is the fourth consecutive report
from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on the
intelligent transportation systems market for public transport
This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you
with 220 pages of unique business intelligence, including
5-year industry forecasts, expert commentary and real-life
case studies on which to base your business decisions.
Highlights from this report:
Insights from 30 new executive interviews with market
New data on vehicle fleets and public transport
utilisation in Europe.
Comprehensive description of the public transport ITS
value chain and key applications.
In-depth analysis of market trends and key
Profiles of 60 aftermarket ITS solution providers.
Summary of OEM propositions from public transport
Revised market forecasts lasting until 2019.
This report answers the following questions:
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What is the geographical structure of public transport fleets
How is public transport organised and managed in the
Which are the leading international and regional providers
of aftermarket public transport ITS solutions in Europe?
What offerings are available from vehicle OEMs?
What impact will the launch of standard factory installed
on-board computers from the OEMs have on the market?
Which drivers and barriers are affecting the market for
public transport ITS solutions in Europe?
How are the regulatory developments in Europe affecting
the public transport ITS industry?
How will the public transport ITS industry evolve in the
The term Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) refers to information and communication
technology applied to transport infrastructure and vehicles. Berg Insight’s definition of ITS for
public transport includes systems installed in public transport vehicles as well as at terminals,
stops, depots and similar. Included are also backoffice IT systems which ensure that public
transport services can be planned, scheduled and managed to achieve efficient operations.
An important part of ITS for public transport is further solutions providing travellers with
updated information about routes, departure times, possible disturbances and connecting
services. The history of these different types of solutions dates back several decades and
current state-of-the-art solutions include for example real-time intermodal journey planners,
nationwide automated fare collection systems using contactless cards or NFC-enabled
handsets, and on-board infotainment solutions with information about nearby points of
Public transport plays an essential role in the European society. A total of 56.8 billion public
transport passenger journeys were carried out in the EU28 in 2012. Available modes include
for example local and regional buses and trolleybuses, regional and suburban rail transport,
metros and trams, and local waterborne passenger transport services. A total of 757,000
buses and coaches account for 9.0 percent of the yearly passenger kilometres on land in
Europe. The economic value of public transport services in Europe is estimated to around
€_150–200 billion per year, which represents approximately 1–1.5 percent of the GDP. The
public transport sector furthermore creates about 1.2 million direct employments in Europe,
and an average of 2–2.5 indirect employments per direct job.
Berg Insight is of the opinion that the European market for ITS in public transport is in a
growth phase which will last for several years to come. Individual markets may however
continue to experience temporary fluctuations, depending on the political climate and local
developments. The total market value of public transport ITS for buses and trams is
forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.2 percent from € 1.03 billion in
2014 to reach € 1.46 billion by 2019. The penetration of on-board computers with GPS
location functionality and wireless communication in buses and trams is estimated to increase
from 45.6 percent in 2014 to 58.2 percent in 2019, however varying considerably between
A group of international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as the leaders on the
European market for public transport ITS. The dominant providers are Trapeze Group, INIT
and IVU, all having European headquarters in the German-speaking region and substantial
installed bases across a multitude of countries in Europe and beyond. Examples of
companies with major market shares on national markets in Europe include Ineo Systrans
which holds a leading position in France, and Vix which is a major provider on the UK market.
Other significant players include the Spanish groups Indra, GMV and Grupo Etra, Swarco’s
subsidiary Swarco Mizar in Italy, Atron in Germany, Italy-based PluService, the Norwegian
provider FARA and the Belgium-based company Prodata Mobility Systems which was
acquired by Kapsch CarrierCom in July 2014. Volvo Group is moreover a notable player from
the vehicle OEM segment, offering the ITS4mobility system in partnership with Consat
Telematics in Europe. The system for example enables dispatching, traffic monitoring and
real-time passenger information. Scania, Daimler and Iveco further offer some conventional
OEM telematics features for its buses.
The outlook for the European public transport ITS market is positive, as several major
developments encourage increased investments in such technologies. ITS adoption is likely
to increase following international public transport related initiatives such as the EU project
European Bus System of the Future (EBSF) and associated efforts such as 3iBS and ITxPT,
as well as the next-generation EBSF_2 project launched in June 2015 at the UITP World
Congress & Exhibition in Milan as part of Horizon 2020. Contributing developments further
include the ever-increasing environmental awareness, the traffic congestion plaguing growing
metropolitan areas and UITP’s sought-after doubling of the public transport ridership (PTx2)
by 2025. Another major driver is the on-going global developments related to the concept of
smart cities, where ITS in general and public transport ITS in particular constitute key
elements to enable sustainable smart mobility.
About the Authors
Rickard Andersson is a Senior Analyst with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Chalmers University of Technology. He joined Berg Insight in 2010 and his areas of expertise include LBS, insurance telematics and commercial vehicle telematics.
Johan Fagerberg is co-founder and an experienced analyst with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. He has during the past 20 years published numerous articles and reports about various telecom topics. His areas of expertise include commercial vehicle telematics and wireless M2M markets.
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