New ITCS and passenger information systems from IVU for SWEG in south-west Germany
All relevant components introduced in record time
This time plan is a real challenge: within only 6 months, Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft (SWEG) requires the introduction of a multi-client system for dynamic passenger information. In June of this year, IVU Traffic Technologies AG received the order from SWEG to install the ITCS system IVU.fleet, the on-board computer software IVU.cockpit and the passenger information system IVU.realtime. On 21 September the opening ceremony at the Staufen Station marked the start of the electrified operations of the Münstertalbahn railway, the first SWEG transport company to begin trials with the new systems. Final inspection and approval is scheduled for November. Following this, further clients will be successively integrated in the ITCS system.
For the passengers of the Münstertalbahn railway, the introduction of the IVU systems offers significant improvements. In future, they will be provided with real-time information about the departure times of buses and rail services at all relevant transport nodes by means of modern DPI displays. In addition, passengers can also simply push a button on the display and the information is provided as speech output.
The multi-client intermodal transport control and information system is operated centrally by SWEG. All the associated public transport operators can be integrated stepwise without losing their control over their own data. The cooperation partner Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG railway will follow Münstertalbahn railway in March 2014. Even the widely differing vehicles and rolling stock does not represent an obstacle. By means of wireless interfaces, all hardware components can be connected to the ITCS system.
“Thanks to the multi-client ITCS solution from IVU we will now be able to integrate all the SWEG transport companies, subsidiaries and cooperation partners in the new system without this placing an unacceptable burden on the individual companies,” comments the project manager at SWEG, Toni Oberle, explaining the advantages of the IVU solution. “In future we will be able to bring together real-time data from all the companies and provide even better coordination of bus and rail services. Our passengers will soon be able to enjoy reliable connections and more comprehensive information,” concludes Toni Oberle confidently. Indeed, the new IVU systems not only increase the efficiency of the operations, but also make public transport services more attractive for the passengers. Because IVU.fleet provides all drivers with the relevant live updates about the status of connecting services, they are able to wait with confidence in the event of a delayed arrival.
The IVU system is also the data supplier for the projected central data hub of the transport association Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH. All live data will be collected there, and made available for the passenger information services throughout the region.
IVU Traffic Technologies AG has been working for more than thirty-five years with some 350 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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