged 16 and older, Bitkom research investigated how mobility habits of Germans have changed during and since the Corona pandemic. According to the analysts, people consider themselves ready for a new form of mobility - however, they still seem to lack the appropriate offers and a digitally supported transport infrastructure.

Some results of the survey:

  • 96 per cent stated that they had made decisive changes in their mobility habits for various reasons (climate crisis, 9-euro ticket, increased gas price, concerns about being infected with the Corona virus).
  • a majority of 55 per cent in average are dissatisfied with the existing public transport services, with the dissatisfaction increasing from big cities to the countryside.
  • 89 per cent of respondents were convinced that new mobility offers can impove the quality of life in rural areas and contribute to climate protection.

Most interesting, people are increasingly willing to use autonomous vehicles. Depending on the means of transport – autonomous taxi, bus, driverless underground and tram or shuttle, between 66 and 71 per cent would hop on. At the same time, many doubt that there will be corresponding offers in Germany in the short to medium term: Around half do not expect any autonomous solutions in the next 10+ years.

You will find further information at (German language)

Ways out of the ticket jungle

Ticketing, connected timetables, facilitated intermodal travelling: Digitalisation has taken public transport to the next level. Nevertheless, there is still work to be done to get more people excited about public transport as a more sustainable alternative and, at the same time, to simplify processes for transport companies, associations and, of course, the passengers. In our interview series on long-standing exhibitors at IT-TRANS, we spoke to Daniel Ott, Managing Director of krauth technology GmbH, a provider of ticketing solutions based in Eberbach, Germany, about the current challenges in the industry.

Portrait of krauth's Managing Director Daniel Ott

Mr. Ott, what do you see as the biggest challenges in public transport at the moment?

Everyone is currently talking about the traffic turnaround - and this is where digitalisation plays a decisive role. More and more transport associations are offering e-tickets in addition to the classic tickets that are still very popular in Germany. Chip cards in particular are widely used over here. However, the Scandinavian countries and Eastern Europe are already much further ahead with "account-based ticketing": there, you can simply purchase your ticket using a mobile phone or credit card – and present them if there is a ticket inspection.

Probably the biggest challenge is still public transport in rural areas. If you take the bus to the station, for example, you often don't have good connections. This is why it would be important to implement the Deutschlandtakt nationwide so that there is connections every 30 minutes even in more rural regions. On the other hand, we should be much better equipped for users who travel to the station by bicycle. Do we already have enough bike parking spaces here? Is the cycle path network sufficient and safe enough?

What developments and trends do you think will transform public transport in the long term?

Ticketing is crucial here: at the moment it is often a real jungle for passengers - especially in large cities. There are two different ticket machines at the bus stop, and then two different validators on the bus. As a passenger you have to think twice which one is the right one for your ticket.

Moreover, many ticket machines are not intuitive. On the interface, you usually find the single ticket as a preferred option, but you may have a bicycle with you and don't know whether you need a separate ticket for it. If you are travelling a long distance, you may have to change the transport association; the first association includes the bicycle in its ticket, but the second does not.

Our surfaces follow a different logic: If you want to travel from A to B, as a customer you are interested in which package is the right and cheapest one. However, the corresponding restructuring often fails due to varying terms and conditions of transport.

Nevertheless, digitalisation will help us massively to simplify ticketing or to offer customers best-price options. As a user, you simply get on, check in, check out when leaving the vehicle, and will be invoiced in the end.

Another trend is cashless payment by smartphone or credit card. And this is by no means just a wish of passengers: many bus drivers would also like to do without any cash contact or ticket sales – this is time consuming, especially when there is a high amount of passengers. krauth technology has a large portfolio of cashless solutions, e.g. small vending machines that are installed on buses so that passengers can buy their tickets without having to use cash or contact the driver.

Exhibition attendees take a closer look at krauth's ticket vending machine

What other solutions is krauth technology GmbH working on?

We are involved in standardisation measures that make the sales interface of individual transport companies easier and more cost-efficient.

Transport companies usually have different suppliers for distribution technology, and in addition they summarize their fares differently, sometimes using Access, sometimes Excel, sometimes pdfs. Within transport networks, every change entails complex efforts, as tariffs need to be imported individually.

This was also to be seen when the nationwide 9-Euro-Ticket was introduced throughout Germany – a massive effort for manufacturers to implement the product on their devices and individual background systems.

A uniform import interface could simplify this. We already developed such a concept of a manufacturer-independent standard interface for tariffs years ago, within the HUSST initiative, of which we are a founding member.

What's more, there is a need for greater manufacturer independence, for example in the input masks, so that transport associations will be able to make changes to the user interface independently and in a neutral format, and any manufacturer can read them out. krauth technology is the first company that has successfully implemented such a system, based on the new PKM standard, for a private railway company in central Germany. The customer is thus able to configure his vending machines spontaneously and independently, and at the same time is able to easily change the vending machine manufacturer or to quickly connect additional devices from third-party suppliers.

Which forward-looking mobility projects are exemplary for you?

A project of the aforementioned private railway company is very interesting: The aim was to simplify user guidance at the ticket vending machine. Supported by a consultant, the company conducted workshops with standard public transport users, ranging from commuters to leisure travellers. The result of these workshops was then integrated into a sample vending machine as pseudo user guidance, that helped various user groups test the interface. Based on this experience, a new user guidance system was created. And it was surprisingly small efforts that made a real difference, for example a "gothic-style" display with a black background and white lettering - unusual, but thanks to the higher contrast, it resulted in much better readability.

Why do you think many travellers use public transport services only to a limited extent or not at all?

Especially the areas of safety, cleanliness and comfort are still frequently mentioned. Many passengers don't like to swap their private car with all its comforts for an ageing bus, overcrowded, with folding seats, which might even arrive too late. This is an image on people's minds that we urgently need to address! Because things have changed in the meantime. Many buses are now ultra-modern and comfortable, with power sockets and Wi-Fi access points, clean and on time.

Another aspect is reliability and frequency. Politicians need to become more active again, especially when it comes to the Deutschlandtakt. A much-discussed topic before the Covid pandemic, this issue has now slipped to the back of the agenda. Certainty that there will definitely be train connections every 30 minutes will improve user rates a lot.

And finally, the price-performance ratio: the 9-euro ticket was of course an absolute exception. Nevertheless, I think public transport needs to become more flexible in terms of prices. Especially for travellers who need to opt for either monthly or single tickets. For example, if you travel twice a week, a monthly ticket might not be worth its price. Flex products are crucial here.

krauth technology was already an exhibitor at the very first IT-TRANS. What makes the exhibition attractive for you?

krauth technology is one of the oldest companies in the public transport industry. As a system house of 150 employees, we produce hardware and software at four locations in Germany. Our core business is public transport, and IT-TRANS is the leader in this sector. The decisive factor is that IT-TRANS specialises in distribution technology and digitalisation. It is not about buses and trains in general, but rather dedicated to our area of expertise. This focus also guarantees that the exhibition has just the right size - all the relevant exhibitors and visitors are on site. In addition, we appreciate the networking opportunities and the quality of the expert audience.

Public Transport Trend Report: Download now!

Be it real-time traffic data, demand and supply planning, crowd management, and more: Technology plays a significant role in all areas of public transport and is evolving at a rapid pace - this became clear once again during this year's IT-TRANS.

In its Public Transport Trends Report 2022 our partner PTV Group asked industry insiders from all over the world for their opinion on challenges and opportunities. Questioned on technology, solutions for electrification and decarbonization in public transport were the most important for the respondents in the medium term, closely followed by apps for multimodal planning and booking, and AI for data analysis or operation planning. Whereas #digitalization of operations and internal processes or data analysis to improve service quality still play a subordinate role.

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Heading for interoperability

How can a ticket be used interoperably, i.e. between different transport associations, without prescribing the use of uniform fares or a uniform ticket system for all? This crucial question was the starting point for a research project in 2002. Its result: the VDV core application, a common German standard with which transport companies can offer e-ticketing, interoperable, intermodular, but still according to their individual fare structures. The IT-TRANS team asked Nils Zeino-Mahmalat, managing director of VDV eTicket Service GmbH, about the advantages and challenges of e-ticketing.

Nils Zeino-Mahmalat, VDV e-Ticket Service

What do today's users expect from ticket systems?

Zeino-Mahmalat: What passengers want most of all from public transport ticketing systems is easy access without having to know the fare. No one enjoys standing in front of a timetable and puzzling over whether a journey from the station to the hotel requires price level 1b, the short route for adults or completely different fare levels. What's more, passengers want to be able to pay for their tickets flexibly. A vending machine that only accepts suitable small change is the opposite. Plus, buying a ticket should be done quickly.

What challenges are transport companies facing as a result?

Zeino-Mahmalat: Customers want digital, mobile ticketing and usability - whether via app or chip card. This is what transport companies must provide. This means that they have to digitalise their offer, their sales platforms and their customer service even more, starting with an app and ending with the comprehensibility and user-friendliness of the vending machines on the platform or in the vehicle.

How long does it take to switch ticketing to eTicket Deutschland?

Zeino-Mahmalat: How long the changeover will take depends on the initial situation of the respective transport company or the complexity of the transport association. The personnel resources within the transport company also play a role in the timetable. Another important factor: How many ticket control systems, vending machines and on-board computers need to be converted? With (((eTicket Deutschland we have experienced companies where the implementation took only 14 months. For others, it took several years before everything was digitalised.

What about security – data security for customers, counterfeit protection for the transport companies?

Zeino-Mahmalat: Data protection was already ensured during the development of the VDV core application (VDV-KA) together with the data protection officers of the federal states and the federal government. The system behind (((eTicket Deutschland is based on the guidelines of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Unless it is an anonymous prepaid e-ticket, the name, gender and date of birth of the passenger as well as the ticket itself are stored on a chip card. Tickets according to VDV-KA are protected against forgery. This applies both to the classic chip card (monthly ticket, annual season ticket, job ticket) and to mobile phone tickets thanks to the copy protection Motics of the VDV eTicket Service.

What other advantages do e-tickets offer?

Zeino-Mahmalat: For passengers, e-tickets are more intuitive and convenient. For transport companies, they are more secure because they are protected against copies and forgeries. (((eTicket Deutschland also works interoperably, i.e. it can be used across all transport networks. This is a huge benefit for both passengers and transport companies.

Talking about intermodular transport: Can e-ticketing lead to simplified processing for the user when switching between different means of transportation - from the bus to the train and then to the e-scooter?

Zeino-Mahmalat: A sure thing. With (((eTicket Deutschland, other means of transport such as car sharing, bike sharing or scooters can be used and paid for in addition to classic public transport. Two examples are the KVB bicycles in Cologne, which can be used with a job ticket or a monthly or annual pass, and the MVGmeinRad of the Mainzer Verkehrsgesellschaft. Theoretically, a visit to the zoo or a day at the public swimming pool could also be paid for with the (((eTicket.

What do you think will prevail with customers in the long term - card, smartphone, wearables,...?

Zeino-Mahmalat: In the medium term, it will lead to a mix of chip cards and smartphones, the latter mainly because of the introduction of Motics, which brings the same level of security as a chip card to a smartphone. This gives transport companies and passengers the choice of where to file which type of ticket. The demand for wearables is still very low. Basically, however, the medium does not matter when it comes to (((eTicket Deutschland. Anything that has a secure chip and an antenna can be an (((eTicket.

Are there any particularly successful, user-friendly or flexible examples using eTicket Deutschland?

Zeino-Mahmalat: Currently, (((eTicket Deutschland is used in nine out of ten metropolitan regions, mainly with chip cards. In total, more than 15 million chip cards with (((eTicket Deutschland are active, i.e. used by passengers. Incidentally, the first (((eTickets were issued in Saarbrücken in 2005. There are really fine examples of (((eTickets: In Schwäbisch Hall and in the Bodensee-Oberschwaben Verkehrsverbund, people can use public transport with a check in/check out function. This means that they hold their chip card up to a reader when getting on and off a vehicle, and the billing takes place in the background. And in Munster, passengers can buy prepaid tickets on chip cards from vending machines and use them for 90 minutes on any bus on any line.

IT-TRANS 2022 – more exhibitors, more innovations, more international participants

With the climate crisis and rising energy costs, public transport plays a decisive role in intelligent and sustainable mobility. How relevant the key topics at IT-TRANS 2022 were, was also reflected in higher visitor and exhibitor numbers:

- 6,500 attendees from 71 countries

- 276 exhibitors from 33 countries

- 180 speakers at the IT-TRANS conference

- 800 delegates attending, with 130 people joining remotely

IT-TRANS 2022 - finally meeting face-to-face again

Since the 2020 edition could not take place in person due to the pandemic, it was above all the desire for networking and face-to-face encounters that moved both exhibitors and participants:

Nico Hess, Operational Sales Director Europe, Luminator Technology Group:

“We are all very happy with how IT-TRANS went. We had a huge number of industry visitors at our stand. I think you could tell at the event that everyone was delighted to finally speak face to face, shake hands and talk to customers in person again.”

Peter Möhl, Vice President Central & Eastern Europe, PTV Group:

“We are so happy to see IT-TRANS take place as an in-person event again. Maintaining personal contacts is so important. We value being able to both present our company and listen to our partners and customers. The organisation was also excellent.”

Annette Weisser, Head of Corporate Communications, IVU Traffic Technologies AG:

“Both we as an exhibitor and our customers are happy that the first in-person IT-TRANS since the pandemic was a success. We will definitely be back next time and the time after that!”

Alexander Szlezak, CEO, Unwired Networks:

This year’s IT-TRANS really surprised me. The visitors were of a very high quality, especially on the first day. I think that everyone was ready to meet in person again after the pandemic. We also had the perfect spot for our stand in hall 1.”

Jürgen Kindler, CIO and CTO, Transdev Vertrieb GmbH:

„I have been a guest at IT-TRANS for many years, because this is where I find all the key players in the industry. After the Corona crisis, it was important for me to finally meet the people in person again.”

Anna Herzberg, Strategic Software Procurement, Deutsche Bahn AG:

“At IT-TRANS we met many of our suppliers and were also able to make new contacts. The range of products for our segment is good, especially since everything is centralised in one place and yet easy to find - we definitely felt we were in good hands here.”

Visitor feedback proofed that IT-TRANS once again was the must-attend event for intelligent and sustainable solutions in public transport: 95 per cent of the attendees had a very positive view of the exhibitors’ presentations. The number of rebookings also reflects a high contentment level: By the third day of the show, around half of the stand spaces have already been reserved by exhibitors.

See you at the next IT-TRANS from 14 to 16 May 2024 at Messe Karlsruhe!

What are the latest trends in public transport?
New forms of mobility at IT-TRANS 2022 (Credits: Behrendt & Rausch)

Be it new forms of mobility, climate change or digitalisation: public transport is facing many challenges. In its trend survey, PTV Group wants to find out which topics are moving the public transport sector, how companies are getting ready for the trends of today and tomorrow and which solutions and tools are crucial to stay fit for the future.

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Metro stations as a shelter
Special address by Viktor Braginsky, CEO of Kiev Metro

"They come to the metro, not to be transported, but to save their lives." With these words, Viktor Braginsky, CEO of KYIV Metropoliten, summed up the hardship faced by the people of Ukraine, especially in the cities that were particularly affected by war. "Safety is an important function of public transport. More than 20,000 people worked day and night in our metro stations. We have 46 metro stations. They can shelter 100,000 people, but also transport 1.5 million people every day."

Be it seniors, small children and even pets: To meet the various needs of the people sheltering was challenging for the metro employees and volunteers. Film presentations, animation and art performances were organized to calm down especially children.

Special address by Viktor Braginsky, CEO of Kiev Metro

When the Kiev Metro was opened in the 1960s, World War II was only a few years away. Under this impression, the contructors decided to build the network deep enough to provide security even in times of war, making the Kiev Metro one of the deepest subway railroads in the world. The Arsenalna stop is 105 meters underground.

Insights into the mobility of tomorrow:

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (TRK) will celebrate its premiere at IT-TRANS. Through its partners, the Lab is already a globally recognized center for the development of intelligent concepts for the urban and regional mobility of the future. "A major focus of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is on the on the further development of local public transportation as well as the development of entirely new mobility concepts," explains Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, "Researchers from the region are thus contributing region are contributing essential building blocks to the mobility revolution worldwide. The mobility and TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe can rightly call itself a pioneer in terms of sustainable mobility development."

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, is also convinced of the importance of the project: "The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab makes a significant contribution to the positioning of Karlsruhe as a mobility location, in which the topic of 'smart mobility' is particularly formative“, she says. „This core competence is reflected in the diversity of the exhibitors at the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab - a globally unique compilation of science, institutions, transport companies and industry. In this environment, the fan-shaped city is naturally predestined as a venue for congresses and exhibitions with mobility themes, such as the IT-TRANS, which has been held here since 2008. In this respect, we are also pleased that the current application submitted by Karlsruhe to host the UITP Global Public Transport Summit under the motto Smart Mobility Karlsruhe for the years 2025 and 2027 is supported by all important stakeholders in the region."

About the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab

In a unique ecosystem, science, business, the public sector and innovative transportation companies work together on interdisciplinary approaches. "It has succeeded that the TRK's stakeholders now appear together under the umbrella of the 'Karlsruhe Mobility Lab'", explains Lukas Kurzmann, TRK-UITP Liaison Officer. „This strengthens our activities both into the region, but especially outward." In the region, ideas for the mobile world of tomorrow are being created, put into practice, analyzed and tested with citizens. For example, the autonomous FZI Shuttle, which was used last year in the Weiherfeld-Dammerstock district of Karlsruhe to test the operation of networked and autonomous mini-buses for the last mile from the bus stop to the front door.

"The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is developing groundbreaking concepts for the mobility of the future. With digital solutions, we are strengthening sustainable mobility options and making more comfortable," says Andrea Mohr-Braun, Marketing Director at INIT SE. „We at INIT are also working with great commitment to strengthen public transport in the modal split. Our IT solutions make the possibilities of digitalization usable - to the advantage of our customers, the transport companies, but also for their passengers." For example, ASSISTIVEtravel

Politics and science are also relying on this unique climate of innovation: for example, state institutions such as the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Sustainable Mobility and the planned future and the planned location of the German Center for Mobility. „As a university and research location, the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe offers a unique density of mobility-related research projects and institutions", says Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Ott, Managing Director of the KIT Center Mobility Systems. „These have been in the 'Profile Region Mobility Systems Karlsruhe' to make this potential more visible.

A glimpse into the still somewhat further future of mobility is available at the exhibition with mu-zero HYPERLOOP. The more than 70 students from Karlsruhe and Stuttgart are working on functioning Hyperloop pods, which act as transport capsules will float through nearly airless tubes at close to the speed of sound.

In addition to the scientific community, several leading international companies such as Volocopter, INIT or PTV have their headquarters in the region and distribute "Made in TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe" successfully all over the world.

Much has already been achieved in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, e.g.

  • A convenient mobility platform that integrates individually usable means of transportation such as car and bike sharing as well as intermodal traffic control, autonomous first/last mile services in on-demand traffic,
  • cross-border mobility solutions,
  • a large-scale network of bike paths and innovative high-speed bike lanes, and last but not least
  • the globally acclaimed Karlsruhe Tram Train Model.

At the exhibition stand, the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will also present to the public transport experts the concepts being developed for the future: the future of mobility, the future of the urban and suburban living, but also the future of digital support. Large parts of Karlsruhe's mobility vision will be on display at IT-TRANS:

  • The mobility portal of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe.
  • The mobility platform regiomove with numerous mobility offers as well as their expansion options for the future - from autonomous shuttles to tube-based to tube-based high-speed transport systems. The combination with the logistics sector: from the KArgotram to city hubs, cargo bike to delivery drones and farm loading streetcars that promote sustainable mobility and agriculture at the same time.
  • Other research and innovation projects that use digitalization to provide a information or functions for various stakeholder groups through digitalization.

The demonstrations in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab go far beyond the presentation of concepts. Virtually all the solutions can actually be touched or even tried out for try them out.

Partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab at the IT-TRANS 2022 are all major mobility players in the region. In addition to TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, these are:

Automotive Engineering Network e.V. (AEN), efeuCampus Bruchsal GmbH, FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA), INIT SE, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the Performance Center Profile Region Mobility Systems Karlsruhe, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) and Karlsruhe Transport Authority (VBK), Messe Karlsruhe, mu-zero HYPERLOOP e.V., PTV GmbH, raumobil GmbH, Civil Engineering Office of the City of Karlsruhe, UITP Regional Training Centre Karlsruhe, Urbanloop SAS from Nancy and VeloCARRIER GmbH.

Trapeze to showcase the future of mobility at IT-TRANS

Visitors will be able to find out about the latest solutions in planning and dispatching, on-demand transport, operational control systems, electromobility, passenger information and vehicle equipment. At IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe, Trapeze will present mobility solutions for today and tomorrow, including on-board computers, routers and modern displays for dynamic passenger information.

Combined innovation prowess on display at the Modaxo stand

Two Trapeze sister companies will also be represented at the stand. Systemtechnik creates fare management systems, while Binary System will present mobility solutions for rail companies. Like Trapeze, these two companies are also part of the Modaxo Group, a global collective of passenger transport technology companies.

LIO and LEA control systems from Trapeze – a powerful pairing

Trapeze offers the right control system for every transport organisation. LIO is perfect for large urban transport companies. It features a comprehensive range of functions and versatile configuration options. LEA is ideal for smaller towns, regional transport or in combination with other control systems.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the latest generation of Trapeze’s proven operational control system LIO. With its comprehensive functions and versatile configuration options, it is perfect above all for the needs of large urban transport organisations. The flexible LEA control system, on the other hand, is ideal for smaller towns, regional transport or in combination with other control systems. This cost-effective solution can be set up quickly and enables the seamless integration of available systems, such as on-board computers, passenger information or ticketing. Two control systems can be combined for transport companies that serve both the city and surrounding areas. In cases like these, LEA and LIO can be used together, for example.

Successfully integrating electric bus fleets

LIO-Volta is an advanced software solution that allows transport companies to optimise their management of electric vehicles. It provides dispatchers with a constant overview of the charging status and current range of individual vehicles.

Trapeze offers a perfectly integrated complete solution for the management of electric buses in control systems. The cloud-based LIO-Volta allows users to monitor the electric bus fleet. SmartMonitor enables real-time vehicle status monitoring, while SmartCharging improves the management of charging and charging stations. LIO-Volta gives dispatchers in the control room vehicle data in real time. The system features an automated alarm function that informs them in the event of problems, such as insufficient energy reserves or high battery temperature.

GPR3 multifunctional vehicle router for all control systems

The compact and modern GPR3 vehicle router combines a router and a switch in a single device. Alongside data communication, it also enables independent speech communication – a major USP on the market. The GPR3 is optimised for use in ITCS environments and can be used in all control systems. When transferring large amounts of data, it acts as a monitor and offers an extremely high level of IP security against unauthorised external access. The GPR3 also offers flexible installation, as well as several connections and sockets. Devices like multifunction displays or ticket printers can be integrated via the GPR3 into the vehicle network, therefore allowing them to use a common antenna on the vehicle roof.

New generation of in-vehicle passenger information

Introducing the new generation! The third generation of the multifunction display, MFD G3i, is available now for in-vehicle passenger information. The new display not only features an elegant design, but also updated electronics that are fit for the future.

INTROS travel assistance system breaks down barriers

The Independent Travelling Orientation System (INTROS) allows visually impaired and blind passengers, as well as persons with reduced mobility, to use public transport independently. The public transport radar app indicates the required vehicle to the passenger and helps them find the entrance and communicate with the driver. It provides information about the next stops and allows the passenger to alert the driver or signal where they wish to get off. Trapeze is also participating in the LOC#id network initiative “Open Smart Mobility”, organised by the German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV), which promotes a fully compatible solution for different infrastructures.

Innovative solutions for mobility on demand

Alongside products for scheduled services, Trapeze also offers interesting solutions for on-demand transport. T.DiMo enables individual on-demand services and will in future allow for unaccompanied goods transport.

Combined with autonomous vehicles, this will enable passenger transport for the first and last mile. Visitors will be able to find out more about this technology and discover how to integrate it into a control system at the Trapeze stand.

Proven solutions for planning and dispatching in bus and rail transport

Our proven solutions deliver greater efficiency and better results for transport companies. The Trapeze Planning System optimises the planning of transport, vehicle circulation and service for public transport providers. The integrated solution makes it easier to create attractive services for passengers. The Trapeze Operation Management System makes day-to-day processes more efficient and optimises results. It provides support in regular/service roster planning, staff and vehicle dispatching, staff communication and automated wage calculation. The system offers a detailed insight into the status of every operating day at any time.

Further support for rail transport

Trapeze-EFB is a high-availability control system for incident management, passenger information and operational monitoring that offers valuable support for regional and private rail operators. It delivers consistent passenger information at all stops and in all trains, both optically and acoustically, as well as via the connected data hubs. This gives the control centre a full overview and control over the processed information at all times.

Trapeze supports IT-TRANS as a Platinum sponsor

This year, Trapeze is once again a Platinum sponsor of IT-TRANS and will therefore host the IT Family Dinner. This will take place at 6 pm on 10 May 2022. We look forward to meeting many exhibition visitors and conference delegates there in person. Would you like to attend the IT Family Dinner? You can find tickets and more information at

You can also find more information about our solutions on our website:

Trapeze Group

Trapeze is a leading global provider of solutions in public transport. The companies of the Trapeze Group provide passenger transport organisations with cutting-edge software, intelligent transport systems (ITS) and mobile technologies. Hundreds of public and commercial organisations in North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia use Trapeze products to increase efficiency, improve quality, broaden their scope of services and transport more people safely at lower cost. The Trapeze Group is part of Modaxo, the global collective of passenger transport technology companies belonging to Constellation Software Inc. (TSX: CSU).

Trapeze DACH

The Trapeze DACH division offers transport organisations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland comprehensive operational control and information systems for better punctuality, shorter journey times, more precise connections and dynamic passenger information. Its product range includes planning and dispatching systems, solutions for on-demand transport, operational control systems, on-board computers, passenger information displays at stops and in vehicles, as well as customer-specific services. More information is available at

Press contact Julia Kroll,

Marketing Communications

IT-TRANS welcomes „Women in Mobility“

“meet. network. change.” - The Women in Mobility slogan says it all: the network is committed to improving the visibility of women in the mobility industry: whether they are decision-makers or doctoral candidates, leaders or founders, scientists, students or employees. Women in Mobility offer women from companies and startups, organizations and associations, the media and politics a platform for networking, joint projects, cooperation and exchange. Women in Mobility exchange ideas in groups on social media platforms as well as in local hubs in currently ten European cities.

At IT-TRANS, Women in Mobility will present their panel discussion "Carrot or stick - how to achieve sustainable and inclusive mobility innovation" (Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 11 a.m., Market Update Forum B).

The speakers are:

  • Dr. Julia Koch, Country Director DACH, Tranzer c/o Mindspace
  • Nadine Kostorz, Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Jennifer Kunz, Key Account Manager, MOTIONTAG
  • Heike Löffler, Chief Commercial Officer, Mobimeo
  • Johanna Reinhardt, Director Communications, Clever Shuttle
  • Paula Ruoff, BD Manager, FAIRTIQ GmbH
  • Sandra Witzel, CMO, Board Director, SkedGo

These speakers, together with other industry experts, look at mobility innovation through a human-centric lens and analyse new technologies with a critical eye regarding their value for the entire society.

Afterwards, Alexandra Reinagl (CEO of Wiener Linien) welcomes you to a get-together with snacks and drinks.

Register now!

More information about the exhibition programme:

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Futurist, Author, Humanist and Filmmaker: It’s time to talk tech with IT-TRANS keynote Gerd Leonhard

“The future is already here – we just need to pay more attention…”

Let’s introduce you to the wise words of our IT-TRANS 2022 keynote speaker Gerd Leonhard as he takes to the stage in Karlsruhe with his unique view on humanity and technology.

The world is changing, and public transport finds itself looking to the future in an ever-changing society.

For the eighth edition of the most important event dedicated to I.T. and digitalisation in public transport (Karlsruhe, 10-12 May) the conversations taking place at IT-TRANS will determine what this means for people and our movement.

As digitalisation continues to alter the ways in which we live, interact and move, public transport must always be a people-centric sector.

Gerd Leonhard will bring his unique conversation to the stage in Karlsruhe as our brilliant 2022 keynote speaker.

As a futurist, humanist, author, speaker and filmmaker, Gerd is the CEO of “The Futures Agency” and specialises in the debate between humanity and technology.

Looking beyond conventional futurism, Gerd zeroes in on what the future holds for humanity and how we will create the future we want…remixing futurism with humanism, algorithms with androrithms, science with imagination and business with art. It’s time to talk tech.

Meet Gerd Leonhard as we look to the future

Gerd Leonhard
Gerd Leonhard

The world has lived through great change in the past two years and the digital revolution transforming urban mobility has remained at full speed.

Since IT-TRANS began in 2008, public transport has lived through more than a decade’s worth of innovation and advancement.

We know that our sector is driven by technology and the next steps will show how important innovative developments will be to building a truly people-centric public transport.

It’s important to hear from those voices inspiring change and inviting conversation, and as one of the leading futurists worldwide, having presented at hundreds of leading conferences and events and worked with the likes of Microsoft, NBC, Visa, Google, the European Commission, Audi and IBM, Gerd is the man for this moment.

Originally from Bonn, Germany and now living in Zurich, Switzerland, Gerd studied at the University of Bonn and the Berklee College of Music, first establishing a career as a professional musician, arranger and composer.

He set up an early internet business in music, which provided first-hand insights into technology disruption and inspired his first book, co-authored with Dave Kusek, “The Future of Music” in 2005.

Influenced by classic futurists such as Alvin Toffler, in 2016, he published “Technology vs. Humanity”, a manifesto for digital rights and an investigation into the many areas of life currently impacted by technology disruption without regulation or policy.

He has since published five books and performed in front of a combined audience of more than two and a half million people in over 50 countries.

Gerd is a familiar face within the international media, having featured in interviews and articles from the Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Wired UK, BBC, CNN and more. He is also a Forbes column contributor, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London, and a Visiting Professor at the Fundacao Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Big tech, digital ethics and a human-centric technology, Gerd’s motto is “People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity”.

With a passion for exploring the relationship between people and technology, you won’t want to miss seeing Gerd Leonhard live in Karlsruhe.

Follow Gerd’s activities before he takes to the IT-TRANS stage!

Join Gerd's Keynote speech at the Opening Session of the Conference. Join him and many other leading figures from operators, authorities and industry who will be sharing their experiences on the latest digitalisation trends in public transport which also includes panel discussions, workshops, technical visits and more. Get your conference ticket today!

INIT to present the future of public transport IT at IT-TRANS

As part of its “nextGen” innovation campaign, the company is currently working on the next generation of its integrated MOBILE solution, which covers all tasks faced by transport companies. The “nextGen” products and solutions will allow transport companies to further improve efficiency and service quality. Partial automation, optimisation tools, assistant systems and machine learning are opening up whole new possibilities here. Visitors to INIT’s stand at the trade fair will be able to find out more about the MOBILE nextGen system in general and take a look at the solutions it offers. These include the all-new support system for control centres.

Rethinking passenger information and disruption management

With RESPONSEassist, INIT is revolutionising passenger information and disruption management, with information available to passengers immediately on all channels. The semi-automated system integrates dispatching, passenger information and operating documentation processes, and will provide a whole new level of support to staff in the control centre. It will allow planners to process disruptions more efficiently through a form-based procedure with defined recommendations, while simultaneously meeting the needs of operational reporting. Alongside this, accurate passenger information can be generated largely automatically through predefined templates and then provided consistently across all channels at the click of a button.

Listen to the Market Update Forums for more information:

  • Using technology for building future cities, Dr Jochen Wendel, R&D Manager, INIT
    Market Update A, 11.05.2022, 09:30 - 11:00 MESZ

Meeting the new requirements of passenger service

The “nextGen” innovation campaign is also employing artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning improves forecasts of all kinds, from expected arrival times to vehicle occupancy. This technology is being used to great effect in MOBILEguide, INIT’s new solution for passenger flow and occupancy management. In a patented process, INIT not only takes current vehicle occupancy levels into account, but also considers the number of passengers expected to get off at the respective stops. This makes the information more reliable in a way that conventional systems simply cannot achieve. As a result, passengers receiving information via apps, for example, can choose the connections that are least busy.

Revolutionising operational management and departure time forecasts

MOBILE-ITCS nextGen, the new generation of INIT’s Intermodal Transport Control System, has also undergone a complete revamp. A modern interface with UX design and several new functions allows dispatchers to work faster and more intuitively. Machine learning significantly increases the accuracy of departure time forecasts and improves the quality of passenger information. There are also countless other additional functions available. For example, MOBILE-ITCS nextGen is already equipped for the specific needs of electric buses. This is based on a new database-neutral system architecture that can support future operating systems, ensuring not only future capability but also meeting the conditions for increased IT security.

IT support at a new level

On top of all this, INIT will present a range of additional new and modified solutions at its stand (F3), offering public transport companies even better IT support for tasks and processes. INIT IT systems will in future deliver a wider range of more precise information and recognise situations automatically. They will also be available as cloud or web-based solutions. Furthermore, automated or semi-automated processes will accelerate reaction times and ensure service quality.

Visitors to IT-TRANS will be to find out more at the INIT stand F3 in hall 1, or on our website. We would be happy to arrange an appointment for your visit to the trade fair.



Start-up presentations: Don‘t let the sector move on without you!

IT-TRANS is where international market leaders and key players from the public transport industry meet. It is the only worldwide platform dedicated to digitalisation and IT solutions for the public transport sector. The international Conference and Exhibition also offers fledgling start-up companies an individual stage. Interested visitors will learn more about new ideas and innovative approaches in the Start-up Zone. Start-ups present their competences in formats as diverse as pitches and are open to discuss your questions in the open space of the start-up Zone.

Good to know: At IT-TRANS, young companies traditionally receive special support. The participation of German start-ups at IT-TRANS is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) (program to promote the participation of young innovative companies in leading international trade fairs in Germany). Together with foreign start-ups, whose participation in the exhibition is offered at comparable conditions, they will appear in the start-up Zone.

ATRON at the IT-TRANS 2022 - ATRON connects
From March 8th to 10th, 2022 ATRON is going to present future-oriented applications with innovative software solutions at IT-TRANS (Stand V4, dm-arena).
From March 8th to 10th, 2022 ATRON is going to present future-oriented applications with innovative software solutions at IT-TRANS (Stand V4, dm-arena).

At booth V4 in the dm-arena, visitors can learn more about how ATRON networks the individual disciplines with one another and integrates third-party solutions without any problems thanks to open interfaces – always keeping the passenger in mind. From March 8th to 10th, 2022 ATRON is going to present future-oriented applications with innovative software solutions at IT-TRANS (Stand V4, dm-arena). In addition to new products for e-ticketing, innovative driver apps and the new fleet operating system in the depot ensure safe and contactless work. In times of Corona in particular, contactless and cashless payment is becoming more and more important. ATRON is taking this trend into account with the completely newly developed cashless ticket machine AFA 150 for the purely cashless purchase of e-tickets and paper tickets. Despite the two integrated printing modules, this extremely lowmaintenance and compact ticket machine is perfect fit for buses and trains. In the stationary version, the AFA 150 can be used as a 24/7 sales channel in customer centers, on platforms or at highly frequented bus stops. The 10-inch display not only enables quick ticket selection, it also serves as a real-time departure display. Tickets are issued electronically (VDV-KA, ATRON Token Ticket, SwissPass) or as a paper ticket. Cashless payment is made possible by an integrated EMV reader, for Europay, Mastercard and Visa, contactless and or contact based.

As an even more compact version, the ATRON validator ACT 420 complements the eticketing portfolio. This solution can be used for entry control as well as for the sale of etickets. The ACT 420 quickly and reliably reads contactless e-ticket cards (VDV-KA, SwissPass, Acount Based Token Ticketing) as well as 2D barcodes on mobile phone apps and paper tickets. E-tickets can be quickly selected and purchased using the touch screen. In the EMV version open/closed loop scenarios or national ticketing systems (e.g. Sweden) can also be integrated.

With the Driver App RX, the ATRON on-board computers transmit the current status of the vehicle to the depot while the driver is still en route. The automated Fleet Operating System RX also provides all status data such as oil temperature and fill level of the diesel tank or battery. The colleagues in the depot receive contactless and reliable all relevant data of the entire fleet, including information on the remaining range for e-buses. This enables predictive maintenance and thus reduces time and repair and operating costs. An open data interface ensures the connection to depot management systems. The paperless transfer of relevant information also ensures more security.

With the newly developed autonomic logbook RX, the time-consuming and error-prone manual logbooks are coming to an end. This reduces the administrative effort and at the same time relieves the driver. Applications for tax relief and subcontractor accounts can be created at the push of a button. In addition to the labor savings, the system guarantees the correctness and consistency of the data, which can withstand a check by customs and tax authorities. Neither additional devices or apps nor manual data entry are required for this.

In a bus simulation, IT-TRANS visitors can experience the performance of the innovative fleet management gateway (FMS) live on the ATRON vehicle on-board computer AFR 4. The vehicle status and driving data are bundled and transmitted in real time to the control center, depot and workshop. In connection with the FMS gateway, the AFR 4 becomes the data and communication center in the vehicles. ATRON is one of the few providers that develops, integrates and connects the entire package of hardware, software and services from a single source. That is why ATRON rightly claims "We speak public transport" You can book an appointment and order free tickets at any time by mail to

 Combined transport: a vision becomes reality

Combined transport: a vision becomes reality

Dr Alexander Pischon, Managing Director of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV)
Dr Alexander Pischon, Managing Director of KVV

Combined transport has finally arrived. Since Sunday 12 December, Karlsruhe’s trams and light railways are operating in the new tunnels and on the overground track on Kriegsstrasse. Construction work on the project began on 21 January 2010. Now, almost twelve years later, passenger journeys are set to start on the city centre’s all-new transport network.

We spoke to Dr Alexander Pischon, Managing Director of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV), to discuss the reasons behind this so-called “combined transport solution”, the benefits it offers to passengers, and more.

Can you tell us how the coronavirus pandemic affected KVV’s economic situation? What is the situation now and what developments do you expect in the coming months?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

The pandemic has had a severe effect on the entire public transport industry throughout Germany. Unfortunately, we in Karlsruhe have not been spared this. Over the course of 2020 and 2021, our revenue from ticket sales fell by around 70 million euros. We have also lost around 15 per cent of our annual pass customers. Fortunately, these falls in revenue have been fully compensated by the two aid packages provided by the federal and state governments. I can honestly say that without these two packages, our industry would have been devastated. The aid provided has helped support small and medium-sized bus companies throughout the crisis, to name just one example. We now hope that passenger numbers will stabilise over the long term and lead to a stabilisation in revenues. We are also hoping to attract significant numbers of new customers, partly through the opening of the new Karlsruhe tunnel.

How has passenger behaviour changed over the course of the pandemic and how are you planning to respond to the related challenges going forward?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

At the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, we saw a massive collapse in passenger numbers throughout the KVV network. Back then, passenger numbers were around only a quarter of their usual level. That was a very difficult period. Fortunately, passengers have been coming back in large numbers. We are currently operating at around 70 per cent capacity and are hopeful that this trend will continue.

Studies have proven that buses and trains have never contributed significantly to the spread of the virus. Our vehicles are ventilated at every stop whenever the doors open, mask wearing has proven effective, and passages now have to show proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative test. These measures have all have made our buses and trains safe for our passengers.

Karlsruhe is an important model region for mobility and is home to many innovations. You are one of most important driving forces behind this. What is your vision or strategy for public transport in Karlsruhe?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

That’s right, Karlsruhe has been known for many decades for the innovative nature of its public transport system. For me it is very important to secure this special position and continuously expand upon it. The vision behind this is based on two central elements. We want to offer the customer an attractive service at all times in the here and now, while also developing the future in all areas of public transport.

Just look at the Baden-Württemberg Test Area for Autonomous Driving, which was set up in Karlsruhe because of the expertise and innovative prowess here. Another good example is KVV’s regiomove project. Here, we combine a wide range of mobility services at several locations in the region that passengers can book easily via a user-friendly app. I believe that flexible, digital services like this represent the future.

What is the combined transport solution and what changes and benefits will it bring for people in Karlsruhe?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

The combined transport solution is one of the largest construction projects in the city’s history. The new light rail tunnel and track section on Kriegsstrasse will greatly improve the performance of our transport network. Passengers will reach their destinations quicker, and with greater reliability and punctuality, as soon as operations begin from mid-December. New lines and greater capacity will also make public transport in Karlsruhe fit for the growing needs of the future.

The light rail tunnel will lead to shorter journey times on many routes, especially in the city centre, and will also feature seven new, accessible stations. In addition, the combined transport solution is a reflection of the general urban development in the city. Moving the transport network underground has enabled the creation of a true pedestrian zone where people will want to spend time.

The combined transport solution is due to begin operations on 12 December. How was this process for KVV? What are your expectations?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

We at the Karlsruhe Transport Authority hope above all that the faster tram and light rail connections will lead to a further rise in passenger numbers. The completion of the light rail tunnel is an important milestone in many regards. With our attractive public transport service, we are also making an important contribution to both revolutionising transport and protecting the climate. I believe that in the coming years, public transport will play a decisive role in these issues. After all, fighting climate change is only possible with an approach that involves all of society.

KVV has played a leading role in the regiomove project. What is the background here?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

The regiomove mobility app has been very popular among our customers since the end of 2020. regiomove gives customers easy access to all services together in a single app, including timetable information, booking and payment for various modes of transport, and a key mechanism for rental bikes. Together with the multi-modal mobility stations at several locations across the KVV network, known as ports, the app has become a visible symbol for environmentally friendly transport in Karlsruhe. I’m very proud of this. Using the app, our customers can create their individual journey and pay for it on their phone with just a few clicks.

Can you tell us a bit about the pioneering HomeZone project? How will this benefit passengers? What challenges have you faced and still need to overcome?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

KVV.homezone and KVV.luftlinie are two all-new digital pricing schemes that will be available from 12 December. We presented these at a major press conference at the end of November. KVV.luftlinie (English: “as the crow flies”) is aimed at occasional passengers, while KVV.homezone is a flexible pass system aimed at customers who use our network frequently. Both products can be purchased electronically via the KVV.regiomove app and expand our already comprehensive range of ticket options. KVV.homezone allows frequent users to set their own mobility radius independently of the KVV network structure for the first time. This means they only pay for what they actually use. After selecting their mobility radius, customers can use the flexible pass as often as they like and in any mode of transport for a period of 28 days. The pass ends automatically after this period.

What other plans do you have for making mobility in Karlsruhe even more attractive?

Dr Alexander Pischon:

Over the next few years, our focus will be on further expanding our attractive digital service. One of our aims is to make our new KVV.homezone even more flexible. We believe that demand for flexible ticketing will increase in future, as people increasingly spend more time working from home. We also want to integrate more modes of transport into our regiomove app, such as car sharing, bike sharing or shuttles. Another important topic will be continuing the development of our app together with Mobility Inside, creating a nationwide ticketing solution for all modes of transport, including long-distance trains. In the coming years, we will of course also have to double down on expanding track infrastructure, both in Karlsruhe and the region. We want our customers to enjoy travelling with our trains. This calls for an attractive and reliable transport service in the region. Solid infrastructure is essential for this. On-demand shuttle services will become increasingly important in rural areas, as there is great demand for this “last mile” transport.

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Interview with VDV - Association of German Transport Companies
Oliver Wolff, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Member of the Executive Committee of the VDV.

According to a study by the German motoring association ADAC from the end of 2020, the effects of the pandemic have led to a sharp decline in passenger numbers in public transport. How has this developed since then from your perspective?

Passenger numbers in public transport have fallen and risen again with the various waves of infection. This data shows very clearly how restrictive the lockdown measures and travel restrictions were at different points in time. Passenger numbers are currently at around 75% of their pre-pandemic level. But people still have fewer reasons to travel, such as major events, trade fairs or city breaks.

Which services and solutions do you think are well suited to responding to altered passenger behaviour or counteracting the developments we have seen?

We have yet to see whether and to what extent this change in mobility behaviour will persist after the pandemic. Our recent nationwide pass scheme, in which anyone with a valid annual public transport pass could use the entire public transport network throughout Germany for two weeks at no extra cost, showed that passengers still want to use buses and trains intensively. Over 700,000 customers took advantage of this offer. To us, this is a clear sign that people still need and use a good public transport network. Despite this, we know that we have to offer more flexible ticketing schemes in future as more people choose to work from home, for example.

What type of pricing do you think will make sense in future?

In most cases, a flat-rate pricing system is still the best option for both passengers and transport companies. It is cheap and simple for both sides. Subsidised prices only make sense for certain target groups, such as schoolchildren, low-income groups or the disabled. This is because public transport is a high-quality service that comes with corresponding costs. In order to cover these costs, everyone who benefits from public transport or uses the system must contribute to its running, such as by purchasing tickets or through third-party stakeholder financing. We will need much more public transport if we are to successfully revolutionise mobility by 2030. This will result in higher costs that cannot be financed by the public purse alone.

Which of the changes in public transport caused by Covid-19 do you think will remain after the pandemic?

Passengers who kept travelling on buses and trains throughout the pandemic experienced a full public transport service that remained reliable and offered plenty of space even at busy times. Transport companies also provided more information and paid greater attention to cleaning and hygiene. Passengers have therefore become more demanding in terms of quality, and this is not going to go away after the pandemic. We as a sector have to come to terms with this if we want to significantly increase passenger numbers by 2030 as planned. The best way to achieve this is through offering a high-quality service.

How is the year 2021 looking from a financial perspective? How have you handled the collapse in revenue?

In Germany, state and national governments provided around seven billion euros in aid to the public transport sector in 2020 and 2021 to compensate for losses. This aid was provided in a highly pragmatic way by governments and parties across the political spectrum, and we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who helped us. Without this support, we would have been unable to meet our responsibility of providing virtually a full service throughout the pandemic. So from a financial perspective, the public transport sector has so far come through the pandemic in pretty good shape. Despite this, we still expect lower revenues next year, as passenger numbers have yet to recover fully. We can’t yet put a precise figure on these losses, but we will have to speak to our partners soon and find solutions.

Scheidt & Bachmann presents innovative software solutions at IT-TRANS 2022

The focus is on FareGo 360, a data management system that supports transport companies in operating a sustainable fare collection system thanks to automated and personalised information. In addition, the system supplier will present its CiBo system, which enables passengers to check in and out easily via smartphone app.

FareGo 360: Excellence in operations

FareGo 360 provides transport operators with a 360° view of their fare collection system, by providing personalised information and assistance to every member of the operational team, when and where they need it. The software solution proactively shares information, including alerts and reminders, anticipating issues and opportunities based on the data in the system and beyond. FareGo 360 automates recurring tasks, spots irregularities and makes intelligent predictions. It streamlines processes and simplifies daily tasks.

Check-in/Be-out Ticketing App

Scheidt & Bachmann offers mobile ticketing with smartphones as a check-in/be-out solution: Passengers check in themselves via smartphone app when they start their journey. This allows for passengers to move without any barriers within the complete network – from bus to rail and back. The related best price calculations as well as all other processes are performed by Scheidt & Bachmann’s powerful account based backend system.

Visitors can learn more about the solutions at booth J3 in hall 1.

Scheidt & Bachmann: Trusted partner for intelligent ticketing systems

Scheidt & Bachmann provides transport agencies and their passengers with efficient, simple and convenient ticketing and comprehensive information systems. We are proud to continually provide one of the finest and most reliable business solutions in the industry that empowers transport authorities to optimise their decision making and increase efficiency. Being leaders of technical innovation we improve public transport services to satisfy our customers’ demand in an ever more connected world.

UITP’s Senior Expert Jaspal Singh reflects on the digital revolution’s impacts on public transport – and the people that drive it.
Jaspal Singh, Senior Expert I.T. and Development, UITP, the International Association of Public Transport.

At UITP, we talk a lot about the developments being made across the public transport sector. Being a global umbrella to all players and stakeholders, we constantly observe and consider what is happening within the industry, and what that means for those who work within it – especially the passengers who make their daily trips across the cities they call home.

Public transport has changed a great deal within the past ten years, with urban mobility undergoing a huge transformation. Digitalization and innovation have been behind many of the exciting changes to the ways in which we live and move. The digital evolution moves quickly, and with each new development within IT, every step, every journey, puts us closer to the people-centric approach that the sector must remain focused on.

During the past decade, technological innovations have made a great impact on the public transport sector. From on-demand mobility and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) to autonomous vehicles and contactless payments, these digital developments have mattered to public transport.

Technology is constantly accelerating, and what is clear is that public transport has massively benefited from new digital developments. It’s the people who make public transport, and as the changes are led by people, we must stay ahead of the trends to ensure we harness the potential of digitalization to better serve the needs of passengers. The adoption of technology has accelerated with smartphones and will skyrocket with 5G networks as passengers look for seamless travel and real-time information.

Developments in innovation and digitalization are not come-and-go trends; they are exciting changes impacting the regular functions of traditional public transport services, including daily operations and maintenance, human resources, planning and scheduling, and passenger information. The pandemic has further accelerated the pace of digitalization. For example, transit agencies in Europe are implementing open loop payment system and contactless ticketing.

The world continues to live through great change with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on movement within our daily lives, and the digital trends we have witnessed developing in recent years with on-demand and shared mobility, ticketing and payment and autonomous mobility, have played an important role during the movement of people this past year. All players must come together to build integrated mobility solutions, rather than working in silos.

People are demanding more from their mobility choices – and although traditional modes will always be the backbone of public transport – new innovative developments provide passengers with more choice and new options in their hands as they set about their daily lives.

Digitalization and innovation are topics that matter. In our daily work, we discuss the various impacts and opportunities this evolution presents to our sector. The public transport industry has embraced these new technologies in order to create more customer-friendly, secure, and efficient services.

Next year UITP will bring together the most important voices with the very best knowledge on digital developments at IT-TRANS – our event focused on innovation and digitalization. COVID-19 brought us together for a digital edition in 2020, and I’m eager to bring together as many people as we can to consider what may be next for the digital revolution.

With a focus on intelligent urban transport systems, we’ll be able to see what necessary steps need to be taken to continue embracing and developing the digital world public transport is embracing.

There are challenges and opportunities to any kind of development, within any sector, and public transport is no different. Digitalization is metamorphosing public transport, and what we must always do as we explore new services and embrace new technologies is keep a people-centric approach, no matter what.

Public transport is for all people; and it will be the passengers who continue to lead the digital revolution across our sector.

Karlsruhe: Autonomous Driving Test Field
Ride in E.V.A shuttle
In the video you can see how the ride with an autonomous EVA shuttle works.

The aim of the research project is to develop a public transport mobility concept that is to be evaluated by means of an overall system-oriented fleet test under real conditions. The EVA Shuttle project tests connected and driverless minibuses in the city, with a safety driver on hand at all times. The networked and autonomously driving mini-buses are being developed for the last mile from the bus stop to the front door. The vehicles move freely in regular road traffic, where they act independently and react to pedestrians, cyclists and motorized means of transport. Orders are placed on-demand via the "eva-shuttle" app. The project is so far unique in Germany.

A consortium of five partners is involved in the EVA-Shuttle research project: In addition to the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, these are Robert Bosch GmbH, Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH, TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH and the Deutsche Bahn subsidiary ioki GmbH.

More information about the Autonomous Driving Test Field and the public transport research project EVA Shuttle is available at


Meet the IT-TRANS teams of Messe Karlsruhe and UITP at the ITS WORLD CONGRESS 2021. From October 11 to 15, 2021, experts from the mobility, logistics, and IT industries, as well as representatives from politics and and representatives from politics and associations will meet in Hamburg. The congress will take place under the motto "Experience Future Mobility Now".

At ITS World Congress in Hamburg, the IT-TRANS teams of Messe Karlsruhe and UITP give visitors comprehensive insight into the contents of the upcoming exhibition and the focal points of the conference programme. Visitors who would like to attend the IT-TRANS can book their exhibition tickets directly at the booth - free of charge. Potential exhibitors have the unique opportunity to find out about the hall plannings and the options for participation as well as the numerous networking formats to mingle with industry leaders. The IT-TRANS booth is located in hall B7 and has the booth number 007.

The ITS Congress is the biggest event focused on smart mobility and the digitalisation of transport. The congresses are an industry meeting of intelligent mobility and take place annually.They show the importance of intelligent transport systems (ITS), and are an important platform for industry experts and decision makers.

Trade fair restart in september

The trade fair industry is looking forward to the coming autumn. With a comprehensive safety concept and further necessary protection and hygiene measures, Messe Karlsruhe will kick off the restart in September with Platformers' Days - Leading trade fair for mobile lifting and height-access technology. Planning for IT-TRANS 2022 will also continue unhindered. After the world's leading conference and exhibition for digitally connected urban mobility had to be canceled due to developments surrounding the corona virus, the global industry gathering had taken place last year purely digitally as an interactive event platform. "We are grateful to our exhibitors, visitors and partners for their flexibility in going this way with us and at the same time we are already looking forward to IT-TRANS taking place again as a Live event with digital components at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center", says project manager Jochen Georg.

From March 8 to 10, the International Trade Fair and Conference for Intelligent Solutions in Public Transport, invites you to the international industry meeting for all players in public and private passenger transport.

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