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SBB implements cloud solution to plan freight operations

SBB Cargo, a subsidiary of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), has moved rail digitalisation to the next stage. The company started to use the IVU.cloud solution for planning its operations.

SBB Cargo has been hosting the system entirely in the IVU.cloud. Linked via a secure connection, up to 150 people work simultaneously on the high-availability servers provided by Amazon Web Services. All details of technical operations management from user administration to error handling are closely coordinated with SBB Cargo. IVU engineers have direct access to the IVU.cloud so that they can regularly import updates and new releases, thus keeping the system constantly up to date.

The solution was developed by the German IT-company IVU Traffic Technologies. “The collaboration with IVU has gone really well. Compared with a local installation, because of the IVU.cloud, we arrive at solutions more quickly and receive patches and new releases from IVU.rail straight after they come out. Instead of coordinating multiple suppliers, we receive the entire service from a single source with the IVU.cloud, allowing us to respond quickly to changes and adapt the system flexibly,” said Michel Thüring, Head of IT Production at SBB Cargo.

IVU.rail at SBB

SBB Cargo has been already using IVU.rail, another IVU-developed integrated standard solution. It helps the company to plan, dispatch and deploy trains and staff. The solution includes several options for network and timetable planning, duty and vehicle working scheduling, track occupancy, vehicle monitor, payroll accounting, etc.

Every day SBB Cargo carries over 200,000 tonnes of freight by rail. This volume is handled by around 320 locomotives and 2,200 employees as well as with the help of IVU.rail solution. “A crucial factor in choosing IVU.rail was the high level of standardisation of the system, which largely met our requirements even in the basic version,” noted Dani Schwander, Project Manager at SBB Cargo.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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