National Express opts for all-round solution from IVU
Seamless integration of all operational tasks with IVU.suite and IVU.rail
Berlin, 29 September 2015 – National Express is on its way. From December, the private railway company will be operating its first two lines in Germany. To ensure smooth planning, dispatching, operations control, passenger information and settlement processes, National Express has opted for the standard system of IVU Traffic Technologies AG.
13 December 2015 is the big day: National Express will take over lines RE 7 and RB 48 in North Rhine-Westphalia when the new timetable comes into effect. 35 brand-new trains and around 130 employees will ensure that passengers on the Rhein-Münsterland route reach their destination on time and in comfort. Using the standard products of IVU.suite, IVU Traffic Technologies AG built the requisite IT infrastructure in no time, taking just four months from the start of the project to commencement of planning.
The schedules and staff rosters are already being prepared with IVU.rail, while vehicles and staff will be dispatched on a daily basis at a later stage. The control-centre software IVU.fleet supports operational control, and IVU.realtime provides connected information systems with all real-time data. Finally, IVU.control manages all data relevant to the transport agreements such as infrastructure costs, punctuality and cancellations, and exchanges them with the client’s systems.
IVU’s all-round solution ensures seamless integration of all operational tasks. Numerous interfaces also allow integration of peripheral systems. “With the IVU system, we are getting everything from a single source”, said Wolfgang Schuster, Managing Director of National Express Rail GmbH. “We are particularly impressed by the software’s wide range of functions and modular structure. This allows us to expand the system flexibly and easily adapt it to the requirements of our growing network.”
Based in Cologne, National Express Rail GmbH was established in spring 2012 as a subsidiary of the UK’s National Express Group. In April 2013, the company was awarded the contract for lines RE 7 and RB 48 in North Rhine-Westphalia, covering around 5,100,000 train kilometres per year.
In future, National Express will use the all-round solution from IVU Traffic Technologies AG for all its operational tasks (Picture: National Express)
IVU Traffic Technologies AG has been working for 40 years with some 400 software engineers to ensure that transport in the world’s major cities operates reliably and on time. People and vehicles in expanding cities are continually on the move – a logistical challenge which calls for intelligent and reliable software systems. The standardised software products of the IVU.suite and tailor-made IT solutions are used to plan, optimise and control the scheduling of vehicle fleets and personnel. Other systems support the choice of branch locations or ensure that election results are determined correctly.
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