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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.”

2018-02-22
 Part 6: Traffic management / Intelligent traffic systems

Intelligent traffic systems are vital in today's transport infrastructure. Such systems provide services such as traffic control and information, fleet and vehicle management and are increasingly used to integrate different modes of transport. A state of the art telematics infrastructure delivering intermodal data and information everywhere and at any time is the basis for intelligent traffic with intermodal and integrated mobility services. Products and solutions for intelligent traffic management will be featured at IT-TRANS 2018. Around 250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries will gather at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre for the sixth edition of IT-TRANS. The International Conference and Exhibition on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems will take place from 6 to 8 March 2018.

Launch of on-demand ridesharing service by the moovel Group and the Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV)

Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV) is joining forces with the Stuttgart-based moovel Group to introduce an on-demand shuttle service in March. The new mobility service is to be tested in a pilot phase during IT-TRANS. On these three days, trade fair visitors and local residents can use the new mobility service free of charge.

Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV) is joining forces with the Stuttgart-based moovel Group to introduce an on-demand shuttle service during IT-TRANS. Users place their transport request via the “KVV.mobil” app and are then collected with a van at their location and taken to a destination of their choice – without any rigidly defined timetable.
Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV) is joining forces with the Stuttgart-based moovel Group to introduce an on-demand shuttle service during IT-TRANS. Users place their transport request via the “KVV.mobil” app and are then collected with a van at their location and taken to a destination of their choice – without any rigidly defined timetable.

The idea behind the pilot project is that users place their transport request via the “KVV.mobil” app and are then collected with a van at their location and brought to a destination of their choice – without any rigidly defined timetable. The users share the shuttle vehicle with other passengers. An algorithm calculates the fastest route through the city to one of more than 100 stops that are served. The on-demand ridesharing service is available on each of the three trade fair days, on Tuesday and Wednesday (6 to 7 March) from 8 a.m. to midnight, on Thursday (8 March) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Users will not be charged during the piloting period.

The new mobility service is based on moovel’s on-demand platform, which enables the efficient operation of a demand-oriented, flexible fleet using intelligent journey management – so-called "routing", and the grouping of trip requests – so-called "pooling". During the pilot phase, the fleet will consist of ten Mercedes-Benz V-class vehicles. If other persons have booked a similar journey, the moovel algorithm pools the requests so that one vehicle can be shared by several passengers (“ridesharing”). The routes to destinations in Karlsruhe are suitably dynamic, with travel and arrival times and optimum starting and ending stops calculated individually. To ensure that users get from A to B as quickly as possible, routes are constantly calculated and updated, factoring in real-time data from traffic updates and the public transport network. The algorithm also calculates the expected demand in advance, allowing the fleet size to be projected and managed accordingly.

PilotPad – Digital employee communication for public transport

Swiss company InnoTix AG will present its PilotPad at the IT-TRANS trade fair for the first time. PilotPad is a helpful daily companion on the job as well as a universal communication medium providing up-to-date, personalised information for public transport staff. It makes business processes mobile. For example, PilotPad can be used to substantially increase the efficiency of process chains such as incident management, or to deliver training courses via tablets instead of in the classroom. This results in cost savings for public transport operations.

The intuitive, easy-to-use app, developed in cooperation with multiple public transport operators, runs on a hand-held tablet and provides benefits to all staff:

• Duty rosters always up to date

• Quick, accurate communication of diversions, roadworks and breakdowns

• Damage to vehicles easily recordable in a digital form for forwarding to the maintenance department (including photos and more)

• Directives, messages and training documents available at any time of day (also as instructional videos and e-learning)

The app is available for both Android and iOS and operates offline as well as via WLAN or cellular data networks (SIM card). PilotPad is ready for roll-out within just a few weeks. No major training is necessary. An intuitive web cockpit enables easy data maintenance, and – if required – integrates existing systems that have open standard interfaces (e. g. VDV, LDAP, XML).

Fluidtime: Service solution FluidHub enables seamless mobility in cities and regions

Fluidtime Data Services from Vienna will showcase its cloud-based service solution FluidHub as key highlight at IT-TRANS 2018. This smart technology can be understood as the connecting piece within a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) ecosystem. FluidHub enables mobility service providers to give their customers an optimised travel experience. That means: a personal profile with travel history and preferred route options (e.g. fast, comfortable, eco-friendly or cheap), intermodal trip information, integrated booking of the whole trip on one tap and different payment options e.g. based on each booking, on a monthly basis or with credits, if the monthly subscription for mobility packages is possible. The app also displays statistics about CO2-savings or money savings in comparison to the use of a private car.

The integration of preferred transport services, e.g. metro, bikesharing, carsharing, taxis or ride sharing as well as of technical features for bookings and payments will be handled via the FluidHub interface. As a result, mobility service providers benefit from a centralised access to all modes of transport and an easy contracting process. At the same time, transport service providers, whose mobility offerings will be displayed in the app, reach out to new customers whilst retaining full control of their data. Other beneficiaries are smart cities and regions – FluidHub builds a framework for urban mobility that takes local interests into account.

TransMoveo: Big data solutions for public transport

TransMoveo GmbH from Bad Nenndorf/Germany focuses on big data throughout its line of products and services. The solutions allow for new views on public transport operators’ data and create transparency in terms of information and costs. Continuous recording of vehicle positions as well as of meta data (“which vehicle has been where and when?”, quality assurance, schedule optimisation), information about fuel consumption and routes driven (relevant for e-mobility applications) are only a few of the applications big data is being used for. In addition, big data provides insights that answer questions asked by controllers (“how much do we have to pay to provide certain transport services?”).

TransMoveo GmbH focuses on big data throughout its line of products and services. The solutions allow for new views on public transport operators’ data and create transparency in terms of information and costs. Continuous recording of vehicle positions as well as of meta data (“which vehicle has been where and when?”, quality assurance, schedule optimisation), information about fuel consumption and routes driven (relevant for e-mobility applications) are only a few of the applications big data is being used for.
TransMoveo GmbH focuses on big data throughout its line of products and services. The solutions allow for new views on public transport operators’ data and create transparency in terms of information and costs. Continuous recording of vehicle positions as well as of meta data (“which vehicle has been where and when?”, quality assurance, schedule optimisation), information about fuel consumption and routes driven (relevant for e-mobility applications) are only a few of the applications big data is being used for.

All on-board vehicle systems can be used as data sources (i.e. AVL information, passenger counting data, vehicle can bus data (speed, temperatures, power consumption of on-board devices – especially interesting regarding electric vehicles)). Data will be recorded synchronously and transferred to backend systems. Depending on intended usage data will be processed either in real time or be recorded on board of a vehicle and transferred to backend systems using block transfer.

Real time data processing is being used to allow for fast reactions in case of malfunctions and breakdowns to minimise impact and costs and to reduce downtime. Additionally, service intervals are easier to schedule depending on needs. Real time data also is being provided to feed passenger information systems.

With TransMoveo managers are flexible in terms of time and space: Relevant information is provided in real time and can be obtained using desk top systems or mobile devices. All data is kept on server systems and can be processed, e.g. to generate reports regarding quality of services, schedule optimisation and for further data analysis.

GMV Planner: Tool for management and operation of public transport systems

At IT-TRANS Spanish company GMV will be showcasing its range of intelligent solutions for the management and operation of public transport systems, including the advanced fleet management and passenger information, on demand transport, ticketing and fare collection systems and planning & scheduling suite of applications. Highlights include the GMV Planner, the company's latest product. It comprises a suite of applications allowing for the complete lifecycle management of public transport management.

GMV Planner achieves an efficient allocation of available resources which allows to cut operation costs, such as overtime or excessive fuel consumption down to 50%. Moreover, GMV Planner allows to reduce administration time down to 90% by managing big data integrated across multiple applications which cater to the different stakeholders in the operations lifecycle management. GMV’s stand will feature a control center from where public transport authorities and operators can manage their fleets in real time. The demonstration is based on real data from GMV customers recorded and replayed during the demonstration. It will include fleet management, operations control and real time passenger information, planning, dispatching and rostering, and ticketing and fare collection systems.

Intelligent traffic solutions by Pilotfish, PPS/EDV and Metropolis Service

Gothenburg-based Pioltfish has created an open standardised vehicle platform based on the European initiative ITxPT coupled with innovative cloud-based fleet management applications for public transport. The vendor neutral system is based on a new standard called EN 13149. This allows clients to connect other third-party systems and apps. Based on the open platform Pilotfish offers operators a range of services, such as the ecodriving application, tacho download, passenger Wifi, and automatic fault management. The company is now expanding into the German, Norwegian and French bus transport markets.

Gothenburg-based Pioltfish has created an open standardised vehicle platform with innovative cloud-based fleet management applications for public transport. Pilotfish offers operators a range of services, such as the ecodriving application, tacho download, passenger Wifi, and automatic fault management.
Gothenburg-based Pioltfish has created an open standardised vehicle platform with innovative cloud-based fleet management applications for public transport. Pilotfish offers operators a range of services, such as the ecodriving application, tacho download, passenger Wifi, and automatic fault management.

PPS/EDV GmbH, located in Braunschweig/Germany, will showcase its multimodal dispatch system "cover" for timetabled bus, tram, rail and fully-flexible public transport services such as Call-a-Bus systems. Transport requests are split from start to destination into timetabled services and flexible parts. Using given parameters, the flexible parts are optimised and bundled with the flexible parts of other passengers. At present, cover is fully operational in Flanders, Belgium for De Lijn in one of the largest public Call-a-Bus systems in the world. Known as the ‘Belbus’ it links 112 regions, which is around two-third of the entire area of Flanders. In cover an automatic updating process integrates all timetables for bus, tram and rail in Belgium to deal with up to 5,000 bookings per day.

Aschaffenburg-based Metropolis Service GmbH is a mobility center connecting local public transport and private transport. The company offers a package of solutions, software and suitable hardware for ready to use fleet management with an affiliated service center. The service includes phone call and email management, route schedulding and accounting for demand responsive transport (DRT). The fleet management system is adapted to the clients’ needs. Apart from fully automated DRT route planning, this includes app-based and online orders as well as cashless payments. Currently, the technology is in operation at the City of Frankfurt transport service for the disabled and a number of demand responsive taxi services in Germany and Austria. At IT-TRANS, Metropolis will present their concept combining software and services during an interactive show. Visitors are invited to order a ride via phone, app or internet, to watch the fully automated routing and take a virtual ride.

DISCLAIMER

The published articles express the personal opinions of the authors and in no way represent the views of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) or Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. Some slight amendments might have been made to the articles provided by the exhibitors. Status: As of February 2018. Subject to alterations.

2018-01-22
IT-TRANS 2018: UITP unveils Olivier Van Duüren as keynote speaker

UITP is pleased to announce leading industry executive, author and inspirational speaker Olivier Van Duüren as keynote speaker for IT-TRANS Conference & Exhibition (6-8 March 2018, Karlsruhe)

This year's keynote speaker at IT-TRANS: Olivier Van Duüren

Olivier worked in the senior executive ranks at Microsoft for 22 years, providing him with a unique perspective on the intersection of innovation, transformation and human behaviour - with his latest mission leading the “digital transformation” of the company.

In September 2016 Olivier launched ‘The Dualarity’, a business and a book, on how to find the correct balance between performing and transforming.

As an international speaker, trend sensemaker, executive whisperer, sparkle builder, corporate innovator and author, Olivier is a thought leader on personal and business transformation, innovation and on the impact of the changes around us in our society and industry.

Olivier is also a professor at the Zigurat Business School for Technology and Innovation, guest lecturer at the Vlerick Business School and a member of Speakersbase, Professional Speaker Association, SpeakersAssociates and Key Persons of Influence UK (KPI).

Further confirming his business credentials, Olivier has worked with global and local organisations from startups, medium to large organisations such as Deloitte, The European Digital Transformation Conference Board, Bundl, Ministry of Finance, Microsoft, KPI UK and many more.

UITP is delighted to have such an influential figure deliver our keynote address at the IT-TRANS Conference & Exhibition 2018.

The focus of 2018's IT-TRANS conference will be
The focus of 2018's IT-TRANS conference will be "Smart Travellers in Smart Systems"

Outlook on the conference programme

IT-TRANS is the leading conference where the sector meets to exchange, discuss and invent IT solutions and to drill down into the issues such as account-based ticketing, the API economy, on-demand travel and more. These subjects are changing the business so the need to discuss them is now.

More than 500 conference delegates ranging from CEOs and managers to engineers, experts and consultants coming from 40 countries across the world will gather in Karlsruhe to discuss, network and participate in sessions vital to the industry debate.

High-level speakers will discuss the seven main themes of the 2018 event:

• Data and the API economy

• Customer relations

• Enabling new mobility solutions and MAAS

• Ticketing and payment

• Operations & maintenance

• Cyber Security

• Autonomous vehicles

The first day of IT-TRANS (Tuesday 6th March) will include the ‘STA Workshop’ featuring a discussion on seamless travel through standards, a seminar from ‘ITxPT Seminar’, an ‘AI in PT Expert roundtable’ and the day will conclude with ‘Drivers & Enablers of Digitalisation in public transport’.

The second day (Wednesday 7th March) of our conference programme will include ‘Operations, Maintenance and Asset Management’, ‘Smart Ticketing’, ‘Open Sources and Open Systems’ and ‘The Rise of the API Economy’ to name but a few.

The third and final day of our conference (Thursday 8th March) will see discussions and participations in subjects such as ‘The Impact of Digitalisation on Human Resources’, ‘Public Transport and the Autonomous Vehicle’ and a technical visit of a test area autonomous vehicle driving – Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is located in Karlsruhe. From spring 2018, vehicle systems, additional services, and applications for automated and connected driving can be tested under real traffic conditions in the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Wuerttemberg.

IT-TRANS 2018 will offer you more networking opportunities with a restructured conference programme to allow for more time to visit the Exhibition and connect with colleagues.

2018-01-15
Part 4: Passenger management

Calculating passenger volumes on the basis of statistically verified data is crucial for public transport providers. This information is an essential basis for optimising timetables and vehicle allocation. Additionally, the data is used for assigning revenue streams to the various companies within a transport association. The providers of passenger management technologies and services will be among the around 250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries present at IT-TRANS. The sixth edition of the International Conference and Exhibition on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems will take place at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 6 to 8 March 2018.

Passenger Management: At IT-TRANS many exhibitors will present intelligent solutions for analysing passenger flow and for preventing fare dodging.
Passenger Management: At IT-TRANS many exhibitors will present intelligent solutions for analysing passenger flow and for preventing fare dodging.

Acorel offers FOCUS-software for data analysis with 3D stereoscopic technology

Acorel from France has specialised in real-time turnkey solutions for automatic passenger counting since 1989. The FOCUS software product range includes an on board solution for all types of vehicles (buses, trains, trams, and metro) and FOCUS Static for static applications in any type of building, such as shops, malls, public buildings, airports, ports, train, and metro stations. The solutions help public transport providers to fight fraud, manage and optimise the transport network and human resources, ensure a fair distribution of revenue and provide real time information for passengers. The automatic counting solution FOCUS Onboard relies on sensors installed at the vehicle doors, which record the number of passengers getting on and off in real time. The collected data is enhanced by other systems (ITCS, OSS, GPS, etc.) and is then processed and analysed by the software, which produces standardised or custom reports. The high-precision stereoscopic sensor works just like the human eye. Thanks to two different cameras, it creates a 3D image. An algorithmic analysis of images in real time makes it possible to follow any movements in the detection field.

Advantages:

• vertical counting with up to over 98 % accuracy

• only one sensor per access point

• unaffected by people stopping

• proof of accuracy through videos

The user interfaces of the software solutions are completely secure and provide decision-makers with a summary of all data, adapted to their needs, in the form of detailed reports. The reports are configurable, ergonomic and intuitive, simple and user-friendly and are in the form of graphs or statistical tables, updated daily or in real time.

VISUALCOUNTER presents passenger counting solutions

Spanish engineering company VISUALCOUNTER will present two of its passenger counting solutions at IT-TRANS. The VISUALCOUNTER.TRANSIT system with reliable and precise (>95%) two-way counting of individuals on public transport permits the registration and analysis of passenger flow data at the door and the bus stop/station.

Innovative Ir3D technology with an array of emitters and micro-sensors that create a 3D image of the infrared rays reflected from the passengers. By detecting shape and height, it is able to discount objects and animals. Designed with artificial intelligence algorithms based on neutral networks, the device is highly reliable in any situation (lighting, environment and volume of passengers). It can be installed at the doors, at a non-intrusive angle (zenith angle), with different housing designs that will adapt to every environment, fastenings and trims tailored to each client.

Advantages:

• passenger flow in different vehicles, doors, routes and stops/stations

• optimisation of services (routes, frequency of transit)

• optimisation of vehicle use (number and size)

• helps in the management of fraud and optimisation of ticket collectors

• measures the advertising value of stations, posters and videos in vehicles

The VISUALCOUNTER GATEWAY data concentrator allows the VISUALCOUNTER.TRANSIT passenger counting solution to function autonomously in any public transport vehicle without the need for a computer on board. Adds up the data from the counting of passengers per door and stop, and sends it via 3G together with the GPS location to a remote server, for management and statistical use. It has multiple communication interfaces: 3G wireless communications module, RS-485 serial and TCP/IP Ethernet communications. Easy integration with external systems/sensors with optocoupled digitals I/O to facilitate integration. Approved by official laboratories for installation into automotive vehicles and railway.

AWAAIT DETECTOR: System for automatic fare evasion control in public transport

Barcelona-based software company AWAAIT will present its fare dodging control system DETECTOR at IT-TRANS 2018. DETECTOR is an automatic real-time video analytics system. Via an Artificial Intelligence-Machine Learning (AI-ML) set of algorithms that analyse video streams from cameras near ticket barriers, the system operates in real-time and provides very precise alerts to security staff. Ticket inspectors immediately receive images of fare dodging incidents via a mobile app, enabling them to react rapidly.

AWAAIT will present its fare dodging control system DETECTOR at IT-TRANS 2018. It is an automatic real-time video analytics system that analyses video streams from cameras near ticket barriers. The system provides very precise alerts to security staff.
AWAAIT will present its fare dodging control system DETECTOR at IT-TRANS 2018. It is an automatic real-time video analytics system that analyses video streams from cameras near ticket barriers. The system provides very precise alerts to security staff.

Consequently, checks on paying passengers are drastically reduced. There is less need for frequent mass ticket inspections to control fare dodging, which results in more efficient surveillance as well as an increase in trust and satisfaction of paying passengers. On the other hand, fare evasion reduction helps to improve public transport economic sustainability.

DETECTOR is the first successful attempt that combines artificial vision and mobile technologies to aid ticket inspectors to tackle tailgating and gate jumping. FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya), a regional and commuter train operator in Barcelona and development partner, reported a 70% drop in fare evasion during evaluation tests. Moreover, more than 1.2 million unnecessary individual ticket inspections to paying passengers were avoided since the beginning of the system’s deployment. DETECTOR currently operates in four of the main FGC stations in Barcelona and is being deployed in a fifth one.

Automatic passenger counting solutions from Signon, GVS and Connetive

SIGNON Deutschland GmbH has launched its software EPPsta (Evaluation and Passenger Projection and STAtistics) in December 2017. It is an intuitively operable, efficient and compact tool for the evaluation and calculation of passenger numbers. EPPsta utilises and validates data from various source systems (vehicle sensors) and enables individual analyses, freely configurable Pivot evaluations and a comfortable export of data to MS Excel.

GVS Gesellschaft für Verkehrsberatung und Systemplanung mbH from Hanover develops and implements routing-based empirical revenue sharing. In this context, GVS runs complex passenger surveys based on the software FAN FahrgastAnalyse im Nahverkehr (Passenger Analysis in Local Public Transport.) FAN is a complex software tool that links transport service data with daily updated schedules and multilayered travel demand data into a single system. As a result, users can easily create sophisticated reports during day-to-day business. The software is used by more than 50 customers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

SIGMA is a complete software solution for passenger counting developed by Swiss company Connective. SIGMA includes a planning tool for disposition, as well as the import, extrapolation, balancing and analysis of passenger counting numbers. A 10-step-plausibility check results in best quality data. SIGMA is fast calculating, offers useful analysis and is easy to use. It also integrates data into the punctuality statistics "OPAL" and can be used in the simulation application "SIM". During a three-month test period, prospective customers have an opportunity to test the application with their own data.

DISCLAIMER

The published articles express the personal opinions of the authors and in no way represent the views of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) or Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. Some slight amendments might have been made to the articles provided by the exhibitors. Status: As of January 2018. Subject to alterations.

2017-12-15
TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe to present IT and mobility expertise
The Volocopter – an electric, autonomous air taxi for two people – is set to change the mobility of the future and can be seen at IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe between 6 and 8 March 2018. The Volocopter flew for the first time in urban surroundings in Dubai last September.
The Volocopter – an electric, autonomous air taxi for two people – is set to change the mobility of the future and can be seen at IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe between 6 and 8 March 2018. The Volocopter flew for the first time in urban surroundings in Dubai last September.

TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe (TRK) continually sets new trends when it comes to future-oriented mobility. It is this expertise that its members wish to showcase at IT-TRANS – the international conference and exhibition on intelligent urban transport systems – between 6 and 8 March. Sharing a joint stand, they will inform public transport experts and thought leaders from all over the world about the latest projects and products from the TRK. As Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, explains: “There are many pioneering mobility projects currently taking shape in the TRK. IT-TRANS is the ideal platform for conveying our expertise in these areas to thought leaders from IT, municipalities, science, academia and public transport.”

Positioning as a profile region for innovative mobility solutions

In addition to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and other exhibitors, TRK’s joint stand will feature local public transport providers. Together with further participants from the realms of business and research, they will be providing information about their mobility solutions and offering a varied programme of forums. Similarly, the TRK partners will also be presenting themselves in the Market Update Forums, which form part of the conference programme. As Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of KMK, reports: “Our co-organiser, the International Union of Public Transport (UITP), has put together an impressive conference programme in which innovative thinkers from the sector discuss their solutions and visions. I am delighted that TRK will also have the chance to demonstrate its strengths in the field of IT and mobility there.” As well as this, TRK companies are inviting IT-TRANS’s international trade audience on a technical visit – for instance to the autonomous driving test area.

The test area is one of the largest mobility projects currently being conducted in the TRK. Here, companies and research institutions can try out innovative technologies relating to automated and connected driving in traffic as well as new mobility possibilities such as car-sharing with autonomous vehicles. Trial operation began on 6 December and official operation is scheduled for spring 2018.

World’s first autonomous air taxi

One of the TRK companies exhibiting its wares is Volocopter GmbH from Bruchsal. At its stand, it will be presenting its namesake product – an autonomous air taxi that undertook one of its first test flights in Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center’s dm-arena in 2013. In September, the Volocopter flew completely unaided for the first time in the centre of a megacity. It is a vertical take-off and landing plane with 18 motors powered entirely by electricity. As Alexander Zosel, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Volocopter, explains: “In just three years from now, people will be using Volocopters to fly from A to B in cities, escaping the traffic jams. The multiple redundant powertrain and intelligent autonomous flight control provide the extremely high reliability that is synonymous with German engineering.” The company, which was founded in 2011, was already presented with the TRK Innovation Award in late November for its pioneering air taxi.

With the RegioMOVE project, Karlsruhe is one step closer to becoming a smart city. The aim is to bring together the mobility offerings in the Karlsruhe region to form a cross-system, networked, environmentally friendly and user-friendly whole. To facilitate this, mobility hubs known as “ports” are to be set up over the next few years to allow passengers to change quickly and easily between the various forms of transport. Many of RegioMOVE’s project partners are also exhibiting at IT-TRANS.

With its internationally known dual-system trams – known as the “Karlsruhe model” – the high concentration of companies from the ICT sector and its positioning as Europe’s third largest IT cluster, the TRK has long been a global pioneer when it comes to future-oriented public transport. Intelligent systems for traffic management, planning and information that were developed in Karlsruhe are used all over the world.

IT-TRANS is the leading international event geared towards digital solutions for public transport. Between 6 and 8 March 2018, decision-makers from public and private sector transport operations and international representatives from the realms of politics, business, science and academia will be coming together for the sixth time in Karlsruhe.

2017-12-14
Part 3: Multimodal traffic

Urban mobility today is made up of a variety of services complementing public transport. They comprise well established features, such as bike-sharing and car-sharing schemes. Others are emerging players such as ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps. Integrated mobility platforms, for example the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) concept, blend the whole suite of mobility offers into one package. In the future, autonomous vehicles will add yet another option to the array of multimodal, connected and shared mobility services available to customers. The providers of these technologies and solutions will be among the around 250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries present at IT-TRANS. The sixth edition of the International Conference and Exhibition on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems will take place at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 6 to 8 March 2018.

Multimodal and flexibel solutions by moovel

moovel Group GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, is creating an operating system for urban mobility, which offers access to several mobility services – digital, connected and on demand. At IT-Trans, the mobility company will present its products moovel app, moovel transit and moovel on-demand.

moovel on-demand is a new mobility service offered by moovel Group GmbH, with intelligent journey management and routes being continually recalculated and updated using real-time data on traffic. Using advanced algorithms, moovel on-demand enables transport providers to manage and utilize their operations more efficiently. If several people also want to make a similar journey, the moovel on-demand algorithms pool the requests so that multiple passengers share one vehicle (ridesharing). The routes are correspondingly dynamic with journey and arrival times as well as starting point and end stop being individually calculated in each case.

With its product portfolio moovel transit, moovel Group delivers white label solutions to transit authorities and agencies worldwide. The products enable mobile ticketing via smartphone as well as the option to integrate further mobility services, such as carsharing and rental bikes in one app.
With its product portfolio moovel transit, moovel Group delivers white label solutions to transit authorities and agencies worldwide. The products enable mobile ticketing via smartphone as well as the option to integrate further mobility services, such as carsharing and rental bikes in one app.

With its product portfolio moovel transit, moovel Group delivers white label solutions to transit authorities and agencies worldwide. The products enable mobile ticketing via smartphone as well as the option to integrate further mobility services, such as carsharing and rental bikes in one app. In the U.S., moovel North America is the leading provider of mobile ticketing application for transport companies. The moovel transit ticketing applications are used by 16 transport authorities in many US cities. Since May 2017, moovel transit is also available in Europe. Karlsruhe was the first city to use the mobile ticketing solution by moovel Group, making it possible not only to search and book tickets for local transit provider KVV in the app, but also rental bikes by Fächerrad. Since summer 2017, carsharing provider Stadtmobil is integrated in the app as further mobility option.

moovel’s mobility app combines local public transport with carsharing provider car2go, mytaxi, rental bicycles and Deutsche Bahn. Most services can be booked and paid for directly via the moovel app. Since its introduction in November 2015, over one million tickets for the Stuttgart Transport Association area have already been sold via the moovel app.

Axon Vibe shows Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) plattform

Axon Vibe is a location-based contextual platform that detects and predicts human behaviour. Public transport operators (PTOs) use this technology to orchestrate their customers’ door-to-door, multimodal and on-demand mobility (also known as Mobility-as-a-Service or MaaS). Axon Vibe is working with operators across the world and across multiple modes of transport (train, bus, tram, ferry, etc.). The contextual platform powers PTO’s mobile applications to help reduce end user friction and deliver additional services – like rent a bike for the last mile – without compromising users’ trust. The technology can be easily integrated into the PTOs existing mobile app.

Axon Vibe’s platform delivers:

  • Smart Travel Assistance: Passengers enjoy a seamless travel experience by automatically receiving personalised messages and alerts based on their unique preferences and context.
  • Seamless Ticketing: With smart location tracking analytics PTOs can understand where passengers get on and off various means of transport (be-in/be-out) to make the users’ journey truly ticketless.
  • Ancillary Revenue: Predictive analysis enables contextual marketing and cross-selling of third party services beyond mobility to develop new revenues for PTOs.

Axon Vibe is based in Lucerne, Switzerland, and was founded by location technology pioneers. It has more than 100 employees from multiple disciplines across five countries – Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Calculating impact and performance of Mobility-as-a-Service with PTV MaaS Modeller

Public transport is tried and tested and will remain the backbone of every city’s transport network. It forms the basis from which to expand the system with on-demand offers, such as shared vehicles and shared rides. The aim is to achieve a seamless interaction between different modes of transport. Pre-launch modelling of new transport options is key to successfully implementing MaaS business models. The integration of additional fleets affects the entire network. PTV's MaaS Modeller helps calculate these effects. The software solution enables fleet operators to determine how many vehicles they should put on the road including expected maintenance costs. Before launching the MaaS service, additonal key performance indicators taking into account operators' specific requirements can also be modelled and calculated with the PTV tool. The technology is also based on a city's traffic data and travel demand to make the best use of each business model.

Optibus to present its latest solutions for planning and operating city-wide mass transportation

Powered by machine learning and  proprietary algorithms, Optibus offers an interactive cloud-based platform for public transportation operators to optimize resource allocation and improve the transport experience, while saving millions of dollars annually. With customers in 200 cities across 5 continents, Optibus is leading the market by generating immediate value to operators and passengers alike.

The solutions that will be demonstrated during IT-TRANS 2018 are:

  • Optibus OnSchedule – New Generation Scheduling System
  • Optibus OnTime– On-time performance optimization
  • Optibus EV – Electric Bus Scheduling Made Simple

The Optibus solutions directly help operators provide improved and optimized public transportation for daily travelers. With autonomous driving and car connectivity on the rise, service solutions are encouraging public and shared transportation models. Integration and efficiency of these new models are critical in making transportation as efficient as possible. Powering some of the largest bus operators internationally, Optibus is positioned for multi-modal transportation control, able to manage the on-demand mobility of the future.

DISCLAIMER

The published articles express the personal opinions of the authors and in no way represent the views of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) or Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. Some slight amendments might have been made to the articles provided by the exhibitors. Status: As of December 2017. Subject to alterations.

Captions:

Photo moovel transit App (Credit: moovel Group):

With its product portfolio moovel transit, moovel Group delivers white label solutions to transit authorities and agencies worldwide. The products enable mobile ticketing via smartphone as well as the option to integrate further mobility services, such as carsharing and rental bikes in one app.

Photo AXON Vibe (Credit: AXON Vibe)

Axon Vibe presents a MaaS plattform, which detects and predicts human behaviour and orchestrates their customers’ door-to-door, multimodal and on-demand mobility

2017-11-28
Part 2: Travel information

From 6 to 8 March 2018, the international public transport sector will gather for the sixth IT-TRANS – International Conference and Exhibition on intelligent urban transport systems, at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. Spread over 15,000 square metres of exhibition space, some 250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries will present their latest products and services from segments such as travel information. Relevant topics in this field, amongst others, are real time passenger information (RTPI) and on-board passenger information systems as well as intermodal transport control systems (ITCS). The current trends in this fields will be discussed among others in the market update forums which take place in the exhibition in addition to the conference.

CN-Consult: Real time passenger information services in stations and vehicles

CN-Consult's web-based DiLoc|Motion software for dispatching, localisation and station passenger information services supports a reliable information flow between different transport operators, whether they operate railways, ships or buses. Passenger information services in the vehicle itself are also connected to this system thanks to DiLoc|OnBoard. For the first time, the system provides passengers with real-time information on service status, punctuality and connections over 4G. In addition to daily and dispatching timetable updates, the system also transmits all software updates to the vehicle. This is all possible thanks to CN-Consult's MPI (Mobile Passenger Information) open interface.

CN-Consult presents its document management system DiLoc|Sync for mobile staff at IT-TRANS.
CN-Consult presents its document management system DiLoc|Sync for mobile staff at IT-TRANS.

CN-Consult's innovative InnoScreen display technology range is compatible with these systems solutions. It stands out from the crowd thanks to features including low energy costs and high durability, as well as ultra low maintenance and easy servicing. The full-colour LED screen for outdoor use, with its pixel pitch of just 2.5mm, is the highlight of IT-TRANS 2018. Thanks to the use of UV-resistant LED modules with a brightness of 6,500 cd, it can even be used in direct sunlight. CN-Consult uses a modular system for all its LED display systems, allowing for a number of display sizes.

All over Europe DiLoc|Sync software electronically provides more than 16,000 professional drivers in over 100 companies with up to date and personalised documents, sending them directly to the tablets, netbooks or smartphones of mobile staff at the touch of a button. CN-Consult is proud to announce that this system will be the first to receive daily speed restriction zone updates (Tages-La), issued daily by DB Netz AG and available as a PDF. With DiLoc|Sync, railway companies can receive this information automatically and disseminate it at their convenience. The newly integrated PDF reader now offers users the option of simultaneously displaying two documents next to each other (split-screen).

dresden elektronik's E-Paper Display deZign sets new benchmarks

deZign stands for an electronic display system with zero energy consumption and is based on e-paper technology. At IT-TRANS 2018 dresden elektronik will present for the first time the series version of the new 31.2" display. The large display can replace the classic DPI display at stops and is superior to other display technologies with its very low energy consumption and excellent readability at all lighting conditions.

In addition to this exhibition novelty the focus will be on the already established 15.4" version with various additional options. With the integration of a vandalism proof pushbutton the user has the possibility to switch the content itself at site. Several images are available for the user to select from. An additional feature is text-to-speech. With this function it is also possible to announce special information operated from a central station. The new visually impaired mode will also be showcased for the first time at IT-TRANS 2018: It reproduces content in a special form in order to increase the visual accessibility of the display.

Up to now the classic version Urban Station has been avaialble in a stainless steel or plastic case. Here the display system gets integrated into an existing infrastructure and data can be transmitted in three ways: serial interface, cellular radio or DAB+. The energy self-sufficient version Green Station has already been tested in a number of customer projects. Using solar power updates can be performed and transmitted either via cellular radio or via DAB+. Combining great display features, very low power consumption and environmentally resistant components deZign sets new benchmarks in the field of digital signage.

Axentia − Real time information at all stops

Swedish Axentia will showcase their innvovative iBus Display System for public transport at IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe.
Swedish Axentia will showcase their innvovative iBus Display System for public transport at IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe.

Swedish Axentia will showcase their innvovative iBus Display System for public transport. The system uses battery powered displays. With battery operation time exceeding three years, the advantages of this display system are low procurement and installation costs, a simple installation procedure, and low service costs. The iBus Displays can be installed at all stops, even where little or no solar energy is available. Real time information services can now be afforded over larger areas, bringing up to date information to all places where it previously has not been economically feasible to implement real-time information services. Data via existing GSM/3G/4G networks enable any public transport operator to start using the iBus System for any size of implementation.

Key benefits of the Axentia iBus Display System:

  • Battery powered, totally autonomous displays
  • Simple installation, commissioning, service and maintenance
  • Deployment scalability
  • Display management via web user interface
  • Communication between the iBus server and the iBus displays via mobile network, with roaming

LANCom PIS – A complete system for visual and audio notification of passengers

The PIS© Software Solution represents the core component of a passenger information system developed by Slovenian company LANCom. It provides clear and straightforward information about current delays, cancellations and other events, enabling more effective planning of everyday trips or longer journeys. The system receives all relevant information about individual rides from the selected vehicles. In most cases, it is connected to signalling devices on the railway lines or to GPS position inputs from the vehicles. This connectivity enables a dynamic calculation of actual delays and advanced anticipation of arrivals at each station. Unforeseen events (cancellations, re-routing, obstructions, etc.) are entered and managed via a central web interface. Otherwise, the system operates fully automated.

The passenger information is displayed on robust LCD/TFT or LED displays. All units can be positioned out in the open and in different loactions, such as waiting rooms, underpasses, halls, etc.

The system supports prerecorded audio files, audio generation from text (TTS Engine) or a combination of both in various languages. Automatic audio notifications are then generated and played in selected zones at a selected time. The audio and video information is always in sync, irrespective of potential delays or obstructions.

GeoMobile offers integrated system solution ivanto for urban mobility services

GeoMobile from Dortmund turns vehicle and station buildings into smart objects that are accessible for human interaction and that support users’ activities. This service is based on ivanto - an integrated system solution for urban mobility services. It removes barriers and improves passenger information. An intermodal routing engine, the ivanto white-label smartphone app, the ivantoCore hardware module and Mobility Data Cloud are the key components of the system.

The app for smartphones is the centerpiece of the urban mobility solution − a personal mobility companion for innovative public transport companies and mobility service providers. The smartphone app is the transport companies’ mobile communication channel to their customers. It is easy to use and enables a bidirectional interaction with the public transport infrastructure. App features include:

  • intermodal route calculation
  • interactive map with live positions of vehicles
  • pervasive travel companion with assistive mode
  • push notifications for users
  • indoor guidance for station buildings

ivanto is an integrated system solution for urban mobility services. An intermodal routing engine, the ivanto white-label smartphone app, the ivantoCore hardware module and Mobility Data Cloud are the key components of the system.
ivanto is an integrated system solution for urban mobility services. An intermodal routing engine, the ivanto white-label smartphone app, the ivantoCore hardware module and Mobility Data Cloud are the key components of the system.

The ivantoCore smart communication module enables bidirectional communication between smartphones and public transport vehicles in real time. ivantoCore at the station supports accessibility vehicle-interaction for passengers without smartphones. The smart communication module provides the data base for numerous functions:

  • vehicle radar and passenger WiFi
  • remote control of vehicle pushbuttons
  • BiBo (be in - be out) and CiBo (check in - be out) journey data
  • fleet management system and live-tracking of vehicles

Anonymous access, tracking and interaction data of passengers is collected through the ivantoCore hardware and is processed and analysed in the Mobility Data Cloud. A web portal provides easy access to the ivanto Mobility Data Cloud that features services for remote device administration and fleet management. Furthermore, it is the source for innovative value-added data-driven services including easy mobile ticketing and counting passenger numbers. Mobility data of users is continuously recorded and aggregated to advance traffic management and urban planning.

Further innovations from Televic Rail, MENTZ and Passengera.

Televic Rail from Belgium will present one of its latest projects at IT-TRANS 2018: the innovative passenger information system of the new San Francisco light rail cars. The company provides the custom IP network, information screens, the complete audio communication system and the necessary software for content management and real-time-connectivity.

Munich-based MENTZ has developed a ticket shop and ticket generator with API that is seamlessly integrated into their Companion app − a multimodal travel companion. The fully-integrated ticket and passenger information solution will be exhibited in Karlsruhe for the first time.

Passengera will introduce a new product for connected vehicle solutions with its high-performance mobile computing and networking unit called Passengera server+. It is a modular hardware platform certified for transport environments. The Passengera server is delivered with the Passengera infotainment platform to extend its functionalities in all-in-one unit on board. The solution offers features such as real time route information, trip planning and passenger WiFI.

DISCLAIMER

The published articles express the personal opinions of the authors and in no way represent the views of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) or Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. Some slight amendments might have been made to the articles provided by the exhibitors. Status: As of November 2017. Subject to alterations.

Captions:

CN-Consult presents its document management system DiLoc|Sync for mobile staff at IT-TRANS.

deZign stands for an electronic display system with zero energy consumption and is based on e-paper technology. At IT-TRANS 2018 dresden elektronik will present for the first time the series version of the new 31.2" display.

Swedish Axentia will showcase their innvovative iBus Display System for public transport at IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe.

ivanto is an integrated system solution for urban mobility services. An intermodal routing engine, the ivanto white-label smartphone app, the ivantoCore hardware module and Mobility Data Cloud are the key components of the system.

2017-11-09
Part 1: Integrated fare management

From 6 to 8 March 2018, the international public transport sector will gather for the sixth IT-TRANS – International Conference and Exhibition on intelligent urban transport systems, at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. Spread over 15,000 square metres of exhibition space, some 250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries will present their latest products and services from segments such as integrated fare management.

Wizway Solutions - contactless ticketing for smartphones

Wizway Solutions is the result of a unique collaboration between four major industrial players: Gemalto, Orange, SNCF (French Rail) and RATP (Paris Metro Operator). After several months of development, this start-up is now able to offer the first NFC based service that brings the world of transport to the smartphone.

Wizway Solutions presents a contactless ticketing on a smartphone, which is based on NFC.

Wizway Solutions offers a simple, secure service that enables any transport operator, whatever their size, to provide contactless ticketing on a smartphone. This NFC based solution has the advantage of being compatible with existing contactless validation systems and can be easily and rapidly integrated into the mobile applications of transport operators. The solution enables all types of information (travel information, right to transport, identifier, photo, etc.) to be securely stored on the passenger’s smartphone, making it compatible with all ticketing systems (Media Based Ticketing or Account Based Ticketing). Passengers can purchase different types of transport documents (individual tickets, season tickets, etc.) from within the transport provider’s mobile application. To validate their tickets they just need to place their smartphone (even when it is out of battery or turned off) in front of the validation system or present it to the ticket agent. Passengers can travel from A to B using various modes of public transport simply using their smartphone.

By making it simple to buy tickets for several different transport networks and allowing access to everyday services from a smartphone, Wizway is contributing to the development of shared mobility services and providing users with a 100% mobile experience.

The service is compatible with all existing ticketing systems that are compliant with Calypso standards (an international standard widely adopted in France and used in 25 other countries around the world) as well as with access to everyday services such as swimming pools or media centres. From 2018, new standards will gradually be introduced to adapt the service to the various different European ticketing systems.

Launched in November on the Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) network and chosen by the Île-de-France region (which represents more than 41 million journeys a day), Wizway’s solution is already helping the development of „Mobility as a Service” in France.

PCI 4.0 certified payment terminals from Feig make public transport ticketing systems safer and significantly faster

cVEND from FEIG ELECTRONIC is a family of terminals for Open/Closed Loop Ticketing for contactless credit cards and public transport tickets for integration in on-board terminals, validators, ticket machines or ticket gates. The terminals are certified according to EMVCo Level 1 and PCI PTS 4.0 and offer EMVCo Level 2 kernels for American Express, Discover, Mastercard and VISA.

cVEND enables maximum Transaction Speed: cVEND´s contactless front-end combines a secure Linux operating system and an architecture of eight independent application directories to process open loop payment applications (by using Level 2 kernels) in parallel with closed loop ticketing applications (use of common RFID chips like Mifare, Felica, etc.). The parallel technique enables maximum possible transaction speed. End-to-End-Encryption by Crypto Plug-ins: cVEND is available in three variants. cVEND box+ and cVEND box (with and without display) can be mounted in any kind of metallic surrounding like ticket machines and ticket gates. cVEND plug can be integrated almost invisibly into validation terminals. All variants offer an easy and fast End-to-End-Encryption (E2EE) due to an innovative Crypto Plug-in concept. Several interfaces, like Ethernet, USB, RS232, RS232-TTL, SPI, I2C allow integration in different applications.

Ridango introduces smart self-service validator for trains

At IT-TRANS 2018, Estonian-based Ridango will present its award-winning public transport ticketing system, including vehicle setup with different driver displays, ticketing controllers and validators. The highlight will be Ridango's newest product ‒ a smart self-service validator for trains with a large 10” touchscreen. The validator features both RFID and 2D readers and is capable of accepting transit cards, various 2D codes (QR, Aztec, barcode, etc.), but also contactless EMV payments. The large touchscreen makes point-to-point ticket purchase more convenient and allows intuitive tablet-like interaction. The validator has already proven itself in all passenger trains of Estonian Railways throughout the country.

Ridango introdruces a smart self-service validator for trains at IT-TRANS. The validator features both RFID and 2D readers and is capable of accepting transit cards, but also contactless EMV payments.

Ridango is an IT solutions provider for public transport with focus on Automated Fare Collection (AFC) and Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI) systems. The company provides both hardware and software, but also handles installations, training and later operations during the whole contract period. Ridango’s transit solutions support EMV card transactions, mobile ticketing, QR-ticketing, but also token-based closed-loop transit card ticketing for different ticket types and tariffs, including best fare calculation. The variety of ticketing media allows to choose the most suitable purchasing method for any customer and/ or geographical region.

FAIRTIQ ticketing app reduces ticket purchases down on a single click

For the first time at IT-TRANS, Swiss start-up FAIRTIQ will present its pioneering ticketing app, which makes ticket purchases in public transport as easy as a single click. The check-in/check-out app combines a user-friendly and easy-to-use user interface with intelligent algorithms that make it extremely easy to use: Thanks to its very simple handling, passengers can use FAIRTIQ to buy the right ticket without any prior knowledge:

  • Click on Start and the correct ticket will be issued.
  • Click on Stop and the trip will be charged ‒ thanks to the best price algorithm always at the best possible price.

FAIRTIQ is the first check-in/check-out app that solves the problem of forgotten check-outs. Thanks to the mechanisms built into FAIRTIQ (patent pending), forgotten check-outs occur on average in less than one in 700 trips. This means a significant simplification for customers and corresponding cost savings in customer service complaints for companies. Because FAIRTIQ does not require any hardware nor installation of vending machines, conversion of vehicles or measures at stops. The system can therefore be put into operation with minimal investment and in the shortest possible time. The ticketing app will be presented live at IT-TRANS in Karlsruhe.

FAIRTIQ is constantly being improved. The start-up is working on the automatic detection of the check-out time. This makes FAIRTIQ a check-in, be-out-app without any hardware (no action by the customer needed for the check-out). FAIRTIQ has been successfully operating in the Swiss market in various networks since April 2016 and can soon be used throughout Switzerland for all public transport services.

ATRON, RADCOM and VDV eTicket Service will again be present at IT-TRANS

High-performance check-in systems are part of the product portfolio that ATRON electronic will bring to IT-TRANS 2018. Additionally, the Bavarian company will show, among others, their latest generation of ticket vending machines for mobile and stationary use as well as new solutions for driver sale.

RADCOM from Romania offers integrated systems for monitoring, dispatching, e-ticketing and traffic control for transport companies, enabling: fleet management, ticketing, passenger information, video monitoring and automatic passenger counting processes. At IT-TRANS 2018, RADCOM will present its latest innovative product, the contactless validator – E-CHECK. It boasts a modern and ergonomic design and a 5.6 inches LCD and anti-vandal touch screen. The performance of the device is sustained by a 32-bit ARM11 processor, 128MB FLASH and SRAM memory. E-CHECK is produced in three versions: Standard with RFID card reader, dual with RFID card reader and thermal printer or with RFID card reader and barcode reader.

VDV eTicket Service and the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) will again join forces and operate a common booth in the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre in 2018. In addition to general information about the e-ticket standard in Germany „VDV-Core Application“, VDV eTicket Service will give an insight into upcoming developments and research projects.

DISCLAIMER

The published articles express the personal opinions of the authors and in no way represent the views of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) or Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. Some slight amendments might have been made to the articles provided by the exhibitors. Status: As of November 2017. Subject to alterations.

2017-10-25
Digitalisation and the Smart City concept: Call for papers for IT-TRANS

From 6 to 8 March 2018, the international public transport sector will come together for the sixth time in the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre to learn more about the latest product innovations and talk about current challenges facing the industry.

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

• Data and the API economy

• Customer relations

• Enabling new mobility services and mobility as a service (MaaS)

• Ticketing and payment

• Operations and maintenance

• Cyber security

Those who are interested contributing to the conference programme can submit innovations and best practices on the IT-TRANS website until Monday, 20 November. 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).

IT-TRANS, International Conference and Exhibition on IT Solutions for Public Transport, celebrated its debut in Karlsruhe in 2008. Within a short period, the biennial event was established as the most important platform for the industry. It is organised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. IT-TRANS is aimed at all players in the public transport sector, and in particular at decision-makers from transportation companies and representatives of the private sector, government and professional associations. At seminars, workshops and presentations held during the three-day conference, international speakers will discuss innovations and how to practically implement IT solutions for public transport. About 250 international companies and service providers will present their latest products at the exhibition.

The next IT-TRANS will take place at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 6 to 8 March 2018.

Call for papers for IT-TRANS has started
Call for papers for IT-TRANS has started
2017-08-29
High demand for exhibition space at IT-TRANS, with 98 percent already booked

Seven months before it opens its doors to the public, IT-TRANS – International conference and exhibition on intelligent urban transport systems, is almost booked solid. “Ninety-eight percent of the exhibition space has already been reserved. This rush to book shows us that the focus and concept of the trade fair fully and completely meet the expectations of our exhibitors”, Jochen Georg, IT-TRANS project manager, is pleased to report.

From 6 to 8 March 2018, this trade fair focusing on the digitisation of public transport will once again transform the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre into the international meeting place for the industry. For the sixth time, the three-day leading global trade fair is being organised by Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). Spread over 15,000 square metres of exhibition space, some 250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries will present the latest products and services from segments such as travel information systems, fare management, smart cards, security and safety systems and traffic management.

Start-ups present intelligent solutions

In addition to well-known industry players, a large number of start-ups will take part in IT-TRANS. Germany's Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is sponsoring the participation of German newcomers (program for fostering the participation of new, innovative companies at international trade fairs in Germany). The start-ups will share a stand. One newcomer is Multicomsystem, which will present its emergency call and information points. The accessible pillar system lets waiting passengers report emergencies and request information about connections and means of transport at the touch of a button. “Our partner GeoMobile has made it possible for visually impaired passengers to access the information from the display boards in an audible format at our information points. A pilot signal draws their attention to the pillar and guides them to its location”, reports company founder Bernhard Goßen. Tim Ontrup, Chief Marketing Officer at GeoMobile, adds: “Our system in the pillar uses Bluetooth to interact directly with the vehicle, which sends real-time information about its arrival time. Visually impaired passengers can also have this audible departure information sent directly to their smartphone or have it played directly on their auditory devices without interference.” Multicomsystem has also partnered with software producer opwoco to add an additional function to its pillars – Wi-Fi access points. All three start-ups will introduce their companies and present their accessible, Wi-Fi-capable pillars at IT-TRANS. “We are pleased that the start-ups are taking advantage of the BMWi program and that IT-TRANS can offer them a platform for their innovative ideas. Start-ups are still welcome to register with us at any time”, reports Jochen Georg.

FAIRTIQ AG is another start-up that will be represented at the event. The Swiss company will be showing off its check-in/assisted check-out-app. “People who don’t use public transport every day often find it difficult to select the correct fare. With our FAIRTIQ they just have to swipe once to log in, and then they have a valid ticket. The app logs their journey and calculates the optimal fare after they check out. Thanks to this best-price function, the passenger always gets the most economical fare”, explains Andrin Huber, who is responsible for marketing. What sets the app apart is its use of motion sensors in the smartphone to recognise when the passenger has disembarked from the vehicle. The app automatically sends a push notification to remind the disembarking passenger to log out. Currently the app covers about a third of Swiss public transport networks, and work is underway to offer full coverage in that country. Its technology could be applied at any time in other countries as well.

The joint stand for start-ups, sponsored by Germany's Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), at the 2016 IT-TRANS.

New: Demonstration track of autonomous driving in public transport

For the first time, a self-driving bus will be available to pick up IT-TRANS attendees from the hall entrance and take them for a short test drive on the exhibition grounds. The electric vehicle is provided by AMoTech GmbH, a 100-percent subsidiary of Trapeze Switzerland GmbH, and is currently also in trial operation on the grounds of its plant in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. “Our bus has the capacity to transport 11 people and can drive at speeds of up to 25 km per hour”, says Dominique Müller, Managing Director of AMoTech. The “Trapizio” does not have a steering wheel and can drive and brake independently – although it does still need to have a person on board monitoring its operation. If the bus encounters unexpected hindrances or pedestrians in its path, it stops automatically. “Thanks to its advanced technology, the bus has a faster reaction time than a human being. And its numerous sensors let our bus navigate even narrow passages”, adds Müller.

Attendees at IT-TRANS will be able to experience the AMoTech self-driving bus on a demonstration track.
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