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Four years of intensive research and high-profile work on the first European project on urban buses was brought to a close on Monday 15th October with the release of the final EBSF project results at an all-day event in Brussels. Presentations of the event are available below:

- Welcome
Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General
Andras Siegler, Director of the Transport Directorate DG R&I, European Commission
Stefania di Serio, ICT & Security Manager, Umbria Mobilità, Chairperson of IT & Innovation UITP Committee, Moderator

- Introduction Session
The Future of EU Funded Research for Public Transport, Patrick Mercier-Handisyde, Head of Urban Mobility, DG R&I, European Commission
The EBSF Strategic Objectives, Umberto Guida, EBSF Project Director, UITP
External view on the EBSF Project, Oscar Sbert Lozano, spoke-person fo EBSF Expert Reviewers for the European Commission
Stefania di Serio, ICT & Security Manager, Umbria Mobilità, Chairperson of IT & Innovation UITP Committee, Moderator

- Session 1 EBSF System Definition
Arno Kerkhof, Senior Manager Bus, UITP

- Session 2 The EBSF IT Architecture
Information Technology, common European test-bench and remote diagnostic in the Use Cases of Brunoy & Rome, Emmanuel de Verdalle, Project Manger, VEOLIA TRANSDEV

- Session 3 EBSF Bus Systems and Urban Life
Dynamic Passenger Information - in the Use Case of Bremerhaven, Klaus Janke, Key Account Manager, INIT GmbH & Helmut Berends, Managing Director, Berends-Consult
Intermodality - in the use Case of Madrid, Laura Delgado, Design and Planning Technician, CRTM, Moderator
The EBSF Bus Station - in Paris, Yo Kaminagai, Design Officer for the Environment & Heritage Department, RATP

- Session 4 EBSF on Board 1
Bus modularity: external solutions & internal modular layout - in the Use Case of Rome, Marino Lizza, EBSF Team Leader, ATAC & Stefanie Böge, Strategic Manager, HÜBNER
Energy Sustainability of Bus Systems, Thoralf Knote, Head of Department, FRAUNHOFER
Accessibility for special needs passengers - in the Use Case of Rouen, Philippe Grand, Bus Range, Public Affairs & Product Strategy Director, IRISBUS IVECO
Ulrich Weber, Bus Expert, UITP, Moderator

- Session 5 EBSF on Board 2
Driver Ergonomics & Comfort, Roland Scharl, Chief of Department, EVOBUS GmbH
Accessibility and passenger flow - in the Use Cases of Budapest & Goteborg, MariAnne Karlsson, Professor Human Factors Engineering, CHALMERS ; Peter Danielsson, Manager Bus Rapid Transit, VOLVO ; Franz Freiherr von Redwitz, Vice President, MAN Truck & Bus
Conlusions, Dr. Angel Suescun Cruces, Senior Scientist, CEIT, Moderator

- EBSF Achievements
Key project Results & their transferability, Andres Monzon de Caceres, Director of TRANSyT, UPM
Roadmap, Standardisation & Exploitation, Umberto Guida, EBSF Project Director, UITP

The National Associations' and UITP's Vision
Elios Pascual, Strategic Adviser for EBSF, Moderator
Brigitte Ollier, Director European Department, UITP
Guido del Mese, General Director, ASSTRA
Bruno Gazeau, General Delegate, UTP
Martin Schmitz, Technical Director, VDV

- Closure
Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General
David Martin, Chariman of the EBSF Steering Board & CEO of ARRIVA
Siim Kallas, Vice-president of European Commission & Commissioner responsible for Transport

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- Start of the 3iBS project
Umberto Guida, UITP
Patrick Mercier-Handisyde, Head of Urban Mobility, DG R&I, , European Commission

- 3iBS overall structure
Umberto Guida, UITP

- Project Activities
Bus Systems Topics, Umberto Guida, UITP
3iBS Study Cases, Daniela Carbone, ASSTRA
Dissemination actions, Pauline Bruge, UITP
Roadmap for advanced Bus Systems, Umberto Guida, UITP
Funding frame for Bus Systems research, Valerio Recagno, D'Appolonia
Bus Systems Exploitation Platform, Lars Johansson, Volvo
IT & PT Focus, Emmanuel de Verdalle, Mercur



Electrification is a major strategy to decarbonize transport and to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels such as oil and gas. Whereas urban rail systems almost entirely run with electric energy, more than 90 % of buses in the EU are still operated with diesel fuel.

The following two studies carried out in the  frame of EBSF investigate in the possibilities and options to electrify bus systems for urban public transport. The second study looks in addition to the potential to use existing electric installations of urban rail systems for further electrification not only of buses, but also other transport modes such as cars, bikes etc.

Part 1 - Options for Line-Service Bus Systems with Fully Electric Operations for Complete Circulations

Part 2 - Use of DC Tractions Systems of Public Transport for DC Charging of Battery Powered Vehicles



In Europe today the driver workplaces are extremely heterogeneous due to the existence of different standards and the great variety in typology of buses. A bus driver typically spends between 6 to 8 hours of every working day in the workplace, many of which are considered to be lacking in regards to ergonomics, safety and design.

Within EBSF, new technical solutions have been studied to improve the driver's workplace. Starting from the analysis, and after a deep analysis of video-recording driving session and the applications of consolidated ergonomic practices, EBSF specifications have been derived for the driver workplace. Such specifications have been implemented in a mock-up that has been tested by bus drivers from different European cities. The specifications have been reviewed with data collected during the tests and interviews made with the drivers.

Their further development could lead to a set of "European Guidelines for the ergonomic design of bus driver workplaces", which can then bring towards a standardised European driver's workplace.

The document "Recommendation for a code of practice of driver's cabin" is made available to all relevant stakeholders with the request for consideration and feedback.

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The EBSF test bench demonstrates all the potentialities of the EBSF IT open architecture based on standard interfaces, communication protocols and installation rules. The test bench has been developed by the joint cooperation of main European PT stakeholders, bus manufacturers, suppliers, Public Transport associations, operators and authorities. The result is an interoperable and multimodal platform based on Public Transport information systems.

The EBSF test bench proves the concept of an open architecture for Public Transport applications. It is a major innovation for the interoperability and multimodality of Public Transport networks based on integrated and shared information.

The EBSF IT Specifications include descriptions of the overall architecture and services, detailed specifications about both the test bench and the EBSF back-office, IT platform installation requirements.

The EBSF IT Specifications are now available on this website. You can access the IT specifications and relevant information about the EBSF Standard IT Architecture by clicking on the following link: http://www.ebsf.eu/index.php/ebsf-it-standard/it-specifications

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