Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion as a Flagship Region for Innovative Mobility

Partnership launched with the International Association for Public Transport (UITP)

Group photograph with Mohamed Mezghani (5.f.l.), UITP Secretary General (Source: INIT)

Karlsruhe, June 11, 2019 – Leading mobility players from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion announced the launch of the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit today. The initial training courses were unveiled at the event in Stockholm, which will be held at the UITP regional training centre in the TechnologyRegion. "Data & Business Intelligence" will run from November 20 to 22, 2019, and Public Transport Fundamentals from March 3 to 5, 2020, while the IT-TRANS 2020 international conference and trade fair will also be taking place in Karlsruhe. In addition, the partnership involves setting up a UITP liaison office in Karlsruhe.

"The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has a global reputation for its outstanding innovation in the field of mobility. With the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership, we are seeking to intensify our long-standing cooperation," said UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani at the official launch at the transport summit in Stockholm.

Dr. Frank Mentrup, chair of the supervisory board of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH and Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe, is delighted with the cooperation, which marks the first partnership of its kind between UITP and a region. "The agreement strengthens the reputation of the TRK as a flagship region for modern mobility further and is well suited for projects such as the "Test Area Autonomous Driving", focusing on public transport and the VDV TramTrain, which is seeing transport operators come together to develop new vehicles."

Jochen Ehlgötz, managing director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, emphasised the exemplary nature of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, where projects such as regiomove, which aims to join up individual transport routes and create seamless mobility, are not just a concept, but a concrete example in a suburban region with a population of about 1.3 million. "The new cooperation partnership with UTIP recognises the performance and innovation of our regional alliance of business, science and public institutions," proclaimed Jochen Ehlgötz in Stockholm.

Besides the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, the founding partners of the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership are: INIT, PTV Group, the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) and the Karlsruhe Transport Company (VBK), the Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe - High Performance Center for Mobility Research, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).

All partners will present themselves at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm until June 12, where TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK) and the project regiomove will also be represented. The stand partners will also be hosting seminars and panel discussions on June 12, as part of the conference programme, where you can come along and exchange ideas on innovative spirits, booking platforms, travel planners, intermodality, mobility research and autonomous driving.

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About the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH

The TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, founded in 2017, is a regional, statewide site marketer with a main focus on economy, innovation and science. Achieving progress by thinking ahead and testing and implementing ideas together - that's the ethos behind the formation of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH by its 27 shareholders from the worlds of business, science, and local authorities. Their aim: to create a laboratory of the future specialising in energy, mobility and digitalisation with a view to accelerating the process from the initial idea to its ultimate realisation.

The shareholders are: the cities of Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee and Waghäusel; the districts of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Rastatt and Südliche Weinstraße; the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine; the companies 4L Vision GmbH, Badischer Gemeinde-Versicherungs-Verband, EnBW Kommunale Beteiligungen GmbH, evohaus GmbH, GRENKE AG, MiRO Mineraloelraffinerie Oberrhein GmbH & Co. KG and SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG; the chambers Karlsruhe Chamber of Trades as well as the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the scientific institutions FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup (Karlsruhe), the Managing Director is Jochen Ehlgötz.

About INIT

As a world-leading supplier of integrated planning, dispatching, telematics and ticketing systems for buses and trains, INIT has been assisting transport companies in making public transport more attractive, faster and more efficient for more than 35 years. Today, more than 600 customers rely on INIT’s innovative hardware and software solutions. The unique selling proposition of INIT’s integrated telematics system MOBILE is that it comprises all of the daily tasks of public transport providers: Planning & Dispatching, Ticketing & Fare Management, Operations Control & Real-Time Passenger Information, Analysing & Optimising. This creates a solution that covers the complete production process of public transport providing more efficiency and enhanced service quality. INIT products are recognised for their state-of-the-art technology and may be deployed standalone or integrated into an intelligent overall system tailor-made for the specific needs of the individual customer.
 A step-by-step extension of the system is also possible.

About PTV Group

PTV Group plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide. The company takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic and transportation to create and promote sustainable mobility. Recognised as global market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management. Thus cities, companies and people save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment. More than 800 colleagues worldwide are committed to driving the high performance of its mobility products.

About the Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (KVV)

The Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV) is the third-largest transport authority in Baden-Württemberg and with more than 20 transport companies it is the most important mobility service provider in the Upper Rhine Region. The hallmark of KVV is an efficient overall network with an internationally recognised tram system, which connects the region with the Karlsruhe city centre directly.  Around 170 million passengers use the attractive local public transport services of KVV annually. Its shareholders are the municipalities and districts of the Karlsruhe Region. KVV, which was founded in 1994, plans, coordinates and sells the services of the local public transport on behalf of its shareholders and the transport companies involved. Its tasks include, amongst others, the planning of an efficient overall network, the coordination of schedules and the offer of a network-wide community tariff inclusively the distribution of fare revenues. In addition, KVV is the contact person for customers and responsible for the marketing and the public relation work. As operator of the Test Area Autonomous Driving, KVV participates in the innovation competition for the mobility of the future. Further information can be found at kvv.de

About the Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG)

The Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) is a municipal transport company that operates rail and bus transport and transports around 75 million passengers in the region annually. Sole, direct shareholder of AVG is the City of Karlsruhe. The service range of AVG consists mainly of the provision of local rail passenger transport services as railway undertaking with dual-system interurban rail vehicles in the Karlsruhe and Heilbronn Region. Moreover, AVG is also active in the field of bus operations as well as rail freight transport (Cargo). AVG enjoys international reputation, especially as a central component of the "Karlsruher Modell". In the framework of the "Karlsruhe Modell", dual-system interurban rail vehicles operate both in the inner-city tramway as well as in the regional railway network.  The transport services of AVG meet the mobility demands of our customers and thus increase the quality of life in the region. AVG safely and comfortably transports 300,000 passengers per day.

About the Karlsruhe Transport Company (VBK)

More than 110 million people per year count on the trains and buses of the Karlsruhe Transport Company (VBK) in Karlsruhe. That means more than 300,000 persons on average per day. The close route network, which connects all districts, reaches from the Rhine up to the mountain villages. Arteries of this network are 69, 2 kilometres of train and tram routes. The VBK offers on these rail lines with modern low-floor trains and spacious tram vehicles, fast and frequent public transport around the clock. Where rails end, buses take over the further transportation. In order to be able to offer eco-friendly mobility also here, innovative technologies and economical engines are a must. With around 1,300 employees, VBK is one of the largest employers in Karlsruhe. The employees are not only working in the transport service, but also in maintaining and repairing vehicles and rails, in customer support as well as in the administration, for example. The VBK is a subsidiary of the Karlsruher Versorgungs-, Verkehrs- und Hafen-GmbH (KVVH), which is owned to 100 percent by the City of Karlsruhe.

About Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK) and IT-TRANS

Events organised by Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH bring more than 8,000 exhibitors and 800,000 visitors together in one of the liveliest commercial, academic and research regions in Germany. IT-TRANS, International Exhibition and Conference on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems, celebrated its debut in Karlsruhe in 2008. Within a short period, the biennial event was established as the most important platform for the industry with more than 260 exhibitors and 6.000 international leaders from some 60 nations. IT-TRANS is organised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress .mbH.

About the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Being "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association", KIT creates and imparts knowledge for society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its nearly 25,000 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. The KIT Mobility Systems Center pools the vast competencies and resources in the field of ground-based traffic to develop trans- and multi-disciplinary solutions for tomorrow’s mobility and aims at the best possible integration and coordination of different means of transport for passenger and goods and the dissolution of border between them in a concept of Seamless Mobility. Further development of key technologies, such as alternative drive systems, lightweight construction, and energy efficiency, are on the scientific agenda of the KIT Mobility Systems Center. More than 35 institutes focus on mobility research at KIT. Further details on the KIT Mobility Systems Center can be found at: http://www.kit.edu/research/6720.php

About the High Performance Center for Mobility Research "Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe"

The Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme is the association of Karlsruhe’s institutions for research and teaching in the field of mobility systems: the Fraunhofer-Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI and IWM, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA). The High Performance Center for Mobility Research bundles and interconnects competencies and experts across disciplines and organisations. Their joint goal is to explore and develop forward-looking mobility solutions in an open innovation platform. It is the single point of contact for partners from its network and customers. It acts as an initiator and a consultant for the transformation of the mobility system and facilitates the transfer of new scientific findings into economic and societal implementation.

About the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA)

The Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is, with around 8,000 students, one of the biggest universities for applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg. The degree programs are particularly oriented towards practice and the international level. Prospective students can chose amongst a range of technological-engineering, information technology and business programs as well as media-oriented programs. Students can cooperate in research projects, gain experiences and also embark upon a career in science on this basis, at an early stage. Besides the public higher education and applied research, the university engages especially in knowledge and technology transfer.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. The FZI is the innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

About the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Karlsruhe)

The IHK Karlsruhe is an independent consultant and advisor for politics and administration and appertains to laws that affect the economy of its roughly 65,000 members in the districts of Karlsruhe and Rastatt and the cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. The IHK is a spokesman for businesses in the region, representing the interests of the business economy with respect to the government and authorities, local authorities and public institutions. Apart from that, the state has delegated tasks to the IHK, as a self-governing economy, which would otherwise be done by the authorities. The range of services is diverse, for example: organising apprenticeship training, tests and certificates in further education, appointing and swearing in experts, issuing and certifying export documents, advice on entry into the commercial register and road haulage approval. The IHK Karlsruhe considers itself as trendsetter and network for competitiveness and innovation in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

About TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK)

TTK is a subsidiary of Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG), the regional rail transport undertaking in Karlsruhe, and PTV Transport Consult GmbH (PTV Group). AVG is renowned as the founder of the mixed tram-train network in Karlsruhe. The PTV Group is the largest private, industry-independent consulting and software company in the transport sector in Germany and worldwide. Within the PTV Group, TTK is the competence centre for public rail transport. In addition to carrying out feasibility studies, TTK has a range of technical and economic duties. Planning rail routes and their interaction with other traffic provides economic solutions for mobility concepts. The team of approximately 30 employees from Germany and France works at two locations, one in Karlsruhe and another in Lyon. It has extensive experience in all areas of public transport. Thanks to the collaboration between French and German employees in the project team, customers in one country benefit from the experience gained in the other country. The transfer of knowledge between France and Germany and in other countries is a hallmark of the TTK. It is underpinned by its international experience in various projects and fields of research.

About regiomove

regiomove is a pilot project running until 2020, projecting the Karlsruhe region into the future of mobility. The aim is to link existing transport services in Karlsruhe with those in its surroundings and the wider Middle Upper Rhine region - whether train, bus, hire bike or car sharing, whether rural or urban. All services are integrated, which the Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) is transforming into a mobility network. Intermodal transport is typically only a feature of major cities. regiomove will change that. Because intermodality has a very special potential to make it easier for people to travel between the city and the wider region without a car. regiomove focuses not only on Karlsruhe, but on the entire Middle Upper Rhine region. Joining up routes gives people the flexibility and mobility they need. Not only people, but also local authorities, businesses and mobility service providers do benefit.

About UITP

UITP is the International Association for Public Transport. UITP is working to enhance quality of life and economic well-being by supporting and promoting sustainable transport in urban areas worldwide. Every day UITP makes a difference for its members and for the wider sustainable transport community, by: engaging with decision-makers, international organisations and other key stakeholders to promote and mainstream public transport and sustainable mobility solutions; inspiring excellence and innovation by generating and sharing cutting-edge knowledge and expertise; bringing people together to exchange ideas, find solutions and forge mutual beneficial business partnerships. It counts over 1.500 members form across the world. UITP members are urban and regional transport operators, industries (vehicle and equipment industry, IT supply industry, etc.) and transport authorities. UITP articulates its work around an integrated global work programme. The integrated global work programme is defined through UITP internal process, together with its members. It is implemented through projects.