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Property Search with HAFAS

by Leonie SegermannJun 16, 2015

Logo_ImmoScout_eHaCon technology is not just for transport companies!, the leading digital platform in Germany for residential and commercial properties, has successfully introduced travel time search.

Searching for rentals or real estate can be very annoying. In some German cities, finding property that corresponds to your own ideas has become extremely difficult, if not impossible. Specialized search engines and platforms provide valuable assistance and are often the first choice for apartment-hunters.

For ImmobilienScout24, Deutsche Bahn and HaCon implemented a special service: The travel time search allows users to limit results according to their distance from a certain address – not just in terms of geographical proximity, but also depending on the time needed to get there by public transport. If, for instance, people are looking for a new home located within 15 minutes of their workplace, the search results can be defined accordingly.

“The essential factor is not the radius but the actual travel time with public transportation,” says Katrin Dreyer from ImmobilienScout24 and explains their decision for HaCon technology: “One of our surveys revealed that every third employee has a daily commute of up to one hour. A wish frequently expressed is that of living in the countryside or close to nature. This is often possible within an acceptable time frame as long as the ideal transport connection is taken into account. This way, you can discover locations you never thought you might consider.”

HaCon’s proximity search is a popular journey planner feature with customers of Deutsche Bahn, transport associations in Berlin, Innsbruck and Vienna and Samtrafiken in Sweden. In addition to stops and stations, it links geocoded data with the journey planner, such as tourist attractions or hotels. This brings real benefit to business travelers who need to find an accommodation within half an hour or to families who choose their day trip destination according to its distance in travel time.

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