Experts shape the mobility of the future
From micromobility to big data, IT-TRANS demonstrates where digital solutions can be implemented in public transport
Public transport is becoming increasingly digital given the growing need for individuality and comfort among passengers and also because transport means are becoming increasingly diverse and networked. IT-TRANS is the world’s leading conference and trade fair to be dedicated to digitally networked urban mobility. When it is held for the seventh time from 3 to 5 March 2020, some 270 exhibitors will be showcasing their software solutions and mobility services at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The main focus of IT-TRANS is the user-friendly integration of these software solutions and mobility services into public transport systems. In the spirit of Mobility-as-a-Service, the central focus is on customised transport options with centrally bookable transport combinations that are suggested to individual users.
Conference with 150 international pioneers
The three-day IT-TRANS conference deals with aspects such as the use of artificial intelligence in public transport and discusses the progress being made in the field of autonomous vehicles and possible ways of increasing customer loyalty. Other key areas of focus include on-demand mobility offers and data ownership and governance. In a total of 30 sessions, 150 speakers will be sharing their experiences and visions. These include Guillaume Gibon, CEO of Citio Paris, and Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The high international component at IT-TRANS also extends to visitors, who came from all continents to the most recent event in 2018. There was marked growth in the number of participants from the Middle East, Africa and Australia, with one in seven visitors coming from outside Europe.
One of these was Christian Lebeuf, Director of Technologies and Major Projects at Québec’s public transport network: “For me, IT-TRANS is a special event where I can connect with my peers from the whole industry. Since we do not have the opportunity to exchange information with other public transport operators and authorities in Canada, we visit IT-TRANS because it allows us to meet face-to-face with people who understand what our issues are and who can provide suggestions, ideas and solutions. It’s well worth a trip from Canada simply to connect with that great body of knowledge at IT-TRANS on the exhibition floor, at the conferences and during the networking activities.” Lebeuf, who regularly attends the IT-TRANS conference and plans to travel to Karlsruhe again in 2020, concludes: “For me, it’s a must-attend event”.
Networking and sharing experiences at the exhibition
At the exhibition, exhibitors such as Atron, Cityway, Clever Devices, init, IVU, Luminator Group, moovel, PTV, Scheidt & Bachmann, Systemtechnik and Trapeze will be presenting themselves throughout the 28,000 square metres of exhibition space. Other exhibitors come from countries such as Norway (Fara), Sweden (Axentia), Israel (Optibus), Japan (Lecip), the USA (Nanov) and Canada (Giro). All of these use the exhibition as a networking and discussion platform. The two Market Update forums, in which exhibitors present their experiences and best practice projects, always prove extremely popular. There will be presentations on integrated planning tools, journey-planner and navigation apps, Bluetooth-based Be-In/Be-Out ticketing systems and passenger information systems. As well as this, there will be a spotlight on augmented and virtual reality solutions and on taxi and ride-hailing for the first time. The IT Family Dinner on 3 March and the Karlsruhe Networking Night on 4 March are excellent ways to get acquainted with colleagues from public transport companies in other countries and to interact with speakers, exhibitors and decision-makers from the fields of IT and public transport. The 1,400-strong Women in Mobility network will once again be using IT-TRANS as an opportunity for holding a meeting of its members.
IT-TRANS’s strategic partners are the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), the Italian transport association ASSTRA, ITS Spain and the Polish Chamber of Railway Equipment Producers and Railway Service Providers.