IVU provides for sustainable mobility in the Stuttgart region
Real-time information for buses and trains on the VVS network
Berlin, 6 May 2015 – The ability to check the current location of a bus and the timing of onward connections – what passengers in cities have long since taken for granted is now being rolled out to regional areas. As part of the “NaMoReg” project (German abbreviation for “Sustainably Mobile Region Stuttgart”), a multi-client, real-time information system from IVU Traffic Technologies AG was installed by VVS, the transit and tariff association of Stuttgart. The project was supported by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
The key objective of NaMoReg was to generate real-time information throughout the network and across different companies. With the multi-client IVU solution, VVS can now process current traffic data for a total of 26 small and mid-sized companies centrally and transmit it to information systems. This guarantees more reliable connections for passengers switching between routes and cuts unnecessary waiting times. Analysis functions also provide transport companies with statistical evaluations to facilitate assessment of customer requests, identify problems more quickly and adjust the timetables accordingly.
For this purpose, IVU engineers installed new on-board computers in the approximately 500 vehicles belonging to the participating companies. All computers are equipped with the IVU.cockpit software package that displays the current timetable situation to the drivers. As a result, they always know exactly whether they themselves or a connecting service is on time and can react accordingly – for example, by waiting a minute longer to allow suburban rail passengers to board a regional bus. The real-time data is processed and distributed by IVU.fleet and IVU.realtime before being made available to the various VVS offerings and to the timetable information service of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. VVS customers can easily check at home or using a smartphone app when the next bus is due to depart and what impact current traffic conditions will have on connecting journeys.
“Particularly in rural areas with lower frequencies and fewer buses, the ability to access comprehensive information in real time is vital. It is not only passengers that benefit from this. Transport operators can also use it to attract new customers,” explains Dr Kerstin Wendt, project manager at IVU Traffic Technologies AG. “With a total of 26 participating companies, NaMoReg is currently the largest IVU client system. This demonstrates that our software can also handle a larger number of connected companies with ease.”
The multi-client system of IVU Traffic Technologies AG provides real-time information in the Stuttgart region. (Source: VVS)
IVU Traffic Technologies AG has been working for 40 years with some 400 software engineers to ensure that transport in the world’s major cities operates reliably and on time. People and vehicles in expanding cities are continually on the move – a logistical challenge which calls for intelligent and reliable software systems. The standardised software products of the IVU.suite and tailor-made IT solutions are used to plan, optimise and control the scheduling of vehicle fleets and personnel. Other systems support the choice of branch locations or ensure that election results are determined correctly.
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