VDV Core Application quickens the pace

17 February 2012  •  Author(s): J. (Sjef) A.L. Janssen, Managing Director, VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG and Hartmut Loerch, Head of IT Management, VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG

Transport infrastructure is a key factor for economic success in every country. For a country like Germany, public transport has become even more systemrelevant than before. Why? Globalisation is becoming a European challenge for trade and transport. Germany is probably most affected, as it is Europe’s export-leading nation. While cargo companies have mostly exhausted their efficiency potentials, costs keep growing and street bottlenecks continue as infrastructure programmes can’t cope with volume growth. Individual passenger transportation is thus suffering from increasing cargo transportation volumes, and growing costs are an even heavier burden for German citizens in times of Banking and Euro crisis. Consequently, public transport passenger numbers have grown steadily in Germany for decades and is now scratching the 11 billion per year mark.

Changing environment

The increasing demand for public transport is fuelled by changing job market framework conditions. Growing distances between home and place of work, transition to flexible work places and continuing growth of metropolitan regions are the key elements of this change. In addition, the awareness of the population in terms of environmental protection has increased significantly. This change in awareness has initiated a change of mindset from ‘owning’ to ‘using’, which fuels at the urban trend from individually owned cars to smart public transport solutions.

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