Information Technology - Articles and news items

Whitepaper: Importance of computing health management

Whitepapers, Z homepage promo  •  28 June 2016  •  Kontron

The intelligence needed to maximize long-term reliability, manage costs and enhance customer satisfaction…

Connected commuter: the next generation of passenger satisfaction

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  22 June 2016  •  LILEE Systems

In this webinar, we discuss the transformation of operations and passenger services through the application of innovative technology for real-time broadband communications…

IoT solutions enable the power of data-driven transportation

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  15 June 2016  •  Kontron

Making informed IoT enabled transportation decisions regarding the implementation, evolution, and integration of rail solutions, so municipalities can take advantage of the power of data-driven transportation. In this webinar, experts at Kontron will address these tough issues to ensure your solution is application-ready saving yourself time and money…

Understanding urban mobility challenges

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  17 March 2016  •  Simon Spooner, Osborne Clarke

Simon Spooner, Partner at international law firm, Osborne Clarke, talks to Eurotransport about research into transport innovation which is determining the rise of ‘smart cities’ and discusses barriers to widespread smart technology adoption.

FourC announces LiveScreen Infotainment-as-a-Service

Industry news  •  25 February 2016  •  FourC

FourC is glad to announce the first complete and fully available service named Cities in Motion LiveScreen on the Cities in Motion Service Platform…

Nettbuss keeps moving forward with HASTUS

Industry news  •  18 January 2016  •  GIRO

Nettbuss AS, one of the largest Nordic bus companies, is moving ahead with the upgrade to GIRO’s HASTUS 2016…

SUZOHAPP welcomes the new €20 note

Industry news  •  30 November 2015  •  SUZOHAPP

On 25 November the new € 20 note entered into circulation in the Euro zone. SUZOHAPP is providing its customers with the necessary software and hardware solutions to easily update their machines and devices to be able to accept the new €20 note.

Research project to improve access to multimodal transport information

Industry news  •  20 August 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A two year research project to improve access to multimodal transport information has been awarded by Innovate UK to Arup and ten consortium partners.

TfL installs additional Digital Sign technology at bus stations

Industry news  •  18 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Transport for London (TfL) has installed additional Digital Sign technology at five London bus stations and Victoria Coach station.

Whitepaper: How to achieve sustainable urban mobility through an open digital platform

Whitepapers  •  23 March 2015  •  Comtrade Technology Services and Solutions

This whitepaper from Comtrade Technology Services and Solutions introduces a visionary concept where essentially all mobility options in urban areas are transformed into a service, enabling a better harmonisation and optimisation of all available transportation systems. The new model yields positive benefits in terms of costs, quality of service and most importantly the environment…

Transport Technology: The pace of technology change

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Mark Cartwright, Managing Director, RTIG

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we are living in a time of unparalleled rapidity in technology change, writes Mark Cartwright, Managing Director of RTIG. New tools, systems and devices come on to the market with the frequency, and impact, of machine gun bullets. What’s more, it’s all connected, so that a minor improving in fabricating (say) organic LEDs or photovoltaic cells can suddenly lead to a revolution in lifestyle, and push whole continents into boom or bust. Well, maybe. I won’t deny that there is a lot happening, but for various reasons the impact will be a lot less dramatic than that. To argue the point, I’m going to make use of a few historical references within this article, all linked in some way to transport (and transport technology in particular)…

Video: Bus Passenger Information System

Industry news, Videos  •  17 February 2015  •  Advantech

The Fanless Embedded Systems ARK-V&S series are designed for rugged and space-critical in-vehicle and video surveillance applications. These embedded systems feature in-vehicle power (9~36Vdc, ISO-7637-2), in-vehicle certifications (E-Mark, IEC-60721-3-5 5M3), extension capability and wireless communication (GPS/G-sensor/Wi-Fi/3G/CANBus) for in-vehicle applications. Watch the video for more information…

Video: TRACe™ EN50155-certified transportation computer family

Industry news, Videos  •  18 December 2014  •  Kontron

The TRACe transportation computer family from Kontron delivers proven, rugged and feature-rich building blocks that allow design flexibility. Its rugged design ensures stable operation in harsh environments. It’s ideal for any rolling stock application that includes passenger information systems, video streaming and storage servers, security surveillance and train management systems. Watch the video for more information…

The heart of Lothian Buses continues to beat

Issue 6 2012  •  22 January 2013  •  Alan Black, Operational Control Room Manager, Lothian Buses

In operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the control room is the hub of Lothian Buses – supporting our depots and 650-strong fleet of buses that cover 55 routes in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. Looking after the daily transportation of over 350,000 users, putting customers first, and further enhancing their travel experience is our priority.

Lothian Buses has one of the youngest bus fleets in the UK and, since 2000, has invested over £130 million in new state-of-the-art vehicles, becoming entirely easy access low-floor eight years ahead of the government mandated deadline. As part of our on-going investment, we refurbished the heart of our day-to-day operations at an investment of £1 million, to create our new control room.

The objective of the 20-strong team in the control room is to maintain the smooth operation of Lothian Buses via radio communi – cation, Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system and updating our website’s live service status board and Twitter feed. It has also enabled us to develop our information services to include phone apps and digital information boards at bus stops.

Ten years with InformNorden – IT cooperation in the Nordic countries

Issue 1 2009, Past issues  •  30 March 2009  •  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.