18-Nov-2020

IT-TRANS is also virtually the global meeting place of the community

Lectures, counselling interviews and knowledge exchange on a digital event platform

The international IT-TRANS community will meet online from December 1 to 3 2020. An interactive networking platform will enable a cross-national dialogue on the digitization of urban mobility. Speakers, exhibitors, conference participants and exhibition participants will be able to exchange ideas and follow the conference program and presentations within the framework of the exhibition on video. There will be 30 sessions in total. Starting on November 24, all networking participants will be able to maintain their profile, network and plan their appointments on the three days of the event using the digital calendar function.

Live streams of the entire conference program with chat function

On the event community platform of IT-TRANS, participants take part in the conference sessions via live stream. Digital transformation, AI and IoT, autonomous mobility, MaaS, smart ticketing, on-demand and shared mobility, data ownership and governance, and intelligent traffic management are the core topics of the three-day IT-TRANS conference. Not only in the plenary session "Digitalisation of Public Transport – post Covid world" but also in other lectures many experts will deal intensively with the current challenges of transport companies in the pandemic. Via chat function conference participants can ask questions at any time to the 150 speakers, who will answer them live. Conference participants also have the option to view the videos at a later date.

β€œThe relevance of digitalisation in the public transport sector has become even clearer in recent months," says Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP. "For this reason, IT-TRANS is a much-needed network hub and economic driver for the global mobility community, but above all it is an important exchange platform for discussing and developing digital tools for future urban mobility." UITP, International Association of Public Transport, is co-organizer of IT-TRANS and responsible for the conference program.

After Fair enables spontaneous exchange

The speakers will also be available to the community after their presentations. The After Fair follows directly on from the conference program (from 5 to 8 pm CET). At the After Fair, all participants of the IT-TRANS online community can start a discussion round on the topic of their choice or participate in existing ones. Industry colleagues with similar interests will be suggested to each other via matchmaking. It is also possible to find existing contacts or desired companies via profile search at any time, exchange documents with them and address them via chat or video call.

Virtual presentations from industry leaders and start-ups

The presentations of start-ups as well as companies and institutions at the virtual Market Update Forums will be available as videos on the platform. "It is particularly important to us that our about 270 exhibitors can present themselves digitally. For this reason, we are shifting their sessions completely to our digital IT-TRANS platform," explains project manager Jochen Georg. In the virtual Market Update Forums, around 60 companies will present their smart software for increasing the efficiency, user orientation and sustainability of urban mobility. Among them are companies like Cityway, HaCon, IVU, Mobimeo, PTV, Siemens Mobility, Trapeze, VDV eTicket Service and ViaVan.

Automation is one of the focal points of research and impact of the IT and mobility experts from the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe. They will present their findings and products – for example on autonomous vehicle depots – in the joint lecture "Automated Public Transport". In the lecture "Using Artificial Intelligence for Greater Performance", representatives from Hitouch from Switzerland, Streamax from China and PaxLife from Germany will discuss the use of artificial intelligence to increase efficiency in public transport. Other presentations will deal with topics such as the management of electric fleets, autonomous driving, mobile ticketing, passenger information and seamless mobility. The international industry experts will share their best-practice experiences and present digital solutions to help transport companies and mobility service providers, especially during the ongoing pandemic: How can compliance with the mask obligation be monitored? How can overcrowding at stops or in vehicles be prevented? How can Big Data or real-time information help? How can timetables be rescheduled spontaneously due to changing demand?

This is because the urban transport networks have reached a turning point, and not only because of the Corona pandemic. Digital tools have the potential to optimize the quality of public transport, increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve the passenger experience. Many technical innovations originate from start-ups. In the virtual start-up zone of IT-TRANS, young manufacturers, developers and mobility service providers present their innovative business models. The start-ups come from Israel, India, Canada, Russia, several European countries and Germany.

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