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Mobility in the digital world

Deutsche Bahn at CeBIT 2017, SCALE11 start-up showcase

Cooperating with start-ups and finding solutions for the digital future of mobility: entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to DB on March 20

Experience Deutsche Bahn's latest digital technologies and meet their creators at CeBIT in Hanover from March 20 to 24. Visitors can learn all about DB's new start-up development program beyond1435 with Plug & Play.

DB@CeBIT

Monday, March 20, 2017

  • 11:00 am
    DB stand - The new "DB Information 4.0": Customized service for rail customers: Bastian Arning (DB Station&Service) and Basilicom (digital agency) present the new services that will be available for passengers and visitors at major train stations starting this fall
  • 1:30 pm
    SCALE 11 SCOPE, main stage - Start-up pitch on the future of mobility: Entrepreneurs present solutions that will make our daily commute from A to B faster and more convenient. Manuel Gerres and Boris Kühn (the Managing Directors of DB Digital Ventures) select the top three teams
  • 2:45 pm
    DB stand - Welcome to "DB@CeBIT": Stand opening with Manuel Gerres (the Head of New Digital Business), insights into "DB digital," and light refreshments, opportunity for press interviews
  • 4:00 pm
    DB stand - "Consultation hour": Informations about DB's start-up programs

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • 10:00 am
    DB stand - Current start-up partnerships and coworking at the DB mindbox: Remarks by Onno Szillis (Head of DB mindbox)
  • 11:00 am
    DB stand - As green as 275 trees: Zhengliang Wu (Green City Solutions) presents the CityTree, which cleans the air at stations and creates a pleasant atmosphere
  • 2:00 pm
    DB stand - Crystal clear: Live demo with Roman Sick (Holoplot) on the new audio system for station announcements
  • 2:00 pm
    Hall 9, Salesforce, "Wegbereiter" (trailblazer) stage

    Start-up power hour: How social entrepreneurs are changing the world: Three social start-ups report on their innovative ideas and how those ideas will improve communities, society and the environment. Green City Solutions, a DB start-up, will be one of the three. It has developed walls covered in moss that clean the air in waiting rooms at train stations
  • 3:00 pm
    DB stand - How Deutsche Bahn realizes autonomous driving on the road: Stephan Pfeiffer (Deutsche Bahn) and Marion Lheritier (Easymile) present a self-driving bus and give a virtual tour
  • 4:00 pm
    DB stand - "Consultation hour": Informations about DB's start-up programs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • 10:00 am
    DB stand - The new "DB Information 4.0": Customized service for rail customers: DB Station&Service and the digital agency Basilicom present the new services that will be available for passengers and visitors at major train stations starting this fall
  • 11:00 am
    DB stand - Autonomous driving by bus: Stephan Pfeiffer (Deutsche Bahn) on the first test fields in Germany. Also: "Virtual Tour" with a self-running DB Shuttle and Meet & Greet with the manufacturer Easymile
  • 2:00 pm
    DB stand - Crystal clear: Live demo with Roman Sick (Holoplot) on the new audio system for station announcements
  • 3:00 pm
    DB stand - New data-driven business models and big data at DB: Dr. Eberhard Kurz (CIO of Deutsche Bahn)
  • 4:00 pm 
    DB stand - "Consultation hour": Informations about DB's start-up programs

Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • 10:00 am
    DB stand - An all-in-one service for people on the go: Rüdiger Kurz (DB Systel) und John Pereira (Redlink) present "Reisebuddy," a digital concierge service
  • 11:00 am
    DB stand - How Deutsche Bahn realizes autonomous driving on the road: Stephan Pfeiffer (Deutsche Bahn) and Marion Lheritier (Easymile) present a self-driving bus and give a virtual tour
  • 2:00 pm
    DB stand - Crystal clear: Live demo with Roman Sick (Holoplot) on the new audio system for station announcements
  • 4:00 pm
  • DB stand - "Consultation hour": Informations about DB's start-up programs

Friday, March 24, 2017

  • 10:00 am
    DB stand - Start-ups all aboard: The new start-up contest for train stations. Find out about the contest and register!
  • 11:00 am
    DB stand -Crystal clear: Live demo with Roman Sick (Holoplot) on the new audio system for station announcements
  • 2:00 pm
    DB stand - "Consultation hour": Informations about DB's start-up programs
  • 3:00 pm
    DB stand - The new "DB Information 4.0": Customized service for rail customers: DB Station&Service and the digital agency Basilicom present the new services that will be available for passengers and visitors at major train stations starting this fall

According to Manuel Gerres, who is responsible for new digital business models at DB, "We want to show how multifaceted our collaboration with young drivers of technology is and how inventors and developers at DB can get their digital products off the ground." At DB's booth, C 38 in the SCALE11 area, start-ups and experts from DB will show off products they developed together and provide exciting insight into the future of travel and its prospects.

The new DB Information 4.0 counters at some 80 stations in Germany will be passengers' and visitors' go-to source of fast and even more tailored information and assistance. The new DB Information 4.0 counters will feature a large monitor, making current departure times, alterations to train services and information about connections visible to customers from a distance. The counters will also include new self-service terminals, where customers will be able to print online tickets or order mobility assistance. Start-ups, customers, associations, local authorities that contract for transport services and rail companies participated in development. Retrofitting of all existing DB Information counters nationwide will begin in Fall 2017.

EasyMile, a French start-up established in 2014, develops small electric shuttles, which can operate without a driver. The "EZ10" minivans are intended for last-mile transport and in the future will be able to adjust their route according to demand. For example, passengers will be able to take the self-driving shuttles from a train station directly to their front door. The shuttles can accommodate up to 12 passengers. DB conducted its first tests of driverless minivans for passenger operations in Germany in 2016. The first test on public roads is planned for this year.

City Trees are not trees at all. They are free-standing walls that are four meters high and 60 cm thick and are planted with more then 1,600 special moss plants. A built-in tank provides water, and solar panels provide electricity. Sensors monitor the supply of water and nutrients. Thanks to its large surface area, the moss efficiently filters exhaust gases and fine dust from the air. A CityTree has an environmental performance of up to 275 conventional city trees and at EUR 25,000, costs a fraction of the price. The sustainable city furniture will increase the quality of stay in train stations.

No longer will passengers find themselves standing in front of a ticket machine with no change as their train pulls into the station. The Ticket Easy app from MotionTag detects the user's location and the mode of transport. The company, which was founded only in 2015, will be at CeBIT to show how travelers can conveniently combine trains, buses, rental bicycles and carsharing services without having to buy a ticket. Users are checked in and out automatically by their smartphone and billed the best price. In addition to ticket-free travel, MotionTag also offers a tool that analyzes mobility behavior..

Holoplot is an audio system that makes platform announcements understandable anywhere in the station. The start-up has developed a modular audio system that can focus soundwaves on any point in a room. The system can direct the sound to a specific group of people without others in the room hearing anything. Passengers, depending on their location, hear the information that is relevant to them in an easy-to-understand way. Holoplot eliminates anxieties about missing connection announcements.

Dynamic Components gives DB maintenance engineers an integrated solution for connecting sensitive sensors to switches and signals. The sensors collect data from mechanical components and environmental influences. A mini-computer transmits measurements to the cloud or servers. This data can then be used to better gauge when a component will next need maintenance, which will in turn prevent failures. The solution also enables predictive maintenance for elevators and escalators.

Passengers can direct all of their requests before, during and after travel to Reisebuddy ("travel buddy"), a free text message concierge offered by Deutsche Bahn. Reisebuddy can answer any questions you have about mobility; reserve a table at your favorite Italian restaurant; find the right hotel for you; buy plane, train and bus tickets; offer sightseeing tips; arrange for a bouquet of flowers at short notice; and much more.

DB will host its own start-up pitch event on the SCALE11 main stage on the first day of CeBIT, March 20. The top three teams will win a BahnCard 100, 50 or 25.