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Multimodal app developed for attendees at ITF summit in Liepzig

Whether looking for tourist information, event timings, real-time traffic and transport information or the latest mobility options, users of a new smartphone application will receive all the information they require in one place.

PTV Group's new ‘YourCityToGo’ app can be individually customized and arranged entirely according to the supplier’s preferences. It is being showcased at the 2015 International Transport Forum (ITF) meeting for transport ministers to be held on May 27-29 in Leipzig, Germany.

The ITF 2015 app has been developed as a demonstration project for the technology’s capabilities. The organizers of the ITF summit prepared the program of events. As host, the city of Liepzig provided the points of interest (POI), visitor sights and tourist information while PTV prepared the real-time traffic information and multimodal navigation for cars, public transport, bikes and pedestrians, which are available through the mobility portal, before the city finalized the complete app.

The project group has prepared a broad range of services to run throughout the ITF event in Liepzig.

Michael Kloth, head of communications at ITF, explained, “Visitors are free to access all relevant information on the International Transport Forum on their mobile end devices. They will be kept completely up-to-date at all times and everywhere.”

Vincent Kobesen, CEO of the PTV Group, said, “We will be providing a full range of transport options – users can choose between car, bike, foot or local public transport. They then receive a corresponding route recommendation based on real-time data and are navigated to the selected destination. The really clever thing is that, should you want it, particularly dangerous areas, so-called black spots, can also be shown on the digital map. We are therefore making an active contribution to road safety. In Leipzig, for a limited time, we have showcased what is basically possible. We are happy to support and advise other public authorities about implementing applications that suit their needs.”

The Liepzig app follows on from the success of the PTV Group’s first city app that was created for Karlsruhe, Germany, following a request by the city’s administration authorities. The app has been available free of charge since autumn 2014, and in April 2015, the product expanded to include real-time transport information.

The stated aim is to offer the public, which is plagued by traffic jams and roadworks, an up-to-date traffic information service. The latest updates on the traffic situation, roadworks, parking spaces and park-and-ride options are regularly uploaded, along with the corresponding public transport timetables. In addition to the current transport situation, the routing tool integrated by PTV looks at town-specific information on building works and ‘priority networks’, which are anchored in the city’s transport development plan.

For both the projects in Leipzig and Karlsruhre, PTV has successfully integrated the latest traffic information from the data providers Inrix and, if necessary, other sources can also be connected. PTV says the two examples show how cities, municipalities, regions, and even event organizers, can offer their visitors sophisticated information services through mobile apps, with the company able to respond to customers’ specific preferences.

May 26, 2015

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