Private transportation comes with a cost: traffic jams, gridlock in cities, pollutant emissions, and in turn, major contributions to the climate crisis. There is no doubt that we need to turn things around quickly. To encourage more people to avoid personal car use, regional mobility platforms are a promising option. This is already successfully demonstrated in the Karlsruhe region in southern Germany where INIT has helped bring the open mobility platform, regiomove, to life. As the world’s leading provider of integrated planning, dispatching, telematics and ticketing solutions for buses and trains, INIT has been helping transport operators make public transport more efficient, faster, more convenient and more attractive for almost 40 years.
In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, INIT implemented a telematics system that improved punctuality and made passenger numbers increase significantly.
The goal of regiomove, the intermodal mobility platform of the Karlsruhe region was to connect as many mobility services as possible with each other by bundling various means of transport outside the urban area. While the project met this goal, it became a globally acclaimed success story and won several awards.
Passengers can use the uniquely developed regiomove app to plan and book all mobility services in the region. In addition to public transport, this includes car and bike sharing services, with taxis, shuttles and e-scooters to be added in the future. Users only have to register once they download the app and choose their payment media. They choose one of the suggested connections, which can include different means of transport. Then, all the necessary travel authorisations are booked directly from the app.
This is made possible by INIT’s booking and payment background system, which is considered groundbreaking for other mobility platforms thanks to its sophisticated system design. INIT’s global ticketing expertise has been incorporated into the project. An important factor for success was the ability of the INIT background system to include different companies, distribution channels and ticketing media. This allows for the integration of data from the various mobility service providers and therefore enables intermodal travel chains.
The app also displays road works and traffic jams and provides real-time information on the departure of the next train or bus. Users of car sharing services benefit from a display of available parking spaces. Therefore, regiomove also provides information about the number of parking spaces, fees and even opening hours of parking garages.
With projects like regiomove, INIT is shaping the future of mobility for transport companies and passengers around the world. More people can be motivated to rely on public transport and avoid using their own car, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.