IT-TRANS 2018: Our event highlights

Visitors at our IT-TRANS 2018 booth

Visitors at our IT-TRANS 2018 booth

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Public transport is on the move to bring accessibility back to the public. Last week, the three-day tradeshow IT-TRANS 2018 welcomed 6,000 visitors at Messe Karlsruhe. As one of 260 exhibitors, we look back on a very successful and action-packed week. Two buzzwords clearly stood out: data and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). They are the accelerators of new mobility services and were among the main topics discussed at our booth, in several conference sessions and at the pre-event we hosted the day before IT-TRANS officially opened its doors. Here are our highlights.

We kicked off the IT-TRANS week with an exclusive evening event bringing together different industry players to discuss new mobility trends. To share their unique market insights, we welcomed Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP, and Stefan Geier, Head of Strategic Supply/Demand Planning Data at BVG as keynote speakers at our headquarter.

Transforming transport
The mobility market is at a turning point right now. Business models are changing, and traditional players of mass transit collaborate more and more with new stakeholders offering on-demand solutions. In his talk, Mohamed Mezghani focused on the challenges the public transport market is facing at the moment. He emphasised that the sector is leading the way towards electric mobility, not just by introducing electric buses, but also with numerous electric-operated metros and tram lines. However, the electrification of fleets is only one aspect that contributes to a more sustainable transport of the future. While it will help reduce air pollution, it won’t necessarily cut congestion. This is why a future with less traffic-packed roads calls for public transport services more than ever. They are the backbone of the mobility system and together with on-demand services, the number of cars on our streets can be reduced.

Introducing Berlkönig
One such on-demand service is the so-called Berlkönig operated by the Berlin public transport operator, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). Stefan Geier introduced our guests to the service that is soon to be launched on Berlin’s roads. In the first three months, the MaaS fleet consisting of 50 vehicles will be run on weekends. After this phase, it will be expanded to 24 hours, seven days a week with up to 150 vehicles. BVG has planned to continually grow the size of its MaaS fleet up to 300 vehicles.

To analyse the potential uptake of their MaaS service and to ensure the success of their business model, BVG used PTV MaaS Modeller software. Based on different demand scenarios, our software calculated the potential vehicle occupancy with the number of passengers per hour and vehicle and the number and location of the pick-up and drop-off points which form the link volumes used for the routes.

Enabling MaaS
While BVG is leading the way as a very positive example of how MaaS operations can be planned and integrated into a city’s transport network, there is still a lot of work ahead. Ralf Frisch, our Solution Director MaaS, pointed out in his talk at IT-TRANS’s conference session “Enabling New Mobility Services and MaaS” that, to set up industry standards for all interfaces necessary, it is important to work together. With PTV Group already being an active member of the MaaS Alliance, he invited all session participants to join the international collaboration forum to unlock the potentials of MaaS and to provide the best mobility service of the future. Industry partnerships and the power of data are the driving forces and all session speakers, among others from Siemens and Daimler, agreed that MaaS is here to stay.

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