IT Standard Introduction in Existing Fleets: The London EBSF_2 Demonstration Event

The latest EBSF_2 demonstration showcase took place in London on 19 September 2017 and gathered 105 public transport stakeholders, to exchange knowledge and experience on IT standard introduction in an existing fleet. The event was hosted by Transport for London (TfL) in collaboration with Metroline, Digimobee, UITP, ENGIE, INIT, IVU, TRAPEZE, HOGIA, PILOTFISH, CENTAUR and the ITxPT association.

During the last few years, thanks to a joint effort by public transport partners, interoperability of IT systems has become a reality. Transport for London worked together with partners on the European Bus System of the Future 2 project, helping to prove that new public transport vehicle technologies and infrastructures which are being tested across Europe could operate successfully in an operating environment. The London demonstration consists of the implementation of on-board bus equipment from multiple suppliers and, for the first time, demonstrating interoperability between on-bus Automated Vehicle Location Systems and multiple back offices from different suppliers using open-standard protocols.

The ultimate aim of this approach to inter-operability using open-standards is to reduce the complexity of on-board systems, to increase efficiency, reduce weight and energy consumption, and cut operational costs. For public transport authorities, such as TfL, the efficient introduction of such a standard IT architecture will offer a faster, easier and cost-effective installation and maintenance regime when specifying, installing or maintaining on-bus equipment.

As strategic member of the Information Technology for Public Transport (ITxPT) association, TfL is pioneer in implementing and showcasing the interest for open standard IT protocols for public transport. The results of the EBSF_2 work could lead to a standardised IT architecture across the London bus fleet in the future. Such an implementation paves the way to adoption of ITxPT standards in the UK and Europe wide, providing:

  • an easier way for multiple suppliers to work together to provide a complete solution,
  • the ability to multi-source components,
  • potentially cutting costs and increasing efficiency

The roundtable started with and introduction of the London demo architecture by Simon Reed, Head of Technology and Data from TfL followed by an exchange with demo partners: DIGIMOBEE, ENGIE INEO, HOGIA, INIT, IVU, PILOTFISH, TRAPEZE. A video of the roundtable is available here.

You can find pictures of the event on the Facebook page of EBSF_2.

EBSF_2 will continue its series of Local Demonstration Events on 18 October 2017 with Stuttgart, Germany, on the subject of Innovative HVAC for city buses. You can find more information here.

Monday, October 2, 2017