Ten years with InformNorden – IT cooperation in the Nordic countries

30 March 2009  •  Author(s): Mogens Buch-Larsen, Chairman, InformNorden and Anders Kåbjörn, Secretary General, InformNorden

The breakthrough of the internet, the mobile phone and the GPS technology during the late 1990s made it possible for the public transport sector to develop new advanced information technology services. In order to coordinate this development in the Nordic countries, the public transport authorities in the four Nordic capitals – Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki – decided to start a joint project in 1998 called InformNorden.

The initiative came from the city of Gothenburg that already had developed and installed a new advanced citywide real-time passenger information system, the first in the world that also used Internet to show minute-by-minute count down arrivals of all buses and trams to all stops.

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