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Bus Radar App Shows DB Buses in Real Time

Hannover May 20, 2014

Deutsche Bahn has now added another innovative HaCon application to their range of apps for travelers: SBG SüdbadenBus GmbH is the first company of DB Regio AG to launch the bus radar app as an additional service for passengers that can be downloaded for iPhones and Android devices. Among other features, the new mobile application SBG mobil includes a dynamic map showing the real-time positions and movements of the DB buses all over Germany.

The bus radar is based on the HAFAS Live Map which has become a popular means to visualize timetable information. Several HaCon customers, such as the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), have successfully introduced live maps as part of their journey planners. Aside from the current bus positions, the new SBG mobil app informs passengers about delays of individual vehicles, including delay prognoses. This is made possible by using GPS data gathered by another HaCon software in the buses: The computer-based vehicle management system HAFAS Smart VMS is installed on portable devices like smartphones, tablets or on-board computers and determines the exact position by means of GPS. These real-time data can then be fed to all output channels for passenger information systems.

"Two years ago, together with HaCon, we laid the foundation for one of Europe's largest computer network systems for public transportation – gradually, the results now become visible to our passengers," says Olaf Bartels, Project Manager at DB Regio AG. Michael Frankenberg, Managing Director at HaCon, is also pleased with the next step in the ground-breaking project that has already been rewarded for its innovative power by the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV): "The new bus radar is perfectly suited to track one's own journey and connecting vehicles. For the first time, we used GPS data instead of interpolated real-time data for this application, which results in an even higher accuracy."

In addition to the HAFAS Live Map, SBG mobil features an integrated QR code scanner that can be used at each bus stop: Here, a QR code leads passengers directly to the stop-specific departure board that is displayed in the app, together with the current delay status.

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About HaCon: Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, HaCon creates and develops high-quality software solutions for traffic, transport and logistics. With 30 years of experience and a dedicated team of 200+ IT and transport planning specialists, HaCon has established itself as a leading European player for planning, scheduling and information solutions. The timetable information system HAFAS is used by transportation companies and networks all over the world. Every day, passengers in more than 25 countries place over 40 million journey planner requests that facilitate the use of public transport. Long-time HAFAS customers such as Deutsche Bahn (Germany) and SNCF (France) benefit from every new, innovative development for mobile applications, internet journey planners and printed timetables. As powerful solution for train planning and capacity management, HaCon's TPS software enjoys a growing European user base.

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