Siemens Mobility has won a contract in the Netherlands to develop a national intelligent Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform that will allow transport providers to integrate travel options.

The contact with RiVier, a joint venture of Netherlands Railways (NS) and the urban rail operators in The Hague (HTM) and Rotterdam (RET), have appointed two Siemens Mobility subsidiaries Hacon and eos.uptrade to develop the platform by the Autumn.

The platform will be designed as an open system which can be linked to existing apps operated by NS, HTM and RET. The three partners are keen for other transport operators to join to provide a multi-modal platform with an ambition that the platform includes public transport, bicycle sharing, cars, scooters and taxis.

“The pandemic is changing our behaviour,” says RET director Maurice Unck on behalf of RiVier. “We work, learn and travel more flexibly: in time, place and choice of means of transport. That is why we are investing in the best travel options for consumers right now. We lower the threshold to easily plan, book and pay for a trip with multiple modes of transport.”

“Smart applications that can integrate and coordinate different modes of transportation makes the idea of seamless travel from the first mile to the last a reality. Having the ability to choose from the full spectrum of mobility options to plan, schedule and pay for trips, significantly improves the travel experience. We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide our intelligent solutions and deliver a MaaS system that will enable mobility in the Netherlands to be more comfortable, sustainable, and efficient,” said Andre Rodenbeck, CEO Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility.