Top level ‘IT for Rail’ conference in Zurich
Joint conference by IVU Traffic Technologies AG and SBB Cargo
Berlin/Zurich, 7 October 2014 – More than 20 representatives from leading European railway companies attended the first ‘IT for Rail’ conference in Zurich at the invitation of IVU Traffic Technologies AG and SBB Cargo. On 11 and 12 September 2014, senior managers met with scientists and the experts of IVU AG to discuss the benefits and opportunities that IT systems can offer to railway companies.
The two-day conference focused on the topic of optimisation. Drawing on internal evaluations, company representatives gave presentations which demonstrated how integrated software solutions could be used to optimise processes for the deployment of personnel and rail vehicles – cutting costs and increasing efficiency. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of standard solutions were debated. Speakers reported on their experience with the implementation of IVU.rail, which in its standard version is already able to meet most of the needs of railway companies. At the same time, it can also be adapted in accordance with specific requirements and system environments. Along with the rapid project implementation which this makes possible, speakers also emphasised the positive way in which it is received by employees as a further factor in its success.
A scientific perspective was provided by Prof Ralf Borndörfer from the Free University Berlin. He explained how mathematical methods can be used to improve optimisation processes and increase productivity. Prof Jörn Pachl from Technical University Braunschweig took a look across the Atlantic. His talk concentrated on the operating procedures of North American railways and their specific demands regarding technical optimisation measures.
The exclusive group of leading executives from all over Europe discussed freely about the strategies their companies adopt for the deployment of IT systems. Outside the conference room too there were active exchanges between the participants, who made good use of the event to establish contacts and to discuss business topics in small groups.
“With the ‘IT for Rail’ conference, we offer decision makers in the rail sector a platform to exchange views about the pressing challenges facing rail transport and to share experience”, comments Martin Müller-Elschner, CEO of IVU Traffic Technologies AG. “The lectures and discussions have shown that powerful IT systems offer considerable potential for improving efficiency.”
Image: Participants of the international top level 'IT for Rail' conference of IVU AG at SBB Cargo in Zurich.
IVU Traffic Technologies AG has been working for more than 35 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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