What Data Sharing is needed for MaaS?

The implementation and ongoing governance of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) needs to provide clear and firm guidance on what and how data is shared across a transport ecosystem. But data sharing, the specific sharing of data from the middle of The Transport & Mobility Data Spectrum (therefore not Open Data and not Closed Data) actually covers a …

Shared mobility needs shared data

Newer modes of transport such as ebikes & escooters and more modern Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) schemes must be accessible and usable to as many different people as possible to fulfil their potential. But what about the data these new mobility services create? Is this data findable? Is this data accessible? Is the data in each of …

Public transport & transit needs data interoperability

Public transport and transit providers have been trapped in walled gardens of data and technology. In short they are held captive by the very vendors who build their systems for them, but rely on closed and proprietary standards & architectures, rather than open and flexible ones. These monopolistic practices stifle competition and innovation, both by …

Transport & Mobility Smart Data Principles

We are industry advocates for the adoption and use of Smart Data – transport & mobility customer account data that is shared with permissions – and believe that a truly interoperable transport ecosystem is only possible if a customer’s mobility data is portable too. We therefore believe that the following key principles should underpin any …

Standardising transport & mobility mode definitions

In our efforts to create Open Standards for transport & mobility account data interoperability, The Open Transport Initiative has obtained input from 30+ different: transport providers, MaaS platforms, suppliers and specialists across Europe. This has resulted in us defining 16 modes of transportation and conveyance with the following descriptions & examples: We believe that this …

Could transport & mobility accounts become obsolete? Interview with our Founder

In a recent article initially posted on Linkedin, Hayden Sutherland, the Founder and Chair of The Open Transport Initiative, proposed the concept that transport & mobility accounts could become obsolete, as FinTech accounts are the more logical place for handling the financial processing of transport data. Titled “Could FinTech kill the transport & mobility account?” …

Map of Transport & Mobility Modes – Updated for COP26

The transport and mobility sector has a fundamental role in tackling climate change. As the second largest emitter of Greenhouse gasses (mainly CO2) it has a major responsibility to protect our planet. Therefore The Open Transport Initiative was incredibly proud to have been invited to present our updated “Map of Transport & Mobility Modes” at …

Open Transport Initiative at COP26

If you are a delegate or participating at COP26 today, you can see a session run by Hayden Sutherland, our Founder & Chair. This session called “What is Transport” is part of the Future of Transport event, in the KTN Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26. https://ktn-uk.org/events/space-geospatial-virtual-pavilion/ During this interactive session Hayden will present …

The Lack of Mobility Customer Data Governance Has a Lasting Impact

Organisations in every sector must abide by some form of rules and regulations. Whether these are Health & Safety, employment, competition, taxation or just the legal constraints of existing in a modern civilised society… every one of them is governed in some way to protect their customers, staff or the wider economy. So unsurprisingly there are …

Geospatial Commission recognises value of Transport Data

The UK Geospatial Commission has recently published a report titled “Positioning the UK in the fast lane, Location data opportunities for better UK transport”https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/positioning-the-uk-in-the-fast-lane-location-data-opportunities-for-better-uk-transport This report highlights key common themes and crosscutting challenges, based on six transport use cases, where geospatial product and services could unlock greatest benefit. Treating mobility as an interconnected system:We will …