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The Innovation Challenge highlights the most significant new initiatives shaping the coach and bus sector. Following debuts at Coach & Bus UK and Euro Bus Expo, in 2023, the Challenge has been brought to you by routeone.

The entries showcase the latest developments designed to drive your business forward. They were put to the test, with routeone’s operator subscribers voting for the ‘most innovative’ among them, and determining the winner of the coveted Operators’ Choice Award.

Then, the entries pitched their innovation to a panel of Judges, who awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold Judges’ Choice Awards.

Will you find your next

The Innovation Challenge highlights the most significant new initiatives shaping the coach and bus sector.

You will discover innovations that could be the key to cutting costs, driving productivity, and unlocking future growth for your business.

Vote for your favourite

routeone will showcase the entries until 26 October. During this time, routeone subscribers can vote for their favourite innovation. The entry with the most votes will win the Operators’ Choice Award.

Cast your vote below to be entered into the prize draw!

The Pitches

The entrants will pitch their innovation to a panel of industry judges, explaining why it’s award-worthy. They will have just 90-seconds to impress. The panel will then decide who will win the Judges’ Choice Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards.

Tune in to watch the finals on 3 November!

The Entries

11 products to improve bus and coach travel were put forward. Among them are solutions to improve efficiency, safety, security, route planning, ridership, sustainability, and to reduce emissions, costs and maintenance. See the entries to discover how to take your business to the next level.

The Winners

Innovators had just 90-seconds to pitch their product to a panel of experts, explaining why it’s award-worthy. Following the Judges’ scrutiny, 6 winners were revealed. Watch the video below or click here to see the results.

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Have your say!

Vote for your favourite entry to give the sector’s most progressive innovators the kudos they deserve! The innovation with the most votes will win the Operators’ Choice Award. Every vote will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher (terms apply).

Vote before 26 October to be entered into the prize draw.

Enter your product to win!

Are you a supplier with a new product or service that has launched, or will be launched between November 2022 – November 2023? Or has your existing product undergone significant development that deserves recognition for innovation? Put it under the spotlight and receive a high level of exposure by entering the Innovation Challenge.

Hall of Fame

2022 Winners:

Wheely-Safe is the world leading in-motion wheel loss detection system, incorporating brake and hub temperature monitoring with an intelligent TPMS.

The fully patented technology is already protecting a number of major bus and coach fleets, including full fleet fit outs at Trentbarton and Translink. The system offers a final control measure to protect against the risks of wheel loss, brake and hub overheating, tyre underinflation and high tyre temperatures. In-motion alerts allow the driver to bring the vehicle safely to a halt should an issue be detected.

The latest generation kit is telematics-ready, increasing opportunities for connectivity and reporting to the office.

Wheely-Safe is the world leading in-motion wheel loss detection system, incorporating brake and hub temperature monitoring with an intelligent TPMS.

Drivetech knows it can be challenging rolling out learning to your drivers which is why we’ve created Driver’s Mate. Based on Nudge theory, these short, engaging animations (we’re producing over 200!) tell immersive stories from the perspective of the driver, making them enjoyable to watch, relatable and easy to absorb. They are all about safety at the wheel and best on-road practice to checking the vehicle and looking out for customers too.

The bite size animations are mobile, tablet and desktop accessible meaning they can be watched at a time and location convenient to you and your drivers with minimal time away from the day job. Each animation focuses on one subject area ensuring the learning outcomes are targeted, clear and effective. For bus and coach operators they can also be easily shown in crew mess rooms and the like.

The latest release of the Journeo Portal combines data, remote access/live monitoring and insight from critical on-vehicle systems – including positioning, telematics, CCTV, passenger counting, driver behaviour and WiFi – and fleet/service management tools (duty and vehicle applications) in one Connected Transport Platform. The platform presents actionable information across dashboards, management applications and APIs.

The future roadmap includes increased integration with vehicle sensors and sub-systems, and a fully featured content management system for RTPI solutions.

EOS Training is proud to launch the new TM Guide App. This industry-first product will provide Transport Managers with the very latest compliance on the go, replacing the requirement for material-based publications and setting a new benchmark for both sustainability and convenience.

With regular updates and live bulletins, the TM Guide App includes 30 relevant modules, end-of-modular enhanced subject retention checks, a comprehensive search facility and certification for Continued Professional Development. Accessible on all devices, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop PC’s.

Endorsed and supported by leading industry bodies, the TM Guide App is the one-stop shop for total compliance.

Evolve blends GPS, scheduling and ticketing data to deliver AI-powered runtimes that drastically improve journey speeds and service dependability. Evolve’s Service Level module analyses movement patterns and boarding and alighting data across your network, offering the insights needed to balance supply with demand.

  • Save time by removing the need for painstaking data manipulation – let the accuracy of Evolve’s runtimes do the work.
  • Grow your network by reducing wait times and increasing passenger satisfaction through a dependable, reliable, and fast service.
  • Access an always-on overview of the network’s movement to uncover origin-destination insights, and plan a network around actual travel behaviour.

Ask yourself: why isn’t there a website highlighting all of Britain’s most scenic bus routes?

Well that’s what Scenic Buses is – a beautifully designed website showcasing the many great bus routes Britain has to offer – complete with timetables, route maps, tickets and information on places to visit and things to do along the way.

Scenic Buses is the home of Britain’s scenic bus services – visit or follow us on social media to find your next adventure!

Ask yourself: why isn’t there a website highlighting all of Britain’s most scenic bus routes?

Thanks to the Battery Cortex Project, a research conducted by Stratio with Caetano Bus and the University of Halmstad, the Stratio Platform now offers an even more advanced set of metrics for electric buses.

Scenic Buses is the home of Britain’s scenic bus services – visit or follow us on social media to find your next adventure!

Ticketer’s latest initiative, the Smart Gateway, is the cornerstone of our drive towards the “Connected Bus”.

Our Smart Gateway enables the Ticketer ETM to deliver fully integrated and richer solution and data, for example by displaying occupancy data onto destination blinds. By connecting disparate systems into one single communications platform not only reduces the complexity and cost of on-bus integrations, it also eliminates hardware duplication (fewer SIM cards) and centralises hardware management for operators. This allows integration of multiple data sources for improved critical insights, which subsequently increases passenger satisfaction.

Future-proof your on-bus operations today with the Ticketer Smart Gateway.

The Connected Workshop from Freeway sees data from mobile devices and onboard vehicle sensors transmitted live to a central hub that holds all fleet maintenance data. Data is pooled from apps used by drivers for their first-use safety checks and onboard systems such as Stratio and Wheely-Safe.

Smart software processes the data to provide a complete oversight of the status of each vehicle, with critical defects and compliance issues highlighted on colour-coded screens.

The system allows workshop managers to quickly prioritise work, minimise disruption and, together with predictive maintenance modelling, reduce downtime and cut fleet maintenance costs.

Timetable verification made simple.

• Save Time Drag and drop any TransXChange data straight into your browser to view maps, timetables and reports. Export timetables in PDF or Excel format at the touch of a button.

• Improve Data Quality Validate timetables against the DfT’s PTI profile (or your own set of “house rules”) before publishing your data to the Bus Open Data Service.

• Explore Open Data View other operators’ timetables, from data sources including BODS and Traveline, without complex import procedures

TransXChange Studio is an affordable cloud-native subscription service. No software installation required. No setup fees.

2019 Winners:

Freeway’s fleet-in-your-pocket innovation provides control of fleet management with an app that provides a real-time insight to essential fleet information and tasks. The app is designed for management and staff with responsibility for planning and assigning work or authorising purchases relating to fleet maintenance and compliance. A single smart-phone interface provides access to everything from Earned Recognition KPIs and Staff Overview to Defect Recording, Time-Sheet entry, Parts Purchasing, Authorising, Receipting and Issuing. The app puts all aspects of cost-control and compliance into an immediate and accessible mobile device application to improve management and efficiency, reducing bottlenecks to speed workflows.

We would like to introduce our latest innovation: Kazoot. This is the first multi-operator passenger app that enables operators to work together to collectively compete against other forms of transport. How? By demonstrating that bus travel can be accessible, visible and convenient whilst retaining access to the ticket sales data they would expect through their own app. This also puts smaller operators on the same footing as their bigger counterparts. Kazoot gives operators an additional channel to promote their services and interact with their passengers, all managed centrally from the Ticketer systems they use on a daily basis.

The new “E400HX” from Alliance Transport Technologies (ATT) is a Service Exchange Hybrid battery pack. The pack features new cells, improved battery management with live cell balancing, and enhanced construction. The battery management system monitors the state of every cell in the pack, ensuring safe operation. The active cell balancing software means energy is taken from higher performing cells and spreads the voltage across weaker cells in the pack to improve pack efficiency and longevity. A bespoke interface tool can also help predict future degradation. The pack is also available in standard and modular format.

UrbanThings has taken the traditional concept of onboard ticket validators and flipped it around. Our product Ticketless™, uses our innovative Hex Tag technology which allows a passenger’s smartphone to become the ticket validator instead. As the passenger boards the bus, they scan a unique QR code that’s been placed at the vehicle entrance to validate their mobile-ticket purchase. This fresh approach saves operators money on costly on-board hardware and cash sales. Our technology provides real-time occupancy data and fleet telemetry which can then be used to optimise services and improve efficiencies.

BrakeMate® is an elevated service platform for servicing heavy vehicle brake disc assemblies; it eliminates the majority of manual lifting during disc brake maintenance, leading to a saving in both time money. It enables a single user to complete the process, allowing other jobs to be completed more efficiently, meaning further time savings. The brake disc assembly on commercial vehicles, weigh up to 70kg, much higher than the 25kg limit by HSE. Lifting such weights often lead to injuries which are not only painful to the employee but also financially painful to employers through lost time and compensation claims.

All Buckled Up is the wireless seat belt alert system developed specifically for passenger transport and distinctively can be utilised on removable seating without any fuss. Instantly alerting drivers of any unfastening of seat belts with both audible and visual warnings, this system is configured bespoke to your vehicle layout. The easy to read display helps quickly identify the status of each seat alongside total number of buckled seat belts for driver awareness. Exclusive to Phoenix Seating, All Buckled Up is perfect for any passenger vehicle looking to increase safety and promote seat belt wearing on all passenger transport journeys.

SchoolBusTracker is a mobile application that connects parents with their child school transport system, enabling them to locate their child and school bus at any given moment during their school bus route. A complete and real-time connection between the bus, the school and the guardians/parents to have the location of the buses and kids up-to-date. Allows operators to manage more effectively by planning routes and times to save operational costs and fuel expense. Avoids the need for installing expensive GPS systems which by nature are not portable.

INSO Printed Flooring gives you the power to transform your passengers’ experience and offers new and powerful communication possibilities. This product allows you to print any design, image or message directly into your vehicle’s floor to any size and shape, making it the ideal branding, communication and advertising solution for bus and coach. A fully compliant 2mm slip resistant flooring which is easy to maintain and will never wear out, INSO Printed Flooring can be used for brand awareness, safety messages, welcome messages, way finding and much more. INSO – inspiring solutions for bus and coach.

INIT supports public transport companies in implementing e-mobility successfully. With eMOBILE, INIT offers a comprehensive solution that integrates all operational processes for the deployment of electric buses. The system supports strategic decisions by simulating different scenarios and comprises planning, intelligent charging management, depot management, vehicle dispatch and range prediction – based on real-time and historical data. Therewith, it offers reliable information and all tools needed in order to run even a large fleet of electric buses. This allows you to benefit from a continuous data flow, synergy effects and an efficient workflow when implementing e-mobility in public transport.

This product has been specifically designed for electric vehicles. The Firetrace 4kg bi-directional automatic fire suppression system using 3M Novec 1230 extinguishant will not conduct electricity or harm electrical components. The system operates fully pneumatically without the need for any external power or batteries using proven linear detection tubing (already utilised on over 10,000 city buses.) Being able to deploy agent in areas up to 20 Metres away from the cylinder, it deploys from both diffusers and directly from the ruptured detection tubing. With a 10 year cylinder life it can be fully monitored to indicate discharge, fault or isolation.

Journeo™ Transit is the latest module of the Journeo™ cloud-based portal and gives fleet operating companies full insight into the technology installed within their vehicles. The single access portal can report on all installed on-board systems and connected to the Journeo™ Edge unit. The new module incorporates the already popular Remote Condition Monitoring and now includes the facility to manage CCTV downloads for all major DVR types without the need to visit the vehicle. Footage can be securely held in the evidence locker or transferred to authorised users and insurance companies.

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