German technology firm examines smartwatches


HaCon illustrations of smartwatch app


Sales of smartwatches are expected to increase rapidly this year and German transport technology firm HaCon has announced that it is developing applications for them. Passengers might be able to use the devices to plan journeys and buy tickets.

HaCon has revealed that it is developing a range of new applications for transport operators that are influenced by new portable devices that are increasingly appearing on the market.

There has been increasing signs that larger technology firms such as Apple and Samsung are moving towards the smartwatch market and HaCon, which has been active in the UK market, and perhaps best known for developing Arriva’s bus app, believes that the platform could be particularly suited to its HAFAS timetable system which is used by Deutsche Bahn in Germany.

The tech firm believes that smartwatch-based apps from a transport operator could offer significant advantages for the user, potentially placing transport and journey planning information conveniently on their wrist.

HaCon believes that this could be developed further by allowing smartwatch users to buy, validate and then display m-tickets on their device.

The company is already working closely with EOS Uptrade, a German m-ticketing specialist, to develop innovations in the area.


This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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