Flexible public transport
services to meet user demand
Many citizens find their mobility reduced because they lack access to
transportation services at reasonable cost. The recognition of this by European Union
member states has led to the development of the Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) concept,
intended to meet public demand for additional transport.
The SIPTS project is developing a new low-cost and open-architecture DRT application.
DRT involves flexible public transport services where routes, departure times, vehicles
and even operators can be matched to specific demand. The target user sectors were
identified as health, social care and the municipalities that manage public transport
The SIPTS concept includes solutions offered by a call centre, computer software to
route the DRT orders and vehicles equipped with communication facilities. Communication
between the dispatcher and vehicles is handled via short message signal (SMS) alert or fax
connections, using a modified version of the Nokia Communicator 9110. These solutions are
being tested in the cities of Jakobstad and Nykarleby and the municipalities of Pedersore
and Larsmo in Finland. However the open architecture of the software and the simple
communication components allow their adoption anywhere in Europe.
On the stand visitors can view a low-cost SIPTS system for transport on-demand
services. The configuration includes the software, call centre concept and in-vehicle