Jury applauds IVU.realtime.cloud in particular
After receiving the UITP award in May of last year, IVU Traffic Technologies AG has been honoured once again. Together with Transport for London and Aardvark, it was awarded a prize for "Excellence in Technology" on 5 March at the London Transport Awards Ceremony 2014.
IVU received the honour for its passenger information system IVU.realtime, which is used daily by Transport for London to inform the metropolis' over six million passengers of current departure times. The software automatically adopts all of the real-time information entering the traffic control centre, prepares it and then makes it available to passengers via various types of media, such as dynamic at-stop displays, online or via mobile phones. In London the system processes up to 5,000 departure times per second from the over 8,500 buses that are on the move each day throughout the city.
In particular, the jury applauded the integration of modern cloud technology in IVU.realtime.cloud, which makes the current data accessible via an open programming interface ("Unified Realtime API"), even for external applications. In London, this data can be used for the electronic display boards from various manufacturers, as well as for the web application, the smartphone app or information via SMS. Thus, passengers can find out about current departure times even at stops without displays and can plan their journey during the trip or from the comfort of their own homes. Thanks to its open real-time data, the IVU system can also serve as a basis for developing additional services, such as websites or third-party apps.
The London Transport Awards are granted annually by the magazine Transport Times and distinguish exceptional services and innovative developments in the transport sector. In the category "Excellence in Technology" IVU Traffic Technologies AG came out on top against systems from competitors such as Cubic Transportation Systems and mxData, among others.