The disruption of transport

Every industry is seemingly being disrupted right now. It seems as if there is almost an inevitability about it, regardless of whether this disruption is commercially viable or not. And disruptive start-ups have to start somewhere, typically by taking revenue or customers away from more established brands. Meaning that market fragmentation is an almost inevitable […]

Updating the Open Transport roadmap

In an earlier post, we showed our roadmap of intended functionality, broken into 3 phases. Since then we have discussed the possibility of adding a third data entity to the first phase: concessions (in addition to tickets and journeys). Concessions, also called travelcards/railcards or entitlements provide a discount across one or mode modes of transport […]

Modern mobility needs account interoperability

The way that people now travel in rural areas, suburbs and cities has changed (and will change further and more quickly) as customer needs have evolved and mobile technologies have gained increasing acceptance. Transportation users have become more used to mixing modes that combine mass transit such as rail, subway and bus services with more […]

Turning MaaS on its head

In earlier posted we have explained how complete account aggregation (across all transport modes, private and public) is not possible, especially in a fragmented and deregulated environment. And how federated account integrations compliment the an aggregated Mobility-as-a-Service model. This can be explained further by turning the typical MaaS scheme diagram on its head and placing […]

Federated accounts provide an alternative approach to transport interoperability

We have previously explained in an earlier blog post how the typical diagram of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) needs to be extended to show the customer accounts of the individual transport providers. But this situation, made more complex in a fragmented transport environment, means that customer, ticket & journey information data is locked away in each respective […]

Travel account aggregation doesn’t give the whole picture

The definition of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is not uniformly agreed in the transport and transit industry. In fact, on the subject of self-service account provision, there is a significant device. Many MaaS aggregation platform vendors and some transport authorities/regulators believe in the utopian vision of a single mobility account for all transport providers. Whereas the individual […]