20th HAFAS User Conference Gathers International Public Transport Industry
A record-breaking 470 participants joined this year's HAFAS User Conference that was held on April 4 and 5, 2017 at the Hannover Congress Centrum. Highlights included presentations from Google, Apple and HAFAS customers from all over the world.
The 20th annual HAFAS User Conference focused on the latest innovations and product developments of Hannover-based software specialist HaCon. Lectures and workshops covered the latest trends such as Bots, Big Data and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
With its intermodal route planning and integrated booking options, HAFAS is once again leading the way and offers an advanced platform for MaaS. The HAFAS algorithm provides smart cross-mode routes and includes public transport connections as well as carsharing providers, bike rental stations, private cars and bicycles, park-and-ride and bike-and-ride options. Customers from Switzerland (SBB) and Denmark (Rejseplanen) presented their HAFAS applications that provide comprehensive door-to-door information and flexible forms of operation in both cities and rural areas. The new app for RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) in Dubai also attracted attention: With its fully integrated taxi and limousine booking, it also focuses on the MaaS approach.
Google introduced its joint success project with HaCon: A HAFAS Real-time Hub that compiles the real-time data for all of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) members and edits them via the HAFAS Match Server. This means that searching connections via Google Maps has become even more reliable.
Further highlights at the HAFAS User Conference included lectures from SNCF Transilien (France) on managing replacement services in Paris and Deutsche Bahn (Germany) on the integration of the DB Navigator skill for Amazon Echo.
About HaCon: HaCon provides cutting-edge software solutions for public transportation, mobility and logistics. Our three business units, HAFAS, TPS and Consulting, deliver more than 290 highly qualified specialists and more than 30 years of experience for your success.
From trip planning to mobile ticketing and fleet management; our HAFAS product suite covers all aspects of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and creates the ultimate end user experience. Each day our apps and web-based solutions receive over 100 million requests from passengers who rely on HAFAS to empower their mobility choices; this is why our software is considered the highest industry standard for trip planning throughout the world and prompted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to honor HaCon as one of the "50 Smartest Companies" worldwide.
HaCon's TPS solutions for train planning and capacity management enable network providers and operators to make the most of their infrastructure. For more specialized projects, our consulting team empowers our clients to manage complexity with ease and offers customer-specific solutions for rail freight and combined transport.
Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, HaCon also holds offices in Berlin, Paris and London. www.hacon.de.