Exhibition Newspaper Issue no.2 - April 2012

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IN THE NEWS / Intermodal transport: the European Mobility Exhibition shows the way  

New lifestyles are resulting in many more journeys than before. One effect of this is that local authorities and operators are developing a varied range of transport resources. Intermodal transport has become a vital component in promoting sustainable and efficient mobility. On the back of this policy on the part of organising authorities, local authorities (for which GART is the umbrella organisation in France) and operators (represented in France by UTP) have decided that Transports Publics 2012 should showcase the technical and organisational solutions facilitating intermodal transport. The event is the only European exhibition to feature products and services from right across the mobility chain.


Today’s social and economic reality is one of multi-hub urban districts, residential areas that are further and further away from city centres, workplaces scattered across localities and increasingly irregular work/life patterns. As a result, local authorities and their transport operators have the task of devising multiple, complementary transport solutions. The issue is twofold: meeting travel needs whilst also encouraging modal transfer to public transport – vital to achieve sustainable development.


Switching from one mode to another

A whole range of solutions are being implemented to nurture the use of public transport and make it more attractive and efficient compared to its arch-competitor in towns, the car. One of the avenues being promoted by GART and UTP to encourage modal transfer is intermodal transport. This means the ability to switch from one mode to another in a context of urban sprawl in which people use a plethora of ways of getting around: trains, metros, trams, buses and coaches, as well as bikes and shared cars. Using a combination of these resources calls for new types of information and communication to be deployed.


New technology geared to passengers

New technology is required to structure the transport offering in a way that is appropriate for travel needs, as well as to help passengers prepare their journey using multimodal information systems and route planners. Passenger counting software is designed to assess load and traffic, while service management and passenger information systems make it possible to locate vehicles and deliver real-time information on board and at stops. These technologies use the Internet, text messages and Near Field Communication (NFC). The development of interoperable contactless ticketing systems makes it possible to have multiple tickets on a single media.


Themed tracks to find out more about different types of innovation

Transports Publics 2012 is the only European exhibition to present a complete offering. 250 exhibitors will be showcasing their solutions for facilitating and developing mobility, in every aspect related to the business: road and rail vehicles, intelligent transport systems, ticketing and payment, service management systems, mapping, embedded systems, passenger information, equipment, engineering, energy, street furniture, CCTV, ‘green’ transport and more. Themed tracks will be set up throughout the exhibition to enable visitors to focus on specific categories of product: the “2012 Innovations” track, the “Ticketing and Passenger Information” track and the “European Bus System of the Future” track.  


What the exhibitors say 

For SYSTRA, Transports Publics 2012 is a not-to-be-missed event. We see it as a unique opportunity to meet stakeholders from all fields of the transport industry under one roof. In fact, we’ve chosen this event as the place to unveil our new identity.” Pierre Verzat, chairman of the board, SYSTRA (France)


Egis has never missed the European Mobility Exhibition. It’s an opportunity to highlight our expertise in urban and rail transport infrastructure projects, both in France and internationally. This year, we’ve decided to invite our experts and clients to tell others about it at the Experts’ Forum.” Nicolas Jachiet, managing director, Egis (France)


Iveco Irisbus has been a long-standing participant in the European Mobility Exhibition. This event is an outstanding opportunity to introduce the latest technological innovations in urban mobility to French and European transport stakeholders.” Antoine Garnier, France and KA Sales Director (Buses and Coaches), Irisbus Iveco (Italy)


The European Mobility Exhibition is a unique opportunity for meeting and discussion with all the public and private-sector stakeholders in public transport. It’s a good place for ACS, A Xerox Company, to continue discussions with its partners and reassert our position as the leading player on the market, year after year.” Jean-Charles Caulier, Marketing and Sales Director, Public Transport for ACS, A Xerox Company (USA) 

Support from the industry’s major European stakeholders 

The European Mobility Exhibition is organised by the GIE Objectif transport public consortium, GART and UTP, in collaboration with UITP. The impact of the event is such that it is also supported by the European Union Committee of Regions and a Promotion Committee whose members include the Association for European Transport (AET), Asstra (Italy), BAG SPNV (Germany), the CIVITAS network, EPTO, Federmobilita (Italy), the OECD’s International Transport Forum, KNV (Netherlands), VDV (Germany) and VOEV (Switzerland), as well as this year’s guests of honour: Geneva’s Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) and the City of Turin with its transport operator, GTT. These stakeholders are excellently placed to support the exhibition, pass on information about it and encourage attendance by professionals from many countries with an interest in any aspect of the sustainable mobility sector.


Developing more attractive public transport: the debate is on 

In order to attract new clients and encourage modal transfer, local authorities and transport companies are working to establish innovative services, technologies and vehicles, and to do so in a way that makes good sense financially. Two roundtable debates will be looking at this issue on Tuesday, June 5.


 “Achieving the best possible modal transfer ”

Tuesday 5 June, 2pm, Carrefour de l’Europe

Local authorities and operators are examining ways of increasing passenger traffic on transport networks without bankrupting public transport. The debate will look at how to encourage modal transfer and decrease the proportion of car-based travel. Possible approaches include looking at how to adjust the public transport offering in terms of coverage, frequency and fleet management, fare structures, urban development policies (to improve commercial speed) parking facilities and additional modes of transport.


“EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) and what else?”

Tuesday 5 June, 10am, Carrefour de l’Europe

While adjusting offerings to new lifestyles is one vital part of making public transport attractive, technical innovation is another. This is the goal of the bus of the future. The project, dubbed EBSF (European bus system of the future) has been led by UITP, working with 48 other European partners. The idea is to design an ideal bus system combining information systems and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to link vehicles, passengers and infrastructures. These new technical solutions are being tested in eight European towns and cities: Bremerhaven (Germany), Rouen, Brunoy and Paris (France), Budapest (Hungary), Gothenburg (Sweden), Madrid (Spain) and Rome (Italy). The project is also examining the possibility of building a pilot bus station featuring toilets, integrated information systems, shops and more. This roundtable debate will be an opportunity to report back on this work and look at future prospects. 


Roundtable debates at the Carrefour de l’Europe 

Tuesday 5 June 

10am - 11.30am

EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) and what else?

2pm - 3.30pm

Achieving the best possible modal transfer

4pm- 5.30pm

Parking: a key ingredient of mobility policy


Wednesday 6 June

10am - 11.30am

Towards more user-friendly interchanges 

2pm - 3.30pm

Sustainable funding for mobility

3.30pm – 4.30pm

The best way to organise urban deliveries


Thursday 7 June

10am - 11am

Transitioning from hardcopy to smart tickets 

11.30am - 12.30pm

Passenger information: a gimmick or a priority? 

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Fair Policy? Towards better fare regulation and adjustments 


The ‘Talent in Mobility’ awards: vote for the best professional 

The Talent in Mobility awards will be presented during the course of the European Mobility Exhibition. Their aim is to honour some of the women and men who contribute to the growth of public transport and sustainable mobility at the European level on a daily basis. The Awards will go to five ‘Talents’ who are particularly deserving in terms of their character and the initiatives they have undertaken. Four award-winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges from across Europe: the best young ‘Talent’, the best project manager, the best manager, and the winner of the ‘special career service’ award. At the same time, all professionals will be able to vote online for their preferred “Talent”: the winner will receive the special web users’ Award.

How to vote for the Internet users’ award: visit www.transportspublics-expo.com between April 17 and May 14.


Awards ceremony:

Thursday 7 June, 3.30pm, Carrefour de l’Europe  


The Golden Bus Award: special acclaim for drivers 

“The Golden Bus Award is a showcase for the profession,” explains Anne Meyer, head of the Customers, Operations and Research Department of the French Public and Rail Transport Association (UTP). From June 4 to 6, the Golden Bus contest will be held at the European Mobility Exhibition. First organised in 1988, the award goes to the best bus driver in France and Europe. “It’s important to give this job the recognition it deserves: drivers embody the transport service in the eyes of the public. Both their relations with customers and the way they drive can help contribute to sustainable development.” Internally, this contest is a way of bringing staff from passenger transport companies together to focus on a common project. The aim of the contest is to select a driver to represent the company at the trials in Paris. This year, the contest will be divided into two parts and take place over a period of three days. In the qualifying rounds, candidates must complete a multiple-choice questionnaire and take a driving test on a dedicated circuit. The ten finalists then have to pass two further tests on a circuit and drive in real-life operating conditions on a Paris bus route.

Contact: Philippe Chokomert – Tel: +33 (0)1 48 74 73 27 – E-mail: pchokomert@utp.fr


Awards ceremony:

Wednesday 6 June, 5.30pm, Carrefour de l’Europe  


Online registration now open 

Apply for your access badge online before June 4 to ensure free access to the Exhibition and avoid queuing on-site (admission fee for non-registered visitors on site: €45).


Discover exhibitors’ innovations – before and during the exhibition 

To prepare their visit, visitors can consult the exhibitor database on the Exhibition website. This database features presentations of exhibitors and their details, as well a facility to book appointments and a description of the innovations that will be presented on stands.

Once at the Exhibition, visitors will be invited to follow the “2012 Innovations” track, the “Ticketing and Passenger Information” track and the “European Bus System of the Future” track.

Right from the first day, there will be a particular focus on the best innovations with a special event: the Public Transport Innovation Awards ceremony. Industrial and service companies can compete to be recognised by a panel of experts, thus benefiting from commercial visibility across Europe both during and after the exhibition. Four awards will be presented in the following categories: Energy and the environment; Operating systems; Passenger information and ticketing systems; and Accessibility, comfort, facilities and design.


Public Transport Innovation Awards ceremony:

Tuesday 5 June, 11.30am, Carrefour de l’Europe


Innovations of every kind  

CarPostal goes for hydrogen engines

Operator CarPostal, a subsidiary of the Swiss Post Office, will be presenting its hydrogen engine technology at the exhibition. This could be used to equip a new generation of electric buses with engines powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The first advantage of this solution is that it makes the bus non-pollutant, with no CO2 emissions from the engine. What is more, compared to other electricity-based systems, fuel cells offer greater autonomy, equivalent to engines powered by traditional fuels. In addition, it takes only a few minutes to fill up using hydrogen, as compared to several hours to recharge lithium-ion batteries.CarPostal has been testing this technology on its network since late 2011. Five post buses fitted with fuel cells are being used on regular routes. The subsidiary of the Swiss Post Office is also building its first hydrogen filling station for buses in Brugg, in the heart of the Wasserschloss region. This is due to enter service in spring 2012. The hydrogen is produced using only renewable energies, such as hydroelectric power, solar power, wind power and biomass. CarPostal’s test phase is due to last five years. CarPostal says that after five years’ use, it should be possible to have a clear understanding of how this new technology can be extended to other aspects of daily life.

Stand L41


Real-time load information from Dilax

The Dilax group, which specialises in counting solutions, will be presenting two innovations designed to monitor real-time loads on public transport networks. “Following on from the creation of our FLEET module, which simplifies the collection of fare-dodging and passenger traffic data, we now present the LIVE module. This displays public transport vehicle loads and positions in real time,” explains Ralph Riot, managing director of Dilax France. These two innovations allow dynamic management of the supply of transport, geared to demand: in other words, adjusting the number of vehicles to spikes in traffic. This application is of particular interest to transport companies, whatever the mode of transport involved: buses, tramways or trains. “You just have to define a threshold. Once this is reached, our module can send a message by e-mail, text message or http to a control station to update them on the situation.” Dilax’s embedded systems supply this constant stream of data. Another feature is the low margin of error. “The LIVE module offers an extremely accurate measurement system. The solution also makes load calculations more accurate by counting passengers getting on and off.” The system is soon to be deployed across a multimodal network in Scandinavia.

Stand F41


Axis develops modular CCTV

Axis Communications, a Swedish company specialising in video over IP solutions, will be presenting a number of innovative CCTV monitoring systems aimed at transport professionals on its stand.One, dubbed Axis Camera Companion, is designed to enhance security on board buses. The major innovation of this solution is that it is based on communication protocols that are open-source rather than proprietary. This means that every part of the system, from the hard drive to the cameras, is completely interoperable. As a result, there is no longer any need to install a computer to link the cameras to the hard drive: Axis’ solution creates an end-to-end IP network throughout the vehicle. The cameras are linked directly to the hard drive, which records the images. If the bus is connected to the control centre by a 3G network, the images can even be sent in real time to the transport company’s security department. This is the case in Madrid, where Axis’ solution has been deployed on 2000 buses since 2011. Axis Camera Companion aims to be modular, future-proof and less expensive than proprietary systems.

Another of the company’s innovations is a CCTV camera that can operate in very low lighting conditions and still render colour. This is designed more particularly to monitor depots, garages and tunnels. The system uses a colour extrapolation algorithm that makes use of better-lit areas. Lastly, Axis is also exhibiting a camera specifically designed for large areas such as station concourses that can minimise the effect of backlight by superimposing images with different apertures, as well as a new high-definition thermal imaging camera.

Stand F39


The first “new-generation” Citadis from Alstom

World leader in urban transport, Alstom will be presenting its new Citadis Compact tramset, the first in the “New Generation  Citadis” range – already ordered by the Aubagne urban district. It will also be exhibiting the Citadis Dualis tram-train, the HESOP tramway sub-station (which enables unused braking energy to be collected and re-injected into the electricity network) and Urbalis, the global urban network management solution based on communication based train control (CBTC). “This is a tried and tested global offering, both in France and abroad, meeting customer expectations in terms of safety, reliability, accessibility, environmental friendliness and urban integration,” says Jérôme Wallut, Managing Director, Alstom Transport France.

Stand G35 


Success stories at the Experts’ Forum 

The Experts’ Forum at Transports Publics 2012 offers the opportunity to promote innovations and interesting strategies. On Wednesday June 6, there will be a presentation focusing on the knowhow and expertise of French transport groups’ international subsidiaries under the auspices of their professional organisation, UTP.

Denis Andlauer, head of the Orléans group, a Canadian subsidiary of Keolis, will be presenting the firm’s commercial strategy. Leila Frances, Executive Vice-President International projects, will discuss the issue of private-public partnerships: their history, the way they are put together, risk management, the ingredients for success, funding, and involvement on the part of the operator. Other talks include the following: Groupe RATP with Jean-Luc Laugaa, Head of the Florence Tramway and Fabien Quintard, who will be presenting the restructuring of the offering in Modena. For its part, Veolia Transdev will be presenting the multimodal contract for Limburg province in the Netherlands and the operation of rail lines in the Stuttgart region.


The full Experts’ Forum programme can be viewed on www.transportspublics-expo.com


Three questions for… Bernard Soulage, Chairman, GIE Objectif transport public GART-UTP

Why do you think that the European Mobility Exhibition attracts professionals from across Europe and beyond?

The real advantage the European Mobility Exhibition has is that it is an opportunity to find out all about the latest innovations from the whole of the transport industry, encompassing urban, intercity and regional transport, as well as best practices – and talk about how these could be improved still further. It is the only exhibition in Europe acting on behalf of local authorities (GART) and operators (UTP) that brings together all the professionals working in the business, irrespective of their position and field, from right across the mobility chain for a three-day event under one roof. What is more, the event is held at the heart of a capital which is a model when it comes to multimodal transport and dedicated infrastructures: Paris and its surrounding region.


Do you think that we can now talk in terms of a genuine European culture of sustainable mobility?

Europeis home to a whole variety of organisations with responsibility for managing public transport and individual mobility, but many practices are common everywhere. Similar trends can be observed in countries all across Europe. The transport offering is becoming increasingly intermodal and multimodal everywhere. There is now a widespread need to emphasise passenger services that provide information about local offerings and turnkey solutions to encourage changes in behaviour. The challenge is to make the transition from systematically using individual cars to appropriate, precision use for each type of journey. Public transport in Europe also involves a dynamic fabric of industrial firms and subcontractors working together to design products in which innovation plays a constant role, transcending national boundaries. At the same time, operators are now able to work across borders too, enabling their expertise to be expanded to other localities. Mobility in Europe is also the fruit of transnational associations of professionals and elected officials. These create forums for their members to come together and examine how to make progress in the field of sustainable travel.


Is this why you have established a Promotion Committee with a strongly European flavour?

Yes indeed. The Exhibition’s Promotion Committee brings together representatives from transport authorities and operators, as well as institutional players that intervene throughout Europe. The European Mobility Exhibition is both an ambassador and a catalyst for this dynamic, innovative sector, promoting mobility, improved living conditions, local access and employment in each of the nations represented. Working together in this way is both important and beneficial for everyone concerned. Promoting the Exhibition together is a good way of ensuring that all stakeholders will be there to meet, discuss and exchange ideas.


GART: French Transportation Authorities Group

UTP: French Public and Rail Transport Association  


Practical details  


Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 June, 2012

9am - 6.30pm


Paris – Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre

For additional information to help you prepare your visit:

View the programme, list of exhibitors, registration, transport, accommodation and all the latest news at www.transportspublics-expo.com