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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.

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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 in a separate exhibition area within the IT-TRANS exhibition. There will also be two presentation slots in the Market Update Forums there. In addition to the experts in the exhibition area, a number of IT-TRANS exhibitors – such as the Trapeze Group – will be examining taxi and ride-hailing issues at their respective exhibition stands. 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.

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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.

Mobility solutions for public transport authorities and operators

LIT Transit from Slovenia is showcasing its entire portfolio at IT-TRANS. LIT Ticket is a solution for automated fare collection and revenue management. Mobile ticketing is based on payments via QR code or NFC. LIT back-office systems work together with IoT devices and a variety of customized interfaces to offer a range of fully integrated, real-time solutions.

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.

DISCLAIMER

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.

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