HUSST receives funding from the BMVI’s research initiative

Berlin (february 4th 2021)

The open interface standard HUSST is funded by the BMVI within the framework of the funding guidelines for the Modernity Fund (“mFUND”) in order to improve the exchange of data between public transport, environmental associations and MaaS services

As part of the mFUND research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), research and development projects have been funded in Germany since 2016 that endeavor to develop digital data-based applications for Mobility 4.0. The “HUSST4MaaS” project (manufacturer-independent standard interface for Mobility-as-a-Service) has also been funded with 233,000 euros since January 2021. The aim of the project is to adapt the manufacturer-independent standard interface for easier data exchange between systems of different operators of mobility services. The joint tariffing and billing of parking spaces and local public transport via electronic tickets also plays an important role. In addition to financial support, mFUND also supports networking between actors from politics, business and research as well as access to the mCLOUD data portal with various event formats. “We are very pleased about the funding from the mFUND research initiative. This underlines that we are on the right track with the HUSST4MaaS initiative, ”says Claus Habiger Vice President of ITS Germany e. V. under whose roof the HUSST project is located.

With increasing digitization, flexible data exchange is essential

The increasing networking within public transport and between partners in the environmental network makes a simple and flexible exchange of data essential. The data exchange between different sales devices and background systems in a transport company as well as between systems of contractual and network partners must function. The aim of the project is to expand HUSST for MaaS applications – such as parking and city toll services – and to embed the product and control module (PKM) of the VDV eTicket Germany (converter from HUSST to PKM). “The HUSST4MaaS project focuses on the harmonization of data access for different systems in Mobility-as-a-Service solutions. For a successful turnaround in traffic, the transition from individual transport to public transport is one of the decisive factors – this is implemented in two practical demo applications, ”says Malte Gerber, Head of Products at AMCON. The HUSST standard is being further developed in such a way that the effort involved in data processing is reduced and the system costs for transport companies fall. In addition, a connection between parking and public transport tickets should be enabled. Across company boundaries, the aim is to react more quickly to changes in demand and special situations with tariff adjustments and the introduction of new products, thus creating a systemic basis for the integration of mobility services. “The standardization of the interfaces promoted in the HUSST4MaaS project enables the fast and automated transmission of parking rate changes. This reduces errors, system costs and inconvenience for users. The HUSST4MaaS project opens the way for citizens to barrier-free billing for MaaS services, ”says Uwe Pertz, head of the Parking and Electromobility Business Unit at SWARCO TRAFFIC SYSTEMS GmbH.

Who is behind the HUSST4MaaS initiative?

The consortium partners bundle the know-how of the founders of the HUSST standard with experienced SMEs in the public transport and parking industry, the German ITS industry association and science experts. The network coordinator for the project is the software manufacturer AMCON from Cloppenburg. The other project partners are ITS Germany e.V. based in Berlin, ALMEX from Hanover, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, the Freiburg company highQ Computerlösungen, ICA Traffic from Dortmund, ISM International School of Management GmbH from Dortmund and the machine manufacturer krauth technology GmbH from Eberbach.

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