Updates are more often available in software, but there is more going on here. Pitane Mobility Antwerp has become the name of the brand new update that will be available in the Pitane Mobility data center from June. The heart of the group transport module has been completely rewritten in recent months. The software has been provided with a brand new interface and very powerful new functions. The way we handle group transport has changed over the years. The entire process was automated, from combining and standardizing to controlling the vehicles and drivers. Last year, another set of new 'exceptional' transport rules was added, as a result of which the earlier vision was considerably adjusted.
The current group transport module dates from 2009 and was once built for the then Arduin Foundation, where the Zeeland transporter TCR was the main supplier for transport. Traveling between clients' homes and their daytime activities was the main reason for combining transport and with success.
Nevertheless, the tenders and the transport market changed very quickly in the past 10 years and due to the 'race-to-the-bottom' both Arduin and TCR ran into difficulties with bankruptcies a few years ago. For budgetary reasons, at that time even from coaches to golf carts were used because financing small-scale passenger transport over the vast expanse of Zeeland was no longer feasible. Saving what could be saved, unfortunately without success.
Nowadays we only think about the possibilities within electric transport. The common thread in the realization of the new software package was collaborating with users and a strict inventory of what is the daily practice on the shop floor. Each use case, which describes a system from the user's perspective, was reviewed piece by piece, further elaborated and a solution built for it. Every day, more than 400 users, from home or at the office, work with the group transport package from Pitane Mobility. In total, more than 600 man hours were deployed to arrive at a first acceptance test. On top of that, all the hours for documentation, the recording of instructional videos and the training and guidance of all users of the software in the Netherlands and Belgium have now been added.
The construction of the new group transport module was one of the largest and most radical activities of recent years for Pitane BV in Eindhoven. Not only the user interface and the use of transport profiles were addressed, the technical possibilities of the software were also addressed. Universal language reduces confusion in contract management and execution. That's how it became Dictionary Traveler Characteristics CROW integrated. The Traveler Characteristics Dictionary contains codes with associated characteristics and descriptions. By using these codes, it is possible to record in an unambiguous way what the traveler needs to make a (chain) trip. Of course within the limits and possibilities of the GDPR.
Also the TOMP API has become part of all technical innovations. Pitane Mobility is involved in the implementation of the TOMP API and part of the TOMP working group. In the context of the TOMP API, a Transport Operator is an organization that either facilitates the transport of people (public transport, shared cars, bicycles, scooters, taxi, etc.), or provides subsidiaries or services within the MaaS ecosystem.
Pitane BV will organize a Pitane Mobility Online Teams presentation on Thursday in the next few weeks, so you can go for free register and experience all the functionalities of the new software.