Mobile technology offers new ways for transport operators to communicate with passengers (Photo: DB/Gustavo Alabiso).

INNOTRANS: Ticketing, telematics, digital data communications and passenger information systems will be amongst the topics to be highlighted in the Public Transport-themed section of InnoTrans 2014.

Increasingly widespread use of smartphones and tablet computers opens up new possibilities for communicating with and streamlining processes for passengers and transport operators. Real-time data, e-ticketing and other technology will be shown by exhibitors ranging from global players Huawei, Cisco and Kapsch to SMEs and start-ups.

The Public Transport section will also feature transport operators including Veolia Verkehr, Netinera Deutschland and for the first time İstanbul Ulaşım Sanayi.

The Public Transport & Interiors Forum will provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge and opinions at events including the International Design Forum and the DB Suppliers' Forum, which will focus on design and procurement.

The Public Transport Forum will consider future developments, asking the question 'real-time data in public transport networks – a blessing or a curse?'