Based on open technology, this platform gives the possibility to operators and organising authorities to use public transport data anywhere in Europe through common mechanisms, standard rules and protocols.
With the connection of all information systems (urban, suburban, regional, or national transport networks) real-time multimodal passengers' information is now possible at the European scale and new public transport services can be developed infinitely from the common EBSF architecture.
Open architecture suitable for buses, tramways vehicles and compatible with modularity concept based on bus convoys
The EBSF open IT architecture links sources of data from all onboard applications including operational control, passenger information, maintenance and diagnostics. With the harmonisation of information systems via open technology, the creation of new services is infinite: all applications can be developed further, modified or upgraded easily.
The open EBSF IT architecture is a stride for the whole sector and will boost innovations for all bus stakeholders. As a result, end users will be offered more new and efficient services like computing a precise arrival time for each passenger's destination and displaying it in his/her preferred language.
Communication between applications is facilitated and allows these applications to share onboard equipment, including GPS, the driver terminal and the communication gateway, hence avoiding redundancy of key functions. This reduces equipment costs and improves bus design significantly.
Standard bus installation: quickly operational with lower integration costs
The EBSF project has defined standard installation requirements (hardware, cables, connectors, antennas...) and installation rules to pre-equip vehicles. In the near future, Public Transport authorities and operators could buy EBSF compliant buses with IP network and one antenna, standard plugs, dedicated area for IT equipment, standard services such as GPS, vehicle data, external communication, equipment monitoring...
New equipment can be automatically installed and configured, thus facilitating immensely both maintenance and daily operations.
Interoperability and multimodality
EBSF provides a solution to integrate public transport data and share the information sent by all stakeholders involved in the bus journey. This makes interoperable fleet management covering all vehicle modes possible. Thanks to multimodal information, passengers will be provided with appropriate services including for example door to door and real time information applications (in stations, on smartphones...) , or eco-comparison tools encouraging the use of soft modes.
Smart power management
ITS devices are important consumers of energy inside the vehicle and have to be included in the calculation of the energy balance. In order to ensure a vehicle's battery life and reduce environmental impact, standard power management rules have to be defined. In EBSF, power management modes have been specified according to the vehicle use. Results show that it is possible to reduce significantly the power consumption of an IT system.
The use of the EBSF standard interfaces and protocols will importantly reduce the costs of investment, operation, maintenance and scalability:
No more time and money wasted on developing specific interfaces
Tenders can be open to more competitors thus helping to obtain better prices
No more money wasted on redundant equipment: bus equipment (driver terminal, gateway, GPS ...) and infrastructures (stop signs, fleet management control ...) share the same architecture
No more need to change the whole system when the change of specific equipments is necessary
Plug and play integration of the new applications and IT devices facilitate installation and onboard maintenance
Operation costs are reduced through the integration of multimodal information systems that allows to better plan urban and regional transports and to optimise connections between all modes and operators as well as to take efficient actions in case of incidents.
Time and money can be now invested in new and innovative applications!