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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.

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.

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.

Three days to go until IT-TRANS 2022!

  • 28,000 square meters of exhibition space
  • 275 exhibitors
    • From Germany: 149
    • From abroad: 121
    • Start-ups in the start-up Zone: 30

Please find our list of exhibitors here.

Have a look at our exhibition programme here.

Save your ticket and shape the future of mobility with us!

New: Innovation Guided Tours

On each day of the exhibition, IT-TRANS offers a guided tour, addressing a specific topic. The tours will be accompanied by an expert moderator and stop at individual exhibition stands where you will hear about topical innovations. We have planned the following exhibition guided tours for you; participation is free of charge.

  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022: 2.30 pm: Contactless ticketing and Mobility as a Service
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022: 2.30 pm: Autonomous and on-demand mobility
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022: 10.30 am: Passenger information and customer management

The tours start at the Meeting Point in the Events Hall.

Reduced prices for students!

Enjoy 3 days of conference sessions and exhibition access for only 85 Euro - including networking events and coffee, excluding lunch. Use the Code „Student22 WM-SP“ and get your ticket

Ready for IT-TRANS? Don't forget to download the talque app in time!

In order to secure access to the event platform at any time, download the App here:

Please note that the app is the best way to view the IT-TRANS programme and information about our exhibitors. No printed versions of the programme or catalogue will be provided on site.

When registering, please keep in mind that if you use Social Logins (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Apple), your private e-mail address, if linked to it, will be used to create the talque account. If possible, please use the e-mail address at which you received the onboarding email.

Enjoy the event and have fun networking in the IT-TRANS platform!

Eventually! Network and celebrate together!
Karlsruhe Networking Night powered by init and KVV
Karlsruhe Networking Night powered by init and KVV

Exclusive IT-TRANS 2022 pre-event powered by PTV GROUP

  • Date: Monday, May 9, 2022
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fleischmarkthalle at Alter Schlachthof 13, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany.

After hearing from industry experts about how technology is shaping the future of urban transport, we'll ring in the start of this year's IT-TRANS in a casual atmosphere with drinks and snacks together with international decision makers and experts!

IT Family Dinner powered by Trapeze

  • Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, Atrium

We will end the first day of IT-TRANS in the Atrium, the spacious outdoor area of Messe Karlsruhe! Under the open sky, the early summer atmosphere with Mediterranean delicacies, live music by the band "Freiheit" and refreshing drinks invites you to network and relax.

Karlsruhe Networking Night powered by init and KVV

  • Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Schwarzwaldhalle; Karlsruhe Convention Centre

The Karlsruhe Networking Night, which closes the second day of the exhibition and conference with the big IT-TRANS party, is legendary. With live music, a large dance floor and food and drink, the Karlsruhe Networking Night is THE get-together for conference participants, exhibitors, visitors and many other

Further information:

Explore the dream ticket to seamless passenger experience at IT-TRANS

Trusting Ticketing in MaaS

The first side-event of the week sets the right tone for the rest of IT-TRANS. The workshop joins forces of UITP and the Smart Ticketing Alliance (STA), who will invite a high-level panel of speakers to dive into the topic of MaaS. UITP and STA will also present results of the first paper launched by their joint Working Group Ticketing in MaaS.

9 May 15:00 – 17:30. You need to register separately for this session. Please register here.

Contactless and mobile ticketing: Transitioning to a new system

This Plenary session invites global experts in ticketing and payment to share key insights about the new trends in contactless ticketing.

Technological advancement has helped systems evolve dramatically over recent decades and ticketing has developed from the idea of a paper-based ticket to a complete contactless system. Transit companies are facing challenges to identify technologies which can meet future requirements, as contactless ticketing gains market traction.

10 May 10, 14:30 – 15:30

Ask the Expert: Everything you always wanted to know about open loop ticketing

Looking to combine lunching with learning? Join experts from the Urban Mobility Open Payments Forum at the UITP stand to ask them about all things open loop payment, accepting payment cards, account-based ticketing, and more.

The Urban Mobility Open Payment Forum is an initiative of UITP bringing together key players from across the public transport ecosystem, including operators, payment schemes and technology providers to help advance open loop payment in public transport.

Forum members, including Visa, American Express, Google Pay and various tech partners, will be happy to see you for a coffee and answer all your burning questions!

11 May, 13.00-14.00

Changing the landscape with Open Loop Payments

Public transport operators and authorities were already shifting towards contactless payment systems, but with the pandemic, this has now accelerated new adoptions in contactless, mobile ticketing and open loop systems. Open loop payment allows passengers using any payment card or app to pay for their journey without having to register in advance.

In this workshop, panelists from UITP’s Urban Mobility Open Payments Forum will highlight benefits and challenges of open loop payments along with lessons from different cities.

11 May 15.30 – 16.30

Building seamless mobility with MaaS

With the numbers of mobility offerings increasing in our cities, there is a new challenge to book and pay for different services. The new normal has changed the travel pattern for citizens, and there’s growing demand for an integrated application to search, plan and book different mobility services. MaaS is emerging as a big game changer for public transport sector, by taking away the hassle of finding the most suitable mobility option with one single digital mobility offer.

This Plenary session will bring experts from the around the world to share the innovation in MaaS and bring technology players to exhibit their solutions.

10 May 13:00 – 14:00

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:

More information about Women in Mobility:

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.

In interview: UITP's Senior Jaspal Singh

What challenges are cities around the world facing? What contribution can digitisation make to meeting them?

The world we’re living in right now is not the world we knew when the previous physical IT-TRANS was held in 2018. It’s important to recognise that whenever gathering experts together to consider the future. The challenges our cities are facing are different now, as we look at the next steps through the impacts of a global pandemic. As devasating as Covid-19 has been for public transport in terms of ridership, revenue and movement, there are opportunities for the sector to re-evaluate what will come next. Technology will play an important role for public transport to bring back lost ridership and offer better customer experience.

The progress of 5G technology holds a lot of potential for the future of mobility. Can you explain why 5G can fundamentally shape and change digital processes in mobility?

5G and telecommunications are helping to shape the future of transportation in ways that perhaps not everyone realises. They offer an opportunity to provide better connectivity to enhance the way we travel. 5G is a growing innovation and with that, there’s also growing demand to see the benefits of what it can offer. With 5G rollout, cities will be better enabled with smart connectivity, real-time monitoring and user-demand management. It’s a part of the technological world that people are curious about, but still learning more.

UITP always highlight technoloies which will become mainstram in next 3-5 years. At IT-TRANS you will find 5G technology throughout our programme as one of our ten main key topics. In fact UITP has formed the Information Technology and Telecommunication Committee (ITT) to better learn from the leading telecommunicaiton players, companies and experts – they will be with us at IT-TRANS to share their expertise. Like all parts of the I.T. and digital world, 5G is of great interest to public transport and the part it can and will play in the roll out of autonomous mobility in our cities.

Our cities will become home to more people than ever before in the decades to come as urbanisation grows and populations reside closer to one another than ever before. With that comes challenges and opportunities. We need our cities to be as accessible and sustainable as possible, built around the people who inhabit them. That future belongs to ecological and smart city concepts that combine mobility, sustainability and smart, intelligent concepts. If we combine all options, then we can foster innovative solutions. Digitalisation has a major role to play in this. The future will be technologically driven and digital options, and digital tools are what people will be looking for.

At IT-TRANS 2022, the industry will meet again in person in May. How will companies and visitors benefit from IT-TRANS?

This month, from 6-8 February, UITP hosted the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition in Dubai. This is a pillar UITP event, on the same level as IT-TRANS, and is co-hosted with our local partner Roads and Transport Authority, RTA Dubai. It was our first physical, full in-person event since the pandemic began and it was an overwhelming success. We had 44 exhibitors from 20 countries and 72 speakers from 22 countries – welcoming 2000 participants from almost 50 countries. The general feedback taken from our attendees is the joy they felt in being back together to discuss the future of mobility face-to-face. It shows that with the correct rules in place during the pandemic, we can gather together as a sector to debate and innovate. Public transport is known for its sense of community and this is always on show during IT-TRANS. By highlighting the success of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibtion, I know that our exhibitors, speakers and delegates know how dedicated UITP is to making our events a success, and how prepared we are to make our gatherings an enjoyable, safe and forward-thinking atmosphere. By joining us in Karlsruhe, every company and every visitor will find a sector waiting for them full of people eager to exchange and develop new digital solutions.

What concept did you follow when designing the conference program for IT-TRANS this year?

Our 2022 Conference programme is built around parallel sessions, market updates, plenary sessions, poster sessions, workshops and technical visits, built around ten main topics: Mobility-as-a-Service, Contactless Ticketing, CybersSecurity, 5G and Telecommunication, Digital Transformation, Autonomous Mobility, Big Data and Data Governance, On-Demand and Flexible Transport, AI and IoT and Smart Cities and Integrated Network Management. Within those ten topics, the programme offers almost 60 individual topics. Whatever is of interest to you, you’ll mind a session in our programme covering it. What’s important to recognise is that although IT-TRANS is focused on the future role of I.T. and digitalisation in public transport, we’re also looking at a new future for our sector as we build back, hopefully better, out of the pandemic. Public transport, like most sectors, is looking at a future that was not part of the conversation for our previous physical edition in 2018. Now we’re considering what our cities can and should look like beyond Covid-19. The digital revolution that has been taking place in public transport will be front and centre of what public transport can next achieve. The world is changing, and modernisation is what people will expect going forward. Our Conference programme is about as modern and futuristic as you will find. After all, the future belonds to intelligent and smart concepts to make our cities are accessible and sustainable as possible.

Which speaker or presentation are you particularly looking forward to this year?

I couldn’t possibly choose! Our speakers list is fulll of recogniseable names from all corners of the globe, ready to present pioneering concepts and digitalisation trends. Whether engineers or strategists, those from research or tech, our programme contains experienced names from leading companies. We already have our speakers assigned to their panel, and I know that their presentations will be worth the watch. What is special about IT-TRANS is that when you have an event focused on digitalisation and the futuristic angle of mobility, the experts in attendance are driven by their passion. We know that I.T. and the digital world is a major part of the future of public transport, so the desire to showcase that future is always on show. There really is something for everyone in our programme with parallel sessions, workshops and market updates catering to all tastes. It is of course all coordinated around our key topics and themes – so whatever your interest, you’ll find it covered in our programme.

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.

For more information on dealing with the coronavirus, please visit our website.

Virtual Start-up Zone

In the virtual Start-up Zone a total of 27 young companies will present their innovative ideas and business models. In addition to nine German exhibitors, 18 international exhibitors, among others from China, Israel, Japan, Canada, Russia, and the USA, will also be represented.

On the virtual Start-up Stage, an exciting programme will be offered over the first two days of the exhibition:
On these days, the young companies will present their latest technologies in specialist lectures. You will find exciting inputs among others to mobility in the IoT Age, Big Data and AI to improve public transport and shared mobility in a post-corona time.

The Finalists of the Future Mobility Award, an award for sustainable mobility solutions, and the winners of the INIT Students Award will also present their innovations on Wednesday afternoon.

The Start-up programme and further information can be found here.

Intuitive and digitally updated passenger information

Travellers expect to have all the information they need in real time, from departure times, connections and delays to information about stations, such as where to find lockers or food outlets. DB Systel, the IT subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, has developed a digital avatar called SEMMI. This uses AI technology to provide users with an interactive and contactless experience in natural language, and will be showcased at IT-TRANS for the first time. Alongside questions about Deutsche Bahn, SEMMI will provide visitors with information about other exhibitors and the conference programme, as well as the departure times of the shuttle service from the event in German and English.

UK company Papercast will use IT-TRANS to showcase its e-paper displays. It allows passenger information like vehicle capacity and occupancy, hygiene measures and route options to be shared in real time. GDS from Italy will also present its solar-powered e-paper displays. geo.zpheres is another end-to-end solution that manually or automatically generates and updates transport network maps to allow intuitive navigation for passengers. The geo.zpheres system can be shown on displays, websites and mobile apps.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.

Preventing overcrowding, creating trust, monitoring mask wearing

Overcrowding needs to be prevented in all public areas. That is why, despite falling passenger numbers, many transport authorities are maintaining all of their services. “We need to make sure that our passengers feel they are safe when they get on board our buses and trains, even during the pandemic”, says Prof. Knut Ringat, CEO of Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV). Being able to predict passenger levels and prevent overcrowding is particularly important for regional transport. This is because, unlike long-distance transport, it cannot rely on reservation data. HaCon joined forces with Siemens Mobility to develop a software solution that predicts capacity utilisation. It is based on the amount of queries and bookings made on local transport company apps. The data is used on a completely anonymous basis and cannot be traced back to the individual user. In addition, the self-learning algorithm takes plannable external influences like construction work and major events into account.

Smartphone IT solution

Camera-based technology and booking systems can help both manage passenger flows and make sure they are wearing masks, so that everyone feels safe while travelling. Many of the exhibitors at IT-TRANS provide just these solutions. Awaait has developed a fare evasion detector that detects people travelling without tickets at barriers. The system provides the data in real time using video streams from cameras monitoring the barriers. The Spanish AI specialists have also developed face mask monitoring software that uses the same IP/network cameras to check whether passengers are wearing face coverings. Both systems send alerts to inspectors via an app, so that they can catch passengers travelling without a ticket or mask in seconds. Isarsoft offers a video-based passenger counting system for use in vehicles, on platforms and at entrances. It can be used to determine long-term trends and local maximum passenger levels. Mentz has developed an occupancy display that draws data from one of two sources. The first is dynamic real-time data fed into apps or passenger information platforms via the conventional SIRI standard. Alternatively, the system can use community-supported data. Moovit has developed another tool that supports social distancing at stations and stops. It uses push notifications and in-app pop-up windows to inform passengers about real-time delays, cancellations and changes, so that they can avoid spending long periods in busy areas.

MOBILEguide is a passenger flow system developed by INIT. The system uses a series of levels with which transport companies can control vehicle utilisation. In its final expansion stage, MOBILEguide takes into account typical embarking and disembarking behaviour at individual stops. It calculates a capacity prediction in the form of the expected occupancy level after disembarkation. This calculation is made based on real-time counting data, historical data and a self-learning algorithm (AI). Once the occupancy level in a vehicle exceeds a certain threshold, the MOBILE-ITCS intermodal transport control system alerts the control room. This allows for remedial measures, such as scheduling additional vehicles or temporarily preventing passengers from boarding.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.

MaaS - transport chains across modes of transport

Public transport systems are almost always based on the use of large vehicles with fixed routes, schedules and prices. But social distancing, working from home and lower levels of passenger trust are causing this to change. Vehicles need to be automated and connected if intermodal and flexible mobility systems are to truly exploit their potential in future. At IT-TRANS, many exhibitors will be showcasing smart software based on mobility as a service (MaaS):


Via offers an integrated mobility solution that includes shift planning, a passenger app with booking, vehicle tracking and ticketing functions, along with all the necessary scheduling, routing and payment systems. Spanish company Indra uses intelligent analysis, learning and prediction models for its MaaS platform In-Mova Space. Dutch firm Tranzer links public transport and micro-mobility services, and provides an API for end-user MaaS platforms. Cityway will also present an MaaS app with an intermodal real-time route planner. Passengers receive a monthly invoice for all of the mobility services they have used, complete with best-price guarantee. The MaaS app shows the modes of transport as they move on a map and provides real-time information about occupancy.

Alexander Pischon

Mobimeo adds a park+ride function to the multimodal apps of transport companies and authorities. Users travelling in their own car or a shared vehicle are shown occupancy levels for P+R car parks on their route and the probability of finding a free space at their destination. Heike Löffler, CCO of Mobimeo: “Our new P+R function is aimed at users that do not live close to a bus or train station and who therefore have to use cars more often. Displaying different mobility options in the app of their local public transport provider allows them to make an informed decision.”

“Modern mobility platforms are the tool of choice when it comes to meeting passenger needs. We are just about to release our own app that will offer additional information on things like traffic levels or individually tailored mobility chains featuring different modes of transport”, says Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund CEO Dr Alexander Pischon.

Sigo provides a further building block for intermodal transport chains with its rentable e-bikes that feature a spacious transport box. Passengers can pick these up from charging stations and use them for the last mile. The sharing model also includes bike maintenance, a functioning app, customer support and marketing activities to encourage use.

For periods of low utilisation, the Canadian exhibitor Spare helps transport providers switch to integrated on-demand transport. This works by replacing regular transport on high-cost, low-demand routes with an on-demand taxi service. Known as trip brokering, this service can be booked by phone or via the Spare Rider app.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.

IT-TRANS to showcase the breadth of digital mobility solutions

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the pace of change in the mobility sector. Smart software is helping transport companies and mobility service providers deal with this. Possibilities include automating and electrifying vehicle fleets, greater use of ride pooling, on-demand transport, real-time passenger information and planning for repair and maintenance. Digital tools can also help regain the trust of passengers and check that they are wearing masks where necessary.

IT-TRANS will be held from 1 to 3 December 2020 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The event will provide a platform to present and discuss mobility trends, concepts and visions from around the world, along with real solutions for the COVID-19 era. Two special sessions have been added to the IT-TRANS conference that are dedicated to the challenges that the pandemic poses to the public transport sector. In a series of case studies, transport companies from around the world will describe how they are handling the pandemic and outline the measures they have taken, such as new payment methods, video surveillance, overcrowding warning systems and flexible scheduling. “Although this year’s meet-up for the public transport sector may be a little different, IT-TRANS will allow the industry to think about the changes caused by the pandemic and discuss solutions. This is because the digital world has continued to develop and become more significant, as the event will show”, says Jaspal Singh, Senior Expert for IT and Development at UTIP, who is also responsible for the conference programme.

Both of the Covid-related discussions will be streamed live and made available virtually, along with many of the 35 other sessions. The entire conference will be a hybrid event, held both on site and online. The exhibition will take place in Karlsruhe according to an officially approved hygiene and safety plan. Around 270 providers of IT and mobility solutions will present their products and services for connected urban transport.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.

Click & collect – shop while you travel

Today, around 20 per cent of all passengers use the time spent travelling for online shopping. According to McKinsey, mobile commerce is due to become the second-largest income source in autonomous vehicles by the year 2030. Enroute is an Israeli start-up that allows mobility providers to monetise the time people spend travelling. It creates and uses a triangle between customers, retailers and mobility providers. Customers interact with the personalised and location-based shopping platform and order from retailers. The mobility provider then gives them the commission they earn in the form of travel credit.

This is an active way to use the journey. But streaming films, checking emails and shopping online requires a reliable data connection. The vehicle chassis often severely weakens external signals, meaning that passengers struggle to stay connected. onway WiFi features an antenna that improves reception in the vehicle. Passengers can purchase upgrades that give them greater bandwidth or data volume, or allow them to use the service for longer.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.


As a result of the pandemic, transport companies have to be more flexible when planning their timetables. IVU Traffic Technologies has developed software that allows them to quickly adapt existing schedules and routes to changing needs, such as fluctuations in demand. In addition, the scheduling optimisation software automatically takes qualifications and preferences into account, thus increasing staff flexibility. Boom Rail Solutions will also be in Karlsruhe to present their software for needs-based fleet planning, along with their workshop and maintenance management tool.

Please note: The IT-TRANS exhibition 2020 will not take place as a live event in Karlsruhe. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are transforming IT-TRANS to an interactive event community platform, where exhibitors will also be present.

All e-market updates available as recordings

The coronavirus poses new challenges to many sectors of the economy - but none is as severely affected as public transport. In order to support the industry in these challenging times, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Messe Karlsruhe organized a total of nine e-market update webinars with leading industry providers from May to November 2020, which met with an overwhelming response and great enthusiasm among the participants.

The webinars in English language dealt with the following wide-ranging topics:

  • COVID-19 - Innovative Instruments and Solutions for Optimizing Public Transport during a Pandemic
  • Innovative ticketing solutions to ensure business continuity
  • Leveraging big data and data analytics to achieve safe distancing
  • On-demand mobility solutions to keep cities up and running
  • Restarting Public Transport with Customer Service Excellence
  • Mobility-as-a-Service: Building a holistic mobility experience
  • Cabs and Ride-hailing in the Era of Coronavirus: Future Outlook
  • Building integrated planning & scheduling tools for authorities and operators
  • Autonomous mobility: Shifting towards better mobility

Interested parties can still register to get access to the recordings and summaries of the E-Market Update Webinars that have already taken place, thus shortening the time until IT-TRANS in December.

The rapidly increasing number of corona infections and the worldwide expansion of risk areas have prompted UITP and Messe Karlsruhe to hold IT-TRANS from 1 to 3 December 2020 as a purely digital trade fair and conference rather than as a live event on site. An interactive event community platform will enable the exchange of information and knowledge between all IT-TRANS participants.

Get your free Exhibition Networking Ticket

Take advantage of the Exhibition Networking Ticket as three-day ticket. This ticket is valid 1 – 3 December 2020 and it is free of charge!

Your benefits:
❯ Exhibition portfolio (see full exhibitor profiles and contact exhibitor via chat or video call)
❯ Learn about our exhibitors‘ innovative products and services available to help your organisation
❯ Follow Exhibitor presentations in the virtual Market Update Forums
❯ Start-Up Sessions: Hear about the latest innovations from fledling young companies
❯ Take advantage of our networking opportunities to be in touch with other participants and networking partners before, during and after the digital event

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 Be part of the virtual version of IT-TRANS 2020!

Our interactive event-community platform – talque – will enable the exchange of information and knowledge between all IT-TRANS players: Exhibitors, delegates, and speakers! You will be able to create a detailed profile and enter information about your respective companies or your personal interests.

Thus, each participant will be able to find partners with the same interests via matchmaking and meet with them virtually. Product counselling interviews, document exchange, speed dating and group discussions are also virtually possible to the full extent: via chat or video.

The exhibitor presentations as part of the Market Update Forums will also be available via live stream.

Moreover, as conference delegates you will be able to access all the conference sessions as if you were there. Expect inspiring sessions and connect with your peers from across the world and take part in discussion panels.

It is always possible to hand in questions through the platform. This way, the exchange of knowledge among the global public transport community will continue to be guaranteed.

For more information about the ticket differences see Hours & Prices

MOTIONTAG and Deutsche Bahn reward citizens for their sustainable travel:

The app enables citizens to automatically collect green tokens by traveling by public transport, bike, or walking. In turn, those tokens can be used by participants to get discounts at local shops, or participate in lotteries for more valuable prizes.

MOTIONTAG is providing the data analytics solution that automatically recognizes how people travel and its partner Changers is providing the app and reward system.

Ninth E-Market Update 10 November 2020

To help advance the sector during these challenging times, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are running a series of regular E-Market Updates with leading industry suppliers creating innovative solutions.

Safety and availability of crew members was one of the key challenges for transport authorities and operators to operate fleets during the current crisis. Some cities used autonomous vehicles to transfer essential materials.

Autonomous mobility will play an important role to change urban mobility. The current crisis has clearly highlighted the need to shift partially to autonomous services to provide seamless services in cities. However, autonomous vehicles could lead to healthier, more competitive and greener cities - but only if the vehicles are integrated into an effective public transport network.

This E-Market Update will share key insights from industry experts about the future of mobility and the role of autonomous mobility.

Speakers will follow shortly

We answer your questions about how to deal with the coronavirus at IT-TRANS

The coronavirus pandemic is posing new challenges to many parts of the economy, with public transport particularly affected. This has highlighted the importance of digitalisation in the sector. We are therefore delighted that digital formats – like the E-Market Updates – will help IT-TRANS reassume its role as a stage for innovation in the region.

The community will finally be able to come back together in person to network, find inspiration and develop new solutions and concepts. This year’s IT-TRANS will of course be different, with altered conditions and changes to standard processes. Nevertheless, we will prioritise transparency, openness and our common health. That is why we are providing you with information about our hygiene and safety plan, along with a summary of the most important official regulations. This information is based on the current version of the Regulation for Trade Fairs of the state of Baden-Württemberg from 15 July 2020.

Eighth E-Market Update 6 October 2020

To help advance the sector during these challenging times, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are running a series of regular E-Market Updates with leading industry suppliers creating innovative solutions.

Operation planning and scheduling always play an important role for the asset utilisation in the public transport industry. Operation planning is becoming more complex with scheduling algorithms, comprehensive costing capabilities and demand forecasting.

These systems will become vital for electric and autonomous vehicles, as it is highly important to have optimised use of assets and network planning. Further, these tools generate a more actionable set of data, which can be used to enhance the network coverage.

The role of robust planning and scheduling tools is more critical under the current circumstances, where authorities / operators are trying to balance so many parameters including low ridership, safe distancing, staff availability etc.

This E-Market Update will invite industry experts to share technology advancement and upcoming innovation by showcasing different case studies.

We will announce our speakers shortly.

Seventh E-Market Update 15 September 2020

To help advance the sector during these challenging times, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are running a series of regular E-Market Updates with leading industry suppliers creating innovative solutions.

The public transport industry has been impacted badly in the last 6 months due to the current pandemic.

The taxi and ride-hailing industry has faced a major impact due to lockdowns and travel restrictions in different cities. Yet at the same time, it has played a major role in providing mobility in cities.

There are a wide-range of responses from cities authorities to support the industry, but it is still not enough in many areas.

This E-Market update will cover the impact of crisis and how sector has responded. The taxi & ride-hailing will face many changes in the long term and may never recover.

Join key experts from authorities, operators, industry suppliers and associations who will share their perspective and way forward during this web-seminar.


  • Kevin Liu, VP (Sales & Marketing), Streamax Technology., Ltd
  • Joe Ma, Deputy General Manager, Shenzhen Bus Group
  • Lidia Signor, Combined Mobility Manager, UITP
  • Jaspal Singh, Senior Expert - IT & Development, UITP

Trade fairs and congresses are not covered by major events

On August 27, the German Chancellor and the heads of government of the German states decided that major events will remain prohibited until at least 31 December 2020. But: events where contact tracking and compliance with hygiene regulations are possible are unaffected and valid by this decision.

Both contact tracking and compliance with hygiene regulations are definitely possible at trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses. For this reason, Baden-Württemberg has joined the ranks of the other federal states and issued a special ordinance for trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses on 14 July 2020. The ordinance of the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Social Affairs for the containment of transmissions of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) at trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses.

Visitor guidance, contact tracking and adjustment of visitor accesses ensure a safe and secure visit to the trade fair by far

The CoronaVO Trade Fairs creates the legal basis for the organization of trade fairs and congresses - with conditions, of course: The number of visitors present at the same time must be adapted to the ratio of the available space. The regulation specifies seven gross square meters per visitor. It must also be possible to maintain the known distance of 1.5 meters at trade fairs. To achieve this, for example, aisles are widened, walking routes are specified, distance markings are applied to floors and areas are added. Contact tracking and the regulation of visitor access are guaranteed by the online registration of all participants in advance. The purchase of tickets at the box office is thus excluded.

Wearing mouth and nose protection in the halls is also indispensable. The protection can of course be removed if a gastronomic offer is used or if one seeks advice at an exhibition stand. In both situations a fixed place must be taken.

Numerous disinfection possibilities, references to the sneezing label, a no-handshake policy, increased cleaning intervals of contact surfaces as well as the renouncement of offers, with which humans come too close, provide beyond that for security.

"The health of all is our top priority”, so the managing director of Messe Karlsruhe, Britta Wirtz. "We are in constant communication with the responsible regulatory and health authorities and constantly adapt our protection and hygiene concepts to the applicable regulations. I hope that we will be able to convince everyone who likes to come to a trade fair that they can do so with confidence".

Floor plan IT-TRANS 2020

This year's IT-TRANS in halls 1 and dm-arena of the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre, as well as in the Action Hall, offers you the opportunity to make contact with international exhibitors, to exchange ideas with colleagues, to get to know innovations and to learn about new developments in the industry. The constantly advancing digital change has significantly altered our everyday life and is constantly redefining the way we live and move. The IT-TRANS exhibition picks up on these developments and is dedicated entirely and focused on digital solutions for urban mobility. The two halls are not separated thematically, but instead special areas and forums bundle specific topics compactly in one place. Our hall plan will be continuously updated until the event in December.

Exhibitor list 2020

For the seventh time, IT-TRANS gathers international thought leaders and recognised IT- and mobility experts at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre. In addition to the conference, visitors can expect a comprehensive exhibition where industry leaders, highly specialised IT companies and start-ups will present their digital solutions for the public transport of the future. The IT-TRANS marks new ways of mobility for all regions of the world, as almost half of the participating companies come from abroad. Please take a look at our list of exhibitors.

Sixth E-Market Update 8 September 2020

To help advance the sector during these challenging times, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are running a series of regular E-Market Updates with leading industry suppliers creating innovative solutions.

The urban mobility landscape is evolving fast; the number of mobility services is growing rapidly. Yet for the user it can be challenging being confronted by all these options when choosing the best way to travel.

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is emerging as the platform for the integration of different transport services (such as public transport, ride-sharing, car-sharing, bike-sharing, scooter-sharing, taxi, car rental, ride-hailing and others) in one single digital mobility offer, with active mobility and an efficient public transport system as its basis. The current pandemic has big impact on the public transport ridership and there is need to attract passengers back to public transport. MaaS can be a tool to provide integrated public transport offerings and a seamless journey experience to riders.

This sixth E-Market Update will attract industry experts who share their experience from different cities around the globe.

4th E-Market Update 22 July 2020

UITP and Messe Karlsruhe organise regular E-Market Updates with leading industry players. Digital change has changed our everyday lives significantly and public transport operators are also faced with the challenge of dealing with low passenger numbers and changing demand patterns. As public transport is individual, needs-based and mostly short-term, many cities are looking for innovative solutions to optimize their services and minimize their operating costs. Even for the post COVID-19 period, they want to create flexible and direct service lines in the city by developing internal solutions or working with others.

The fourth E-Market Update on July 22nd will showcase some case studies from around the world and introduce some of the on-demand mobility solutions for operators.

Exhibition and congress location Karlsruhe sees a ray of hope

The event industry in Baden-Württemberg had to wait a long time for a regulation on the organisation of trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses. Now it has been initiated by the state government and sets comprehensible guidelines for the event industry.

The Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, Britta Wirtz, announced: "We read the present Corona Regulation for trade fairs in such a way that the state government is hereby providing guidance in the form of concrete instructions for action. It can be seen that the formulated requirements are aimed at getting business going again." Many of the provisions of the Corona Ordinance for trade fairs will already be repealed at the end of August and are therefore to be revised at the beginning of September. Wirtz continues: "For us and the entire trade fair and congress industry, the regulation can thus be seen as a bridge into the autumn, which both we and our exhibitors and visitors urgently needed. We can assume that the formulated requirements will only be tightened up in justified cases. In positive cases, the regulation will provide scope for relief from September onwards. We are now approaching the responsible regulatory authorities with concepts tailored to the Corona Ordinance trade fairs and our safety and hygiene concepts, and are thus in a position to make progress with planning for our autumn event".

Concrete information on the implementation of IT-TRANS will follow soon.

BeeSonix is the winner of the first Future Mobility Award
The Future Mobility Award was launched in 2020
The Future Mobility Award was launched in 2020

Winner of the Future Mobility Award 2020 is the start-up company BeeSonix from Berlin, which was announced at the virtual award ceremony on 19 May 2020. For the first time, the award honours young companies and their concepts for sustainable mobility solutions for public transport.

The initiators of the award are the German trade journal Nahverkehrs-praxis, the Automotive Engineering Network aen, Messe Karlsruhe and the Economic Development Department of the City of Karlsruhe. "With the award, we would like to offer innovative ideas a platform at IT-TRANS, so that they become visible and receive the attention they deserve," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

The initiators of the award during the awarding ceremony: the German trade journal Nahverkehrs-praxis, Messe Karlsruhe, the Automotive Engineering Network aen and the City of Karlsruhe / Economic Development Department
The initiators of the award during the awarding ceremony: the German trade journal Nahverkehrs-praxis, Messe Karlsruhe, the Automotive Engineering Network aen and the City of Karlsruhe / Economic Development Department

While waiting on the platform, relevant information appears on passengers' smartphones as if by magic. The founders of the start-up company BeeSonix, which enables ultrasonic communication between journey announcements and travellers’ mobile terminals, implemented this. Keyword "silent announcements": The visionaries of BeeSonix use sound files that contain sounds in the ultrasonic range. In this way, the usual announcements are used to convey additional information with added value. Therefore, travel information can be played out precisely, stops and vehicles take the next digital step, without the need for new hardware. Details about the award and the other finalists can be found at

At IT-TRANS (1 – 3 December 2020, Messe Karlsruhe) all five finalists – BeeSonix, Matchrider, Operibus, Rydies and Twaice – will then have the chance to present themselves to an international audience of experts.

More exhibitors of IT-TRANS...

New systems for new standards
Ensures efficient and smooth exchange of traffic data: Luminator’s data management system. (Credit: Luminator Technology Group)
Ensures efficient and smooth exchange of traffic data: Luminator’s data management system. (Credit: Luminator Technology Group)

Luminator Technology Group (Luminator), manufacturer of passenger information systems, video security systems and lighting solutions, offers a comprehensive worldwide portfolio of intelligent system solutions for public transportation. At IT-TRANS 2020 Luminator will be demonstrating how these systems help bus and rail operators to cope with the sharply rising level of networking in information technology, and to cater for their growing demands for information and safety, accompanied by the need for upto-the minute accuracy. Exhibits will include, for example, full-IP passenger information systems following ITxPT standards, high-resolution LED destination displays, stationary realtime displays with e-paper technology or full-IP video security solutions with cameras, recorder and driver monitor with a direct link to the back-office via router and antenna.

Luminator has developed a data management system specifically for the efficient and smooth exchange of transportation data. It integrates various protocols and services in the public transportation sector and enables data to be exchanged between different operators. In addition, this data hub can be used to control access rights and compile traffic data for transferring to country-wide data hubs.

In the lecture on “IT Standardization in Public Transport: Blessing or Curse?” at 10:30 am on Thursday, 5 March in Market Update A Reinhard Laing, EMEA Director of Engineering and Project Management, will explain how Luminator is using public standards to facilitate the interoperability of on-board, wayside and back-office IT systems, increasing profitability and reducing friction.

M.A.I.O.R. – Management, Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research
Innovative solutions from M.A.I.O.R.
M.A.I.O.R. delivers powerful and innovative solutions adapted to customer needs. (Copyright: M.A.I.O.R.)

The portfolio of scheduling solutions includes solutions to perform timetables, vehicle duties, driver duties, rostering, and running times optimization, based on advanced algorithms and tools that help customers improve both their performance and services while maintaining their financial sustainability. The company is providing out-of-the-box as well as tailor-made solutions, that are powerful and innovative, so that customers are encouraged to achieve always better and smarter planning and scheduling decisions.

Papercast e-paper displays transform real-time passenger information at the bus stop
Solar-powered e-paper passenger information display system by Papercast
The solar-powered e-paper passenger information display system can be easily installed within hours. (Copyright: Papercast Limited)

The Papercast solar powered e-paper passenger information display system has been developed specifically to help public transport providers to achieve this goal. The displays can be easily installed within hours, allowing transport authorities to provide real-time bus arrivals and other service information to passengers at bus stops where it previously would not have been feasible. Papercast displays are controlled remotely by a sophisticated cloud-based management system which offers simple integration with open data standards such as GTFS and SIRI, as well as the ability to manage every display, including content updates, monitoring and diagnostics.

Papercast will also showcase its redesigned solar power modules, as well as a brand new 9.7” display for the very first time.

Intuitive apps and big data solutions for public transport based on cloud technology and SaaS

Under the motto "Process Support - Analysis - Reporting - Basis for Decision Making", Railcloud9 will provide modern smartphone, tablet and web apps for mobility and lean work and information processes (e.g. mobile document management, logbook, checklists) as well as data and context-based analysis and evaluation tools (e.g. quality and transport contract evaluations, PZB and speed data analysis, energy consumption forecasts).

In joint cooperation between IT professionals, public transport experts and "railwaymen", process- and area-oriented solutions have been developed with the Railcloud9 product lines "RailBox-Apps" and "Business Analytics": Meaningful additions and investment security through integration into existing IT and software landscapes, scalable cloud platform and standardized BI technology.

Smart software for automatic passenger counting

The hardware has been re-developed and features increased storage and calculating performance, while retaining the robust and proven time-of-flight (TOF) technology. The increased resolution of 80,000 pixels generates more intuitive and easily discernable video images (HD /TOF image streaming). These can be transmitted and/or recorded in 3D or 2D image streaming form (video). To allow more flexible mounting positions, the counting sensor was fitted with an advanced technical feature in lighting technology, enabling even larger mounting heights.

A user-friendly web interface with an online connection allows direct access to the system using a browser. In the development of the sixth generation of IRMA sensors, iris not only intends to expand the options of the technology, but also aims to create an intuitive product which shortens and facilitates all work steps on all levels of use.

Leveraging Big Data for Network Redesign
GIRO Inc.’s modular HASTUSTM software solutions
GIRO Inc.’s modular HASTUSTM software solutions have been relied on by public transport organizations to optimize their scheduling and operations. (Copyright: GIRO)

In addition to the census data that most network-planning tools use, HASTUS leverages data on ridership, OD matrix (Origin-Destination), timetables, and on-time performance to offer valuable insights into how best to restructure networks to maximize ridership.

Crew-schedule digitalization for increased employee satisfaction

The tools in HASTUS for crew-schedule digitalization can help to increase employee satisfaction, reducing absenteeism and improving service quality.

Web-based, digitalized crew-scheduling provides public transport agencies the opportunity to give drivers a greater say in organizing their work schedules, taking their preferences into account while ensuring fairness and respecting regulatory requirements.

Smart solutions for secure communication

Whether it is a vehicle-to-ground or a new type of IoT solution - with the services of onway AG their networking becomes simple and reliable. The devices are conveniently configured, managed and monitored via an intelligent cloud application. Classical tasks such as inventory and monitoring of the devices as well as configuration management and alarming are combined in a modern backend system.

The software from onway AG includes applications such as infotainment, customer analysis, real-time tracking, geofencing.

Enabling Practical Mobility as a Service (MaaS)- The Justride SDK

The Justride SDK is allowing urban mobility providers, such as journey planners, white label MaaS apps, and bike and ride sharing services to integrate Masabi’s market leading mobile ticketing platform into their applications, connecting services together for a seamless user experience. The Justride SDK making it easier and more convenient to incorporate mobile ticketing for public transport into white label or existing apps that passengers already use on a regular basis, providing services such as ride hailing, journey planning, scooters and e-bikes combined with mobile ticketing, all within the same app

Since Uber Transit (journey planning) launched, the collaboration involving RTD, Uber and using Masabi’s Justride SDK is the first to offer real-time transit information and ticketing within the Uber app.

Electronic ticketing machines for real-time insight
Ticketer ETM
The technology covers a wide range of payment options, including mTicketing, contactless smart cards, contactless EMV cards and Apple Pay and Google Pay. (Copyright: Ticketer)

Ticketer ETMs are always online, connected via a local data sim to a cloud-based back office which delivers real-time visibility of the entire operational performance, including ticket sales, real-time vehicle location and punctuality.

Its technology is applicable to operations of all sizes, offering a breadth of live travel information and different payment options, including mTicketing, contactless smartcards, contactless EMV cards as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

At IT-TRANS, Ticketer will be presenting its latest developments in fare collection technology.

The technology supplies a driver and passenger-friendly, multi-format onboard system including fleet management and real-time information capabilities. Ticketer’s cloud-hosted back office providing live views of ticket transactions, vehicle locations, schedule conformance and more.

The Ticketer's tap-off readers are covering, for A-B and zonal fare structures, leading Tap On / Tap Off EMV deployments.

The standalone ticket validator will also be presented at IT-TRANS. But Ticketer also has software on board: Kazoot, the mobile app that helps users promote public transport by giving passengers a centralized overview of all their services from a single location.

mobilityStack, the app framework for a personalized customer experience in public transport

Public transport, city councils and businesses can utilize mobilityStack to provide their users with a mobility app that can be upgraded at any time to include new modalities, additional functions and third-party services. Thanks to ist flexible IT architecture and the modular front-end, mobilityStack can be used to develop an individual and sustainable solution for every customer.

The app combines real-time data with account-based personalization. In this way, the app gets to know its users and always suggests the optimal mobility offers and information depending on the current situation. All bookings run on a single log-in. Payment for the various offers is made digitally via the preferred payment method of the user.

TLS quality assurance system urbic®
Passengers on the bus
Buses and trains should arrive at their stops reliably and punctually, without long waiting times at signal systems. (Copyright: Dresden IT GmbH)

With urbic®, it is now possible to carry out daily evaluations of registration and deregistration telegrams at the push of a button, thanks to connection to the central network of TLS control units, instead of trying to carry out manual and cost-intensive analyses lasting several weeks.

Up to now, the enormous amounts of data in the controllers of modern TLS could not be effectively evaluated using decentralized, redundant master data storage. Particularly since the complex and tedious process does not provide any statistical certainty, as the data collected had long since become obsolete by the time of evaluation. urbic® unites all processes related to public transport and light signal systems.

The aim is to record all schedule deviations to show it all users.

geo.zpheres – cloud-based map management
Schematics geo.zpheres
Schematics are being generated and updated automatically and can be rendered in displays or apps. (Copyright: HITOUCH AG)

Geo.zphere is an innovative technology which allows the creation and maintenance of dynamic Schematics automatically,it is fast, flexible and therefore reduces efforts significantly. So, the times when the passenger information printouts needed to be decorated as wallpapers and replaced regularly are over. Schematics are being generated and updated automatically and can be rendered in displays or apps.

geo.zpheres allows the transformation of geographic paths into any desired form while keeping the reference to the original geographic data. By creating a transformed data model (generated with geo.zpheres) in parallel to the geographic paths, geo.zpheres can show real-time objects running on the schematic paths. In addition, intuitive transformations can b be generated which transform the original geographic data into the schematic shape.

Smart embedded and industrial IoT solutions
Gateway Computers in public busses
Gateway Computers in public busses (copyright: Gateway Computers)

Data Respons Solutions is involved throughout the entire process - from specification, system architecture, hardware design, software development, secure connections, test and qualification to volume deliveries. The company also provide value-adding services based on specialist competence including technical support and lifecycle management services and are involved in next generation studies. The demand for increased software content, more functionality, higher performance and securely connected solutions increase. Data Respons Solutions develops and delivers custom solutions by combining engineering services with standard embedded computer products from leading partners. Our in-depth expertise in the transportation sector is the profit for our customers.

Public transport 4.0 – Tablet board computer with ticketing

The graphical planning software PlanMATRIK manages network data, driving and duty schedules in a networked data model to get a clear timetable planning. Moreover, a dispositon program got worked out to arrange the daily scheduled services including a clear presentation of the daily and weekly rest time and a clean driver`s account for recording working and vacation time and illness. BusMATRIK, a tablet on-board system supports the driver with all positioning and communication functions. It delivers the current position within a course of the journey with a permanently calculating timetable and pinpointed connection information. With its smart ITCS system, called ActionMATRIK, the TeleMatrik PTS GmbH forms all driving schedules to present the current operating status with second-exact arrival and departure times for each stop. Furthermore, they supply a passenger information system- InfoMATRIK, which processes the departure information for the web.

Reliable, robust networking directly in the field
X-coded M12 Gigabit ports
Versions with X-coded M12 Gigabit ports provide sufficient bandwidth for modern rail and road vehicles. (Copyright: TERZ Industrial Electronics)

TERZ based in Bissendorf offers the world’s most compact IP65/67 NITE-XS industrial Ethernet switches with an extended temperature range from -40°C to +70°C, 2.25 kV DC dielectric strength, reliable EMC behavior (DIN EN 50121-3-2) and fire protection in accordance with DIN EN 45545. Variants with X-coded M12 Gigabit ports have sufficient bandwidth for modern road and rail vehicles in which high-resolution cameras, passenger information systems and digital security assistants are integrated. With the integration of Power over Ethernet, in which one cable handles both power and data, the TERZ SPARK-XS family enables new space-saving and cost-optimized network and installation concepts to be provided in vehicles.

Connectivity in public transport
NB2800/NB2810 router
The powerful NB2800/NB2810 routers are designed for use in buses where they enable data-intensive applications such as passenger wifi, passenger infotainment, driver communication, status monitoring and live vehicle tracking. (Copyright: Netmodule)

The NetModule NB2810 MediaVehicle is a further development of the NB2800 wireless router, optimized for use in ITxPT applications. The NetModule Switch NS3300 in combination with vehicle or train routers enables a redundant IP backbone to be established in accordance with EN13149 or ITxPT for passenger wifi and video surveillance infrastructures. The OEM version of the NG800 automotive IoT platform offers robust communication between on-board vehicle equipment and cloud applications.