Slovenske železnice digitises operational processes
After launching the mobile application for its customers, Slovenian railway operator Slovenske železnice (SŽ) changed the focus of its digital policy. Now it is the turn of operational processes. The railway company intends to digitise its schedule planning, train dispatching and other internal activities by the end of 2020.
In order to find a supplier of a digital workflow for all operational areas, SŽ carried out a procurement proceeding. The German technology company IVU Traffic Technologies won this tender and obtained a new contract. According to its terms, the winner will deliver to the Slovenian operator its genuine digital platform known as IVU.rail, which is actually a combination of several dedicated solutions. For instance, the IVU.vehicle solution simplifies vehicle dispatching while the IVU.pad solution facilitates communication between dispatch managers and mobile staff.
“Thanks to the integrated planning and scheduling of IVU.rail, we can now standardise many of our previously manual tasks in a digital process and thus work much more efficiently. This will increase our competitiveness, especially with regard to our targeted growth in the European market,” said Dušan Mes, CEO of Slovenske železnice. According to him, SŽ plans to introduce the IVU digital platform by the end of the current year.
Slovenske železnice in figures
Slovenske železnice is a state-owned railway holding that consists of several dedicated companies including SŽ – Infrastruktura (rail infrastructure manager), SŽ – Potniški promet (responsible for passenger operations), SŽ – Tovorni promet (freight transportation) and others. Every day, more than 500 SŽ passenger trains run across Slovenia and to the neighbouring states. The company’s daily freight traffic is over 130 trains. SŽ has a staff of around 7,500 people and operates the railway network of more than 1,200 kilometres.