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2020-08-18
IT-TRANS – The digital and analogue hub for innovation

The constant advance of digitalisation has revolutionised our everyday lives, redefining the way we live and move around. IT-TRANS focuses on this development and showcases digital solutions for connected urban mobility. Now in its seventh year, the conference and exhibition will once again welcome international thought leaders and recognised experts in IT and mobility to the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 1 to 3 December 2020.

Shaping urban mobility safely and effectively during the pandemic with digital tools

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. As a result, the IT-TRANS conference will look to answer specific questions about digital innovations for improving public transport during the pandemic. Other major topics will include shared and on-demand mobility, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and mobile ticketing systems. A total of 150 speakers will share their expertise in 30 conference sessions. Organisers are also planning to integrate hybrid elements that will allow international participants who cannot attend in person to get involved.

E-Market Updates – Free online seminars for international knowledge transfer

The public transport sector is fighting to recover from the effects of Covid-19 on services and passenger numbers. Transport operators want to ensure safe journeys while also helping passenger numbers to recover. The organisers of IT-TRANS, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe, want to bring the industry together to share ideas and experiences in these difficult times. To do this, a series of regular virtual seminars has been set up, in which leading players from the IT and mobility sectors present their latest developments and share their experiences. The topics of the next E-Market Updates are:

  • Mobility-as-a-service: Building a holistic mobility experience (8 September)
  • Digitalisation of Taxi transport to manage the impact of COVID-19 (15 September)
  • Building integrated planning & scheduling tools for authorities and operators (6 October)
  • Autonomous mobility - Shifting towards better mobility (10 November)

Participation is free. Those interested must register in advance. The recordings and presentations of previous E-Market Updates are also available to download. Register here

The return of in-person networking for sharing ideas

Alongside the conference, visitors can look forward to a wide-ranging exhibition that will see major industry players, highly specialised IT companies and start-ups showcase their digital solutions for the future of public transport. Christian Scheiter, responsible for sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at iris-GmbH in Berlin, is looking forward to meeting customers in person again at IT-TRANS: “Despite all of the options that technology gives us, personal contact is still vitally important. That is why we are very pleased that IT-TRANS will be one of the first events in the region where we will be able to focus on meeting our partners and potential customers again after such a long time. Over the last few years, IT-TRANS has become a major meeting point for customers and providers in the public transport sector. I have been attending the event from the very beginning and am pleased to see how it has developed so positively.”

Ensuring a safe visit with visitor flow management, contact tracing and reduced visitor density

This year’s IT-TRANS will be held in line with the regulations laid out by the state government of Baden-Württemberg for conducting trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences during the pandemic. “IT-TRANS is an important platform for our exhibitors to showcase their products and network with colleagues”, says Britta Wirtz, managing director of Messe Karlsruhe. “Karlsruhe is a major technology hub and we are delighted that this event will be able to reassume its role as a stage for innovation in the region. The hygiene and safety plan will allow our community to finally come together again to share knowledge, find inspiration and compare products. When developing the hygiene and safety plan, our priority has been to protect the health of our visitors, exhibitors and employees”, emphasises Wirtz.

According to the plan, the number of visitors attending at any one time will be adjusted to the amount of space available. Pathways and rest areas will also be considerably expanded to allow for social distancing. In addition, all participants will be asked to register online in advance to enable contact tracing. The plan also sees changes to catering, visitor admission and the conference area. There will also be plenty of disinfectant stations around the venue to ensure that the event can proceed safely.

Alongside IT-TRANS, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will also host the Taxi & Ride-hailing Conference. Both events were originally due to take place from 3 to 5 March, but were postponed to December as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

2020-06-04
IT-TRANS E-Market Update: Continuation of web seminar series

UITP and Messe Karlsruhe established a series of regular E-Market Updates with leading industry suppliers developing innovative solutions for future urban mobility. On 12 May the first web seminar on the topic "COVID-19 – Innovative Instruments and Solutions for Optimizing Public Transport during a Pandemic" was successfully held.

Pratik Patil from Match Rider attended the first web seminar
Pratik Patil from Match Rider attended the first web seminar

More than 145 interested public transport experts from 36 countries attended the digital event. Afterwards a lively discussion took place. “The topic of the web seminar was very well suited given the current situation worldwide. It was a great opportunity to hear what the mobility experts’ perspectives are regarding public transport during COVID-19. Looking forward to attend more of such informative E-Market Updates”, says Pratik Patil from Match Rider UG, who attended the web seminar.

“We were overwhelmed by the great feedback for our first web seminar. We are glad that we can help advance the sector during these challenging times and give a forecast on our IT-TRANS which will take place from 1 to 3 December in Karlsruhe”, says Jochen Georg, project manager of IT-TRANS. Due to the high participation, further E-Market Updates are already being planned. Participants will again have the opportunity to ask questions. They need to register prior to the web seminar.

  • 2. E-Market Update: Tuesday, 9 June 2020: Innovative ticketing solutions to ensure business continuity

The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on our lives. The public transport sector has been affected very badly owing to 80-90% decline in ridership across all cities. Furthermore, many cities were forced to completely shut down their ticketing systems as they were not provided with contactless features. Thus, the revenues of many operators were virtually zero. This crisis highlights the need for new innovative ticketing solutions to enable public transport operators to restart their services and collect fares. This web seminar tries to bring together some of the innovative ticketing solutions for public transport actors.

  • 3. E-Market Update: Tuesday, 30 June 2020: Leveraging big data and data analytics to achieve safe distancing

Public transport operators are facing a double challenge after the coronavirus outbreak. On the one hand, they are facing the challenge of declining ridership and on the other hand, they need to maintain the service level to ensure social distancing in the vehicles. Different operators are using different technologies including weighing sensors, QR codes, video cameras etc. to ensure equal distribution of crowds at stations and on trains. This web seminar will highlight the role of big data and data analytics to manage schedules, predict demand patterns and analyse different sensors. The speakers of the third seminar will be announced as soon as possible.

Future Mobility Award for start-ups handed

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.

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 www.future-mobility-award.de.

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.

2020-04-30
COVID-19 – Innovative Tools and Solutions to Optimise Public Transport Services During a Pandemic

To help advance the sector during these challenging times, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe will be running a series of regular E-Market Updates with leading industry suppliers creating innovative solutions. All of which you’ll be able to meet this December at IT-TRANS.

In this first web seminar of the series, we will discuss some of the latest innovative tools and solutions for optimising public transport resources during the current crisis.

Our Guest Presenters:

Opening words by Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP and Britta Wirtz, Managing Director, Messe Karlsruhe

>>> Avoid passenger crowds for a safe and comfortable public transport experience

Georg König, Key Account Manager, INIT GmbH

>>> Ensure mobility in times of the Coronavirus COVID-19

Udo Steinmeier, Head of Division New Mobility, Trapeze Group Deutschland GmbH

>>> Reviving the suburbs - How on-demand ride-pooling can enhance the attractiveness and efficiency of public transit offerings outside the urban core in times of COVID-19

Ulrich Edelmann, Chief Strategy Officer und Head of On-Demand, Moovel Group GmbH

You’ll have the opportunity to get your burning questions answered by the presenters.

The 2020 edition of IT-TRANS will be held from 1-3 December. Initially postponed from 3-5 March due to developments with the coronavirus, the new date will see the largest event of its kind dedicated to digitalisation in public transport take place at the same venue, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

2020-03-17
IT-TRANS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION: 2020 EDITION TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER

Karlsruhe/Brussels 17 March 2020. UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are pleased to announce that the

2020 edition of IT-TRANS will be held from 1-3 December in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Initially postponed from 3-5 March due to developments with the coronavirus, the new date will see the largest event of its kind dedicated to digitalisation in public transport take place at the same venue, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

UITP and Messe Karlsruhe are now moving forward towards the new date and ready to welcome the world of urban mobility to Karlsruhe in December.

The Taxi & Ride-Hailing Conference and Exhibition, also postponed in February, will remain as a parallel event to IT-TRANS and is confirmed for December.

“We’re delighted to have set the new date for the 2020 edition of IT-TRANS, where we look forward to welcoming our exhibitors, conference delegates and all participants and visitors to Karlsruhe. The initial decision to postpone was the correct one and we’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and diligence in finalising the details for the December date. We thank you for your patience and understanding.” said Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP and Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

2020-02-28
IT-TRANS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION POSTPONED

Karlsruhe/Brussels, 28.02.2020 With safety the number one priority, UITP (the International Association of Public Transport) and Messe Karlsruhe have made the decision to postpone the IT-TRANS

“We have followed the situation throughout each day and have listened closely to the information and advice coming from the local authorities. The safety and wellbeing of all our exhibitors, delegates and visitors is always our top priority, therefore we believe this is the correct decision for all involved and we appreciate your understanding and support.” said Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP and Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

The event

The IT-TRANS event, the largest of its kind dedicated to digitalisation in public transport, was due to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany (3-5 March 2020). The Taxi- and Ridehailing Conference would have taken place at the same time as IT-TRANS, which has now also been postponed. The new date shall be communicated in due time.

Background

The queries and health concerns of IT-TRANS participants have increased significantly this week, as media reports have been growing more alarming.

Worldwide, an increasing number of countries or local authorities are considering imposing or tightening restrictions on international travel, or on the organization of large events.

In addition, a growing number of important EU based companies have imposed business travel restrictions or even bans on their employees.

Meanwhile, well-known exhibitors, important speakers, some conference topics and also some of the supporting associations withdrew from their participation in the event.

In light of the these extreme circumstances, we have concluded today that we can no longer ensure the safe and serene environment expected by our stakeholders, and have therefore decided with regret but determination to postpone the event.

More information will be provided in the coming days as we move forward.

For updates, we encourage you to stay connected to the dedicated IT-TRANS event website and social media feed.

For more general information, also consult relevant information channels made available by the relevant authorities, such as :

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/press/2020/coronavirus.html#c17363

2020-02-27
IT-TRANS: Zukunftsthemen digital verknüpfter urbaner Mobilität

Digitale Tools haben im öffentlichen Personenverkehr das Potenzial, dessen Qualität zu optimieren, die Effizienz zu steigern, Kosten zu reduzieren und zur Verbesserung des Fahrgast-Erlebnisses beizutragen. Die IT-TRANS (3. bis 5. März) bedient seit zwölf Jahren als weltweit führende Konferenz und Fachmesse das Zukunftsthema digital verknüpfter urbaner Mobilität. Sie ist ein Hub für Innovationen: Mit einer Start-up Zone und einem Future Mobility Lab bietet die IT-TRANS Formate für kreative Ideen und neue Geschäftsfelder. Außerdem werden neue Mobilitätsformen wirksam integriert. Der Fortschritt im Betrieb, das Verkehrsmanagement, die Kommunikation und der Kundenservice durch die Digitalisierung stehen im Fokus des globalen Branchentreffens in der Messe Karlsruhe. Der Mobilitätsstandort Karlsruhe bietet als idealer Austragungsort mit internationaler Strahlkraft ein einzigartiges Zusammenspiel von Forschung, Entwicklung, Industrie, Politik und Anwendung. Dies zeigen Projekte wie das Leistungszentrum Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe – ein Zusammenschluss Karlsruher Institutionen für Forschung, Lehre und Innovation, das Pilotprojekt eWayBW sowie das EU-geförderte Leuchtturmprojekt efeuCampus, mit dem Ziel, die Gütermobilität im urbanen Raum emissionsfrei, generationengerecht und wirtschaftlich tragfähig zu gestalten.

Bildnachweis: Messe Karlsruhe/ Jürgen Rösner

Rund 280 Aussteller werden ihre smarte Software auf 28.000 Quadratmetern und erstmals in zwei Messehallen präsentieren. Insbesondere aus Großbritannien, Belgien, Spanien und den USA sind bei der siebten IT-TRANS deutlich mehr Aussteller dabei. In der gemeinsam stattfindenden Konferenz diskutieren 150 Referenten in 30 Sessions zu Themen wie dem Einsatz Künstlicher Intelligenz, dem Fortschritt des Autonomen Fahrens und dem e-Ticketing. Zudem sind on-demand Mobilitätsangebote ein Schwerpunktthema, ebenso wie Ride-Hailing und Shared Mobility.

Die IT-TRANS ist das globale Branchentreffen für Entscheider der Smart Mobility – von Werkstatt- und Betriebsleitern über IT-Verantwortliche bis hin zum Top-Management von Verkehrsbetrieben, Future Mobility Experten sowie Meinungsführern und Digitalisierungsexperten des Smart City Mobility Designs.

In einer Befragung des Instituts für Demoskopie Allensbach aus 2019 (deutsche Bevölkerung ab 16 Jahre) gaben 82 Prozent an, dass es ihnen bezüglich ihrer eigenen Mobilität besonders wichtig ist, möglichst flexibel und unabhängig zu sein. Das Bedürfnis des Fahrgasts nach Individualität und Komfort steigt kontinuierlich. Gleichzeitig werden die Beförderungsmittel vielfältiger. Smarte Software hilft, die vielfältigen Transportangebote individuell zu kombinieren und zu vernetzen – immer bestrebt dem Fahrgast den größtmöglichen Nutzen und Service zu bieten. Diese Leitgedanken bündeln sich im Konzept Mobility-as-a-Service, das mittlerweile zum Mittelpunkt der IT-TRANS wurde.

Launch von regio move macht KVV zum Mobilitätsverbund

Am Stand des Karlsruher Verkehrsverbunds (KVV) in der Aktionshalle der Messe dreht sich während der IT-TRANS optisch und inhaltlich alles um das Thema regiomove und den mit diesem Projekt verbundenen Wandel des Verkehrsverbunds hin zum digital vernetzten Mobilitätsverbund. Am 3. März werden die Partner des Projekts die neue Mobilitäts-App regiomove launchen. Nach der Testrunde sollen dann ab September die ersten Buchungen durch Kunden über regiomove erfolgen können. Interessierte KVV-Kunden bekommen auf der Fachmesse außerdem einen ganz besonderen Einblick in die Mobilität von morgen. Bei einem exklusiven Rundgang erfahren sie an ausgesuchten Ständen alles über regiomove und spannende IT-Lösungen von Unternehmen aus der TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe.

Akteure aus TRK stellen aktuelle Mobilitäts-Projekte vor

Die TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (TRK) präsentiert sich zum zweiten Mal an einem Gemeinschaftsstand auf der IT-TRANS. Experten von FZI – Forschungszentrum Informatik, Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft (Institut für ubiquitäre Mobilitätssysteme), KIT (Institut für Verkehrswesen, Institut für Technik der Informationsverarbeitung), Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe und TransportTechnologie Consult Karlsruhe GmbH präsentieren unter der Dach der TRK ihre Innovationen für eine zukunftsfähige Mobilität: Der vernetzt und autonom fahrende Kleinbus EVA Shuttle, entwickelt durch ein Projektkonsortium um das FZI, soll ÖPNV-Systeme sinnvoll ergänzen, indem er Menschen zwischen Haltestelle und Haustür transportiert und so das Problem der letzten Meile löst. Die Interaktion autonomer Straßenbahnen auf einem voll automatisierten Straßenbahn Depot erprobt das KIT in seinem Projekt AStriD. Dabei erfolgen zeitintensive Rangierfahrten zum Abstellgleis oder durch die Waschanlage ganz ohne Fahrer. Einen Blick in die Zukunft ermöglicht auch das am Institut für ubiquitäre Mobilitätssysteme der Karlsruher Hochschule entwickelte interaktive Straßenbahnfenster „Smart MMI“. Es zeigt auf seinen transparenten Display-Scheiben komplexe Reisedaten an, um Fahrgäste besser über Störungen, Planänderungen und Services zu informieren.

2020-02-26
Interview with IT-TRANS keynote speaker Christoph Bornschein

Digitalisation continues to redefine the way we live, the way we interact, and crucially for the world of urban mobility, the way we move.

As the progressive digital transition continues to change our everyday lives, the public transport sector has embraced new technologies to make the way we move around our cities as efficient and customer-friendly as possible.

At IT-TRANS (Karlsruhe, 3-5 March 2020), the largest event of its kind dedicated to digitalisation and IT in urban mobility, UITP and Messe Karlsruhe required the right person to set the spotlight on digital change.

Enter the man you want leading your digital strategy: Christoph Bornschein.

As CEO and Co-Founder of TLGG, the German agency boutique consultancy for digital business, Christoph knows what the digital revolution has done for the world - and can do - and offers his counsel to global companies and brands such as Bayer, Ford, ING, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bank and KUBIKx.

Interview with IT-TRANS 2020 keynote speaker Christoph Bornschein
Christoph Bornschein is the keynote speaker at IT-TRANS 2020 (©ShaiHofman)

You can get to know more about Christoph in our official launch news and press release announcing him as our IT-TRANS Keynote Speaker for the 2020 edition.

During the event Christoph will address how the digital transformation is changing our society and what that means for public transport.

But first, spend some time with us by getting to know our Conference Man of the Moment, in our exclusive sit-down with Christoph…

Q: Christoph, you’ve had a very interesting and successful career so far…with roles in communications, marketing, PR, digital business, tech, start-ups, and consultancy, what are your personal highlights?

In all these projects and positions, there have always been two constant highlights: meeting and working with people with great knowledge, profound understanding, and an eagerness to learn – in my own team, as clients, as chance encounters in a conference setting. To choose one situation, project or person would be a disservice to the many others.

Q: We’ve had a very positive reaction to the news that you’ll be our Keynote Speaker for the 2020 edition of IT-TRANS, and we’re delighted to have you on board! What should our audience expect from your speech? Is ours a sector you’ve addressed before?

Some years ago, a friend describes my keynotes as a kind of “constructive scare”. This, I think, is fairly accurate. To this day, many people estimate the speed and degree to which technology is effecting changes in our way of working, living, and creating value. I aim to provide a general perspective and specific ideas on dealing with the challenges at hand. I have worked with clients in urban transport and often dealt with topics related to urban mobility – from smart grids to the future of work to smart cities as such. It’s an exciting and important factor in our very urban future.

Q: IT-TRANS is all about the future of urban mobility, and what digitalisation has done, and can do, for public transport. As we begin our seventh edition it’s important to reflect on what’s to come. What do you think is next in the digital world for urban mobility?

With so many things happening at once, it’s hard to decide on what will come first. Increased electrification will make for inseperable ties with urban mobility and urban power grid management. New modes of work will require new modes of transport, new regulations are calling for new solutions for the daily commute, increased urbanization is testing the limits of our legacy systems in transport, we will see new players and radical developments in individual micromobility. If you ask me what is next, « Everything » would be an unsatisfactory, but fairly correct answer.

Q: You’ve also worked as a mentor in the digital and start-up industries, for companies and bodies such as Microsoft, Startup Autobahn and the LEAD Academy. What has this experience been like?

Weird and great, interesting and frustrating. It’s always amazing to meet people who do not just have great ideas, but also the spirit and knowledge to turn these ideas into a service or product. An entrepreneurial mindset alone is just the will to make money, and a great idea alone is just the pride in being really smart. Combining the two, however, yields powerful results. The frustrating part then is seeing new ideas and innovations clash with old concepts and structures, both in the regulatory and the corporate sense.

Q: We came across the phrase “every brand experience has to be more than a moment, but believing that one moment can decide everything” when learning about your work at TLGG. It’s a very powerful thought. Can you share with our readers the most interesting, and unique experiences you’ve had when working on a particular strategy?

I signed a lot of NDAs in my life, so don’t expect specifics. What I can say is that when developing strategies for a world in transformation, you will often arrive at a crucial insight that will go against every tradition and process your client has built and cherished for so long – changing business models, changing value chains, the need for bets and experiments, the imperative of self-cannibalization. Every concrete manifestation of that moment is different, and so are the clients’ reactions to them.

Q: And finally, many people and companies come to you for consultation. But what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and from who?

Back in 2008, my co-founders recommended taking my monologues and my digital proselytizing to the stage rather than giving exhaustive keynotes to an audience of two. Whatever their true motives: it was a great idea.

2020-02-10
DEALING WITH DIGITAL CHANGE:

Digitalisation continues to redefine the way we live, the way we interact, and crucially for the world of urban mobility, the way we move. As the progressive digital transition continues to change our everyday lives, the public transport sector has embraced new technologies to make the way we move around our cities as efficient and customer-friendly as possible.

Public transport is for all people and digitalisation is a people-centric approach...

So when you place the spotlight firmly on the people, it’s time to bring to the IT-TRANS stage the person who understands what the digital evolution is capable of delivering.

Christoph Bornschein is the keynote speaker at IT-TRANS 2020
Christoph Bornschein is the keynote speaker at IT-TRANS 2020 (©ShaiHofman)

Christoph Bornschein is the person you want to lead your digital strategy – as a counsellor to global companies and brands such as Bayer, Ford, ING, Lufthansa, Deutsche Bank and KUBIKx – he will address how the digital transformation is changing our society and what that means for public transport. IT-TRANS has offered decision makers the platform to learn about the digitalisation of public transport and see the latest innovations up close. Christoph will inform our audience about the ways in which that evolution impacts urban mobility.

“Technological progress drives cultural change, and digitalisation is a powerful accelerator. Urban mobility is an important factor to the way we work, live, communicate, commute, travel, and go about our daily lives. It's a key to our future – affected by profound changes, effecting profound changes itself. Discussing urban mobility means discussing the future of urbanity itself", Christoph Bornschein, CEO and Co-Founder of TLGG, says.

Alongside two colleagues, Christoph has been ‘shaping the customer experience of the future’ as founder and CEO of TLGG the German agency boutique consultancy for digital business. Believing that every brand experience has to be more than a moment, but believing that one moment can decide everything - Christoph and his team guide brands, products, ideas and companies to the right place, at the right time. Everything is full of data and knowledge is everywhere…and Christoph’s company has been advising, guiding and developing for more than a decade.

Why Christoph? ... and Why IT-TRANS?

Christoph facilitates change on a daily basis. As a thought leader on the organisational transformation, his expertise is sought out across the globe. Alongside his TLGG roles, with offices in Berlin and New York, Christoph is a member of the Advisory and Supervisory Boards of ING, KUBIKx, Deutsche Bank and Lufthansa’s Innovation Hub, has headed Communications, Marketing and Public Relations teams, has owned a Communications firm and studied Law and Trade Law. Specialising in single market integration, investment taxation, digital education and more, Christoph is also a lecturer at the Good School, a published author and works as a mentor and investor to start-ups around the world.

IT-TRANS is all about the future of urban mobility (Karlsruhe, Germany 3-5 March 2020) - and as we begin the seventh edition it’s important to reflect on what’s to come. As the defining event focused on IT and digitalisation in public transport, IT-TRANS will consider the progression being made in our sector, with a close eye on the future. Our cities are at their very best when people can move around with different options on their doorsteps: they live and breathe best when an efficient and user-friendly public transport network is the first choice for movement.

Great public transport impacts our everyday lives for the better…

And as we debate the ongoing digitalisation process, Christoph will show us what embracing technology and a solid digital strategy can do for you and your company.

Join us to see what that change looks like ‘today, tomorrow, later and always’.

2020-01-23
IT-TRANS: Mobility as a digitally optimised service

Digital tools have the potential to optimise the quality of public transport, to boost its efficiency, reduce its costs and help to improve the overall passenger experience. The advantages of this can be seen in concepts such as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and in new technologies like autonomous driving. IT-TRANS devotes special conference sessions to both of these areas. Between 3 and 5 March, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center will be playing host to the world’s leading conference and exhibition for digitally networked urban mobility.

Approximately 150 speakers at the IT-TRANS conference will be examining these aspects in detail in a total of 30 sessions. One of the speakers is Guillaume Gibon, CEO of Paris-based company CITiO, who will be sharing his knowledge in a lecture on “Start-ups as mobility innovators”. This session will discuss how public authorities and public transport operators are working together with new players with a view to making urban mobility systems of the future sustainable. Gibon is not only a speaker at the conference but is also one of the exhibitors at the exhibition: “IT-TRANS is an absolute must for players in the transport sector. For us, it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our solution, which uses big data for optimising public transport networks, at international level. In doing so, we use both platforms: the conference and the exhibition.”

Conference and exhibition: an ideal networking and discussion platform

Sector experts will be presenting their best practice examples and their latest products and mobility services not only in the conference but also at the exhibition. In the two Market Update forums, a total of 70 speakers from exhibiting companies such as IVU, INIT, Trapeze, Cityway, Bestmile, Masabi, Grupo Etra, Scheidt & Bachmann and Siemens Mobility will be sharing their visions and experiences. Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), seamless mobility, data analyses, mobile ticketing and integrated planning tools for transport companies are just some of the topics that will be covered in the Market Update forums.

As project manager Jochen Georg reports: “IT-TRANS shows where digital solutions can be used in public transport – from micromobility and big data to artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Our exhibitors – approximately 280 in all – will be presenting their smart software on an area measuring 28,000 square metres which, for the very first time, extends to two exhibition halls. I am particularly pleased to report that exhibitors from no fewer than 34 countries will be making their way here to Karlsruhe. There has been a marked increase in exhibitors from the UK, Belgium, Spain and the USA signing up for our 2020 event.”

New: Future Mobility Lab with barrier-free access and micromobility

The new Future Mobility Lab combines a number of different areas on a single space, namely e-charging, barrier-free access, micromobility and connected mobility. Exhibitor Stoehr will be presenting its charging stations for electric buses and cars. INIT will be showing IT-TRANS visitors what public transport feels like for people with reduced mobility or with sight and hearing disabilities. Visitors can go directly to INIT’s stand to experience at first hand how an inclusive travel assistance system takes into account their specific needs and allows them to make use of public transport. In addition, visitors to the Future Mobility Lab can test provider VOI’s e-scooters on a driving safety route. And TAF mobile from Jena will be presenting an app that groups together different modes of transport on a single platform and allows them to be booked there.

Control room simulates management of complex transport systems

For the very first time, a control room is to be set up at IT-TRANS 2020, providing a live simulation of how autonomous e-vehicles are integrated into a transport system that also includes vehicles with drivers. The control room is to be set up by Swiss exhibitor Trapeze. The software for integrating the self-driving vehicles into the control system will be provided by its subsidiary AMoTech. As Matthias Stahel, Director Corporate and Marketing Communications at Trapeze Switzerland GmbH, explains: “With the control room, we will be demonstrating the challenges associated with managing a complex transport system. For example, when vehicles with drivers are using the route network at the same time as self-driving vehicles, it is necessary to decide – with the aid of software – which bus will drive into a layby first. In the case of driverless vehicles, it is necessary to clarify how passengers obtain their tickets, how many passengers there are in a vehicle and whether there are medical emergencies.” IT-TRANS visitors can observe the various modes of transport on the control room monitors, watch the dispatchers at work and ask any questions they might have.

One of the vehicles shown in the control room’s traffic management system is a self-driving minibus produced by easymile, which is available for a test drive on a demonstration route.

Future Mobility Award for start-ups launched

For the very first time, a prize for start-ups is to be presented at IT-TRANS: the Future Mobility Award, which acknowledges outstanding sustainable mobility solutions for public transport. The award will be presented by German trade journal Nahverkehrs-praxis, the Automotive Engineering Network and Messe Karlsruhe during the Karlsruhe Networking Night on the second evening of the exhibition. On the previous day, applicants will have had the opportunity to pitch their ideas, concepts and projects in the Start-Up Zone at the exhibition. A panel of experts from business and local government will be evaluating the submissions. Start-ups can sign up to take part up until 15 February – participants do not have to be exhibitors at IT-TRANS.

New companies show their latest innovations in a joint area

Around twenty start-ups will be showcasing their products on a communal space – the Start-Up Zone – at IT-TRANS. The start-ups come from China, Israel, Japan, Canada, Russia and the USA, as well as from Germany and other European countries. Participation by new German companies is being subsidised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and its support programme “Junge Innovative Unternehmen” (Young Innovative Companies).

2020-01-08
E-mobility in public transport

One of the key factors for achieving climate protection targets is having a strong public transport system. As well as generally expanding public transport, it is of crucial importance to switch to emission-free modes of transport such as in bus fleets. In its Clean Vehicles Directive, the EU therefore requires public authorities to purchase a minimum quota of clean buses. This means that, as of 2021, at least 45 percent of buses must use alternative drives or run on natural gas or synthetic fuels. This quota will be increased to 65 percent as of 2026.

Using buses with electric drives rather than conventional combustion engines would reduce noise pollution as well as cutting down substantially on emissions that are harmful for the climate and human health. As Martin Schmitz, Technical Director of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), which has more than 600 member companies from the public passenger and rail freight transport sector, explains: “Around 315 electric buses are currently being used in Germany, with a further 750 on order. However, the difficulties involved in supplying power to depots and getting approval for building charging infrastructure in densely built-up urban areas are continuing to hamper the switch to e-mobility. After all, as well as the vehicles themselves, it is primarily a question of infrastructure and new operational processes.”

Range calculation takes into account weather conditions, traffic jams and route characteristics

Trapeze will present solutions for an intelligent depot management, especially for e-bus-fleets
Trapeze will present solutions for an intelligent depot management, especially for e-bus-fleets (Copyright: Trapeze)

Swiss company Trapeze is showcasing special solutions for e-bus fleets at IT-TRANS. The Trapeze Smart Monitor allows the vehicle status to be monitored. The system provides real-time information on all the available vehicle data such as battery charge level and possible range in hours or kilometers. The technical status of the vehicle is also recorded automatically and communicated to control room and workshop. The ongoing range calculation additionally takes into account factors influencing energy consumption such as weather conditions, uphill and downhill sections and repeated stopping and starting on account of traffic jams and diversions. In this way, the smart software solution simplifies operational processes, making it possible to plan vehicle deployment more efficiently, to exclude range risks and also to reduce operating costs by optimizing workshop processes and maintenance.

New at IT-TRANS: Control center simulates e-bus route planning

The Future Mobility Lab is a new feature at IT-TRANS 2020. Among other things, a control room will be set up to simulate how electric and autonomous vehicles are integrated into a transport system that also features vehicles with drivers. The control center will be set up by the Swiss exhibitors Trapeze. The software for the integrating the self-driving vehicles in the control system is being supplied by its subsidiary AmoTech. “We will be using the control center to show you the challenges involved in managing a complex transport system. If vehicles with drivers are en route at the same time as self-driving vehicles it is important, for example, to decide – with support from the software – which bus will reach a particular stop first. In the case of driverless vehicles, information is needed as to how passengers get their tickets, how many passengers are in the vehicle and whether they are all ok”, explains Matthias Keller, Director Corporate and Marketing Communications, Trapeze Switzerland GmbH. Visitors to IT-TRANS can observe the various vehicles on the monitors in the control center, watch the dispatchers at work and ask them questions. One of the vehicles in the traffic management system at the control center is a self-driving minibus from the manufacturer easymile which AmoTech will demonstrate live on a demonstration route.

INIT presents a total solution for introducing e-buses

From the economic point of view, e-buses should be on the road for as long as possible. The eMOBILE-PLAN planning and simulation system from Karlsruhe-based software house INIT enables routes and scenarios to be simulated to determine the most appropriate options. The planning tool is only one element in the eMOBILE product suite, however. At IT-TRANS, INIT is presenting its smart solutions for charging and depot management, scheduling, range forecasting and control of e-bus fleets in ITCS.

COSware with automatic scheduling and intelligent fuel management

COSware smartBMS from IT-TRANS exhibitor COS makes it easier for dispatchers at the depot to handle e-mobility. The software provides dynamic range forecasts, taking into account different factors such as weather, topography and passenger volumes. The system determines charge durations, including load balancing, documents changes regarding the state of charge and analyses aging processes concerning the battery’s state of health. COSware also covers all other depot management tasks, such as automatic dispatching, intelligent maintenance planning, fuel management and location tracking. With COSware smartIMS, service technicians at the workshop can record such things as mileage and tire tread depth directly on the vehicle and report defects; regular control intervals are updated automatically.

E-mobile ride pooling with Via

The BerlKönig project won the 2019 Public and Urban Transport Strategy Award presented by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), a co-organizer of IT-TRANS. Copyright: Via
The BerlKönig project won the 2019 Public and Urban Transport Strategy Award presented by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), a co-organizer of IT-TRANS. (Copyright: Via)

ViaVan is re-engineering public transit, from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. ViaVan’s BerlKönig service, in partnership with the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), is the largest public sector on-demand ride pooling project. Around half the fleet comprises electric vehicles, for which Via has developed new charge tracking algorithm, allowing drivers to see when they need to charge the vehicle. The New York based company has also developed comprehensive planning tools which ensure that despite charging cycles and vehicle replacements the service is never undersupplied in its operating area. The BerlKönig project won the 2019 Public and Urban Transport Strategy Award sponsored by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). UITP is a co-organizer of IT-TRANS.

IVU.suite combines all vehicles in one interface

The IVU.suite enables transport companies to plan and deploy diesel and electric buses efficiently. Copyright: IVU
The IVU.suite enables transport companies to plan and deploy diesel and electric buses efficiently. (Copyright: IVU)

The IVU.suite enables operational factors such as charge management and charging times, ranges, route lengths, overnight and opportunity charging to be optimized, and electric buses to be seamlessly integrated in planning, scheduling and control. IVU.rail, the integrated standard system for railways, helps to make efficient use of rolling stock. The vehicle and maintenance optimization system automatically takes into account predetermined service intervals and planned maintenance. In the event of a fault, a suggestion function recommends a suitable replacement vehicles and routes. IVU.rail also optimizes personnel deployment. The IVU.crew planning solution provides support in all personnel deployments and ensures that employees are where they are needed.

Coverage monitoring facilitates efficient use of resources

Exhibitors like VAB present their coverage monitoring software for electrical vehicles at IT-TRANS. Copyright: VAB
Exhibitors like VAB present their coverage monitoring software for electrical vehicles at IT-TRANS. (Copyright: VAB)

Verkehrsautomatisierung Berlin GmbH (VAB) also supports intelligent and demand-driven planning for e-bus fleets with IT solutions. The objectives are fast handling capabilities in daily operations and a reduction in administrative effort. Electromobility influences numerous operational processes at the depot and in the route network. VAB’s smart charging management solution in combination with range monitoring ensures eco-friendly and efficient use of resources. Proven technologies can be seamlessly integrated for preconditioning vehicles, for example in the form of demand-led control of vehicle preheating.

Practical optimization software for electric buses

Mentz, a Munich based company, is showcasing its GENIOS family at IT-TRANS for the first time. The program core integrates the latest research results from the fields of artificial intelligence, evolutionary algorithms and graph theory. The GENIOS family currently includes optimizations for electric buses, integrated and sequential duty and vehicle scheduling, duty rosters, personal duty scheduling, route planning to supply stops with printed timetables, and connection planning. Parameters such as legal requirements and operational agreements can be set or even redefined by the user on the application's interface. Similarly, performance indicators to monitor optimization processes and solution proposals can be created through modular design.

Data-based decisions for information and cost transparency

Accurate real-time information on every vehicle, right down to the meter – in this case on the Aktiv Bus in Flensburg. This enables vehicles affected by traffic jams and other hold-ups to be quickly identified, informed and re-routed. Copyright: Pure Vision Systems
Accurate real-time information on every vehicle, right down to the meter – in this case on the Aktiv Bus in Flensburg. This enables vehicles affected by traffic jams and other hold-ups to be quickly identified, informed and re-routed. (Copyright: Pure Vision Systems)

Pure Vision Systems is consistently focusing on big data throughout its line of products and services, thus keeping public transport future proof and competitive. Typical applications include continuous recording of vehicle positions and meta data, information on fuel consumption and routes driven (relevant for e-mobility applications) and the creation of the basis for differentiated controlling. Data from all the on-board vehicle systems such as IBIS, passenger counting systems and vehicle CAN are recorded synchronously on the central system platform, processed and forwarded to backend systems. Depending on intended data usage, the data is processed either in real time or transferred to backend systems using block transfer.

2019-11-22
Management of transport and transport systems

Public transport is going through a period of change, bringing a constant stream of fresh challenges for public transport operators. What they need are reliable and powerful management systems capable of monitoring and controlling conventional fleets, e-buses, and autonomous vehicles. Also on their wish list is up-to-date passenger information to ensure transparency and customer satisfaction.

At IT-TRANS, CN-Consult is introducing several new features to make the DiLoc®|Sync document management system even more convenient (Copyright: CN-Consult)
At IT-TRANS, CN-Consult is introducing several new features to make the DiLoc®|Sync document management system even more convenient (Copyright: CN-Consult)

Up-to-date documents at the touch of a button

All over Europe, DiLoc®|Sync software is providing more than 36,000 professional drivers working for over 130 companies with up-to-date electronic documents, sending them directly to tablets, laptops or smartphones at the touch of a button. IT-TRANS exhibitor CN-Consult based in Mittenaar is introducing several new features to make document management even more convenient. Documents such as timetabling arrangements, speed restriction zones and other instructions can now incorporate a range of additional information such as validity conditions, descriptions, confirmation deadlines or synchronization priorities. CN-Consult has also developed a new forms editor that allows administrators to generate their own forms quickly and easily using drag-and-drop, distribute them to specific groups or individuals, and have them returned once they have been filled out. DiLoc|Sync now also incorporates the interface for DB Netz AG's “Green functions of train movement control” (recommendations for energy-saving driving), making it more versatile than ever.

The SIGMA software solution from Connective includes a planning tool and functions for importing, extrapolating, balancing and analyzing passenger numbers (Copyright: Connective)
The SIGMA software solution from Connective includes a planning tool and functions for importing, extrapolating, balancing and analyzing passenger numbers (Copyright: Connective)

A complete software solution for passenger counting

SIGMA, a software solution from Connective, based in Switzerland, includes passenger count data, a planning tool and functions for importing, extrapolating, balancing and analyzing passenger numbers. A sophisticated 10-step- plausibility check ensures high quality data, rapid analysis and simple operation. Data can be integrated in OPAL punctuality statistics and used in the SIM simulation application. Analytics tools offered within OPAL cover punctuality, connections, reporting, activity recording, management overview, rolling stock and timetable. With the help of SIM it is possible to verify a new timetable and present the effects of altered connections or construction sites. The new desktop application analyzes general events such as partial or complete failures, journeys, cycles and arrival and departure discrepancies at stops. The software is non-proprietary.

Public transportation: efficient planning and optimized operation

DPK from Poland is presenting different software solutions for timetabling, scheduling and rostering for buses, trains and drivers, according to business rules and existing restrictions. It enables multiple alternative scenarios to be planned with different parameters for comparison purposes so the best solutions can be found. CityLineDesigner is a system for designing transport networks and constructing timetables, TransErp supports the management of city transport operators in creating timetables and planning vehicle routes, duties and rosters. DPK Railways supports the transportation planning process for railway company employees such as train drivers, train crews and technical service crews.

The continually updated ivanto app and the new ivantoConnect hardware module together offer a complete solution for public transport companies (Copyright: GeoMobile)
The continually updated ivanto app and the new ivantoConnect hardware module together offer a complete solution for public transport companies (Copyright: GeoMobile)

Internet of Things for bus and rail

GeoMobile from Dortmund, Germany, presents ivanto, a system solution comprising a smartphone app, vehicle router with wifi connection and a fleet management portal for the public transport companies. It enables a Bluetooth infrastructure to be established between public transport vehicles and the smartphone app. It also allows vehicle and traffic data to be collected and analyzed. The aim is to make mobility accessible, multimodal and user-friendly.

The Movink panel is based on e-paper display technology with very low energy consumption and offers complementary information in addition to arrival times (Copyright: GRUPOETRA)
The Movink panel is based on e-paper display technology with very low energy consumption and offers complementary information in addition to arrival times (Copyright: GRUPOETRA)

Reference for multimodal transport management systems

GRUPOETRA from Valencia, Spain has developed an AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) solution based on powerful onboard equipment and fully centralized management. The heart of the system is CUBE+ onboard smart unit which handles the fleet management system, real-time information system and ticketing system. The fleet management system enables information such as bus arrival times to be displayed at the bus stop, in apps and on the internet. Energy-saving Movink e-paper panels installed at stops display not only arrival times but also complementary information such as different transport options, journey times and geolocalized data.

The tram driving simulator from INAVET for training drivers at DVB AG (Copyright: IVANET)
The tram driving simulator from INAVET for training drivers at DVB AG (Copyright: IVANET)

Driver advisory systems for public transport

INAVET, based in Dresden, Germany offers consulting, analysis and engineering services for comprehensive telematics systems, transportation research and innovative approaches for mobility of the future. Its core competencies include holistic concepts for driver training, driver advisory systems (DAS) – smarttrains.das – driving simulators and complex simulation environments. Products and services perfectly tailored to customers’ needs with appropriate engineering and software services for multimodal transportation management complete the package.

Fleet management system based on Open Source

Puzzle ITC from Switzerland is presenting FMSx, the eXtended fleet management system at IT-TRANS. FMSx is a solution for administering, updating and real-time monitoring of the IT systems of entire vehicle fleets. It supports different vehicle platforms from different manufacturers and has a modular structure. With the community source model, costs for further development are shared among all members. New functionalities are jointly developed and financed. FMSx integrates all use cases in one user interface, simplifying everyday railway operations.

Stahl Computertechnik is showcasing its networking solutions for public transport. (Copyright: Stahl Computertechnik/PRODUQTIV)
Stahl Computertechnik is showcasing its networking solutions for public transport. (Copyright: Stahl Computertechnik/PRODUQTIV)

IP networking in buses and trams

Stahl Computertechnik from Pfaffenhofen in Germany is showcasing its solution for IP networking in buses and trams at IT-TRANS – the Network Management System (NMS) for public transport operators. Across manufacturers the software enables the central configuration and management of IP-networks and routers in buses and trams, ticket machines and stops. Multiple devices can be configured simultaneously. Quick action can be taken in the event of breakdowns or necessary changes in configuration, without taking the vehicles out of service. All connected devices are continuously monitored, with remote installation of security updates for the routers. NMS manages and controls the systems of providers and third-party operators such as passenger information, passenger counting and video surveillance systems.

TeleMATRIK is presenting its MATRIK module system – a complete hardware and software solution for modern public transport (Credit: Telematrik)
TeleMATRIK is presenting its MATRIK module system – a complete hardware and software solution for modern public transport (Copyright: Telematrik)

MATRIK module system: a complete hardware and software solution for modern public transport

The PlanMATRIK graphical planning software manages all the information (topology and network data, driving and duty schedules) in a networked data model. The DispoMATRIK program enables scheduled services to be dragged and dropped in a Gantt chart for printing weekly or monthly service plans. BusMATRIK is a tablet-based on-board Android system which supports drivers with all positioning and communication functions. The ActionMATRIK smart ITCS system forms the central data hub of a traffic region, including all VDV interfaces, clear display of the current operating status with arrival and departure times for each stop, and vehicle location. InfoMATRIK is a passenger information system that quickly processes the departure information for the web.

With the IntraCon system from Tim-IT it’s possible to match timetables, identify delays and early departures and forward forecast times to passenger information systems in real-time (Coypright: Tim-IT)
With the IntraCon system from Tim-IT it’s possible to match timetables, identify delays and early departures and forward forecast times to passenger information systems in real-time (Coypright: Tim-IT)

IT supported software solutions from a single source

Tim-IT based in Bad Vilbel, Germany offers the IntraCon system, an ITCS/RBL-light software product that captures data in real time. It can match timetables, identify delays and early departures and forward forecast times to third-party passenger information systems in real time. At IT-TRANS the software company is also showcasing a new bus ticket printer with a large, driver-facing touch display. The printer includes an onboard computer, real-time data recording, direct server messaging and an interface function to passenger information systems such as DFI, iDFI, apps and interior- and exterior displays.

2019-11-13
Experts shape the mobility of the future
270 exhibitors will be showcasing their software solutions and mobility services at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre
270 exhibitors will be showcasing their software solutions and mobility services at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre

Public transport is becoming increasingly digital given the growing need for individuality and comfort among passengers and also because transport means are becoming increasingly diverse and networked. IT-TRANS is the world’s leading conference and trade fair to be dedicated to digitally networked urban mobility. When it is held for the seventh time from 3 to 5 March 2020, some 270 exhibitors will be showcasing their software solutions and mobility services at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The main focus of IT-TRANS is the user-friendly integration of these software solutions and mobility services into public transport systems. In the spirit of Mobility-as-a-Service, the central focus is on customised transport options with centrally bookable transport combinations that are suggested to individual users.

As project manager Jochen Georg explains: “IT-TRANS is the global industry get-together for public transport decision-makers – these include anything from workshop, operational and IT managers to top management in public transport companies, opinion leaders and digitalisation experts that are active in smart city mobility design. In assuming the patronage for the event in 2020, Andreas Scheuer – Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) – underscores the importance of IT-TRANS and the need for far-reaching changes in public transport.” A new addition to IT-TRANS 2020 is the Future Mobility Lab. Among other things, a control room will be set up to simulate how electric and autonomous vehicles are integrated into a transport system.

Conference with 150 international pioneers

The IT-TRANS conference is offering a multitude of opportunities for networking and exchanging views and ideas in person.
The IT-TRANS conference is offering a multitude of opportunities for networking and exchanging views and ideas in person.

The three-day IT-TRANS conference deals with aspects such as the use of artificial intelligence in public transport and discusses the progress being made in the field of autonomous vehicles and possible ways of increasing customer loyalty. Other key areas of focus include on-demand mobility offers and data ownership and governance. In a total of 30 sessions, 150 speakers will be sharing their experiences and visions. These include Guillaume Gibon, CEO of Citio Paris, and Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The high international component at IT-TRANS also extends to visitors, who came from all continents to the most recent event in 2018. There was marked growth in the number of participants from the Middle East, Africa and Australia, with one in seven visitors coming from outside Europe.

Christian Lebeuf, Director of Technologies and Major Projects at Québec’s public transport network, is one of the partners of IT-TRANS.
Christian Lebeuf, Director of Technologies and Major Projects at Québec’s public transport network, is one of the partners of IT-TRANS.

One of these was Christian Lebeuf, Director of Technologies and Major Projects at Québec’s public transport network: “For me, IT-TRANS is a special event where I can connect with my peers from the whole industry. Since we do not have the opportunity to exchange information with other public transport operators and authorities in Canada, we visit IT-TRANS because it allows us to meet face-to-face with people who understand what our issues are and who can provide suggestions, ideas and solutions. It’s well worth a trip from Canada simply to connect with that great body of knowledge at IT-TRANS on the exhibition floor, at the conferences and during the networking activities.” Lebeuf, who regularly attends the IT-TRANS conference and plans to travel to Karlsruhe again in 2020, concludes: “For me, it’s a must-attend event”.

Networking and sharing experiences at the exhibition

The two Market Update forums, in which exhibitors present their experiences and best practice projects, always prove extremely popular.
The two Market Update forums, in which exhibitors present their experiences and best practice projects, always prove extremely popular.

At the exhibition, exhibitors such as Atron, Cityway, Clever Devices, init, IVU, Luminator Group, moovel, PTV, Scheidt & Bachmann, Systemtechnik and Trapeze will be presenting themselves throughout the 28,000 square metres of exhibition space. Other exhibitors come from countries such as Norway (Fara), Sweden (Axentia), Israel (Optibus), Japan (Lecip), the USA (Nanov) and Canada (Giro). All of these use the exhibition as a networking and discussion platform. The two Market Update forums, in which exhibitors present their experiences and best practice projects, always prove extremely popular. There will be presentations on integrated planning tools, journey-planner and navigation apps, Bluetooth-based Be-In/Be-Out ticketing systems and passenger information systems. As well as this, there will be a spotlight on augmented and virtual reality solutions and on taxi and ride-hailing for the first time. The IT Family Dinner on 3 March and the Karlsruhe Networking Night on 4 March are excellent ways to get acquainted with colleagues from public transport companies in other countries and to interact with speakers, exhibitors and decision-makers from the fields of IT and public transport. The 1,400-strong Women in Mobility network will once again be using IT-TRANS as an opportunity for holding a meeting of its members.

IT-TRANS’s strategic partners are the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), the Italian transport association ASSTRA, ITS Spain and the Polish Chamber of Railway Equipment Producers and Railway Service Providers.

Anfahrt
2019-11-07
Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Ride-hailing

Worsening urban traffic congestion, inadequate mobility provision in rural areas and climate change demand alternative mobility solutions. Public transport options are becoming more varied as new offerings such as ride-hailing are being added. This calls for stronger networking of the individual means of transport. At the same time, passengers are demanding greater individuality and convenience. Intermodal travel has to be easy. Only then will passengers be willing to contribute to a sustainable mobility concept by using alternative means of transport instead of or in addition to their own cars. IT-TRANS is showing sustainable passenger-centric urban mobility solutions at the exhibition in Karlsruhe from March 3 to 5, 2020.

moovel provides access to various mobility options and mobile ticketing

Karlsruhe is the first city to use the mobile ticketing solution from the moovel Group. In addition to offering tickets for the local public transport network, it can be used for example to search for and book rental bikes from the app. The on-demand ride-sharing service had its pilot phase during IT-TRANS 2018. Copyright: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt & Rausch
Karlsruhe is the first city to use the mobile ticketing solution from the moovel Group. In addition to offering tickets for the local public transport network, it can be used for example to search for and book rental bikes from the app. The on-demand ride-sharing service had its pilot phase during IT-TRANS 2018. (Copyright: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt & Rausch)

moovel (becomes REACH NOW) – one of the five Mobility Joint Ventures of the BMW Group and Daimler AG – is a Mobility as a Service pioneer and wants to make cities more livable through efficient mobility solutions. moovel transit products offer white label solutions that enable public transport ticketing directly via smartphones. Karlsruhe is the first city to use this mobile ticketing solution. It’s possible to search for and book rental bikes and tickets from the local transit agency (KVV) directly in the app. moovel also offers an on-demand platform for public transport so people have a true demand-oriented option for getting around at any time of the day or night. This platform can be used singularly or in combination with moovel transit. The service also features smart routing and pooling, creating efficient solutions for passengers and operators alike. At IT-TRANS 2018 moovel tested an on-demand ride-sharing service together with KVV as a pilot project.

Holistic software solution for on-demand-mobility

The AnSaT® system works with an intelligent planning algorithm which ensures efficient pooling of incoming bookings with optimized routing. Copyright: EMS
The AnSaT® system works with an intelligent planning algorithm which ensures efficient pooling of incoming bookings with optimized routing. (Copyright: EMS)

The field-tested AnSaT® system combines the different operating concepts of on-demand ride-sharing, line-oriented demand responsive transport and transportation with fixed and flexible stops. An intelligent algorithm ensures efficient pooling of incoming bookings with optimized routing. Bookings are quickly summarized and compared with available parameters. Feasibility can be assessed even as the booking is taking place. Passengers can order by phone or book via the internet or an app. Transfer of the booking to the performing company can be customized to suit operating conditions. The mobile ticket printer offers ticket printing right in the vehicle. Integration of on-demand mobility in the existing public transport network is ensured by excluding parallel transport, linking connections and integrating tariffs, among other things. There are also interfaces to various timetable information systems, ITCS systems and taxi systems.

Siemens Mobility family represents MaaS solutions from modules to a mobility marketplace

Intermodal travel has to be easy if passengers are to be persuaded to use alternative means of transport instead of or in addition to their own cars – Siemens Mobility is presenting suitable digital solutions at IT-TRANS. Copyright: Siemens
Intermodal travel has to be easy if passengers are to be persuaded to use alternative means of transport instead of or in addition to their own cars – Siemens Mobility is presenting suitable digital solutions at IT-TRANS. (Copyright: Siemens)

Munich based Siemens Mobility has teamed up with subsidiaries HaCon, Bytemark and eos.uptrade and partner Padam Mobility to offer digital services and solutions ranging from modules and holistic systems to a complete mobility marketplace. They include Mobility as a Service solutions as well as individual components for intermodal trip planning, real-time information for passengers on the move, mobile ticketing and payment. Fleet management, timetable planning and the integration of demand-responsive transport (DRT) are fundamental elements. Mobility data analytics uses data to generate added value for transport providers and travelers.

Account-based intermodal mobility from Cityway

Best practice from Cityway in Mulhouse, France – mobility account with intermodal transport Copyright: Cityway
Best practice from Cityway in Mulhouse, France – mobility account with intermodal transport. (Copyright: Cityway)

As one of the leading lights on the MaaS B2G market, Cityway based in Aix-en-Provence (F) offers applications and services for multimodal information, booking, ticketing and mobility optimization. The intermodal real-time route planner and APIs integrate all forms of mobility in a given area: walking, cycling, public transport, trains, ferries, private cars, sharing systems, demand-responsive transport, first mile/last mile solutions, real-time traffic reports and parking. A fares calculator is integrated. Booking and ticket validation for public transport are accessed from a single login. All Cityway solutions are open and can be integrated in any other open system modules via standardized APIs. At IT-TRANS, Cityway is presenting the first multimodal account-based ticketing system in Europe, using Mulhouse in France as an example, with integrated booking, usage and payment.

Flexible adaptation: on-demand bus service

DRT technology makes it easy to create an on-demand service and synchronize it with the existing bus routes Copyright: UFT
DRT technology makes it easy to create an on-demand service and synchronize it with the existing bus routes. (Copyright: UFT)

Utopian Future Technologie (UFT) is a tech company developing innovative solutions for the shared-mobility sector. It works closely with public transit authorities and operators to make public transport the preferred transport mode in low-density areas through demand-responsive transportation services. At IT-TRANS, it will showcase its DRT platform, demonstrating how to design, plan and operate an on-demand bus service. Product demonstrations show how easy it is to custom design an on-demand service.

Multimodal platforms for municipalities

The MaaS platform from community IT service provider Upstream is open to all public and private mobility providers Copyright: Upstream
The MaaS platform from community IT service provider Upstream is open to all public and private mobility providers. (Copyright: Upstream)

As a municipal service provider owned by Wiener Linien and Wiener Stadtwerke, Upstream Mobility offers products and services focused on the public interest. The company primarily targets municipalities, cities and (large) regions and offers individual development solutions for multimodal MaaS providers. Upstream is presenting its MaaS platform which is open to all public and private mobility providers. This supports multiple front ends or apps which can in turn compete with each other in the market.

Internet of Things for bus and rail

Passengers can request stops via the ivanto app Copyright: GeoMobile
Passengers can request stops via the ivanto app. (Copyright: GeoMobile)

GeoMobile from Dortmund, Germany, presents ivanto, a system solution comprising a smartphone app, vehicle router with wifi connection and a fleet management portal for the public transport companies. It enables a Bluetooth infrastructure to be established between public transport vehicles and the smartphone app. It also allows vehicle and traffic data to be collected and analyzed. The aim is to make mobility accessible, multimodal and user-friendly.

MaaS platform for seamless intermodal travel

The intermodal trip planner from HaCon determines the best combination of the various transport options – on show at IT-TRANS. Copyright: mobiliteit.lu
The intermodal trip planner from HaCon determines the best combination of the various transport options – on show at IT-TRANS. (Copyright: mobiliteit.lu)

The versatile HAFAS MaaS platform from HaCon in Hanover, Germany combines data and interfaces from a wide variety of transport providers in a single trip planner covering public and private transport, demand-responsive services (DRT), car sharing providers, taxis, bike and pedestrian routing and road traffic information. The centerpiece of the platform is the intermodal trip planner which suggests the smartest combination of transport options based on individual user preferences. HAFAS then calculates the best price across all the modes of transport and tariff zones. The HAFAS business solutions ensure smooth operation: software for gathering and distributing real-time information and systems for disruption management.

2019-10-28
Taxi & Ride-hailing Conference and Exhibition to be held in Karlsruhe for the first time

Having previously been held in London and Dubai, the Taxi & Ride-hailing Conference and Exhibition is to come to Karlsruhe in 2020. The event will be held parallel to IT-TRANS at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre between 3 and 5 March.

One of the biggest developments during the last five years, and a change that has affected the taxi sector more than most, has been the emergence of ride-hailing companies. The sector get-together at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre is the only event worldwide to focus on both the taxi and the ride-hailing business. It examines in great detail the challenges that will be faced by the sector in future and how these can be resolved. Decision-makers from transport authorities, acknowledged taxi experts and sector leaders from all over the world are invited to share their knowledge and to interact with trade visitors.

In an independent conference, the event will facilitate discussion on aspects such as the use of artificial intelligence by taxi operators and the sustainable integration of these transport services into public transport systems as well as regulatory aspects. In addition to the panel discussions and presentations, exhibitors will be demonstrating special taxi and ride-hailing solutions within the IT-TRANS exhibition. There will also be two presentation slots in the Market Update Forums there. An estimated 150 international experts are expected to attend the conference and exhibition, where the focus will be on this cornerstone of urban mobility

One of the biggest developments during the last five years, and a change that has affected the taxi sector more than most, has been the emergence of ride-hailing companies.

IT-TRANS offers ideal platform for taxi and ride-hailing

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe

The Taxi & Ride-hailing Conference and Exhibition is an ideal addition to IT-TRANS, the world’s leading event to be dedicated to sustainable and digitally connected urban mobility, which will be taking place at the same time. Both industry gatherings are being organised by UITP (International Association of Public Transport) and KMK. Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, commented: “At IT-TRANS, we bring together the international public transport elite in Karlsruhe every two years. But this is not the only reason why we – after Dubai and London – have been chosen as the perfect venue for the Taxi & Ride-hailing Conference and Exhibition. The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is Europe’s third largest IT cluster and has long been a global pioneer in future-oriented public transport. This is why we are delighted to be able to take our partnership with UITP to the next level and to add this important component to the global meeting of public transport providers.

At IT-TRANS 2018, moovel tested its on-demand ride-sharing service in a pilot phase. In 2020, this topic will have its own platform with the affiliation of the Taxi & Ride-hailing Conference and Exhibition to IT-TRANS.

Public transport is becoming increasingly digital given the growing need for individuality and comfort among passengers and also because transport means are becoming increasingly diverse and networked. Taxis and above all ride-hailing services are a key part of this multimodality and play an important role on the first and last mile.

Kaan Yildizgöz, Senior Director UITP

“Holding the Taxi and Ride-Hailing Conference and Exhibition alongside IT-TRANS shows the important role that taxi transportation and ride-hailing companies have to play in the discussion concerning the future direction of urban mobility. Held under the thematic heading Smart Personal Rides, the event will be the only one of its kind to represent both the taxi and ride-hailing sectors. I would encourage everyone with a vested interest in the revolution of the taxi sector to join us in Karlsruhe next March.” Kaan Yildizgöz, Senior Director UITP and author of the book: Taxis In the Era of Digitalisation.

2019-08-27
Call for Contributions for IT-TRANS has started

IT-TRANS is the leading exhibition and conference dedicated to the discussion and continued development of IT solutions for intelligent urban transport systems. From 3 to 5 March 2020, the international public transport sector will come together for the seventh time at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre to learn more about the latest product innovations and discuss current challenges the industry is facing.

Call for Contributions: Interested experts can submit their innovations and best practices until 10 October.

During the three-day conference, scientists, industry experts and opinion leaders will have the opportunity to present their innovative visions to an audience of international professionals. The focus of the conference will be "Smart Travellers in Smart Systems". The conference will revolve around eight main themes which encompass the current priorities of, challenges to, and opportunities for the sector:

  • Digital transformation
  • Artificial intelligence and IoT
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • On-demand and shared mobility
  • Mobility as a service (MaaS)
  • Ticketing and payment
  • Data ownership and governance
  • Traffic and Transport system management

Industry experts who are interested in contributing to the conference programme can submit innovations and best practices on the following website until Thursday, 10 October. The application must include the objectives and an abstract of the speech as well as a biographical note including a photo of the speaker. A conference committee, which includes representatives of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and the Italian transport association ASSTRA, is responsible for the conference programme.

IT and digitalisation play a crucial role in urban public transport and mobility – not only in the organisation and administration of our systems, operating processes and services, but also in the behaviour and expectations of passengers. The focal point of IT-TRANS is solutions to support the operation of public transport networks and the management of urban transport systems. IT-TRANS demonstrates how public transport can profit from intelligent technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles, predictive maintenance, virtual reality and the Internet of Things (IoT).

2019-04-05
TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe becomes UITP’s first partnership region worldwide
"Our newest liaison office and regional training centre will be the interface between UITP and TRK and will further connect our members to Karlsruhe as the leading tech hub, offering them opportunities to develop skills and knowledge", says secretary general of UITP, Mohamed Mezghani.

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and leading mobility actors in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion yesterday signed a partnership agreement entitled UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership.

The UITP has so far not entered into Mobility Innovation Partnerships in this form with any other regions. UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani explains: “The city of Karlsruhe has a welldeserved international reputation as an area of great innovation in the mobility field. UITP has always recognised the importance of cooperating with leaders in technology and by launching the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership with Karlsruhe Technology Region, we’re continuing that commitment. Our newest liaison office and regional training centre will be the interface between UITP and TRK and will further connect our members to Karlsruhe as the leading tech hub, offering them opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.” The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion thus gains a completely unique selling proposition and will be even more strategically and intensively integrated into the worldwide UITP partner network and its innovation projects in the future.

Showcase region for modern mobility

IT-TRANS is the cornerstone for the new mobility partnership between UITP and members of the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe
IT-TRANS is the cornerstone for the new mobility partnership between UITP and members of the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe

Many years of close collaboration are the basis of this partnership between TRK and UITP. Their affiliation is closely linked to Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre because the focus of their previous cooperation was IT-TRANS, the International Exhibtion and Conference on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems. TRK member companies have already presented their digital mobility solutions at a joint stand fair at IT-TRANS, which has taken place in Karlsruhe since 2008. “IT-TRANS brings the global elite of the public transport industry to Karlsruhe every two years and thus laid the foundation for our close relationship with our co-organizer UITP. The Mobility Innovation Partnership is an important building block that will further heighten Karlsruhe’s international visibility and its competence in the areas of mobility and IT. We and our strong regional partners can take pride in this together”, says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH.

The founding partners of
The founding partners of "UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership"

In addition to bilateral cooperation with UITP, the partners from the TRK also presented themselves jointly at the UITP World Congress in Montreal in 2017. They will also participate at the World Congress in Stockholm in June 2019, where their presence will include a joint stand, a delegation headed by Karlsruhe’s Lord Mayor Frank Mentrup, and a session in the congress.

Jochen Ehlgötz (TRK), Frank Mentrup (Mayer of Karlsruhe) and Mohamed Mezghani (UITP) signed their mobility partnership on 4 April 2019
Jochen Ehlgötz (TRK), Frank Mentrup (Mayer of Karlsruhe) and Mohamed Mezghani (UITP) signed their mobility partnership on 4 April 2019

Besides the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe GmbH and the Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK), the founding partners of the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership are: INIT, PTV GROUP, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (Karlsruhe Public Transport Association, KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (Albtal Transport Corporation, AVG) and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Transport Company, VBK), Kand IT-TRANS, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe High Performance Centre for Mobility Research), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the FZI Research Centre

for Information Technology, and the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Die UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership

showcases TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe als innovationsstarke Mobilitätsregion. A UITP liaison office and a regional training centre for UITP training courses and demonstrations are to be established in Karlsruhe for this purpose. Participants at the centre will be able to find out about system solutions for traffic design and optimisation from leading global companies such as INIT or the PTV Group, or learn about the latest developments in networked and automated driving and alternative vehicle drives.

Die UITP

– (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) is the International Association of Public Transport and a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility. It is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. UITP has 1,600 member companies coming from 99 countries. The members are public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry.

www.uitp.org

IT-TRANS

, International Exhibition and Conference on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems, is aimed at all players in the public transport sector and in particular at decision-makers from transport authorities and representatives of the private sector, government and professional associations. More than 260 international companies and service providers will present their latest products at the exhibition. At the three-day conference, international speakers will be showcasing innovations in various sessions, workshops and presentations, and will be providing recommendations for the practical implementation of digital solutions in public transport. It is organised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH.

www.it-trans.org

Die TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe GmbH

, TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, founded in 2017, is a regional, cross-Länder location marketing organisation focusing on business, innovation and science and research. Achieving progress by thinking ahead and testing and implementing ideas together – that’s the ethos behind the formation of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH by its 27 shareholders from the worlds of business, science, and local authorities. Their aim: to create a laboratory of the future specialising in energy, mobility and digitalization with a view to accelerating the process from the initial idea to its ultimate realisation.

www.technologieregion-karlsruhe.de

2019-04-02
Strong demand for stand space: two-thirds of capacity already booked at IT-TRANS

Almost a year before IT-TRANS – the International Exhibition and Conference on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems – is due to open its doors again, two-thirds of stand space has already been booked. As Jochen Georg, IT-TRANS project manager at Messe Karlsruhe, stresses: “The extremely positive response from exhibitors illustrates the relevance of our exhibition for the sector and the quality of our exhibition concept in combination with our high-calibre conference. It also confirms that our decision to expand IT-TRANS to two halls in 2020 was the right one and that this will allow us to meet the high demand for exhibition space.” Between 3 and 5 March 2020, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will once again be the international meeting point for all players in the public transport sector.

Mobility-as-a-Service: a core theme in the exhibition and conference

Mobility-as-a-Service is one of the core themes of 2020's IT-TRANS
Mobility-as-a-Service is one of the core themes of 2020's IT-TRANS

Urban life today is characterised by a growing need for mobility and an increasing diversity of options in this regard. At IT-TRANS, some 260 exhibitors will be presenting the latest products and services for future mobility on an area covering 25,000 m². The central factor for many solutions is multimodality, i.e. combining different modes of transport. As Jochen Georg explains: “Even though multimodality has been primarily a technical question to date, mobility options are now geared towards customer needs and customer service. This aspect will be the central theme of IT-TRANS 2020.” In keeping with the concept of Mobility-as-a-Service, integral mobility platforms bring together a wide range of mobility options in an overarching structure. Here, the focus is not on individual modes of transport, but on integrating all elements intelligently. It is with this in mind that HanseCom offers integrated IT solutions for public transport and will be showcasing these in Karlsruhe. As Martin Timmann, CEO of HanseCom, puts it: “I have been at many exhibitions in various sectors. However, the scope for interacting with key sector players is exceptional at IT-TRANS. I find it very impressive that board members take an hour out to visit our stand to find out more about us. IT-TRANS is a sector get-together in the real sense of the word – which is why we will definitely be back again in 2020.”

IT-TRANS is a red-letter date for all decision-makers

Key players remain loyal: ATRON, INIT, moovel, PTV, Scheidt & Bachmann and other prominent exhibitors from Germany have already confirmed that they will be participating at IT-TRANS
Key players remain loyal: ATRON, INIT, moovel, PTV, Scheidt & Bachmann and other prominent exhibitors from Germany have already confirmed that they will be participating at IT-TRANS

Further areas covered by IT-TRANS include fare management, travel information, smart cards, security and software systems, and transport and fleet management. Forward-looking mobility solutions will also be presented, including autonomous driving, car sharing and on-demand apps. ATRON, INIT, moovel, PTV, Scheidt & Bachmann and other prominent exhibitors from Germany have already confirmed that they will be participating in the event, as will international names such as Axentia (Sweden), gmv (Spain), Novatronic (Serbia), Optibus (Israel) and Trapeze (Switzerland). As Annette Weisser, Corporate Communications team leader at IVU Traffic Technologies, puts it: “IT-TRANS is one of the most important events of its kind and a red-letter day in our calendar. Its focus on IT systems in public transport makes it the ideal platform for presenting new features in our integrated software solutions and talking directly to customers about them.”

Support for German and international start-ups

A helping hand is also available for new companies planning to make an appearance at the exhibition. German newcomers will be assisted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of a programme for encouraging new, innovative companies to participate in international flagship events in Germany. These will be featured in the new START-UP ZONE together with foreign start-ups, which are also eligible to take part in the exhibition at comparable conditions.

IT-TRANS at the Global Public Transport Summit

The co-organiser of IT-TRANS is the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which will be holding its Global Public Transport Summit in the Swedish capital of Stockholm from 9 to 12 June 2019. Visitors to stand A4060 can find out more about IT-TRANS and meet the project team.

2018-09-28
Messe Karlsruhe supports UITP with acquisitions for the world congress in Stockholm
Global Public Transport Summit Stockholm
Messe Karlsruhe supports UITP with acquisitions for the world congress in Stockholm

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) started its call for contributions for the congress of their Global Public Transport Summit. It takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 9 to 12 June 2019. UITP cooperates with the Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH not only within the framework of IT-TRANS, International Exhibition and Conference on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems, but also with regards to their world congress. “As the project team of IT-TRANS, we are the contacts for interested companies from nine countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. Stands are still available for participants”, says project manager Jochen Georg. “Furthermore, we are very pleased that our partners from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) will present the city’s expertise in digitalisation and public transport with a joint stand in Stockholm.”

The Global Public Transport Summit is the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable mobility. Covering all urban and regional transport modes across the globe, the summit combines a diverse programme of leading congress sessions and an outstanding exhibition full of the latest innovations, solutions and products.

Call for contributions has begun

Global Public Transport Summit Stockholm

The programme of the summit is steered by a Programme Committee on behalf of the UITP Policy Board. Potential speakers can choose to participate in the programme of the congress or they can present a poster in a Poster Session. Moreover, exhibitors have the opportunity to speak at the Expo Sessions. The call for posters is open to academia and any stakeholders involved in research. The call for abstracts for the Expo Sessions is reserved to exhibitors of the Global Public Transport Summit. Both are expected to cover one or more of the seven main topics of the programme which are:

  • Customer service excellence
  • Improving quality of life in cities
  • Mobility as a Service and the new combined mobility paradigm
  • Attracting new talents and skills
  • Operational excellence
  • Funding & financing
  • Harvesting innovation

Applicants are requested to submit their applications online via the dedicated website (www.uitpsummit.org). The call for congress sessions closes 24 October, the call for Poster Sessions ends 5 December and applicants for the Expo Sessions need to hand in their abstracts by 14 December. UITP will communicate the results in December.

Companies (from the countries mentioned above) that are interested in participating as an exhibitor in Stockholm are kindly requested to contact Markus Kocea from Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (markus.kocea@messe-karlsruhe.de).

Further information about the summit and the call for contributions: www.uitpsummit.org/call-for-contributions-2/

2018-03-08
 IT-TRANS continues healthy growth

Larger and more international than ever before, IT-TRANS presented itself for the sixth time over the past three days. The growing significance of digital solutions for public transport is reflected in the visitor count: 6,000 international experts (2016: 5,000) came to Karlsruhe between 6 and 8 March to discuss the mobility of tomorrow. Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre was a global meeting point for the sector, playing host to thought leaders from some 60 nations. Roughly one in seven visitors came from outside Europe. All continents were represented, with marked growth in visitors from the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

As Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH, emphasised: “IT-TRANS 2018 presented a very impressive overall picture of a highly dynamic subject in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, one of the most high-profile mobility regions in the world. Having won over the expert community with our exhibition, conference and accompanying programme, the logical next step is to expand our exhibition space to two halls in 2020.”

Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General UITP: “As co-organiser, UITP is delighted with the success of the 2018 edition of IT-TRANS. The record number of speakers, exhibitors and participants illustrates the importance of this event to the public transport industry and the ongoing debate over digital thinking. I am very happy that this year’s IT-TRANS is the most diverse yet.”

Half of exhibitors from abroad

A total of 260 exhibitors (2016: 210 exhibitors) presented digital solutions for future public transport on an area measuring 15,000 square metres. In addition to many European exhibitors, IT-TRANS featured exhibitors from Canada, China, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan and the USA. This means that the proportion of exhibitors from outside Germany has once again increased significantly, now accounting for half of the total figure.

The Volocopter welcomed visitors at the entrance hall of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre
The Volocopter welcomed visitors at the entrance hall of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre

This year, both the dm-arena exhibition hall and the entrance hall were fully booked. Here, twelve partners from the realms of science and research, business and the public sector demonstrated Karlsruhe’s strengths in IT and mobility at Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion’s joint stand. One of the exhibitors there was Volocopter GmbH from Bruchsal. As shareholder Stefan Klocke reports: “With our autonomous air taxi, we aim to bring three-dimensional mobility to the major cities of the world. As a company from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, we were delighted to meet visitors from many megacities at IT-TRANS.”

IT-TRANS has its sights set high

One area of particular focus at this year’s IT-TRANS was autonomous mobility solutions. In addition to the Volocopter, a self-driving bus attracted particular attention. The “Trapizio”, presented by exhibitor AMoTech – a company belonging to Trapeze Switzerland – took exhibition visitors on a demonstration route from the entrance to the exhibition hall. As AMoTech Managing Director Dominique Müller reports: “Having our test course right at the entrance to the hall was ideal. Many visitors took advantage of this opportunity to experience the future of mobility at first hand.”

Many visitors tested the
Many visitors tested the "Trapizio" on the demonstration track for autonomous driving

Another highlight for participants was the pilot phase of the on-demand ridesharing service launched by the moovel Group and Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV) during IT-TRANS. Visitors and local Karlsruhe residents ordered their journey via the “KVV.mobil” app, after which a van collected them at their location and brought them to one of 100 stops served within the city – without any rigidly defined timetable. Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, CEO of the moovel Group, said: “We are very grateful to the organisers of IT-TRANS for a very successful exhibition and for giving us the opportunity to present our moovel on-demand ridesharing service to their visitors. We are already looking forward to the next IT-TRANS in two years’ time.” The new mobility service is based on moovel’s on-demand platform, which uses intelligent “routing” and “pooling” to deploy a needs-oriented, flexible fleet with maximum efficiency. Routes are constantly calculated and updated, factoring in real-time data from traffic updates and the public transport network.

78.2 percent of exhibitors wish to participate in the next IT-TRANS again. This also applies for Swiss company InnoTix, which was exhibiting at an exhibition for the very first time. Owner and Managing Director Lukas Haldemann: “IT-TRANS went well beyond our expectations. Even if only half of the contacts actually lead to projects, I don’t know yet how we will cope with this huge demand. We have already booked our stand for 2020.” By the close of the exhibition, over half of this year’s space had already been booked by exhibitors for 2020.

Top scores awarded by visitors

Visitors to IT-TRANS were also extremely positive about their exhibition experience: 95.8 percent gave top scores, 92.8 percent intend to return and one in two visitors only attended IT-TRANS and no other exhibition in this sector. For 70.1 percent of visitors, IT-TRANS is an important basis for investment decisions. Dr. Jürgen Greschner, init SE Management Board: “IT-TRANS has the perfect location in Karlsruhe. After all, it meets a uniquely innovative ecosystem here. Representatives from research, industry, transport companies and policymaking all join forces in Karlsruhe’s Cluster for Transport Excellence, forming the perfect basis for the world’s leading event for intelligent transport solutions.”

High-calibre conference with internationally renowned experts

A total of 159 speakers shared an estimated 47 hours of concentrated, hands-on knowledge. The increasing relevance of the topics being presented resulted in a marked increase in participants: 580 participants (2016: 488) from 47 different countries came to find out about cyber security, ticketing and payment, autonomous vehicles and mobility-as-a-service. The conference programme was supplemented through market update forums held by exhibitors in the exhibition.

A total of 159 speakers shared an estimated 47 hours of concentrated, hands-on knowledge.
A total of 159 speakers shared an estimated 47 hours of concentrated, hands-on knowledge.

IT-TRANS was also the venue for numerous parallel events. Delegations of high-ranking representatives from governments and municipalities of the European Union (EU) came together to discuss the future of urban mobility. In addition, associations and institutions made use of IT-TRANS for constructive get-togethers. For instance, the “Women in Mobility” network met for the second time at the exhibition. KMK Managing Director Britta Wirtz feels that the representation of women at the event is still too low at 11.7 percent and is delighted that UITP will be devoting a special session to this very issue at the next Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm.

The next IT-TRANS will be held from 3 to 5 March 2020 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

Further exhibitor statements:

Xavier Arrufat, founder and CEO of Awaait in Barcelona: “I was here in 2016, initially as a visitor to gain an impression of the exhibition. I spoke to many exhibitors back then. Thanks to their positive feedback, we are here this year with our own stand. Even small stands like ours enjoy good visibility. Apart from this, what I particularly like about IT-TRANS is that it is a combination of exhibition and conference. I myself have also spoken on the use of artificial intelligence in public transport.”

Amos Haggiag, co-founder and CEO of Optibus in Tel Aviv, Israel, exhibiting for the second time: “I have been at many trade fairs. I really like the way IT-TRANS is structured, with its open and clear layout. As well as this, the connections to the Central Station and the shuttles provided to the hotels are great. Great organisation!”

Matthias Hoffmeier, Senior Sales Manager at Hella Aglaia in Berlin: “We have been at IT-TRANS since the very beginning. This year, I noticed that far more visitors are no longer simply interested in finding out information but instead are there with a view to making purchases. We have had talks with visitors from Russia and South America. These are markets in which we have not been active at all – until now.”

Martin Timmann, CEO of HanseCom: “I have been at many trade fairs in various sectors. However, the scope for interacting with key sector players is exceptional at IT-TRANS. I find it very impressive that board members take an hour out to visit our stand to find out more about us. IT-TRANS is a real sector get-together – and we will be back.”

Daniel Ackers, press spokesperson at VDV eTicket Service: “As always, IT-TRANS was impeccably organised with a clear, uncomplicated programme. For us, it is important to remain in contact with transport companies and manufacturers – and we did so here to great effect. One thing we noticed this year was that the international component among participants was even greater than before.”

Annette Weisser, Corporate Communications team leader at IVU Traffic Technologies: “The trade fair was a resounding success for us. Everything worked wonderfully and the organisation was excellent. We were also very satisfied with the visitor figures at our stand.”

Intelligent fare management and smart ticketing

Intelligent fare management and ticketing is not only a means of generating and administering revenue but also an important component to the mobility-as-a-service concept. Smart ticketing is designed to combine mobility services and give users a consistent and easily accessible transport offering. What are needed are open ticketing systems that meet all the requirements for flexibility and enable new mobility services to be integrated.

ID-based ticketing platform

At IT-TRANS 2020, Scheidt & Bachmann is presenting new forms of ticketing and innovative payment options and also showing how data can be used effectively. The entire range of the ID-based FareGo Suite ticketing platform will be on show – from Check-in/Check-out to Be-in/Be-out. The open system can handle any contactless ticket media and offers maximum flexibility for transport companies and their passengers. With the newly developed FareGo 360 data management suite, transport service providers can maximize the availability of their fare collection system and increase passenger satisfaction as a result.

Android-based ticketing software solution

The Bus Logic Ticketing System operates with a cloud database, a cloud management portal and relevant Android apps via which bus tickets can be sold, e-cards validated and tickets checked. Copyright: Bus Logic
The Bus Logic Ticketing System operates with a cloud database, a cloud management portal and relevant Android apps via which bus tickets can be sold, e-cards validated and tickets checked. Copyright: Bus Logic

An online dashboard and Android apps form the basis for the ticketing system that the Serbian company Bus Logic is showcasing at IT-TRANS. The complex software solution for bus companies operates with a cloud database, a cloud management portal and Android apps. The apps handle bus ticket sales, e-card validation and sold ticket control. The system has an embedded translation engine so it can be used worldwide.

Contactless ticketing: open, accessible and scalable

Ticketing for MaaS, best practices for durable systems – the White Paper aims to help ticketing systems achieve long-term objectives in terms of performance, development and integration. Copyright: CNA
Ticketing for MaaS, best practices for durable systems – the White Paper aims to help ticketing systems achieve long-term objectives in terms of performance, development and integration. Copyright: CNA

Calypso Networks Association (CNA) is presenting two projects at IT-TRANS: a free, open-source solution for contactless ticketing and a white paper with best-practice examples. This non-profit organization has developed Eclipse Keyple, an open-source SDK (Software Development Kit) and an API (Application Programming Interface) for contactless ticketing, available free of charge at www.keyple.org. The scalable Keyple software does not lock you into a specific ticketing system and turns complex ticketing systems development into a simple integration. Dedicated plugins ensure that ticket processing works with any hardware and is compatible with all transport and event management architectures.

Next-gen ticketing at IT-TRANS

Ticketing for MaaS, best practices for durable systems – the White Paper aims to help ticketing systems achieve long-term objectives in terms of performance, development and integration. Copyright: CNA
Ticketing for MaaS, best practices for durable systems – the White Paper aims to help ticketing systems achieve long-term objectives in terms of performance, development and integration. Copyright: CNA

Together with Siemens Mobility and HaCon, Hamburg based eos.uptrade offers digital services and solutions. Check-in/Check-out (CiCo) and Check-in-assisted/Check-out (CiaCo) solutions are the fastest-moving and most cost-effective forms of next-gen ticketing and can be seamlessly integrated into existing apps. Passenger check in and out of the means of transport by swiping. There is no need for new hardware in the vehicles. Payment for tickets is automated. The CiaCo solution also gives passengers an automated notification to remind them to check out manually. CiCo and CiaCo can be expanded into Check-in/Be-out (CiBo) or Be-in/Be-out (BiBo) solutions if required. With BiBo, the app automatically detects where the journey starts and ends. A mix of GPS tracking, Bluetooth beacons and motion tracking ensures that every trip is recognized correctly. Billing is automated via deposited funds at the optimum price.

Best price algorithm and check-out reminder

FAIRTIQ is showcasing a ticketing app for the public transport companies which simplifies ticket purchases and uses a algorithm to calculate the best ticket price. Copyright: FAIRTIQ
FAIRTIQ is showcasing a ticketing app for the public transport companies which simplifies ticket purchases and uses a algorithm to calculate the best ticket price. Copyright: FAIRTIQ

With the FAIRTIQ app from the company of the same name based in Bern, Switzerland, passengers check in simply by swiping. The app simplifies ticket purchases and requires no fixed sales/validation infrastructure. When the passenger swipes out at the end of the journey a best price algorithm calculates the optimum ticket for that journey. Using advanced geo-location algorithms, the system computes the distance traveled, including any intermediate changes between rail, bus, subway, tram and boat. The app can be used across borders and includes fraud detection. The system is running across Switzerland covering all types of public transport and all 250 operators. It can also be used in Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein.

Timetables and fares bundled across different regions

HanseCom of Hamburg is showcasing its Handy-Ticket Deutschland app at IT-TRANS to demonstrate how a mix of different traffic systems can be orchestrated for maximum customer convenience. The app bundles the timetables and fares from different regions. As a result, registered passengers can purchase tickets in all participating regions, in selected regions even across network borders in just one transaction. With the API (Application Programming Interface) third-party apps or new offers such as e-scooters or parking tickets can be integrated. HanseCom is also presenting its new interregional easyTicketApp which offers simple ticket purchase. With Abo-Online, HanseCom provides a virtual customer center for 24/7 subscription sales in real time. This web-based solution is available for self-management of private customers and for use in customer centers. Also on display for the first time is the new key account module, which is specifically tailored to the requirements of corporate customers.

Account based ticketing for your MaaS applications

LIT Transit, global mobility solutions provider, is helping transit operators and authorities around the world experience the benefits of next generation, contactless fare payments. LIT Ticket (lit-transit.com) offers a flexible and comprehensive platform to automate fare and revenue management. It combines LIT’s powerful back office system with the associated front-end hardware devices, and supports a wide range of ticketing options and payment systems, including closed-loop, open-loop and account-based payments. Built on an open multimodal architecture, the integration-ready nature of LIT technology removes any limitations for future mobility applications.

Contactless EMV payment systems

Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) form the basis for EMV debit and credit card payments, as used by Ridango of Estonia on public transport and presented at IT-TRANS. In public transport, the retail-like Known Fare Transaction (or Model 1) payment method enables passengers to know the exact amount being charged at the moment they present their card or smartphone to the reader. A further development of this is the Mass Transit Transaction, or Model 2. In this case, all the transactions are aggregated into a single batch and processed at the end of the day. In this way, passengers always get the best price. Lastly, Model 3 means using a bank card to validate a pre-purchased ticket. The Ridango Ticket Payment System (TPS) supports all payment models. Contactless payments require a high level of security so the TPS system is fully PCI-DSS-certified.

Monet+ from the Czech Republic is also presenting a public transport EMV tokenization solution called Switchio. This system is ready to use, easy to implement and compatible with various types of payment terminal. The architecture provides maximum flexibility and allows multiple purchasers to be connected and purchasers to be changed without reprogramming the terminal application.

Passenger flow analysis – a basis for revenue allocation

The new SIGNON EPPsta software tool (Evaluation & Passenger Projection of Statistics) from Berlin-based SIGNON is an efficient solution to the problem of evaluating and extrapolating of passenger numbers. Statistically verified passenger volumes are an essential basis for planning capacity requirements of timetables and vehicle deployment timetable and for assigning revenue streams to the various transport companies and mobility service providers. For passenger flow analysis it is necessary to know the number of passengers boarding and alighting at the stops. As only some of the vehicles are fitted with sensors at the doors, total passenger volumes can only be determined using complex statistical extrapolations. The number of measurement runs (by vehicles fitted with sensors) must be adequate, and passenger volumes at different times and also for special events must be taken into account.

Ticket printing with two printing units and two paper rolls

The VENDstation ticket machines from INIT feature the robust GeBE-COMPACT Twin printers that GeBE Elektronik und Feinwerktechnik is presenting at IT-TRANS. Copyright: GeBE
The VENDstation ticket machines from INIT feature the robust GeBE-COMPACT Twin printers that GeBE Elektronik und Feinwerktechnik is presenting at IT-TRANS. Copyright: GeBE

GeBE Elektronik und Feinwerktechnik is showcasing its GeBE-COMPACT Twin thermal printer at IT-TRANS which INIT from Karlsruhe is using in its VENDstation stationary ticket vending machine. The special printer features two printing units with two paper rolls and is suitable for public areas thanks to its high-quality printing units, durable cutter and roll holder in stainless steel. Each of the two printer units can be positioned independently of the other.

Pay as you use – eTicketing as an app

TAF from Jena presents the new TAFpayU eTicketing solution. It combines real-time information, check in/be out, modern payment methods and mobile ticketing in one app. TAFpayU stands for “pay as you use” and is based on the concept of ticketing as a service. Transport companies can use the app solution flexibly as a service model without being tied to a contract. This makes it suitable for small and mid-sized transport companies.

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The published articles reflect the personal opinions of the authors (in this case the exhibitors at IT-TRANS) and do not represent the views of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) or Messe Karlsruhe. Minor changes have been made to the texts supplied by the exhibitors. Date: December 2019 | Subject to change without notice.