ITS Germany has been working for more than 20 years at the interface between computer systems and telecommunications and actively accompanies the dynamics of mobility transition. highQ is a member of ITS Germany.
The European cooperative for Smart City / Smart Region applications
EDASCA is dedicated to the development and distribution of cloud applications for Smart Cities and Smart Regions. Its members, among which highQ is a founding member, jointly develop and adapt scalable applications on the EDASCA cloud and are the link to decision makers in municipalities, counties and regional companies and corporations.
The EDASCA cloud is vendor-independent and non-discriminatory.
Smart Ticketing arose from the desire to ensure interoperability between the emerging electronic ticketing systems of regional and national public transport. The alliance is driving coordinated efforts towards global interoperability of public transport ticketing. The Smart Ticketing Alliance was founded in 2015 as a follow-up project to the IFM project.
HUSST is an abbreviation of the German for “vendor-independent standard interface” for public transport
highQ is a founding member of the HUSST initiative. Wherever possible, we use open standards and participate in projects to promote this kind of open source development. With HUSST, tariff data flows unhindered from the background system into the sales devices. In turn, the revenue data finds its way smoothly into the background system – even if the devices or programmes involved in data exchange come from different vendors.
The aim of the association Strategic Partners – Climate Protection on the Upper Rhine e.V. (Klimapartner Oberrhein) is to bring together the relevant climate protection players in the region and generate benefits for science, business and local authorities.
As the largest climate protection network in the region, we are currently steering a number of projects that are advancing climate protection efforts in the region between Offenburg and Lörrach in a variety of ways.
The Digital Networking Charter is a corporate initiative that embodies a positive attitude towards digital networking issues. The Charter cooperates in partnership with other initiatives in terms of both topics and actions. By signing the Digital Networking Charter, highQ is committing itself to its ten principles, which address social and economic potential as well as the handling of data, infrastructure and standards.
The ten principles of the Digital Networking Charter and further information can be found here.
BWcon is the leading business initiative of the Baden-Württemberg innovation and high-tech region with around 700 companies, including highQ. For more than 20 years, BWcon has been providing a platform for the transfer of experience, knowledge and ideas and has enabled new collaborations and networking.
Kontiki is a non-profit organisation with international members to which highQ has belonged for more than 15 years.
The network provides a space for intensive expert discussions and supports the development of electronic sales channels in public transport. Another important aspect is the promotion of interfaces between different systems in cross-border traffic.
Many of these accolades are thanks to our partnership with both our customers and with the scientific research community.
Although robots are known mainly in the context of manufacturing industries, automation has long since found its way into software development. This is because recurring, similar programming tasks can be carried out largely automatically with the aid of so-called ‘code generators’. The human software developer thus has his or her head and hands free for the creative aspects of the work. At highQ, we use the Virtual Developer development platform provided by our partner Generative Software, which offers a particularly versatile development environment.
The partially automated mode of operation – also called model-driven software development – brings advantages not just for ourselves, but also for you as a user of our software solutions. This is because development times are significantly shortened, which results not least in cost advantages. At the same time, the risk of errors is significantly reduced by automatic code generation as the automatic programmer does not make careless mistakes. Just as in the development phase, this saves time during implementation and your software is ready for use more quickly. Updates of existing software can also be rapidly and cost-effectively created in this way.
How can road users be motivated to adopt environmentally friendly mobility behaviour? How can they be persuaded to leave their own cars at home more often and travel in a multi-modal manner, e.g. by public transport or car and bike sharing? Research results show that if there is an appropriate transport offer in a conurbation, individual mobility behaviour in terms of transportation mode, route and time can be steered in the desired direction by non-material, monetary and virtual incentives.
In practice, incentives can be implemented in the form of a regional bonus system that is integrated into the road user’s mobility app, such as mytraQ. With the incentive tool provided by our partner company Zeitmeilen AG, the user can collect time miles (‘Zeitmeilen’) and later exchange them for discounts such as free tickets, free parking or discounts in regional shops.
In addition, an integrated gamification component allows users to compare themselves with others, which is particularly popular in the corporate environment. When an employee commutes to work in an environmentally friendly manner, other colleagues are ‘provoked’ to do the same. In this way, time mile incentives help to equalise local traffic flows and reduce the CO2 footprint of a community and/or company.
One thing is certain: the future of public transport will be digital and networked. But how the new, smart mobility can be implemented locally depends on individual circumstances: How are the regional transport companies structured, how can public transport networks and other mobility and service providers be integrated as well? The task of our Stuttgart sister company highQ Professional Services GmbH – “highQ PS” for short – is to identify the appropriate concept and the best implementation path. They advise transport companies, associations and municipalities on the subject of networked mobility/smart mobility and suggest which direction the journey could take.
highQ PS’s consulting services include the following in particular:
As pioneers in this field, we have been and continue to be involved in lighthouse projects such as Stuttgart Services/polygo and moveBW. Shortly to go live, the moveBW project is a multimodal mobility platform for the pollution-prone Stuttgart metropolitan area, which should enable commuters to make an easy transition to environmentally friendly modes of transport. With intelligent real-time route recommendations and additional incentive measures, the platform encourages commuters to leave their cars at home more often and use the vehicles of the environmental association to get to their destination without causing or suffering the effects of congestion or pollution.
If you are interested in achieving smarter mobility in your area, our Stuttgart colleague Dr. Andreas Helferich will be pleased to hear from you:
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