IT-TRANS E-Market Update: Continuation of web seminar series
BeeSonix is the winner of the first Future Mobility Award
More than 145 interested public transport experts from 36 countries attended the digital event. Afterwards a lively discussion took place. “The topic of the web seminar was very well suited given the current situation worldwide. It was a great opportunity to hear what the mobility experts’ perspectives are regarding public transport during COVID-19. Looking forward to attend more of such informative E-Market Updates”, says Pratik Patil from Match Rider UG, who attended the web seminar.
2. E-Market Update: Tuesday, 9 June 2020: Innovative ticketing solutions to ensure business continuity
The coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on our lives. The public transport sector has been affected very badly owing to 80-90% decline in ridership across all cities. Furthermore, many cities were forced to completely shut down their ticketing systems as they were not provided with contactless features. Thus, the revenues of many operators were virtually zero. This crisis highlights the need for new innovative ticketing solutions to enable public transport operators to restart their services and collect fares. This web seminar tries to bring together some of the innovative ticketing solutions for public transport actors.
Future Mobility Award for start-ups handed
Winner of the Future Mobility Award 2020 is the start-up company BeeSonix from Berlin, which was announced at the virtual award ceremony on 19 May 2020. For the first time, the award honours young companies and their concepts for sustainable mobility solutions for public transport.
The initiators of the award are the German trade journal Nahverkehrs-praxis, the Automotive Engineering Network aen, Messe Karlsruhe and the Economic Development Department of the City of Karlsruhe. "With the award, we would like to offer innovative ideas a platform at IT-TRANS, so that they become visible and receive the attention they deserve," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.
While waiting on the platform, relevant information appears on passengers' smartphones as if by magic. The founders of the start-up company BeeSonix, which enables ultrasonic communication between journey announcements and travellers’ mobile terminals, implemented this. Keyword "silent announcements": The visionaries of BeeSonix use sound files that contain sounds in the ultrasonic range. In this way, the usual announcements are used to convey additional information with added value. Therefore, travel information can be played out precisely, stops and vehicles take the next digital step, without the need for new hardware. Details about the award and the other finalists can be found at www.future-mobility-award.de.
At IT-TRANS (1 – 3 December 2020, Messe Karlsruhe) all five finalists – BeeSonix, Matchrider, Operibus, Rydies and Twaice – will then have the chance to present themselves to an international audience of experts.