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Public transport: a data-driven business

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As public transport becomes increasingly digitised, high quality data is the foundation of everything we will do in the future. But for now, there is still plenty of ambiguity around data: who owns it, who should be able to access it, who should bear the costs and so on. It is now urgent to find win-win data-sharing solutions (what to share, how and with whom) to make the most of the gold mine the industry is sitting on.

Smart cities: where does public transport come in?

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Our grandparents never could have imagined that one day we would be able to use tiny hand-held devices to shop for clothes while on the metro, measure how much pollution our journey produces, or find a parking space in a crowded city centre.

Technology has the ability to connect the different parts of our everyday lives, and that, as simple as it sounds, is the entire premise of smart cities. A relatively recent term, smart cities has come under fire for being too hype, too vague or too commercial, or all of the above. But that’s because it’s early days yet.

Policy Board met in Abu Dhabi in April

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The urban mobility landscape is changing fast and public transport can act as the ‘backbone’ of future ‘Smart Cities’. That was the conclusion of UITP’s recent Policy Board meeting in Abu Dhabi, a three-day event that saw the discussion and approval of two official positions on Open Data and Smart Cities. Also discussed were the obstacles and opportunities presented by the future of urban mobility that sees many new actors vying for roles in the urban mobility market.

Action points - The benefits of open data

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A position setting the overall direction of the public transport industry in the light of rapid developments in the field of Open Data was approved by the UITP Policy Board last week.
These 'Action Points' prepared by the UITP Information Technology & Innovation Commission takes stock of how transport organisations over the world have responded to Open Data and captured tangible economic and other benefits that are being felt by customers and transport organisations.

The benefits of open data

The UITP Information Technology & Innovation Commission has prepared this paper to set the overall direction of our industry in the light of rapid developments in the field of Open Data.
The paper takes stock of how transport organisations over the world have responded to Open Data and captured tangible economic and other benefits that are being felt by customers and transport organisations.

The benefits of open data

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Over the last two months we have taken an in-depth look at how new technologies and open data are transforming how we think about public transport. We present here an overview of the benefits of open data for the public transport sector, its customers, the economy as a whole and how it all works.

Should you have questions on this topic, don't hesitate to contact our experts: jarl.eliassen(at)uitp.org and johan.van.ieperen(at)uitp.org
 

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