De facto Standards in the Mobility Industry
De facto standards are definitions, descriptions, or procedures that have been adopted through common usage, often driven by commercial interests and enforcement. GTFS Schedule and GTFS Realtime are globally recognized de facto standards that are widely employed in the mobility industry.
GTFS stands for General Transit Feed Specification and it is a standardized data format used for representing public transit schedules, routes, and geographic information. GTFS files typically contain information about transit agencies, routes, stops, schedules, and fare information. GTFS provides a common data format that can be used by different transit agencies and software applications to exchange transit data. It allows transit agencies to publish their data in a standardized format that can be easily consumed by third-party developers, applications, mobile apps, websites, and mapping services (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Esri, etc).
GTFS enables seamless integration and interoperability between different transit systems and software platforms, facilitating the development of innovative transit solutions. Overall, GTFS plays a crucial role in improving the accessibility and usability of public transit information, helping both transit agencies and the general public to easily navigate and plan trips using public transportation.
GTFS RT, which means General Transit Feed Specification Real-Time, is a data format used for providing real-time updates and information about public transportation systems. It is an extension of the GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification).
GTFS RT allows transit agencies to communicate real-time data to developers, applications, and end-users in a standardized and structured manner. It includes information such as:
- Trip updates – delays, cancellations, and changed routes.
- Service alerts – unforeseen events affecting a station, route, or the entire network.
- Vehicle positions – information about the vehicles including location and congestion level.
This data format is crucial to improve the accuracy and reliability of transit information, improving the overall passenger experience. Developers can utilize GTFS RT to create applications and services that provide up-to-date information that enables passengers to plan their journeys more efficiently and reduce wait times.
TOMP-API: Facilitating Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Data Exchange
TOMP, that is Transport Operators and MaaS Providers, is a technical specification of how to exchange data between Transport Operators, MaaS (Mobility as a Service) Providers, organizations, and governments.
TOMP-API aims to facilitate the implementation of MaaS and the associated data exchange. The TOMP-API outlines a full MaaS journey, including operator information, planning, booking, support, payments, and trip execution.
Making Data Interoperable for Multimodal Transport with Mia‑Platform
It is necessary to have a converter that helps you to turn exposed custom data into standard data, hiding its complexity. In this way, the data becomes interoperable and standards-compliant using a solution.
Mia-Platform allows you to convert and expose your data and services complying with the standards (NeTEx, SIRI, GTFS, TOMP, etc) so your partners can easily integrate with a self-service mode.
Thanks to Mia-Platform Mobility Integration Portal you can aggregate information and expose data for the National Access Points (NAPs), being compliant with the law. At the same time, data can be shared with your partners with a self-service portal that allows you to monetize your APIs. In addition, partners will have access to:
- Documentation: to consult and learn how to integrate the different services and data;
- Marketplace: to easily collect and expose your APIs related to a particular business service, and allow a self-service onboarding of partners;
- API Portal: to read the full catalog of your APIs and test them in a sandbox environment.
Embracing Multimodal Transport for a Sustainable Future
People’s travel habits are undergoing a significant transformation, and in addition to traditional public transportation, alternative modes of transportation are gaining popularity. This shift has led to the rise of Multimodal transport, a thriving concept that aims to offer interconnected, healthy, cost-effective, and sustainable means of transportation, enabling people to move seamlessly from one place to another. The goal is to provide individuals with diverse and flexible choices for their travel needs, reducing dependency on private vehicles and promoting environmentally friendly transportation solutions. By embracing Multimodal Transport, communities can improve accessibility, reduce traffic congestion, lower emissions and be more sustainable, and enhance overall transportation efficiency and convenience for citizens.
Mia-Plaform allows you to join the mobility revolution by being compliant with international and European standards and being able to take advantage of new business opportunities.