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

2022-11-30
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!

2022-11-17
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 https://www.bitkom.org/Presse/Presseinformation/Smarte-Mobilitaet-2022 (German language)

2022-10-11
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.

2022-09-13
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.

Please find further interesting results in the complete report (free download):

In English: https://discover.ptvgroup.com/Download-PTV-Public-Transport-Trends-Report-2022?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pt-trend-survey_2022&utm_id=pt-trend-survey_2022_messe_karlsruhe&utm_content=messe+karlsruhe

In German: https://discover.ptvgroup.com/Download-PTV-OEV-Trend-Report-2022?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pt-trend-survey_2022&utm_id=pt-trend-survey_2022_messe_karlsruhe&utm_content=messe+karlsruhe

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2022-09-06
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.

2022-09-02
UITP Academy: training in autumn
IT-TRANS - UITP Academy logo

Want to broaden your knowledge on cutting-edge topics in public transport? Then you should join the UITP Academy courses in October! Organised by UITP and TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (TRK), the training is hosted by industry professionals and skillful experts in public transport. Make sure to profit from the latest insights in automated mobility – join the link below for further information and registration:

Automated Mobility – 25 - 27 October 2022 – in-person training (Regional Training Center of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe) – https://www.uitp.org/trainings/automated-mobility/

These sessions will inform about automated mobility and discuss the possible scenarios of introducing automated vehicles in the most sustainable way for our cities. Attendees will learn from stakeholders who build and run automated vehicles or contribute to the design of policy and regulatory frameworks.

2022-06-09
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!

2022-05-30
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.

Answering the questions will take no longer than five minutes:

To PTV Group’s trend survey

The survey is running until 17 June. As a thank you, you will be granted exclusive access to the results.

2022-05-24
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.

2022-04-13
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.

2022-04-13
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.

https://www.systemtechnik-online.de/home/

https://www.binarysystem.eu/en

LIO and LEA control systems from Trapeze – a powerful pairing

Trapeze
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

Trapeze
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 www.it-trans.org/en/networking.

You can also find more information about our solutions on our website: https://www.trapezegroup.com/

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 www.trapezegroup.com.

Press contact Julia Kroll,

Marketing Communications

medien@trapezegroup.com

www.trapezegroup.com

2022-04-13
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!

https://www.eventbrite.de/e/get-together-at-it-trans-karlsruhe-tickets-308578505617

More information about the exhibition programme:

https://www.it-trans.org/de/fachmesse/messeprogramm/

More information about Women in Mobility:

https://www.womeninmobility.org/

2022-03-29
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!

2022-03-04
INIT to present the future of public transport IT at IT-TRANS
INIT

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.

English: https://www.initse.com/ende/ittrans2022/

German: https://www.initse.com/dede/it-trans2022/

2022-03-04
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.

2022-02-07
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 marketing@atron.de

2021-12-08
 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.

2021-12-06
Get your ticket now

IT-TRANS is the leading conference where the brightest minds in the public transport sector meet to exchange, discuss and invent IT solutions.

The 3 day conference will bring you up to speed with all of the latest technological innovations that matter in public transport. You can expect to hear from over 180 speakers about numerous topics focused on IT solutions for public transport .

The earlier you book, the more you save. Buy your IT-TRANS ticket until 15 December 2021 and benefit from our attractive early-bird rates and early-bird group tickets. See you in Karlsruhe!

2021-10-13
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.

2021-10-13
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.

2021-10-13
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.

2021-10-13
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 https://www.eva-shuttle.de/.

2021-10-12
IT-TRANS at the ITS WORLD CONGRESS 2021

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.

2021-08-26
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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