Partnership with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) confirms the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion as a highly innovative mobility region

Dr Frank Mentrup, Mayor of Karlsruhe and Chair of the Supervisory Board of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe: “Showcase region for modern mobility”

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and leading mobility actors in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion on the 4th of April signed a partnership agreement entitled UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership, marking an important milestone in our regional development and internationalisation.

 “In entering into this cooperation, the UITP recognises the strength and innovative power of the mobility network in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion. The signing of the contract sends a strong signal that under the management auspices of TRK GmbH, the local alliance of businesses, research centres and public institutions is highly attractive for international partners,” says Jochen Ehlgötz, the Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH.  

Mobility partners in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion have been working closely with the UITP for many years, including through bilateral cooperations, presentations at international congresses, and IT-TRANS, the International Exhibition and Conference on Intelligent Solutions for Public Transport, which has been held at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre since 2008.  

The UITP has so far not entered into Mobility Innovation Partnerships in this form with any other regions. UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani explains: “The city of Karlsruhe has a welldeserved international reputation as an area of great innovation in the mobility field. UITP has always recognised the importance of cooperating with leaders in technology and by launching the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership with Karlsruhe Technology Region, we’re continuing that commitment. Our newest liais“Cooperation between regional actors and other international public transport operators continues to drive our innovation region forward. The consistent progress being made with projects such as VDV TramTrain, in which several transport companies are jointly planning new vehicles, or the Autonomous Driving Test Centre with its focus on public transport also play a key role,” says Dr Frank Mentrup, Mayor of Karlsruhe and Chair of the Supervisory Board of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe. “The Technology Region is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s showcase regions for modern mobility – especially at the interface between individual and public transport.” on office and regional training centre will be the interface between UITP and TRK and will further connect our members to Karlsruhe as the leading tech hub, offering them opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.”   

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion thus gains a completely unique selling proposition and will be even more strategically and intensively integrated into the worldwide UITP partner Network and its innovation projects in the future. This makes the TRK a model region for the transport systems of the future, which aim to achieve sustainable public mobility through decarbonisation, cost efficiency and customer-friendliness. A UITP liaison office and a regional training centre for UITP training courses and demonstrations are to be established in Karlsruhe for this purpose. Participants at the centre will be able to find out about system solutions for traffic design and optimisation from leading global companies such as INIT or the PTV Group, or learn about the latest developments in networked and automated driving and alternative vehicle drives.   

Besides the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, the founding partners of the UITP-Karlsruhe Mobility Innovation Partnership are: INIT, PTV GROUP, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (Karlsruhe Public Transport Association, KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (Albtal Transport Corporation, AVG) and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Transport Company, VBK), Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK) and IT-TRANS, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe High Performance Centre for Mobility Research), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology, and the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce.  


About TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH

TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, founded in 2017, is a regional, cross-Länder location marketing organisation focusing on business, innovation and science and research. Achieving progress by thinking ahead and testing and implementing ideas together – that’s the ethos behind the formation of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH by its 27 shareholders from the worlds of business, science, and local authorities.   

Their aim: to create a laboratory of the future specialising in energy, mobility and digitalisation with a view to accelerating the process from the initial idea to its ultimate realisation.  

The shareholders in TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH are:  
Local authorities: Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee, and Waghäusel; Administrative Districts of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, and Südliche Weinstraße; Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine; Business: 4L Vision GmbH, Badischer Gemeinde-Versicherungs-Verband, EnBW Kommunale Beteiligungen GmbH, evohaus GmbH, GRENKE AG, MiRO Mineraloelraffinerie Oberrhein GmbH & Co. KG and SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG; Karlsruhe Chamber of Trades and Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).  Science and research: FZI Research Centre for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). 

The chair of the supervisory board is Mayor Dr Frank Mentrup (Karlsruhe) and the Managing Director Jochen Ehlgötz.  


About INIT

As a world-leading supplier of integrated planning, dispatching, telematics and ticketing systems for buses and trains, INIT has been assisting transport companies in making public transport more attractive, faster and more efficient for more than 35 years. Today, more than 600 customers rely on INIT’s innovative hardware and software solutions.  

The unique selling proposition of INIT’s integrated telematics system MOBILE is that it comprises all of the daily tasks of public transport providers: Planning & Dispatching, Ticketing & Fare Management, Operations Control & Real-Time Passenger Information, Analysing & Optimising.  

This creates a solution that covers the complete production process of public transport providing more efficiency and enhanced service quality.   

INIT products are recognized for their state-of-the-art technology and may be deployed standalone or integrated into an intelligent overall system tailor-made for the specific needs of the individual customer. A step-by-step extension of the system is also possible.   

About PTV Group

PTV Group plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide. The company takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic and transportation to create and promote sustainable mobility. Recognised as global market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management. Thus cities, companies and people save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment. More than 800 colleagues worldwide are committed to driving the high performance of its mobility products.  

About Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV)

The KVV is a municipal transport association owned by various counties and cities. The KVV operates in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. In accordance with the articles of the association, the object of the KVV is to offer local public transportation services.  For this purpose, the KVV performs the traffic planning, coordinates the operational transportation service offering as well as the distribution system. Furthermore, the KVV provides and further develops the network tariff system with corresponding transport conditions, the marketing and also the distribution of revenues. Approximately 500,000 passengers use the public transportation offerings of the KVV every day.    

About Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG)

With 157 dual-system interurban rail vehicles and 31 buses, AVG transports 67 million passengers a year and employs more than 1000 people. In addition, AVG operates 287 km of its own and leased infrastructure and uses overall 561 km of track for rail transportation. AVG is known throughout the world for its tram-train-system developed in Karlsruhe, which was established as a third independent rail-bound system in addition to the classical railway- and tram-system. AVG's expertise lies in regional tram-train (two-system technology) and bus operations, rail freight transport and regional rail infrastructure planning and operation, even in rural areas. AVG is both, a railway transport undertaking and a railway infrastructure operator.  

About Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK)

VBK GmbH is a local public transport operator which transports more than 113 million passengers a year and currently employs around 1,248 people. VBK has two depots for maintenance and repair of buses, trams and dual-system interurban rail vehicles with capacity for around 250 rail vehicles and 50 buses. VBK operates the rail infrastructure in the city of Karlsruhe. VBK's competences lie in urban public transport with buses and trams, operational public transport planning and execution, vehicle maintenance and repair, infrastructure planning and operation and the scheduled operation of hydrogen-powered buses.  

About Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK) and IT-TRANS 

Events organised by Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH bring more than 8,000 exhibitors and 800,000 visitors together in one of the liveliest commercial, academic and research regions in Germany. IT-TRANS, International Exhibition and Conference on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems, celebrated its debut in Karlsruhe in 2008. Within a short period, the biennial event was established as the most important platform for the industry with more than 260 exhibitors and 6.000 international leaders from some 60 nations. IT-TRANS is organised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH.   

About Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Being „The Research University in the Helmholtz-Association“, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its nearly 25,000 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. The KIT Mobility Systems Center pools the vast competencies and resources in the field of ground-based traffic to develop trans- and multi-disciplinary solutions for tomorrow’s mobility and aims at the best possible integration and coordination of different means of transport for passenger and goods and the dissolution of border between them in a concept of Seamless Mobility. Further development of key technologies, such as alternative drive systems, lightweight construction, and energy efficiency, are on the scientific agenda of the KIT Mobility Systems Center. More than 35 institutes focus on mobility research at KIT. More about the KIT Mobility Systems Center  

About Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe - High Performance Center for Mobility Research

Profilregion: High Performance Center for Mobility Research is the association of Karlsruhe’s institutions for research and teaching in the field of mobility systems: the Fraunhofer-Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI and IWM, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA).   

The High Performance Center for Mobility Research bundles and interconnects competencies and experts across disciplines and organisations. Their joint goal is to explore and develop forwardlooking mobility solutions in an open innovation platform. It is the single point of contact for partners from its network and customers. It acts as an initiator and a consultant for the transformation of the mobility system and facilitates the transfer of new scientific findings into economic and societal implementation.  

About Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe

University of Applied Sciences offers degree programs in the engineering, computer science, business, and media fields. These programs are taught across the following six faculties: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information Management and Media, Computer Science and Business Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, as well as Management Science and Engineering.   At Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, seven professors cover the field of transport research directly. Mobility is one of the main research foci of the university with currently 15 professors and their research groups involved in mobility research.   

About FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academia, or business as well as self-employment. Research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. The FZI is the innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).   

About the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Karlsruhe)

The IHK Karlsruhe is an independent consultant and advisor for politics and administration and appertains to laws that affect the economy of its roughly 65,000 members in the districts of Karlsruhe and Rastatt and the cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden.  The IHK is a spokesman for businesses in the region, representing the interests of the business economy with respect to the government and authorities, local authorities and public institutions.  Apart from that, the state has delegated tasks to the IHK, as a self-governing economy, which would otherwise be done by the authorities. The range of services is diverse, for example: organizing apprenticeship training, tests and certificates in further education, appointing and swearing in experts, issuing and certifying export documents, advice on entry into the commercial register and road haulage approval.  

About UITP

UITP is the International Association for Public Transport. UITP is working to enhance quality of life and economic well-being by supporting and promoting sustainable transport in urban areas worldwide.  

Every day UITP makes a difference for its members and for the wider sustainable transport community, by: engaging with decision-makers, international organisations and other key stakeholders to promote and mainstream public transport and sustainable mobility solutions; inspiring excellence and innovation by generating and sharing cutting-edge knowledge and expertise; bringing people together to exchange ideas, find solutions and forge mutual beneficial business partnerships.  

It counts over 1,500 members from across the world. UITP members are urban and regional transport operators, industries (vehicle and equipment industry, IT supply industry, etc.) and transport authorities.  

UITP articulates its work around an integrated global work programme. The integrated global work programme is defined through UITP internal process, together with its members. It is implemented through projects.