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One bus holds over 20,000 chips. Software is contributing to the safety, sustainability and passenger & driver comfort and is essential in including bus services in the multimodal mobility models of the future as well as the growth of demand responsive passenger transport. Busworld wants to match digital mobility solutions with bus and coach operations, to better match supply and demand.

This event will be held in collaboration with ERTICO, ITxPT and Espaces Mobilités.

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09:00 - Welcome coffee


09:30 - Opening: Welcome and Policy Making on Data Driven Mobility


  • Redgy Deschacht, Busworld Foundation, President
  • Joost Vantomme, ERTICO - ITS Europe, CEO
  • Dr. Axel Volkery, European Commission - Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Deputy Head of Unit Sustainable and Intelligent Transport


10:00 - Bus & Coach in Next Generation Mobility Concepts

Focussing on all digitally supported and/or executed public transport concepts, that propel public transport into the next level, whether it is urban or long distance. Leaving fixed and sometimes under or oversized buses behind and entering the era of easy to use and smooth mobility, that is planned on the spot and is most efficient and thus sustainable.

Speakers will showcase MaaS concepts, digital ticketing platforms, digitally coordinated multimodal public transport, transport on demand systems, booking concepts incorporating bus services in door-to-door services, digital on demand services, payment systems for multimodal services, …

  • Moderator: MaaS Alliance, Roelof Hellemans, Secretary General
  • Keynote 1: ITxPT, Tu-Tho Thai, Manager Projects & Partnerships
  • Keynote 2: Insights From the Bus Services Industry on the EU Multimodal Digital Mobility Services Initiative
    • Finnish Public Transport Association, Minna Soininen, Director & Chair of the UITP EU COMMITTEE
  • Panel Debate:
    • De Lijn, Philippe Le Cerf, CIO/CDO, Belgium
    • Keolis, Eric Callé, Innovation & Industrialization Director, France
    • Optibus, Aurelien Cottet, Regional Managing Director EMEA West, Israël
    • Reservamos SaaS, Fernando Aguilera, Brazil Country Manager, Mexico
    • The Swedish Bus and Coach Federation, Anna Grönlund, Deputy Managing Director, Sweden


11:00 - Coffee Break & Networking


11:30 - Digital Operational Excellence via Telematics

Vehicles are tracked and traced, analysed for their technical status and health and even remotely controlled and activated. Ridership and driver behaviour is monitored. Immediate intervention is made possible if needed. Route optimization is introduced. Cost savings, quality improvement and sustainability goals are targeted.

Specific topics are predictive maintenance, mobility network management (MNM), safety & comfort improving tools, management control & optimization, …

  • Moderator: ERTICO - ITS EUROPE, Johanna Tzanidaki, Chief Innovations Officer
  • Keynote: Daimler Buses, Philip Janouch, Sales & Product Management Digital Services
  • Panel Debate:
    • Hitachi Zero Carbon, Mike Nugent, Head of Europe, Hitachi Zero carbon
    • RUTER (PTA in Oslo), Terje Storhaug, IT Director: How RUTER saves money with the use of telematics, Norway
    • Swarco, Dr. Laura Coconea
    • Technolution, Jop Spoelstra, The Netherlands
    • Siemens E-mobility, Smaran Subbaiah, Global Product Manager for eMobility Software, Germany
    • ZF, Frank Felten, Head of Bus Connectivity, Germany


12:45 - Networking Lunch


14:00 - Smart Energy Management When Deploying Electric Buses 

The implementation of electric buses allows a more significant control of the energy costs by the operator. Other than the diesel price, the electricity price fluctuates from minute to minute. The time of charging the vehicles, including own electricity production or implementing stationary electricity storage will have a decisive effect on the energy cost of a bus operator. Taking the planning, timing and route schedules of the buses into account to calculate the energy needs for the day, and choosing the right energy source (grid, battery, own production) at each minute in the charging process, becomes an extremely complicated process. Smart Energy Management systems will have a most important role in this. Bus companies who best control their energy consumption will be in the lead to win the tenders.

  • Moderator: Flemish Institute for Technological Research – VITO, Annelies Delnooz, Project Manager Energyville
  • Keynote 1: European Commission, Directorate General – Research & Innovation, Rosalinde Van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet
  • Keynote 2: Hitachi Energy, Thierry Lassus, Segment Head of Transport
  • Panel Debate:
    • Empresa Municipal de Transporte de Madrid (EMT), Lidia León, Vice Director of Operational Centers, Spain
    • Transport for London, Tom Cunnington, Head of Bus Business Development, United Kingdom
    • Qbuzz, Michel van der Mark, Program Director Innovation, The Netherlands
    • ABB E-Mobility Business, Ulrich Kalex, CPO at Panion, Switzerland
    • Octillion, Marco Martins, Sales Director Europe, United States
    • Heliox, Robert Kleiburg, Managing Director of the Energy Management Platform, The Netherlands


15:15 - Coffee Break & Networking


15:45 - Digitally Enhanced Driving

From the implementation of ADAS over automated driving towards autonomous bus services. This session will bring testimonials from first deployment of autonomous buses on public roads, seen through the eyes of the PTA & PTO, the bus manufacturer and the technology providers. What are incentives to implement driverless buses? What difficulties were encountered? What needs to be solved? How do OEMs and technology providers collaborate? How does the passenger respond? Etc.

  • Moderator: Espaces Mobilités, Xavier Tackoen, CEO 
  • Keynote: ‘The European and national landscape for automated driving and smart/sustainable mobility'
    • ERTICO - ITS Europe, Joost Vantomme, CEO
  • Panel Debate:
    • Karsan, Barış Hulusioğlu, Director R&D, Türkiye
    • City of Stavanger, VY, Kai Kristoffersen, Project Manager Autonomous Vehicles, Norway
    • Adastec, Ali İhsan Danışman, CCO, United States
    • Yutong, Ma Pengfei, Director of ICV Department, China
    • Imagry, Dr. Ilan Shaviv, CTO, United States
    • Empresa Municipal de Transporte de Madrid (EMT): Julián del Olmo, Head of the Rolling Stock Division, Spain


17:00 - Announcement of the Busworld Digital Awards Winners

Winners of the first Busworld Digital Awards edition will be granted their award in the following categories:

  • Digitally Enhanced Driving
  • Digital Operational Excellence
  • E-mobility Management
  • Digital On Board Comfort

By Marc Vanhoutte, President of the Busworld Awards & Thorsten Wagner, Vice-President of the Busworld Digital Awards

Only Busworld exhibitors were able to participate in the competition.



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