7th of January, 2020
Barrier-free in the autonomous bus
Pilot project launched in Soest district
In the district of Soest, the barrier-free use of autonomous buses will be possible in future. Since the beginning of the new year, GeoMobile has been working on the sub-project of the pilot project "Ride4All", which aims to enable the barrier-free use of autonomous buses for visually impaired and mobility-impaired people. This is done by adapting the existing smartphone application "mobil info", which guides passengers as a voice assistant and with vibrations if required. This includes the ivantoConnect GeoMobile hardware, which can be integrated into the bus and allows vehicle interaction such as activation of the acoustic door detection signal, the request to stop and opening of the doors.
Project partners of Ride4All are GeoMobile, the district of Soest, the RLG, the WVG, the LWL-Berufsbildungswerk Soest, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and eagle eye technologies GmbH. They are developing and testing the operation of level 4 autonomous buses, i.e. with the possibility of driver intervention if necessary. Besides functionality, the objective is the social acceptance of the new transport system, whereby inclusion plays a central role in order to implement integration into the regular operation of public transport.
The "mobil Info" application, with its predecessor m4guide, has been online for general public transport in the Soest district since 2016. It was one of the first apps in Germany that could be used, among other things, for barrier-free ride guidance for blind people.
Photo: Thomas Weinstock: Distict of Soest
12th of November, 2019
VAG Freiburg and VKU Unna at the Bundesteilhabepreis
At this year's Federal Participation Award ceremony under the motto "Inclusive Mobility", two GeoMobile customers and their projects were nominated among the Top 10. These are VAG Freiburg with the project "Travel companionship in the app 'VAG mobil'" and VKU Unna with "Experience every bus 'inclusion'". GeoMobile's ivanto solution contributed to both projects, in the form of the "VAG mobil" and "Fahrtwind" apps and hardware that enables vehicle interaction via the app. In Unna, the "Bus.Hör.Stelle", a smart stele that provides acoustic information at the platform, is also used.
30th of August, 2019
500 electric scooters in Bochum, 300 electric scooters in Gelsenkirchen
They are the new form of near mobility and as a serious alternative to cars, pedestrians and cyclists will soon be part of the street scene in the big cities: electric pedal scooters. Now they will also be available in Bochum. The cities of Bochum and Gelsenkirchen, BOGESTRA and the provider Circ have agreed to cooperate. From the end of August, the Berlin-based company will install 500 Miet-E-Tretrollers in the Bochum city area (300 in Gelsenkirchen).
The scooters are an ideal way to spontaneously cover distances within the cities emission-free and off the main roads. The scooters are exemplary for contemporary, flexibly usable mobility, which also promises a lot of driving pleasure at stations throughout the entire city area. No parking stress, no standing in traffic jams: The scooters are made to be individually agile in large cities.
The available scooters will be bookable via the BOGESTRA app "Mutti" or directly via the Circ app. The booking process will initially be carried out via forwarding and soon also directly via the "Mutti App". The cooperation partners want to expand the "classic" public transport system and offer a wide range of mobility from a single source. Mobility in urban areas is changing: "Use instead of own" is the motto.
Picture: André Grabowski / Stadt Bochum
12th of August, 2019
WLAN test operation in VAG buses successfully completed
In February, Freiburger Verkehrs AG (VAG) - initially in four articulated buses - started test operation of a free WiFi. The test operation has now been successfully completed.
In recent weeks, VAG has equipped all other buses with the necessary technology. With immediate effect, the free WiFi is now available in all 65 VAG buses. In the next step - probably by the end of the year - all trams will now be equipped with the necessary WiFi technology.
The VAG Management Board is delighted with the successful test operation. "The free WiFi offer was very well received by our passengers during the test operation and is running smoothly," informed board member Oliver Benz.
His fellow board member Stephan Bartosch added that in the second half of the year the entire light rail fleet will be equipped with WiFi: "The technical equipment with WiFi in our trams represents a small challenge compared to our buses. Here we are dealing with different vehicle types and complex cabling, hence the longer implementation period".
VAG's goal is to offer free WiFi in all buses and trams by the end of the year, thereby increasing passenger comfort.
Source: Freiburger Verkehrs AG
9th of August, 2019
Electronic tickets can now be used in buses of the VKU
Smartphone becomes ticket
Unna. Travelling flexibly with public transit and doing without the cash, that’s been introduced now in the district of Unna. E-ticket is now available from VKU. Passengers can buy tickets from the Westfalen tariff via the application fahrtwind. The selection is still limited and yet to be extended to cover the entire range of tickets. The technical implementation will take some more time. Multiple tickets and VRR tickets will then also be available.
The selection is broad and includes single tickets as well as all types of day tickets and monthly tickets. Also available are the FunTicket, additional 1st class tickets and bicycle tickets. It is sufficient to show the QR code when boarding the bus.
"The fahrtwind App offers passengers modern and fast access to our range of tickets. It doesn't matter whether they are at home or on the road," adds André Pieperjohanns. Customers continue to receive their normal paper tickets from the driver or at the advance booking offices.
District Administrator Michael Makiolla is also extremely positive about the further development of the fahrtwind App. "We are keeping pace with the increasing digitalization. Citizens in the district of Unna can use easy to access public transport. This is important to us. The introduction of the electronic ticket is an important building block in this."
26th of April, 2019
Workshop in Essen on 28th of May 2019
We invite you to the interactive workshop "Digital Transformation in Public Transport - Innovative IT for Urban Mobility".
Further information can be found in the programme overview
13th of February, 2019
Test operation: Free WiFi in VAG buses
Freiburger Verkehrs AG (VAG) is starting test operation of a free customer WiFi in four buses. In the coming weeks all VAG buses will be equipped accordingly. After this is done the trams will be next to be equipped. Vehicles that already have WiFi are marked with a corresponding pictogram.
At the presentation to the press, Mayor Martin Horn described the customer WiFi as a good service and an important offer for customers in VAG buses and trains. “The customer WiFi is an important digitalization step towards the future,” said the Mayor.
In order to enable the new service, each vehicle must be equipped with its own transmitter unit, which is connected to the public mobile network via a SIM card and is thus available as a WiFi hotspot.
VAG board member Oliver Benz explained: "The free VAG WiFi in conjunction with our VAG mobile app should enable our passengers to obtain all the important information they need during their journey: for example, real-time information in our timetable information, information on low-floor vehicles and, in a few months' time, the link to the 'Frelo' bicycle rental system. In the future, WiFi will also be a requirement for future applications.
Source: Andreas Hildebrandt / Freiburger Verkehrs AG
07th of 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
19th of 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.
24th of April, 2018
Buying tickets via ivanto applications is getting easier
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
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.
29th of 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.
15th of 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
31st of 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
4th of 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.
18th of 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.
29th of 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