Covering all modes, the world’s biggest public transport event will take place next month in Milan. Cutting edge innovation will take centre stage



More than 270 exhibitors from around the world will offer an unmissable glimpse at the defining trends shaping the future of public transport at the biennial UITP World Congress
& Exhibition in Milan from June 8-10, 2015.

All eyes are on Milan as the UITP’s (International Association of Public Transport) World Congress & Exhibition is little over a month away and the industry is gearing up for what is the biggest event in public transport. At least 270 exhibitors from 34 countries will exhibit their very latest vehicles, products and solutions in the 30,000m2 exhibition, including at least two world premieres.

The UITP exhibition is widely recognised for attracting the key political, operational and technical decision-makers who come from around the world to network and place orders; the 2013 edition in Geneva attracted some 25,000 visits.

Efficiency will be a major theme in Milan: despite recent drops in fuel prices, the bus industry is endeavouring to improve fuel economy in a number of ways, including weight reduction, in addition to the hybrid, CNG and all-electric buses that will be on display. Safety and smart energy usage are currently a big focus in the rail industry whilst a variety of IT companies will be presenting their latest passenger information, ticketing and payment solutions that are all helping to enhance the customer experience.

Alstom will launch “two major innovations in the field of urban transport” at the Milan show: an integrated tramway solution and the extension of electrical power supply for trams as well as for other modes of transport.

“The way we move around cities across the globe is changing rapidly and the UITP exhibition offers a unique insight into what the future of urban mobility may look like,” said UITP secretary general Alain Flausch. “Whether it’s the latest electric bus, rail vehicle or cutting edge IT solutions, it can all be found under one roof at UITP’s exhibition.

This year’s UITP World Congress and Exhibition called ‘Smile in the City’ focuses on five keywords and thematic clusters; Sustainability, Mobility, Innovation, Lifestyle and Economy.”


MIT innovator to open show

Pioneering architect and engineer Carlo Ratti will be opening the 2015 edition of its World Congress in Milan on June 8.

Featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’, the world-renowned innovator will deliver his keynote address on the topic of the future perspectives for public transport in a changing technological, organisational and market landscape for urban mobility. His presentation is expected to open up a space for attendees to debate the changes new technologies bring to future cities and how public transport can best play its leading role in the emerging mobility landscape.

Carlo Ratti directs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory, which draws on diverse fields such as urban planning, architecture, design, engineering, computer science, natural science and economics to capture the multi-disciplinary nature of urban problems and deliver research and applications that empower citizens and city authorities to make choices to make a better liveable urban experience.

His laboratory’s contribution to the 2006 Venice Biennale, for example, included the “Real Time Rome” project which aggregated data from cell phones, buses and taxis in Rome to better understand urban dynamics in real time. By revealing the pulse of the city, the project aimed to show how technology can help individuals and decision-makers make more informed decisions about their environment and in the long run help to reduce the inefficiencies of present day urban systems and open the way for a more sustainable urban future.

In 2010 the laboratory opened a new research centre in Singapore as part of a €32m MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility with the goal of developing innovative mobility solutions.

Ratti has spoken about his ground-breaking research at many prestigious events worldwide, including the World Economic Forum in Davos (2009) and at TED2011, and is known for bringing his own unique perspective on how he uses interesting media to create flexible, interactive structures and visuals.


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