Finnish Railways implements future-oriented solution for staff

After optimising its ticketing policy, Finnish incumbent railway company VR Group has focused on improving internal operational processes. To this end, the national operator implemented a new, future-oriented solution to enhance planning and dispatching of its personnel.

In late June, VR Group dramatically changed its ticket sales. Now it is the turn to improve the operational processes. The Finnish railway operator implemented the IVU.pad.employee mobile portal from the Berlin-based company IVU Traffic Technologies. By using this solution, VR Group is able to plan and dispatch its conductors and train drivers in a fully digital workflow as well as to calculate the best possible duty schedule automatically on the basis of freely configurable rules.

“We could no longer map the complex crewing model sufficiently with our previous system. It was very complex to establish efficient duties, so we looked around for a suitable solution. The wide functional scope and the flexibility of IVU.rail were the best fit for our requirements. We have therefore gained a future-oriented solution with which we are exceptionally well-equipped for future challenges,” said Harri Takala, Head of Planning, Regional Services at VR Group.

Long-standing partnership

VR Group has a long experience in using IVU-developed solutions for some of its services. Since 2010 the Finnish operator has been planning and dispatching the schedules of its regional trains as well as all parking and track occupancy at Helsinki Central Station with the help of IVU.rail platform. “As a long-standing partner of VR Group, we are very familiar with our customer’s high expectations. So we are delighted that we are now able to use IVU.rail to help VR Group to put their personnel deployment on a stable footing for further enhancements,” noted Christian Teschner, Sales Director Rail at IVU Traffic Technologies.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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