Digitalization in public transport makes it necessary to deal with new systems and terms. From APC to Validator: The following overview is intended to provide those responsible and specialists in the transportation sector with an overview of the confusion of terms in modern transportation.
Digital technologies significantly contribute to improving the processes and services of transportation companies. Both transportation companies and passengers benefit from the resulting optimizations in operating processes, real-time services, new revenue sources, etc. However, before companies and operators can reach their ultimate goal – the digital world – they must overcome the technological challenges that lie along the way. First, we will explain the most common terms related to public transport and digitalized vehicles, and then show you where to start in digitalizing your fleet.
Public transport (PT) includes all local means of transport on fixed routes at fixed intervals. As a rule, these are high-capacity, short- to medium-range means of passenger transportation such as buses, subways, and streetcars. Public transport stands in contrast to individual and long-distance transport.
ITCS stands for “Intermodal Transport Control System” and is a computer-based operations control system for planning, controlling and monitoring the entire operation on board public transport vehicles. It is used in particular to control the following areas: communication between vehicle and control center, computer-aided operation, dynamic passenger information in vehicles and at stops.
A Passenger Information System (PIS) provides passengers with live data at bus stops and in vehicles. This includes route information with current arrival and departure times, line numbers, delays and reports of obstructions. It also allows transit agencies to offer advertising via indoor monitors and thus generate an additional source of revenue.
Communication unit for connecting the end users in the network and transmitting data on board a public transport vehicle.
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Out of the Theory and into Practice
To build digital vehicle systems, there are several areas that transport operators can focus on. An important focus is on infrastructure, especially digital infrastructure, which is essential for the smooth functioning of the systems. This includes the establishment of a reliable network and data infrastructure that provides sufficient bandwidth and capacity to handle the data streams of digital systems.
Continue reading on the “Digitalization in Public Transport” page to learn how transport operators can overcome these challenges. We will focus in particular on the technological requirements and peculiarities of a digital infrastructure.
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