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

IT-TRANS is the leading trade fair 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 KMK, 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
Karlsruhe Trade Fair supports UITP with acquisitions for the world congress in Stockholm
Global Public Transport Summit Stockholm
Karlsruhe Trade Fair 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.”

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