Analyzing & Optimizing

Accurate data as basis for informed management decisions

Running public transport successfully is, not least, an economical challenge. In the first place, this calls for deploying only as many vehicles as necessary to fulfil the demand. On the other hand, it is crucial to organize working procedures efficiently and make the best use of further cost saving potentials, for example through optimized asset management and energy efficiency. At the same time, you always have to keep in mind the aspired service quality and customer experience.

What INIT can help you to achieve

Increase efficiency

  • Having a solid basis for management decisions
  • Identify weak points
  • Identify where the service offer exceeds the demand
  • Automated passenger counting
  • Automated feedback for improved planning
  • Save fuel
  • Optimize maintenace
  • Business Intelligence
  • Big Data

Increase service quality

  • Monitor the fleet’s performance
  • Adjust service quality based on real-time information on passenger loads
  • Increase customer satisfaction by planning routes and vehicle sizes in accordance with the actual demand
  • Support passenger flow in stations
  • Increase punctuality by feeding statistical data back into the planning process

The comprehensive suite of INIT tools for analyzing and optimizing operations supports the challenging task of balancing the economic goals of a public transport provider with a maximum of service quality. Weak point analyses help you to streamline operations, but also to enhance your service quality by adapting your schedules to real-life conditions. The comparison between service offers and the actual passenger load helps to optimize the use of resources or opens up the chance to increase customer satisfaction by reacting to overcrowded vehicles. Statistical data also help to optimize schedules and blocks while achieving further cost savings through vehicle health management and energy efficient driving.

Informed decisions

Today’s public transport is all about customer experience. The number one requirement is providing a high quality service. Hence, it is obvious that public transport managers want to be informed about the performance within their network. Already during the operational day, MOBILEstatistics provides an instant overview of key performance indicators and an overall quality level. It even alerts them if a defined parameter falls under a critical threshold.

Analyses and reporting

MOBILEstatistics, the analysis and evaluation tool, provides deep insight into the quality of operations. It gives a solid information basis to further increase the efficiency of operations. Precise data on punctuality, unexpected delays, time spent at stops and passenger counts help identify potential for improvements and weak points. As a result, schedules, routes and the deployment of vehicles and staff can be optimized. The data can also be used for the distribution of revenues. The tool provides rich functionalities, high-quality data, and flexible reporting and analyses.

Feedback into planning

The software module MOBILEloop automatically feeds back statistical data like passenger counts or delays into the planning system MOBILE-PLAN. Hence, these data immediately become visible for planners and allow them to recognize systematic deviations between scheduled data and the current situation. Based on these findings, new schedules, blocks and duties can be created with optimization runs. This results in realistic schedules and therefore higher punctuality while keeping vehicle deployment low.

Automatic Passenger Counting

The Automatic Passenger Counting system MOBILE-APC uses the most accurate sensor currently available on the market – the IRMA sensor. The passenger counts are matched with the schedule data and can be evaluated in MOBILEstatistics to identify where service and demand don’t match or to produce reports for revenue distribution. In addition, information on the passenger counts can be transferred in real time to inform dispatcher and passengers. For example, this information is used to guide passengers on the platform to less crowded sections within incoming trains.

Ecological and economical fleet management

Modern vehicles constantly monitor the status of their technical systems. Logs and error reports are useful for troubleshooting in the workshop. Now pertinent vehicle information is collected via the CAN bus (Controller Area Network) and merged by MOBILE-ECO². Subsequently, they are displayed in one single system to monitor the vehicle condition and optimize maintenance. In addition, the factors influencing the fuel consumption of the vehicle are tracked. They are directly presented to the drivers via a panel or their data terminal to increase the awareness of inappropriate behavior and to serve a more reluctant driving style. In addition, the data can be used to adapt driver training or to reward drivers for fuel savings. As savings from five to eight percent can be achieved relatively easily, the monitoring of the driving pattern is an important factor to increase the efficiency of public transport.

Technical highlights

  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Dash board for instant overview
  • Alerts for key quality parameters
  • Color-coded display of events (heat map)
  • Interactive reports
  • First analyses instantly based on ITCS data
  • Business Intelligence Data
  • Direct feedback of statistical data into the planning process
  • Precise Automatic Passenger Counting (APC)
  • Sophisticated data matching algorithms
  • Convenient evaluations and reports
  • Fraud detection by comparing passenger counts with ticket sales
  • Real-time passenger load data
  • Passenger flow management

Scope of the INIT solution

Precise passenger counting – precise data

INIT’s Automatic Passenger Counting technology delivers credible data that provides an excellent basis for making service planning and scheduling decisions. In addition, INIT has supported RTD with outstanding customer support over the years.

Jonathan Wade

Regional Transportation District Denver, Colorado/USA

References

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Press release
Albany: CDTA partners with INIT for modern ITMS

21 March 2017

Project report
Neuchâtel: MOBILE-ITCS deployed in Switzerland for the first time
Solution report
MOBILEstatistics: Analysing operations – evaluating key performance indicators

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Our experts will answer your questions and give you additional information.

Georg König

Key Account Manager
INIT GmbH
Germany

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