Press release 8.3.2016
Turku to become the forerunner in smart mobility services
– Föli tickets will be available in April on Tuup, an app that optimises daily travelling
Tuup is a Finnish service that gives users access to all the transportation options through one mobile application. Tuup gives users information on the prices, routes and timetables of all kinds of transportation, be it public transportation, taxis, rental cars, bicycles or a combination of these. The Turku Region Traffic, also known as Föli, is the first mobility service to offer purchasing via Tuup.
Last fall at SLUSH event of 2015, the mobile ticket solution for Turku’s public transportation was chosen the best mobile service in Finland. Now the mobile ticket will be integrated into an easy-to-use route planner.
– From April Föli users can search and compare different route options, but also pay for their Föli ticket with the new Tuup app. Vice versa users of Tuup, who might for example be traveling to Turku, can find Föli’s services on Tuup, explains Sirpa Korte, the Director of Public Transportation in the Turku region.
– Ticket options will first include adults’ and childrens’ single tickets as well as the 24 hour day tickets. Test users will pilot the app during March, adds the Head of Development at the Turku Environmental Division, Jari Paasikivi.
Tuup can be downloaded for free in April on iOS and Android. Tuup lets you plan your trip and see how it compares if you go by foot, bicycle, public transportation, car or taxi anywhere in Finland. Tuup also shows the real-time departures of public transportation in the biggest Finnish cities.
Next up for Tuup: taxis
Föli is the first service that can be payed for with Tuup. Next in line is a partnership with the Finnish Taxi Owners Federation and the taxi center of southwest Finland, LSTD Oy.
– We want to see how users respond to a service like Tuup, says the CEO of the taxi center of southwest Finland, Tapani Ekuri.
– Tuup will continue to expand its service to include other public transportation services, car and bicycle rental services and parking services. For example the cars of 24Rent, which are also available in Turku, will soon be found on the Tuup app, says the CEO of Tuup, Johanna Taskinen.
– In the future it will be possible to connect Tuup with your calendar, so Tuup will be able to automatically suggest optimised routes for your day. Employers can also use Tuup for smart mobility management and promote sustainable mobility among employees, Taskinen continues.
Turku looks to the future
Tuup offers Mobility as a Service (also known as MaaS), which is an internationally growing megatrend driven by digitalisation. MaaS means that users are able to easily combine different mobility modes and services with the help of new technologies.
– Föli is a forerunner at this: they are the first in Finland to implement a mobile ticket solution with a technology that allows MaaS-operators to safely resell tickets via their own applications, Taskinen concludes.
The advanced Föli mobile ticket solution is provided by iQ Payments.
–Tuup is the first in Finland to take advantage of our new cloud based service. Our new PayiQ® service is now available for our partners both in Finland and internationally, says iQ Payments CEO, Tuomo Parjanen.
– MaaS operators such as Tuup make it possible for people to give up owning a car. This improves the efficiency in transportation systems and promotes sustainable mobility, says the Head of Strategic Programmes at Tekes, Raine Hermans.
A winning concept
Tuup was recognised in the Mobility & Tourism -section of the Open Finland Challenge innovation competition (formerly Apps4Finland) held in January. Last year Tuup was chosen as one of the three finalists of the Finnish ClimateLaunchPad representing Finland in Amsterdam’s international final in September.
Johanna Taskinen, CEO, Tuup Ltd
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Jari Paasikivi, Head of Development, Environmental Division, The City of Turku,
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Tuup is a company of approximately 10 people founded in 2015. It operates in the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) industry. The founder of Tuup, Johanna Taskinen, is an experienced specialist in sustainable mobility and innovative mobility solutions. Tuup’s other partners and investors are experienced entrepreneurs, investors and professionals in the transportation industry. Tuup has received support from Tekes. www.tuup.fi
Föli – Turku region traffic
Turku’s Föli is a public transport service provider in the Turku city region. The city region includes Kaarina, Lieto, Naantali, Raisio, Rusko and Turku. Föli is in charge of the regional public transport, planned and procured by the Turku regional public transportation office. Transportation is carried out by contracted bus operators.