Research & Development

Meeting the challenges of tomorrow's public transport

For more than 30 years, it has been our vision to make technological progress instantly available for public transport – so that it becomes more efficient and attractive. In various work areas, INIT spares no effort to put this vision into action. Our employees work in close collaboration with our customers to leverage their insights, and participate in standardization projects. At the same time, our passionate Research & Development team collaborates with renowned partners on finding the solutions to the challenges of tomorrow’s public transport.

INIT’s research topics

Our vision of tomorrow’s mobility is a transport system, which integrates a variety of transport modes and allows effortless use of and change between all these modes while providing maximum comfort for the passengers. Furthermore, we envision it to work smoothly and sustainably, and to be operated cost- and resource-efficiently. By participating in various research projects, we are getting closer and closer to that vision and have taken an active role in creating the trends in public transport.


Current research projects


The project DiMo-FuH pursues the goal of standardizing various communication processes. First, the project team is concerned with the communication between the vehicle and its surroundings, including for example the control center and passenger devices. Second, the researchers try to define standards for how the entities at a stop communicate with each other and to a third-party system.


In the DiMo-OMP project, a framework architecture for an intermodal travel information and booking platform is developed and largely standardized. The project team plans to build a comprehensive system of interfaces enabling various public transport services to exchange data. This way, a single app can provide the available travel options, real-time information as well as booking and payment scheme across borders.


The primary focus of the European research project EBSF_2 is to provide evidence that interoperability between different manufacturers' systems can be ensured by means of European standards. The research team focuses on the over-the-air interface between the vehicle and the control center and the interfaces within the vehicle.

INK 2016

Within the framework of the Austrian project INK 2016, the findings of the preceding research project aim4it are further on specified. The research activities focus on the interfaces between the vehicle and mobile devices of the passengers. Additionally, the project team advances the implementation of a solution on a Bluetooth basis.


Within the framework of the iQMobility cooperation project the impact of operating autonomous buses is explored. The goal is to collect data that indicate how systems for planning, dispatching and depot management will have to be adapted to support the deployment of driverless vehicles.


The MENDEL research project will help to prepare public transport for the introduction of electro mobility. It aims to implement and optimize the planning and operation of electric busses while minimizing the strain on the energy network. New algorithms take into account the special requirements in order to provide cost-efficient charging infrastructure.


The aim of the German-French research project U-THREAT is to increase the safety in subway systems. The project develops concepts and technical solutions to restore the normal operation after interruptions of any kind. Afterwards measures are being developed to increase resilience in the relevant areas of operation, structure and users. These developed innovations from U-THREAT are supposed to ensure that passengers can be transported more reliably and safely in the future.

Completed Projects


From 2012 to 2015, a research team laid the foundation for intelligent, innovative and integrated bus systems. By systematizing a multitude of already existing research data, they created the basis for future research focusing on innovative urban bus systems which can soon be available in public transport.



aim4it was a research project to develop a public transport system that provides barrier-free access for passengers with special mobility needs. The project started in 2014 and was completed in 2016. Its findings are the basis for the follow-up project INK 2016.


From 2008 to 2013, the project EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) aimed at developing a new generation of urban bus systems adapted to the requirements of European cities. The researchers concentrated on developing new technologies on vehicles and infrastructure in combination with operational best practices, and testing them in real operational scenarios within eight European cities.



The research project InREAKT, running from 2013 till 2016, pursued the goal of automatically identifying safety-critical situations and emergencies in a public transport system. A comprehensive system of sensors detects incidents and transmits alerts to an event management system in the control center of the transport company. The system then triggers the right chain of events and work flows to cope with the detected incidents.


IP-KOM-ÖV was a research project to develop standardized communication services for public transport based on the internet protocol. The research team defined interfaces and architectures that sustainably improve the access to passenger information. The project started in 2010 and was completed in 2014.

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