Blog posts

Small and rural transport operators

How technology can help small transport operators recover from COVID-19

July 8, 2020 • Chloe Johns

Every transport operator, small and large, has felt the impact of COVID-19 on their business. For smaller operators, the ambiguity around the 'new normal' makes it hard to plan ahead.

Transport Operators

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Telling passengers “the bus is full” is only half the solution

May 29, 2020 • Carl Partridge

Passengers don’t need to know the occupancy of a train or bus when it’s arriving at their stop.  They need to know the occupancy when it’s leaving.

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E-bikes and E-scooters will pave the way for multimodal journeys

May 28, 2020 • Chloe Johns

As the World begins to open up post-COVID 19, cities and councils are looking at how to get people back to work safely. E-bikes, E-scooters and other forms of active travel will play a huge role.


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Make public transport safer with digital queuing

May 18, 2020 • Carl Partridge

How do we deal with the threat of ‘queue-mageddon’ on public transport? There is a solution that can reduce queues and make daily commutes safer while still supporting social distancing.

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Smart ticketing

The cashless economy and COVID-19

April 14, 2020 • Chloe Johns

The cashless economy has been growing steadily over the last decade and looked set to continue that way. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has driven a massive rise in contactless payments for everything from supermarkets to public transport.  

Cashless Economy

Understanding asset standardisation through MIPTA

March 30, 2020 • Chloe Johns

The world's transport network is full of buses, trains, stops, stations and other vital pieces of infrastructure. Yet currently, there isn’t a universal way to identify all these assets.


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Future-proof your transport operations

February 21, 2020 • Chloe Johns

It’s not easy to predict the future. We’ve been talking to transport operators about new technology and their concerns.

Increase ridership with smart ticketing

Increase ridership through mobile ticketing

November 29, 2019 • Chloe Johns

How to encourage more people to take public transport has been a question faced by every city and local authority worldwide. At UrbanThings we believe that buses will still play a key role in future mobility, and we’re convinced that smart ticketing can facilitate ridership growth in this sector. 

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What are Hex Tags?

November 13, 2019 • Chloe Johns

Our innovative Hex Tag technology saves you money on expensive on-vehicle hardware, whilst providing invaluable passenger data. We thought we’d take you through the passenger journey, and how it benefits you, the operator.

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DroidCon 2019

DroidCon 2019: Is ‘Atomic Design’ the way forward?

October 30, 2019 • Chloe Johns

Last week, Matt and James from our Android team headed to DroidCon London for 2 days of networking and technical talks. They have shared some of their thoughts on what’s new and exciting.

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Bus services should be built for young people

August 6, 2019 • Chloe Johns

Last month, the UK transport watchdog, released a report on how young people are using public transport. Their findings indicate that operators should be doing more to encourage young people to use their services.

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Transport operators should move to mobile

Why operators should move to mobile ticketing

May 3, 2019 • Chloe Johns

At UrbanThings, we're big fans of mobile ticketing as you can imagine!  We're often asked by transport operators why they should make the move to mobile and, as a result, we've put together this useful infographic.

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