07. November, 2018
Booking bicycle boxes with „Mutti“ – New boxes at Bochum main station
Bochum’s new bicycle boxes have a safe locking system and are bookable with the app Mutti.
In the following weeks 185 bicycle boxes will be positioned at 14 different locations within the city area. With regards to the billing registered customers are able to use the payment method lodged in the app (PayPal, AmazonPay, direct debit). Users will receive a pin code to open and lock the boxes.
Picture: Lutz Leitmann / Stadt Bochum
19. September, 2018
Top App! Focus Money honors Mutti
Our app Mutti receives the title "Excellent"!
The business magazine Focus Money asked 73,154 readers in a large representative online survey:
"How satisfied are you with the use of applications (apps) as a smartphone service?"
In the area of public transport apps, our app Mutti took third place and can now call itself a top app recommended by users!
The evaluation of such a study takes several weeks, this means that the assessment took place at a time when the app Mutti has not been available in the stores for a year. As a true newcomer in the field of public transport apps an absolute top result!
Not only the intuitive usability and the multi-vehicle route planning are significant advantages of our app Mutti. Inside the app Mutti, you can not only buy tickets for bus and train, you can also easily book rental bikes or car-sharing vehicles from an app.
24. April, 2018
Buying tickets via ivanto applications
is getting easier by using Amazon Pay
The latest versions of our public transport applications, Essen Mobil and Mutti, are updated with a new payment method: With this feature of our popular application BOGESTRA and Ruhrbahn belong to the first public transportation organisation throughout Europe to allow customers to pay for their bus and train tickets with Amazon Pay.
Within the VRR area Essen Mobil and Mutti offer the user the possibility to select the desired connection, to find a station on the map or to check current departure times at their front doors with only a few clicks. Mobile purchase of tickets is integrated and works. Establishes payment mehtods are Paypal, direct debit, credit card and billing via telecommunications provider.
Another useful function is offered with the latest update: The digital payment method was expanded and now supports Amazon Pay.
This way the customer is able to pay for his ticket simply by logging into his regular Amazon account which saves him time and effort.
Ruhrbahn and BOGESTRA are proud to offer the customer another familiar payment method with Amazon Pay.
Amazon Pay allows customers worldwide to pay on websites and applications from third- party providers by using the stored information in their Amazon accounts. Amazon is happy that BOGESTRA and Ruhrbahn are the first public transportation organisations in Europe who implemented Amazon Pay in their online shop and application, according to Giulio Montemagno. Amazon wants that customers benefit from the convenience, reliability and confidence of Amazon’s payment method.
If you don’t have Mutti yet you can download it for free:
Passenger-Wi-Fi with ivanto
Passenger-Wi-Fi with ivanto
Passengers of PaderSprinter enjoy an additional service: free Wi-Fi in the Paderborn city buses offers fast surfing, chatting and e-mailing.
This service expands the promotion of WLAN systems in the approximately 170 regional buses that travel in the districts of Paderborn and Höxter. Passengers can thus use the WLAN offer in all buses of the Hochstift.
PaderSprinter GmbH equips its own fleet of 100 vehicles. The ivantoCore communication module from GeoMobile GmbH is used as vehicle router.
The Nahverkehrsverbunde Paderborn/Höxter (nph) supports the project. The data technology coordination of the WLAN project is carried out by the Verbundgesellschaft Paderborn / Höxter mbH (VPH).
More information at PaderSprinter
Take the Bike
“Safety4Bikes” and supporting projects
The new research project “Safety4Bikes – assistance systems to raise safety of cycling children ” explores innovative connectivity’s of bicycles. The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and has a term of 3 years till December 2019. The aim of the project is to increase the safety of cyclists in road traffic in general and for children in particular.
Sensors on bicycle and helmet record the surrounding. Potential hazards are analysed and signaled by helmet and bicycle actuators. The car driver is informed via Car2X about his immediate vicinity. Our consortium consists of economic enterprises (UVEX, PFAU Tec, Valtech) and research facilities (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, University of Paderborn, OFFIS e.V.). The activities are supported by the Society for Empirical Sociological Research, Nürnberg. Safety4Bikes is another building block of a SmartCity, connecting additional road users like cyclists.
In addition to our IT solution for urban mobility ivanto, we are also focusing on future mobility concepts in which the bicycle plays a central role. Thus, the bicycle is included as a smart means of transport in the multimodal mobility route. A possible use of cargobikes is considered separately in order, among other things, to transport smaller loads within the cities alternatively.
Bus.Hoer.Stelle: Smart stations in public transport
The intelligent bus stop is the latest building block in the efforts of the VKU in the district of Unna for more accessibility in public transport.
The Bus.Hör.Stelle expands the ivanto system of GeoMobile for passengers who are traveling without a smartphone. The smart station interacts via Bluetooth with the incoming bus and announces its line number and its destination. At the press of a button, the departure monitor informs about the upcoming departures by means of voice output.
The Bus.Hör.Stelle is designed as a help for blind or visually impaired people and sends a continuous pilot tone. But also those, who can not read or who have difficulties with the timetable, get quick help. For the hearing impaired, the speech output feeds an induction loop.
The smart bus stop is part of the project “JederBus”. Financed by the county of Unna, it aims to enable disabled to use public transport.
Pick up speed with “Meine Öffis”
With the app “Meine Öffis” the local transport authority in Hameln-Pyrmont offers its passengers GeoMobile’s travel companion.
“Die Öffis” present an accessible guide. It informs passengers about possible public transport connections on on the basis of the timetable for Lower Saxony and Bremen. A special highlight is the planning of the trip over the map. In addition, the app provides a comprehensive travel guide that locates the user via GPS and guides him safely from door to door.
The travel guide was developed with the ivanto framework. It offers a navigation aid on walking paths, which is understandable for blind users. During the journey, the app informs about the next stops and announces the personal exit. The app is available for iOS and Android.
29. September, 2016
The new Essen Mobil app is available
Inform, navigate, quickly and easily buy a ticket: All this and more available in the new EVAG app ,Essen Mobil’, from GeoMobile GmbH.
The app for iOS and Android smartphones supplements the offer of EVAG by a multimodal guide. Apart from public transport, it also covers footpaths and bike routes. On a map, you can find the offers for rental bicycles and CarSharing from various providers. These stations can be considered in any public transport connection.
The availability check, the quick access to the booking plattforms and the direct ticket purchase complete the offer. EVAG presents itself as an intersectoral mobility provider.
15. September, 2016
Out and about in the city: Go by bus, by tram, by bike? Or would you rather walk?
The VKU in the district of Unna expands its own service offer by providing a new mobile information system. GeoMobile’s fahrtwind app informs about multimodal connections.
The new app presents bus, train, bicycle and footpath connections at a glance. There are also maps for the route, prices and the possibility of booking bicycles. The app offers all available stations and stops in the vicinity and informs in real time when the next train arrives. On footpaths and on bicycle routes it offers a navigation aid.
In the district of Unna, buses have been equipped with the ivanto system of GeoMobile in 2014. The system allows to identify incoming buses at the bus stop and announce them by voice output. The busses stop on requests, which can be transmitted with the smartphone to the bus. The system accompanies the user during the journey on the basis of vehicle interaction. It focuses on passengers with visual impairments and with limited mobility. The journey accompaniment is also an integral part of the new fahrtwind app.
More information at VKU, public transport company:
Verkehrsgesellschaft Kreis Unna
picture: VKU Unna
31. August, 2016
Open house at The Federal Government, Berlin
BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) shows ground breaking innovations in public transport. Amongst these is the smartphone-based, accessible vehicle interaction of GeoMobile.
Accessibility in public transport based on real-time-information that the passenger receives directly from the vehicle. Remote control of the bus: The passenger sends stop and service requests from his phone to the vehicle. And mobile ticketing based on a Check-In/Be-Out-System: The vehicle itself offers the mobile ticket to the customer and detects the end of the journey without any further interaction. These are the items that GeoMobile presented on 27th and 28th of August 2016 in a bus of BVG at the Department for Transport (BMVI) in Berlin. BVG equipped one of its busses with GeoMobile’s smart communication module, ivantoCore, for this purpose.
The Federal Government opened doors and nearly 100.000 visitors joined. Chancellery, Federal Press Office, Federal Ministries and Federal Intelligence Service were visitor attractions despite of mid-summer-heat.
Further Information, official Website of The Federal Government
4. July, 2016
HEAG mobilo – App with latest traffic news
GeoMobile GmbH provides a mobile app for the transport operator in Darmstadt. The development is based on the ivanto app framework.
The HEAG mobilo ‐ App contains all important information for the transport area: departure times, real time vehicle location, transport and traffic information for Darmstadt, the district of Darmstadt‐Dieburg, the district of Groß‐Gerau and northern Bergstraße. Simple, intuitive, fast! HEAG mobilo wants to expand the features of the app continuously. Future improvements will include carsharing and rental bikes as well as mobile ticketing and further accessibility features.
The introduction of the app is accompanied by the slogan „Deine App für Bus und Bahn“. It promotes the app in public transport vehicles and in print and online media.
18. April, 2016
DBSV examines the latest ivanto prototype
Experts and persons affected srutinize the smartphone-based door-find audio-signal in the buses of the RLG in Soest.
The next generation of GeoMobile’s solution for accessible urban mobility, ivanto, offers a smartphone-based audio signal, that helps blind and visually impaired passengers to find the entrance door to public buses. In Soest, this solution was presented to GFUV, the technical committee for Environment and Transport at DBSV, the German Association of Blind and Visually Impaired.
ivanto offers the demand-driven triggering of a sound signal out of the ivanto app. The ivanto control unit, which is installed in the bus, receives the request from the ivanto app and controls a speaker in the entrance door.
The GFUV meets once a year, this time in Soest. On this occasion, the ivanto system for a barrier-free travel accompaniment in public transport, operated by the RLG and the district of Soest, has been tested. It guides blind users with a pedestrian navigation, outdoor and indoor, to the pole at the station and it allows to interact with the bus using the smartphone. A special item on the agenda was the demonstration of the smartphone based door-find signal. It was installed as a prototype. The experts were able to contribute valuable feedback. It will be regarded in the further development.
29. June, 2015
AUGGMED Project to Tackle Terrorism
The project has been launched to help deliver improved training tools and techniques to further equip security personnel to respond to physical threats and cyber-attacks on Europe’s critical infrastructure (airports, ports and railway stations).
AUGGMED (automated serious game scenario generator for mixed reality training) will develop a multimodal virtual reality and mixed reality platform that can be used anywhere via a variety of devices and technologies from smartphones and tablets to high-end PCs with multiple monitors and HMDs (head mounted displays).
The project has secured funding of approximately US$6.2 million and will run for three years.
Under the coordination of BMT Group, a consortium of 13 project partners from six EU countries will collaborate, including: SERCO; University of Greenwich; Piraeus Port Authority; Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya; University of Birmingham; Sistema D’Emergencies Mediques; Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire; Sheffield Hallam University; Israteam; Konstantinos Kardaras (Integration Power); Ministry of Citizens Protection and Unversidad Politécnica de Madrid – and GeoMobile.
More Information: www.augmed-project.eu