Five regions in Denmark have decided to issue a joint call for tenders regarding the implementation of a new planning and clearing system. INIT prevailed against international competitors and also against the former national system supplier. Therefore, INIT was awarded the contract for the implementation of the largest planning system in the history of the company in terms of the covered geographical area, the number of vehicles as well as the order volume. The integrated system includes strategic and operational planning as well as contract management with the transport operators.
The contract was awarded by the five Danish transport authorities BAT, Midttrafik, Nordjyllands Trafikselsekab OB, Sydtrafik and Fynbus, which will follow in 2015. Thus, all transport authorities in Denmark – except from the Copenhagen region – will use INIT systems for their planning. Danish transport authorities will benefit from the experiences of the expert for client based systems in large geographical areas. For example, those gained in previous projects like the multi-company solution for DB Regio Bus Bayern in Bavaria which has built the largest telematics system in Germany.
Transport authorities are responsible for planning and managing public transport in their region, whereas transport services are provided by private transport operators. In Denmark, transport authorities are responsible for scheduling, assigning the transport services to the providers and settling payments for the provided services with the municipalities. Scheduling as well as subsequent clearing processes are handled based on so-called “realistic” blocks – vehicle blocks that can be easily transformed into duties. That means that duty rostering requirements with regard to breaks are already considered in the calculation of these blocks.
Another crucial feature for the customer is the efficient management of contracts between the authority and the operators. The contractual terms can be very different, e. g. per kilometer, per block, all inclusive or mixed. Due to this, it is possible to calculate the planned transport services beforehand in MOBILE-PERDIS. Based on the block data, the expenses can be calculated and different providers can be compared in a convenient way. Thus, planners have a powerful forecasting tool at hand. INIT’s system also makes sure that all providers are paid for the provided transport services. For this purpose, several processes run automatically.
In order to fulfil all requirements of the Danish transport authorities, the integrated solution provided by INIT consists of the following three products: MOBILE-PLAN, MOBILE-PERDIS and PTV Visum. MOBILE-PLAN is the leading sub-system which is most frequently employed by users in their day-to-day work. MOBILE-PLAN takes care of planning transport services (scheduling and creation of blocks), preparation of publications (stop-specific timetables, pocket timetables, forms for passenger counting, statistics) as well as data provision for all downstream systems (e. g. ticketing or journey planner).