Regio-RBL successfully introduced in Bremen/lower Saxony transport association
Real-time information about departure times, available connections, or alternative transport options
Real-time information about departure times, available connections, or alternative transport options will soon be available throughout the German Federal State of Lower Saxony and in Bremen. As part of the ‘Real-time information in VBN’ project, the new Regio-RBL system has now been successfully introduced by the region’s transport association (VBN). The first two transport companies (Wolters Linienverkehrsbetriebe and EVB GmbH) have been integrated in the new multi-client intermodal transport control system. In order to be able to transmit reliable information about their current position to the central system, all the Wolters’ vehicles have been fitted out with IVU on-board computers and the associated software. This now ensures that real-time data from the company will be available for all other transport operators so that in future it will be possible to provide comprehensive passenger information and details about connections over the entire transport association.
Regio-RBL is a lean version of the IVU.fleet operating system in combination with the IVU.realtime passenger information system. It has been created by adapting the functionalities of the original systems to the needs of regional customers, and also including multi-tenancy. This means that the entire project implementation can be realised by the transport association, where the background system has been installed. The individual transport companies then only need to acquire the relevant tenant licences and the hardware components for data generation. In particular for small operators in the rural regions this makes the introduction much simpler and also considerably cuts the costs involved. The central operational control system is available to them for all the functions relevant for efficient operations, such as monitoring the vehicles and ensuring the availability of connections. The drivers are informed directly about any delays of connecting services via their on-board computer, and interfaces to the company’s own vehicle- and duty-scheduling systems ensure reliable data integration.
“With the introduction of Regio-RBL we have made the services more convenient for passengers,” comments a pleased Rainer Counen, Managing Director of VBN. “A customer-friendly passenger information system and dependable connections make it possible to plan journeys in rural areas and will in future encourage more car drivers to switch to public transport.” Real-time information and reliable connections are far from being an everyday feature of rural areas in Germany. VBN, along with VVS Stuttgart, is a pioneer in this field. Counen believes that the introduction of the system goes a long way towards meeting the goals of the transport association. He concludes: “The introduction of Regio-RBL is an important contribution towards providing more reliable passenger information, improved operational control, and in future also better connections between services throughout the transport association.”
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