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.
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Small Transport Operators

Bus, social distancing

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-scooters, e-bikes, bike sharing, COVID

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

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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e-bikes

Covid mask public transport

Make public transport safer by offering digital queuing and ticketing

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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Social Distancing

Smart ticketing

The growth of 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.  
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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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Public transport

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.
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Increase ridership with smart ticketing

How to 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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mobile ticketing

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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mobile ticketing

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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development events

Bus interior

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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bus ticketless

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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mobile ticketing