On December 16, ITMO University held a conference called "Open Transport Data" which was organized by the Scientific and Research Institute of Motor Transport in cooperation with ITMO University and supported by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.
Nikolay Asaul, Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia, opened a round-table discussion using video conferencing facilities. He underlined the importance of using open transport data for Russia and stressed the need to hold such meetings on the basis of the leading university in the field of innovation, which is ITMO University.
During the conference ITMO University staff shared their experience with open transport data in Russia. Steve Kuddins presented the idea of creating a single transportation system and single travel ticket on the territory of the Russian Federation and explained what hindered its successful implementation.
Important drivers for the development of transport information systems are major international events that take part in Russian cities. Such upcoming events are the 2017 Confederations Cup, the 2018 World Cup, and the winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk in 2019.
A modern transport information system includes a range of solutions that improve the efficiency and usability of public transport. Such solutions are the use of electronic tickets, collecting and providing open access to information on the movement of vehicles and time of their arrival at the stops.