2013-12-10 17:05:53 - Live updates of all departure times for 2000 bus stops
In the Aachen branch of IVU Traffic Technologies AG, the public transport company ASEAG (Aachener Strassenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG) has presented its new passenger information service app ASEAG mobil today. As an addition to the 57 dynamic information columns currently being installed in the Aachen area, the iOS and Android app will make it possible to obtain live updates of departure times from more than 2,000 ASEAG bus stops from any location. The system was developed and implemented by IVU, which is already successfully providing this service in London. In a joint meeting with media representatives, ASEAG’s CEO Michael Carmincke and IVU Executive Board member Dr Helmut Bergstein have given a live presentation of the new functionalities this morning.
ASEAG ensures the mobility of the people of Aachen and the surrounding areas, with public transport services on 68 routes with a total length of more than 1,200 kilometres and 2,000 bus stops. During the winter season, timely connections and short waiting times are particularly important. And if buses take a little longer, then the most important thing is rapidly updated information. In order to ensure that passengers in Aachen will not have to wait in the cold for their bus, the ASEAG mobil app now offers live updates of timetable information. Without leaving their warm café, travellers can find out about the latest departure times of the fleet of red buses. The app provides a direct view into the
operational control centre and sends the real-time data for the requested bus services to the user’s smartphone within seconds. If there are delays or any other operational disturbances, the background system IVU.realtime calculates the revised departure time from the bus stop to the nearest minute.
The system which provides the foundations for the delivery of real-time data was already installed by IVU in the 1990s. An Intermodal Transport Control System (ITCS) was introduced at ASEAG to collect the positional data from the on-board computers in the buses and pass this on to the operational control centre and the passenger information media only two seconds later. Today, the operational control system IVU.fleet and the passenger information system IVU.realtime can process up to 5,000 of these reports every second.
“Our app is a further component of a comprehensive passenger information network,” comments ASEAG CEO Michael Carmincke in the course of presenting the new service. And as he explains, the app offers significant advantages: “The smartphone has become the most important medium for mobile information and is something that our passengers cannot do without. Thanks to ASEAG mobil they are now able to find out about the updated departure times of our buses much more conveniently. This makes it possible to plan journeys individually with more precision”. IVU Executive Board member Helmut Bergstein agrees: “I am pleased that more and more public transport companies are recognising the value of mobile information. Today, our advanced technology allows them to offer their customers an increasingly flexible and convenient service”.
You can download the ASEAG mobil app for iOS or Android here:
For iOS: itunes.apple.com/US/app/id727466744?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.ivu.realtime.app.aseag
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ASEAG (Aachener Strassenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG) provides public transport services for the Aachen region. With some 67 million passengers every year, ASEAG is the largest public transport company in Germany operating solely with buses. It serves 68 routes with a total length of 1,250 kilometres and 2,000 bus stops.