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Rolling stock manufacturer Hitachi Rail’s smart mobility technology is currently being tested in the city of Genoa, Italy. Hitachi has digitally connected 663 buses, 2,500 bus stops, the metro line – which is used by 15 million people a year – two funiculars, a historic hillside railway, 10 public elevators and two bus lines suburbs that extend for about 31 miles. And through their iOS or Android app, users also have the ability to easily rent an electric car, pay for parking, and even find an electric moped to ride.

Thanks to Hitachi’s “360Pass” smart ticketing app, traditional paper tickets are no longer needed in Genoa, as is the hassle of “in and out” at different stops and having to download multiple apps for different ticketing services. transportation.

The app works by connecting to Bluetooth sensors placed around Genoa’s extensive public transport system, allowing the AMT operator to know when a user has boarded a given means of transport, how far they have travelled. and where and when he landed.

In addition, the system is “multimodal”, meaning that travelers can take different modes of transport as they go, while ensuring that they only end up paying the best possible fare for their trip end of the day.

With the 360Pass app, users can access more personalized information about their planned rides, including seeing the fastest routes and getting real-time status updates.

As part of this, travelers can even check the occupancy level of bus services before travelling, allowing them to select less crowded services for comfort or public health reasons.

In fact, a recent independent passenger survey by London-based research institute Transport Focus found that post-Covid overcrowding anxiety was the second biggest determinant of passenger satisfaction.

Alessandro de Grazia, Group Head of Smart Ticketing at Hitachi Rail, said: “Hitachi’s Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management suite is a world first for smart mobility and can improve urban transport in cities around the world.

“For the first time, passengers can plan and access the most convenient multimodal journey at the cheapest fare, without ever taking their phone out of their pocket.

“Cities today face the challenges of increasing use of public transport to reduce emissions, ease traffic congestion and boost recovery.

“Our new solutions, proven in Genoa, offer a unique and powerful platform to operators.

“Across the UK – from London to Glasgow and Birmingham to Manchester – we can help operations connect, scale and optimize their entire transport network through a single platform.”

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The fact that the concept has already proven itself in Genoa – a city with both a complex mix of public transport types and a challenging geography – means that it should be possible to apply it to any city in the world. world.

According to Hitachi, the plan now is to roll out its smart mobility solutions and 360Pass apps city-by-city in partnership with local authorities and transport operators.

The Bluetooth sensors that the system relies on, they explained, are powered by batteries that last around five years – and only took six months to install in the first place.

Once implemented, the mobility suite’s “360Motion” platform allows transport operators to create a digital twin of a city’s entire public transport network and facilitate flow management by highlighting problems such as congestion, congestion or service gaps.

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360Pass is delivered in tandem not only with the AMT, but also with the Municipality of Genoa, which supports the system as part of a wider campaign to boost the use of public transport and private e-rental services in the city, thus tackling both congestion and emission together.

AMT President, Marco Beltrami, said: “GoGoGe, the name we chose in Genoa for Hitachi’s 360Pass app, offers a unique travel experience to our customers thanks to revolutionary hands-free technology.

“We can follow our customers throughout their journey, on all transport systems, getting a clear picture of their end-to-end journey.

“The deployment of Hitachi’s technology is a great opportunity for AMT and the City of Genoa to be a leader in smart mobility and to test innovative technologies that will make a big difference to travel in cities around the world.