New: Initiative for Smart Mobility in the Karlsruhe Region

New cooperation initiated between the PTV Group and the City of Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany, 04.07.2016. At the end of June, Vincent Kobesen, CEO of the PTV Group, and Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup announced closer cooperation for the development of Smart Mobility. The goal is to establish a real-time traffic prediction system for the Karlsruhe Technology Region. This system will help enhance Karlsruhe as the leading Smart City in Germany and market the region and its technologies internationally.

Mobility, entrepreneurship and an openness to innovative concepts have a long tradition in the Karlsruhe Technology Region. On the occasion of the dedication of the modernized PTV building, there was a podium discussion on the topic “The future of mobility in the Karlsruhe region.” CEO Vincent Kobesen informed the audience that PTV will assist the city of Karlsruhe with the development of a modern, real-time traffic information system, prediction software and data platform.

“We want Karlsruhe to become the model exemplar of what is a Smart City. It will also act as an international flagship project. We as PTV Group will invest to support our local region. We will continue to enhance our transport planning and traffic management software and jointly contribute towards establishing a state of the art traffic prediction platform in Karlsruhe’s traffic centre”, explains Kobesen. This includes the integration of real-time data, as well as the product PTV Optima, which will be used to support traffic management in real time.

“We already have agreements from leading data suppliers to supply this flagship project with appropriate traffic information and mobility data. The city will retain responsibility on the traffic management measures that will ultimately be implemented. Kobesen continues, “We stand ready to assist the city in planning measures and simulating their possible effects to encourage smart, real-time decision making”.

From Karlsruhe to the whole world

Every Smart City needs a smart mobility concept. And both the city and the technology provider PTV Group are extremely well-positioned for this. Now at the newly renovated company’s headquarters on the east side of Karlsruhe, PTV is investing in a new, representative exhibition room called the “Mobility Lab”. In this lab, interested parties from around the world can experience first-hand the new Karlsruhe smart mobility concepts virtually. For clarity, the Karlsruhe city traffic management unit will maintain operational control of the proposed system and actual day-to-day traffic management.

Mayor Frank Mentrup is pleased: “I greatly appreciate the PTV Group’s great commitment to its home town. As a world market leader and with its recognised reputation as an experienced traffic and transport specialist, PTV will help us establish Karlsruhe as the model of a Smart City on the international stage.

Both sides welcomed the joint creation of this new and exciting promotion of what the Karlsruhe Technology Region has to offer. The coordination of actual tasks related to the agreement were kicked off at the end of June. The conditions and precise implementation plan are being formulated jointly. The PTV Group’s goal is to go live with the new Karlsruhe real-time traffic prediction platform at the start of 2017.


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PTV. The Mind of Movement

PTV Group takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic, transport and logistics to create and promote sustainable mobility. Recognised as global market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management. Thus cities, companies and people save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment. Based on its unique expertise in every facet of mobility, PTV ensures that people and goods arrive at their destinations safe and sound, and on time.

More than 2,500 cities deploy PTV products. Trips and routes for over one million vehicles are planned with our software. The European transport model, which encompasses all passenger transport and freight movements in Europe, is developed using PTV software. We currently have more than 800 colleagues worldwide committed to driving the high performance of our products. PTV’s headquarters, located in the heart of the Karlsruhe technology region, house the company’s centre of development and innovation. From here, PTV plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide – it's the central idea which has accompanied the Group since its foundation in 1979.

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Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV Group, and Dr. Frank Mentrup, Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe, jointly aim to turn Karlsruhe into a model city for Smart Cities.


Panel discussion “The future of mobility in the Karlsruhe region”, f. l. t. r.: Dr. Jürgen Greschner, CEO of Init, Dr. Udo Götschel, Head of the Division for Foreign Trade and Infrastructure, IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Dr. Alexander Pischon, Commercial Director of Karlsruhe’s Public Transport Services, Kristina Stifter, Head of Global Communications, PTV Group, Dr. Frank Mentrup, Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe, Prof. Dr.-Ing Eric Sax, Head of the FZI Institute, Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV Group.