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Siemens delivers safe, reliable and efficient mobility solutions which have the minimum environmental impact. We understand the challenges of managing and capitalising on many different sources of information and can help traffic, transport and city leaders keep on top of their key responsibilities: balancing emissions with transport efficiency, optimising transport modes, and managing assets and network performance.
Historically, transport systems have been developed independently of each other. Today, they need to be integrated, so that a city’s infrastructure works well together, and so people can easily make hassle-free multi modal journeys.
Recognising that solutions can be delivered in a number of ways, with multiple users accessing from a variety of devices, from wherever and whenever they chose, Siemens is already delivering solutions to cities based on technology that feels like tomorrow’s world.
From congestion charging and low emission zone solutions to managed services, hosting, ticketing and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, we have a broad portfolio of proven solutions and the vision and expertise to integrate them into effective city solutions to meet future needs.
Siemens’ Integrated Mobility Platform (IMP) is based on an IT platform that connects distinct providers of urban and long haul passenger transport and acts as an information and transactional gateway to connect various mobility domains such as public transport, parking and car sharing. It greatly simplifies multi modal transport for travellers and operators alike by providing real time information on the transportation network and a plan for multi modal routes door-to-door. The system enables users to manage their customer data and travel preferences, reserve and pay for transportation services from various providers as applicable, receive the required tickets and authenticate them during the trip in open as well as closed transport systems.
Services offered by IMP:
Siemens' IMP supports the creation of a truly integrated city transport system, helping people find their way efficiently and pay easily for each mode.
Electronic ticketing from Siemens makes it easier for people to switch between different means of transportation and travel with one electronic smartcard ticket. From private car to metro, or from commuter train to bike, users do not have to remember fares, they just pay for the distance travelled, regardless of whether they took a train, hired a bike or used services such as car parking facilities.
At the Transport Ticketing Conference in London, Siemens won the MasterCard Transport Ticketing Award 2013 in the category ‘Ticketing technology of the year’ for developing the innovative dual-function smartcard.
In credit card format, the newly launched smartcard can be used intermodally for different means of transport and interoperably for different transport companies and fare networks, as well as the associated service providers. Its dual functionality also enables the smartcard to be used for ‘Check-in/Check-out’ (CiCo) access control systems and the ‘Be-in/Be-out’ (BiBo) principle.
Unlike the CiCo principle, in which passengers actively scan their access pass with a terminal, the BiBo system offers maximum convenience for users. The smartcard is automatically recorded on entering and leaving the vehicle as well as at intervals during the trip using a contactless monitoring system. The route taken and any changes of class are automatically logged. Only the most economical fare option for the route actually taken will be charged.
Over many decades, Siemens has a proven track record of successfully delivering innovative, low cost solutions for transport systems including main line rail services, intelligent transportation systems for road transport, parking systems, demand management solutions and electric vehicles.
Siemens fully understands the role that modern IT plays in supporting the goal of modal shift and we know what it takes to simplify and future-proof multi modal travelling for individual travellers, transport operators and city authorities.
Siemens’ global centre of competence for cities is based at the Crystal, London and enables city experts and high-tech engineers to work together and plan for the future. The Crystal highlights existing technologies and solutions embracing renewable energy, smart building, efficient lighting, electric vehicle infrastructure, smart-grid applications, safety and security systems, healthcare and water treatment.
26.06.2014 | Griffiths, Hannah