In launching TravelSpirit Europe – which will include the UK, Switzerland and other non-EU countries – TravelSpirit Foundation is calling for a new approach to the strategic interplay between transport and technology that focuses on achieving system interoperability, data portability and seamless outcomes for people and goods on the move.
With support from industry, including our strategic partnership with Europe’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Alliance, TravelSpirit Europe will curate an open ecosystem of cities, disruptive thinkers, tech firms and transport operators – drawn from all transport sectors. James Gleave, Executive Director of TravelSpirit Foundation
It will act as an investment and common infrastructure platform to develop the necessary open protocols and encourage open technology development by its ecosystem, to common MaaS industry standards . This will ensure seamless handover across borders and across various modes – including automotive, airlines, public transport and sharing economy / new mobility services.
In this way, the strategic goal of TravelSpirit Europe will be to enable the faster scaling up of innovative service solutions – many of which emerging from European start-up hotspots in Helsinki, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin – for enabling more efficient cross border movements and trade.Stefano Mainero, Regional Chair of TravelSpirit Europe
TravelSpirit Europe will formally launch on 11th April 2019, in Brussels at Open Mobility Conference 2019 – the world’s first open ecosystem development event for the future of mobility. This event is being supported by a range of organisations, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), SGInnovate (Singapore), Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Summit, the City of Antwerp and Europcar Mobility Group.
Cross border movements will be a theme for one of our workshop sessions, co-facilitated by Iconic Blockchain CTO and Global Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation, Simon Herko (aka Si Ho) and Chairman of the Share & Charge Foundation, Dietrich Sümmermann.
Transport blockchain protocol, TSio Protocol, will launch its white paper at an information event held by London based solicitors, Mills and Reeve, on 28 February, 1200-1500.
The event will outline the TSio Protocol approach to blockchain-enabled secure, transparent and efficient integration of multiple transport operators, and the opportunities this will provide.
“The TSio Protocol will provide fair and open market access with smart contract mechanisms in order to enforce agreements between the travelling consumer and transport provider.”
Si Ho (Founder of TSio Protocol and Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation)
The event will showcase the framework set up by the partners in the project and invite participation and support from the wider transport community.
“Blockchain, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies are now stepping towards a level of maturity ready to offer the transport industry, in combination with existing Web technologies, a universal, secure and scalable platform.”
Sir Nic Cary (Chair of TravelSpirit UK)
TSio Community members include early adopters MyDex, an identity and consent management platform, MyLoop, a wearable technology for public transit and GoMetro, a private shuttle service and public transit planning platform.
“Without efficient, secure and convenient universal interoperability, that can provide transport consumers a single mobility account, we believe the integrated transport market opportunity is unlikely to reach what should be its full potential.”
Justin Coetzee (CEO – GoMetro)
For more information about TSio Protocol visit TSio
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.
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