Following the positive results of the European Bus System of the Future project (EBSF) about the development of standard on-board IT architecture for buses, the Information Technology for Public Transport (ITxPT), founded in 2015, continues to support the full interoperability of IT systems in public transport applications. The cooperation between the association and the EU-funded projects is continued now within EBSF_2, coordinated by UITP.
A very important step towards this goal was the release of the ITxPT Technical Specifications 2.0 in November 2017. The new specifications refer to data sharing between buses and the back-office systems, and also specify standards on how to format this shared data. ITxPT Specifications are used by PTAs (public transport authorities) and PTOs (public transport operators) as tender requirements, and industry suppliers to design and develop products using ITxPT standards. The pioneer in this field is RUTER, the Public Transport Authority of Oslo, which refers to the ITxPT Specifications as requirements in a recently issued tender.
Anders Selling, ITxPT Secretary General, highlights the importance of the ITxPT v2.0 release: “ITxPT 2.0 directly supports deployment in the field. The response from public transport authorities, operators as well as suppliers has been very positive and we grow quickly as an association right now. I am convinced that ITxPT will add great value to all stakeholders as it is now implemented.”
In a next step, deployment guidelines will be updated and available in January 2018. ITxPT Technical Specifications and Deployment Guidelines are available on the ITxPT Wiki Documentation Centre. Request public access here.
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