Whitepaper 6: TSio Protocol: The Internet of Mobility

Integrated, seamless, secure and roaming mobility infrastructure for connected people and cars.

This Paper anticipates an emerging trend for integration of transport services, representing a $1 trillion per annum market concept called Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Rather than having to locate, book, and pay for each mode of transportation separately, MaaS will enable seamless planning, booking and itinerary management of door-to-door trips, wherever in the world you are.

It argues that services will remain constrained and delivered in silos, without a common rule set and governing framework. This framework will be implemented in a common machine-readable schema, with accompanying behavioural guidance, to govern interoperability between transport modes and across regional and international borders – the Internet of Mobility. It then proposes such a framework and advocates the development of TSio Protocol as a first step, by delivering seamless, secure and roaming global mobility account infrastructure for consumers and vehicles, using Blockchain & IoT technologies.

A novel crowdfunding mechanism, the “Community Token Economy Sale”, is identified for an open-source R&D programme, a key enabler of an open interoperable ecosystem and means of pump priming a new model for value exchange. It then introduces the members of the TSio Protocol “Minimum Viable Community”: TravelSpirit Foundation, GoMetro Mydex & MyLoop.

Whitepaper 6: TSio Protocol: The Internet of Mobility

Visit the website for and register your interest in TSio Protocol

Join us at the Manchester Blockchain Conference 2017

“Any new technology creates challenges, but with the right mix of leadership, collaboration and sound governance, distributed ledgers could yield significant benefits for the UK.” – Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser

With potential applications ranging from fraud prevention to processing passport applications, some experts believe blockchain could be a disruptive technology to rival the internet and the printing press. Through the use of distributed digital ledgers, blockchain would allow the public sector to greatly improve the way it protects and shares sensitive data. By embracing blockchain and becoming early adopters, organisations could drive efficiencies, reduce waste and improve transparency.

Join us at the Manchester Blockchain Conference 2017, thanks to TravelSpirit members, Salford University, where leading experts will explain how technology based on distributed ledgers will shape the future of services. Anticipate the benefits and limitations of adopting blockchain, understand how public sector leaders can facilitate early adoption and see how this new technology could revolutionise everything from voting to taxation.

Visit for the full agenda http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/courses/blockchain-conference

Whitepaper 5: TravelSpirit Hackout Open Innovation Programme

Creating an environment of boundless creativity is highly challenging for large and hierarchical institutions. This poses a particular problem for governments, companies, and organisations that wish to support open innovation.

As one of our four core values, open innovation is central to everything we do at TravelSpirit. We established the TravelSpirit Hackout Open Innovation Programme to capture and magnify the value generated by our community projects and accelerate them for maximum impact.

Our Open Innovation Programme is designed to generate resilient solutions to known mobility challenges. We shepherd innovative ideas through a project pipeline that leverages experience, skills exchange, open source tools and assets from the TravelSpirit community.

TravelSpirit Hackout Open Innovation Programme

Authors: Si Ho, Jeremy Dalton, Laura Trevail, Li Yao, Ignacio O’Mullony, Sam Li

Whitepaper 4: Will everyone benefit from MaaS?

Earlier in the summer, we canvassed the opinion of 106 people on which parts of the UK would benefit most from MaaS, and which types of organisation were most likely to succeed in providing MaaS in the future.  These people who had a natural bias towards being already engaged in discussions on MaaS, and/or who were familiar with new technology as a whole. The short survey was designed to raise debate, and assess the opinion of the respondents,

Interestingly, they were quite evenly divided between the types of community would benefit most from MaaS, reflecting a diversity of opinions about what MaaS is and where it would improve transport options.
In order to raise the profile of MaaS in the UK, especially amongst people from outside the transport industry, TravelSpirit Foundation is actively engaged in promoting and advocating open Mobility as a Service developments, through social media work, publication of White Papers and organisation of events, including our 2nd Annual Conference on September 26th in London.

More about the report:

The survey was analysed by Jim Bamford, of Huddersfield Business School, with the subsequent publication of short report for the basis of further discussion and debate with a wider business and academic community, outside of the transport industry.

Download the report here


UK Transport Catapult sponsor free tickets to 2nd Annual Conference on MaaS

The advent of ‘Mobility as a Service’ has rapidly precipitated a broad spectrum of approaches, from city and region-wide multi-modal apps to a range of new mobility service market entrants.

Transport Systems Catapult have joined forces with TravelSpirit Foundation to advocate the idea that innovative mobility needs to be developed within an open framework. Otherwise these diverse approaches risk jeopardising the goal of open, inclusive and accessible transport.

Our conference showcases approaches to embedding Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in cities, towns and rural areas, with a blend of informative talks and practical workshops.

The Transport Systems Catapult is sponsoring free entry for a limited number of local authority and public sector attendees. To qualify, please book using the code ‘TSCPUBLICSECTORVIP‘ and use your local authority email address to book.

To find out more about the event, please click here. 

Bosch host public debate and showcase for the Future of Mobility in Cities – 8th September Somerset House

New TravelSpirit Community Member, Bosch, have pulled together an impressive lineup talks from industry and thought leaders for a day of public talks and private talks, alongside technology demonstrators of their Connected Car, Home Zone Park Assist, Light Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Pods.

Bosch develops innovative solutions that facilitate new mobility offerings.

Whether for private or commercial vehicles, multimodal transportation services, fleet management, or smart transport infrastructure, Bosch brings together vehicle technology, the data cloud, and services to offer complete mobility solutions.

For more information on the event please click here.

Londoner’s attitudes towards Mobility as a Service revealed

A new report, authored by TravelSpirit UK Project Board member, Dr. Maria Kamargianni, provides insights about Londoners’ attitudes towards car-ownership, shared mobility services and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as well as an impact assessment about a potential introduction of MaaS in the city.

We’ll be debating this report, alongside showcasing MaaS developments in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester at our 2nd annual conference in London on 26th September.

Watch this space for the full report and see below the key report highlights:

34% of the regular public transport users stated that their usage of public transport would not change if MaaS were available while 22% of them would use more public transport. Meanwhile, 29% would most likely substitute part of their public transport usage with taxi.

25% of the regular car users stated that their car usage would not be affect by MaaS and another 25% said they would most likely substitute part of their car trips with tube/rail. Additionally, 20% of these respondents would substitute their car trips with car sharing if MaaS were available.

Car users living in zone 1 and zone 2 are most likely to give up their car trips and switch to other alternatives when MaaS becomes available.

MaaS is expected to cut down Londoners’ travel cost and travel time, improve their travel experience as well as reduce their dependence on private cars.

Public transport would bene t signi cantly from joining MaaS in terms of better capacity optimisation and better intermodal connectivity. It is also expected the demand for public transport will rise and so will the revenue to the operator.

MaaS can open up new business opportunities for the operator of MaaS, data provider companies, and ICT and insurance industries etc.

MaaS, in conjunction with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scheme, could make sure the ‘polluters’ pay, not the others. ULEZ will charge all car users; however, by introducing MaaS, those who are willing to contribute to air pollution reduction are offered an equally convenient alternative to their cars and can therefore avoid the charge. In comparison, those who will still drive while MaaS is available will have no excuse to avoid the charge.

When the era of autonomous vehicle comes, MaaS systems and autonomous vehicles will exist in symbiosis. MaaS users will only need one account to access the autonomous vehicle services supplied by different public transport and shared mobility companies. MaaS will also help utilise the time freed from driving by capturing travellers’ preferences on whether they want to arrive at destination in the shortest amount of time or would rather be able to use the time productively. In addition, the real-time information offered by MaaS will be more ef ciently processed by autonomous vehicles.

MaaS could also aid in achieving a future situation where people prefer public transport and shared mobility services in the autonomous vehicle era. MaaS actually brings an opportunity to change travel behaviour prior to the mass adoption of autonomous vehicles. If more people shift away from private cars nowadays via MaaS, it will more likely lead to a boom in public transport and shared mobility sectors when the era comes, rather than a swarm of privately owned autonomous vehicle.


Exeter City Futures join us with a radical and ambitious “MOU”

Exeter City Futures and TravelSpirit Foundation have developed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) as a basis of the city of Exeter’s active involvement with the TravelSpirit Community and strategic collaboration with the TravelSpirit Foundation.

With cities consuming between two-thirds and three-quarters of the world’s energy, their role in driving a clean energy future is inescapable. Around 1.5 million people are added to the global urban population every week, and the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas is heading for 66 percent by 2050.

The global imperative for change is clear.

Uncontrolled, rapid urbanization presents acute challenges for national and local governments, with constrained capacity and finance for infrastructure delivery. Unplanned and poorly managed urbanization can give rise to inequality, pollution, and costly sprawling development plans.

Too much of city development and planning is based on existing habits and behaviours, which oftentimes neither address the challenges, nor increase happiness.

Around the world new ways of providing mobility are appearing in our towns and cities. At the same time, rapid adoption of mobile internet access is creating new business models and service offerings that change the way we access and utilise transport.
Recently, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has emerged from within this exciting frontier to offer travellers a powerful new alternative to car ownership. It provides customers and communities a choice of mobility packages, using a range of suitable transport options, all linked through an integrated and seamless user experience.

This is a real step forward. However, we must ensure that the world of new mobility does not take substantial value and profits out of local communities. Instead it must add value and improve citizens’ wellbeing.

For more information on our Memorandum of Understanding, and how you can partner with us on this, and/or develop more city partnerships, please contact our the Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation, Si Ho.

siho@travelspirit.io | +44 (0) 7977 137 824

Travelspirit Foundation appoints new CEO

One year after the launch of the TravelSpirit Community, TravelSpirit Foundation has strengthened its senior leadership team, with two new appointments to its Global Executive. These appointments form part of an important update to the TravelSpirit governance structure.

The changes will enable the organisation to better communicate and accelerate its mission to provide an open framework for integrated mobility and universally accessible services.

TravelSpirit Foundation is now governed by a Global Executive team of four Execs and two non-execs. This team are charged with delivering the Foundation’s Strategic Plan. They are supported by autonomous Regional Market Development Boards, who define and deliver mobility programmes through local partnerships.

The UK Market Development Board has been in place for the last 6 months and has already delivered a series of key outcomes, including thought leadership position papers and an Index of Openness for cities and transport operators, to be released next week. Other Regional Boards, in Europe and Asia, are in the progress of being set up.

Giles Bailey is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Beate Kubitz the new Chief Operating Officer. They join Chairman Si Ho and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Dalton. Existing team members, Alex Burrows from Alstom Transport UK and Lucy Yu from the Department for Transport will remain on the Board as non-exec directors, to advise on strategic and policy matters.

Giles Bailey said: “It is a great honour to take up the role of CEO of TravelSpirit. One of the key roles of the Executive team will be to reach out to innovators and foundations who are in tune with our message and want to work with us. Together we can change the otherwise default view of new mobility with a more sustainable and effective view of the open Internet of Mobility”.

Giles was previously the TravelSpirit UK Regional Board Chair and has over 25 years of experience in managing transport and innovation within Transport for London, with his own consultancy, Stratageeb, and as a Warwick University lecturer and writer.

Beate Kubitz moves from Director of Communications and Policy, TravelSpirit UK Regional Board, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Beate’s background is in communications and campaigning in the third sector, including for Carplus Bikeplus. She is currently authoring the first Annual Survey of Mobility as a Service, which will be published this summer by Landor. 

Beate said: “The scope and breadth of this role is both exciting and daunting at the same time. In my first 100 days I want to building on our “open or closed?” whitepaper, by shortly releasing the TravelSpirit Openness Index and following up in July with a thought provoking whitepaper on Autonomy – the implications of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Urban Mobility. I’ll also be developing our conference and events programme – crucial, in my view, to bringing everyone together on this globally relevant agenda”. 

Chairman Si Ho added: “The organisation is also looking to grow our UK Project Board with new members. This is the team that delivers TravelSpirit’s programme of activity within the UK market and already consists of an exciting and dynamic mix of local authorities, academia, SME’s and representatives of larger commercial and non-commercial organisations. Please do get in touch with us to explore how you could be part of this team.” 

The TravelSpirit Foundation was established in Manchester in 2016 to provide an open framework for the provision of new mobility services. To successfully achieve our ambitious aims for the emerging mobility sphere – within the UK and across the globe – we set out to build a global network of transport operators, software developers, businesses, policy.

CTO, Jeremy Dalton said: “I am delighted to see how far we’ve come, already, since I flew in to join the team last September. With the four of us in place we can begin to make further in roads. My focus is on our Open Innovation Programme. It is designed to generate resilient solutions to known mobility challenges. We shepherd innovative ideas through a project pipeline that leverages experience, skills exchange, open source tools and assets from the TravelSpirit community. We want to build on what we achieved at Hackout Manchester (see video here) and want to hear from other cities around the globe who want to join the programme.”

Naturally, this global network is diverse, featuring a range of entities with different aims and objectives, so we are united by our four core values:

· Universal Mobility as a Service: We believe that an integrated, connected, multi-modal MaaS system provides the needed path to sustainable and equitable transportation for all people and communities.

· Open Innovation: We believe in an open innovation model, that rewards sharing of information that serves others, even our competitors, and brings benefits to all.

· Global Community: We believe that by connecting coders, planners, activists, and policymakers through a global network, we are better equipped to tackle the toughest mobility and transport challenges.

· Local Benefit: We believe that our work must be grounded in its ability to demonstrate positive change by and for local communities and regions.

For further information please contact info@travelspirit.io or message one of the global team (Si Ho, Giles Bailey, Beate Kubitz, Jeremy Dalton) on social media.

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Curated by TravelSpirit Foundation, the “Internet of Mobility” will be built by a global community of organisations and individuals, with a diverse range of business interests (either in terms of different types products and services or application in different geo-spatial and cultural domains) joined together with a common vision and values.