Chemins de fer du Jura revolutionizes its passenger information system with the help of ETC-Gauff Solutions GmbH and MG Industrieelektronik GmbH
With 1.5 million passengers a year, the Chemins de fer du Jura is not only an insider tip for every railway fan, but with its additional offers, such as “The steam train of the Franches-Montagnes”, it is also a special attraction for all Swiss and Europeans. Founded in 1944 through the merger of CTN, SC, RSG and RPB, Chemins de fer du Jura is focusing on innovative solutions in the field of control center technology and real-time customer information with its new modernization and digitization project. This will give passengers better information on the current traffic situation and operating conditions.
In addition, cantonal and national purchasers of transport services have the possibility of exchanging and displaying real-time data with each other. By winning the public tender for the Chemins de fer du Jura by ETC, the transport company will have one of the most modern and interesting ITCS systems in Europe. ETC’s DatNet-ITCS system is a modular tool for creating standardized system landscapes in public transport. All requirements of the client, such as multi-client capability, multilingualism, various password guidelines and hosting can be fulfilled to the greatest possible extent. For the user, a series of modern modules of the ITCS DatNet provide all the prerequisites for obtaining an up-to-date overview of the traffic situation of the Chemins de fer du Jura at any time. Thanks to the connection to the Bernmobil and SBB CUS data hubs, passengers receive real-time information. Furthermore, all displays and announcements are made available in real time in the CJ network. The additional railcars of older series used in freight traffic will be equipped with DatNet mobile to obtain positioning data. In this way, loved classics are made fit for the future and put in a position to meet all the demands of today.
With MG Industrieelektronik as a supplier of the latest hardware, a long-standing partner of ETC is on board. MG’s innovative hardware in function and design, consisting of on-board computers, TFT monitors and operating terminals for the driver’s cab, meet the requirements of the tender in the best possible way and thus complete the picture of a technological renewal. ETC is looking forward to another new customer for DatNet and will do everything possible to complete this project to their full satisfaction.
ETC-Gauff Solutions GmbH separates from the gauff.com group
ETC has separated from the gauff.com corporate group and will operate as a separate, independent company from now on. New shareholders are the management and a business angel from the digital industry, with whom ETC has developed and implemented a concept for the independence of ETC Gauff Solutions GmbH in cooperation with gauff.com over the past months.
“I am proud that together we have modernised ETC with a focus on customer value,” said Dieter B. Gauff, ETC’s longtime owner. “Now the time has come to further strengthen the ETC in its growth and success and this also means that we create the best possible framework for the ETC”, Mr. Gauff continued.
There will be no changes in the management oft he ETC in connetion with the transaction. CEO Helge Haugk has successfully realigned the company over the last few years and now sees the time has come to lead ETC into a new phase. “As a provider of innovative system software, interface technologies and telematics solutions for the transport sector, we have become increasingly successful as a company in recent years and have developed into a leading IT specialist in the transport market,” said Helge Haugk, who has been successfully modernising ETC Solutions as CEO since 2017.
“Leaving the group will enable us to better align our internal processes, organizational structures and communication channels to our business segment and thus further increase our efficiency. In addition, the future independence and the resources that will be freed up will enable us to invest even more heavily in our own research and development,” Haugk continued.
The aim of the ETC is to continue the success of the recent years and to continue to grow both organically and inorganically. This includes above all further expansion in international markets and further development of software solutions.
High tech for urban bus transport
Verkehrsbetriebe Biel / ETC / MG
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Davos Transportation Company with its strategic orientation relies on the DatNet operations control system from ETC
The transport company of the municipality of Davos would like to achieve a great added value for the Davos guests and residents through the use of a new and modern passenger information system. In addition to providing passengers with better information on the current traffic and operating situation, the system also meets the requirements of the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) in Switzerland for the delivery of punctuality data as part of the quality measurement system for regional passenger transport (QMS RPV).
For the implementation of this project, Verkehrsbetrieb Davos relies on its partner ETC, which, with its web-based, flexible and open-interface ITCS system DatNet, is now increasingly establishing DatNet in urban and regional bus transport as well as in local rail passenger transport.
The real-time data in the form of measured arrival and departure punctuality as well as precise positioning are generated by modern on-board computers with associated state-of-the-art operator terminals from MG Industrieelektronik and transferred via interfaces to the ITCS DatNet system. There, the data is prepared for downstream processes and the arrival and departure forecasts for subsequent stops are calculated. The seamless integration of already existing technology into the hardware concept enables Davos Transport to provide a modern, reliable and economical solution for the realisation of the project.
Passengers in particular will benefit from the use of the modern passenger information system in conjunction with the ITCS DatNet system. In the future, they will be informed in the vehicle about the current timetable situation of their journey and when connections have been reached. The connection to the cantonal data hub BERNMOBIL and the resulting transfer of real-time data to the nationwide online timetable will also inform passengers at or near stops and stations. In addition, the Davos Transport Authority is able to automatically exchange punctuality data from connections at defined operating points with other transport companies connected to the data hub via VDV interfaces, which can then be reacted to operationally if necessary. Due to the modular structure of the ITCS system DatNet, the dispatchers and chauffeurs can be connected in further stages with mobile system support. By continuously updating the traffic and operating situation, they receive all necessary information at an early stage in order to be able to react quickly and easily to disruptions in operations within the framework of defined processes.
With its new customer Verkehrsbetrieb Davos, ETC is striving for a strategically important partnership for the future of the Swiss transport market.
The Luxembourg State Railways CFL is pushing ahead with digitisation and is introducing the paperless driver's cab for all locomotive drivers with RailTab.
EVB focuses on future innovations with ETC-Gauff Solutions
Since 09.12.2018, Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH has been operating a new line in Lower Saxony. The customers of evb can now enjoy their destinations comfortably and pleasantly on the existing line RB 33 in the Weser-Elbe network and the new line RB 76 Rotenburg - Verden. With a little luck one can drive with one of 2 pre-series vehicles of the hydrogen-powered series Coradia iLint. These emission-free and low-noise vehicles set an example for a CO2-free future for rail passenger transport. This test operation for the future will be supplemented by 15 Lint 41 vehicles from Alstom and 2 BR 628 vehicles in daily traffic, ensuring a safe and comfortable transport service at all times.
The modular and cross-sector ITCS solution DatNet from ETC-Gauff Solutions GmbH is used in the entire rail passenger transport of evb. This not only enables customers to keep track of their journey, but also supports all internal processes and operating procedures of the company’s employees.
Due to the fact that part of the daily traffic is covered by the company’s own infrastructure, finding a solution for position data determination was an important component of the project. In the RBL-Light function of DatNet mobile an adequate possibility was found. Since the BR 628 is an end-of-life vehicle from the 90s, this form of train tracking – like the old-timer rail buses of the tourist Moorexpress – is also used there, whereas the LINT 41 will be supplied with stationary position data in the future. However, the mobile solution will also remain in use for these vehicles as a fallback level.
Further important modules for the operation of the future will be the standardised modules: mobile recording and evaluation of quality and punctuality data, the provision of a document-proof status report as well as the evaluation and extrapolation of passenger numbers.
Digitalization in urban bus transport - Strengthening the mission statement of the Biel public transport authority through the DatNet
In their mission statement, the public transport authorities of Biel have not only agreed on reliability, customer friendliness and quality, but also on an improved and modern passenger information system. This will not only provide passengers with better information about the current traffic and operating situation, but will also enable private and public ordering organisations to exchange and evaluate real-time data. For the implementation of this project, Verkehrsbetriebe Biel relies on the ITCS system DatNet developed by ETC, which, with the project, provides the proof that the operation of urban bus services can also be made efficient and convenient.
Realisation of the REGIOPA project and planned start-up of the regional railway 56 (RB56)
With the realisation of the REGIOPA project and the planned start-up of Regional Bahn 56 (RB56), on the railway line reactivated for passenger traffic between Bad Bentheim, Nordhorn and Neuenhaus, Bentheimer Eisenbahn AG offers its customers faster and more comfortable travel than by bus or car. For this purpose, 5 new LINT 41s from Alstom will be delivered to Bentheimer Eisenbahn AG. They are equipped with the most modern solutions to guarantee passengers the best possible stay.
ETC Transport Consultants GmbH is involved in the project with cross-industry solutions. With the ITCS product DatNet, ETC as a future RBL supplier supports the mapping and handling of operational processes of the Bentheim Eisenbahn.
For this purpose, the real-time data from the existing bus RBL system are integrated into the DatNet. This enables a complete overview of daily operations and provides a uniform source of information for passengers, associations and connection providers. This project is supported by the use of DatNet mobile which will serve as an internal document and information hub for the company and will also support the driver in answering any customer enquiries that may arise.
The driving information portal available via WLAN is also fed with real-time data from DatNet and thus informs the customers of the Bentheimer Eisenbahn.
Stadler and ETC deliver standardized vehicle communication platform
Abellio and ETC agree on cooperation
Abellio, one of the leading competition railways in Germany, has entered into a cooperation agreement with ETC Transport Consultants GmbH to ensure high-quality and reliable local rail passenger transport. The contract was signed in Berlin on Thursday 26 October.
The start of the joint cooperation will be in the Stuttgarter Netz / Neckartal, which Abellio will operate from June 2019. The IT solution DatNet from ETC will provide stable monitoring, control, communication and monitoring of operational traffic in Baden-Württemberg.
“Our passengers in Baden-Württemberg should be informed promptly and comprehensively about their journey with Abellio. For this purpose, we rely on the flexible DatNet application from ETC, which works close to the processes,” explains Dirk Snel, CFO of Abellio GmbH.
The project team is now working intensively on a smooth introduction of the product, so that a tested and proven DatNet is used for the start of operations. In future, the Abellio fleet in Baden-Württemberg, consisting of 48 Bombardier Talent 2 multiple units, will be operationally monitored by DatNet and passengers will be provided with comprehensive real-time passenger information. The open-interface, modular and scalable structure of DatNet makes it possible to adapt the application flexibly to future requirements and thus meet Abellio’s growing requirements.
Abellio will start operations in Baden-Württemberg in June 2019 and serve the lines of the Stuttgart Netz/Neckartal. Abellio is currently already operating in Central Germany (Saale-Thüringen-Südharz Netz) and Nordrhein-Westfalen (e.g. Ruhr-Sieg-Netz, Niederrhein-Netz). In addition to the Stuttgarter Netz/Neckartal in Baden Württemberg, Abellio will also start operations in the diesel network Sachsen-Anhalt (in 2019) as well as the lines of the Rhein-Ruhr-Express (from 2018) and the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr (in 2019) in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Go-Ahead relies on cooperation with ETC for the launch in Germanyammenarbeit mit der ETC
Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH relies on innovative IT solutions for high-quality and reliable passenger transport for its successful start of operations in Germany. Go-Ahead uses the DatNet product for this purpose and will set up a company-wide data hub with its partner ETC Transport Consultants GmbH.
From mid-2019, Go-Ahead will start operations in Baden-Württemberg and serve the sub-networks “Rems-Fils”, “Franken-Enz” and the Murrbahn. In the future, all vehicles of the Go-Ahead fleet will be monitored operationally by the ITCS DatNet and the passenger information will be supplied with real-time data holistically by the data hub.
This shows the strength of the DatNet product. The open-interface, modular structure allows the system to be flexibly adapted and to meet the special requirements of Go-Ahead. The introduction can thus take place taking into account the operational process chain and the requirements of the transport contracts.
Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH belongs to the British Go-Ahead Group and was founded in 2014. The transport company plans to operate traffic in Baden-Württemberg with 59 Stadler Flirt vehicles.
With DatNet, ETC offers the ideal solution for any transport company that needs reliability, process optimization and efficiency.
The ETC Transport Consultants GmbH with its core competences real-time based data hubs, RBL/ITCS, mobile business applications, quality measurement and management systems as well as stop management is a respected partner in the transport industry. It has already integrated around 1,200 vehicles and more than 3,300 operating personnel into its applications.
cantus puts driver assistance system into operation
In order to support train drivers in their work, cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft, in cooperation with its partners ETC Transport Consultants GmbH and INAVET GmbH, has introduced a driver assistance system (FAS). As a new module of the company-wide data hub DatNet, the system has been in productive use for the entire cantus network since February 2017 following a successful trial and test phase.
With the help of the FAS, an energy-optimal driving style between two stops is guaranteed, taking punctuality requirements into account. An energy saving is possible by an optimal distribution of the existing driving time reserves. The FAS app smarttrains was integrated into the existing DatNet mobile, which provides drivers with driving recommendations.
During the entire train journey, the arrival forecast for the next stop calculated precisely by the FAS is displayed. In the event of an unscheduled stop (e.g. at a signal), the forecasts and driving recommendations are automatically updated by the interaction between DatNet and smarttrains. Operation-specific requirements such as delay tolerances, important stops, train crossings and demand stops are taken into account. The infrastructure data is recorded before the system is put into operation by means of precise measurement runs with the vehicles actually in use.
The FAS ensures significant savings in energy costs, reduces pre-planned arrivals and delays in rail operations, with positive effects on the penalty vis-à-vis the task carrier, and also reduces maintenance costs by reducing vehicle wear. It can be used on both diesel and electric vehicles.
The FAS is currently also being introduced at NBE nordbahn and agilis.
The FAS is another module in demand by customers that complements the ETC product DatNet, a company-wide data hub. Particularly in connection with the DatNet energy management tool, the FAS forms the final building block in the process from energy forecasting and optimization of energy purchasing to billing. This demonstrates the strength of DatNet as an open-interface, modular system that can be flexibly expanded and adapted to special customer requirements.
ODEG is placing even greater emphasis on digitization
The Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (ODEG), as a modern, innovative private railway transport company, is once again increasingly focusing on the standardisation and digitalisation of its operational processes. Together with its partner ETC Transport Consultants GmbH, a company-wide data hub is introduced and ODEG’s vehicle fleet is upgraded. ODEG uses the ETC product DatNet for this purpose.
From the second quarter of 2017, ODEG’s first relevant business processes relating to operations planning, operations scheduling and passenger information will be mapped and digitized. At the same time, the processes will prepare the ground for the successful start-up of the regained Spree-Neisse network in December 2018. In the future, all vehicles of the ODEG fleet will be monitored operationally by the ITCS DatNet and the passenger information of the ODEG (TFT monitors, app, website) will be supplied with real-time data holistically by the data hub.
The DatNet product has an open-interface and modular structure. This makes it possible to adapt the system flexibly and to meet the special requirements of ODEG. The introduction takes place phase by phase, taking into account the operational process chain, and is – metaphorically speaking – carried out under a rolling wheel.
ETC DatNet - The modern, flexible RBL platform
Trade fair news for IT-TRANS 2016
In an increasingly mobile world, computer-aided operations control systems (RBL/ITCS), real-time VDV data hubs, quality measurement and planning systems and mobile software solutions (apps) enable fast, reliable and transparent customer information in public transport, the consolidation of all data from planning to invoicing of services, automated evaluations, short reaction times and simplified communication channels between employees.
Founded in 1974, today a Gauff Consultants company, ETC with its dedicated teams in Berlin and Olten (Switzerland) has created the right software platform for precisely these challenges, which it will present live at its stand at this year’s IT-Trans.
The web-based, modern DatNet is a tool for setting up standardised system landscapes in public transport. It serves for the central receipt, preparation, storage and distribution of all data in the process of a journey, no matter whether train or bus. The customer can assemble his system from a multitude of modules according to requirements or transport contracts, regardless of whether a complete computer-aided operations control system (RBL/ITCS) is to be set up, communicated with information systems based on the VDV standard or the instruction and reporting system automated.
DatNet has an extensive range of standard interfaces, in addition to the well-known VDV standards these are formats such as railML®, VDV 452, DIVA or HAFAS raw data which guarantee smooth communication with passenger information and counting systems, vending machines or information systems, but also new media such as Google Maps, Facebook or Twitter.
One of the latest modules in the DatNet landscape is the Energy Management tool for planning, forecasting and billing daily energy requirements for electric train journeys and the automation of the entire energy market communication on an XML basis. Energy forecasting and billing work seamlessly with the existing functionalities of target timetable management and daily scheduling.
More and more transport companies are using the DatNet platform for their daily work, with the result that 500 rail vehicles of all manufacturers, 150 buses and 1,500 personnel now communicate via the system. All known information systems including the RIS of DB AG and the CUS of the Swiss Federal Railways are directly connected to DatNet.
agilis informs passengers in real time on DEFAS
The passengers of agilis in Bavaria now receive up-to-date information about their connection in real time via the Bavaria-wide timetable information DEFAS – the Bavarian timetable. According to information from ETC Transport Consultants GmbH, this is made possible by the new computer-aided DatNet operations control system introduced by agilis.
The first module of RBL/ITCS DatNet for locating the trains and connecting them to DEFAS was successfully installed within 3 months together with agilis and the Berlin company ETC Transport Consultants GmbH. In addition to the workstations in the control centre and the operational planning, the 160 train drivers are equipped with the software DatNet or DatNet mobile in order to locate the 64 vehicles in the networks operated by agilis. The DatNet uses data from the network infrastructure, GPS vehicle location via the smartphones of the train drivers as well as manual entries by the control centre personnel.
The information obtained in this way is linked together to determine an exact travel time forecast and delivered to DEFAS as real-time data via the standardised VDV 453/454 interface. This enables the travellers in the networks operated by agilis to obtain up-to-the-minute and real-time customer information.
DatNet to monitor train services, enter delay forecasts and reasons and promptly provide passenger information on operations. This includes, for example, not only current punctuality forecasts but also held connections or alternative transfer options (dynamic connection security). Communication with train crews, such as the transmission of instructions, takes place via the DatNet mobile information management system integrated into DatNet.
In the coming months, further modules such as vehicle scheduling and vehicle dispatching, electronic situation and malfunction reports as well as an automated reporting system will be set up and put into operation. Once all modules have been introduced, agilis will have a company-wide data hub with which to map the current core processes of a modern transport company.
The structure of RBL/ITCS DatNet is modular and open interfaces, so that the system can be flexibly adapted to agilis’ requirements in the future as well.
ETC delivers RBL for Hessische Landesbahn
Just in time for the start of operations on 15.12.2013, ETC implemented the computer-aided DatNet operations control system developed in-house at Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) together with the associated mobile application DatNet mobile. ETC has thus successfully set up its DatNet product in the buses of a regional transport company. In addition to installing DatNet in the control centre, around 30 HLB buses and the relevant staff were equipped with modern mobile devices and the DatNet mobile software.
The HLB now records and delivers punctuality data, causes of delays and bus registrations by the staff via the DatNet mobile and transmits current position data of the buses. ETC’s products serve to ensure real-time data transmission, communication between staff, bus and control centre and the provision of data to systems at the customer’s site, e.g. Q-Monitor. In addition, they support HLB in optimizing its internal processes.
The DatNet mobile can easily be extended by further system modules, such as information management, passenger counting/survey, service registration and damage recording, and offers HLB a product with which many internal company processes can be further simplified and standardized.
With the products DatNet and DatNet mobile, ETC has already equipped more than 12 SPNV transport networks throughout Germany. Throughout Germany, 224 vehicles of different manufacturers and model series are integrated into the DatNet RBL and more than 800 personnel are equipped with DatNet mobile.
These real-time systems and data turntables form the focus of ETC’s IT Solutions division. In addition, management information systems and quality management systems for transport companies are developed here and interdisciplinary IT services are offered.
DatNet of the Erfurter Bahn control centre connected to the DEFAS customer information system
The customers of the Erfurt Bahn in Bavaria now receive their current information and real-time data via DEFAS. For this purpose, Erfurter Bahn uses the real-time data system DatNet, which has been used for many years and developed by ETC Transport Consultants GmbH.
The Erfurt Bahn schedules its train services via DatNet, enters delay forecasts and justifications and provides passenger information in real time on operational events. This includes, for example, up-to-date connections, current delays and transfer options, which are made available to passengers visually and acoustically.
DatNet uses real-time data from the network infrastructure, vehicle location via GPS and manual personnel input.
The real-time data of the Erfurt Bahn are supplied via a standardised VDV 453/454 interface to the information system DEFAS Bayern – the Bavarian timetable – of the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft (BEG). This enables passengers on all routes operated by the Erfurt Bahn to obtain up-to-the-minute and real-time-based customer information even in Bavaria. In particular, delays, train cancellations and partial cancellations, track changes and additional journeys are transmitted.
Currently, 43 vehicles at the Erfurt Bahn are equipped with real-time data connections via DatNet. In addition to the installation of DatNet in the control centre, the train drivers and train attendants – currently approx. 377 employees – are also equipped with mobile devices and the DatNet mobile software.
Länderbahn relies on DatNet - New RBL for the Waldbahn
The Länderbahn (Regentalbahn AG) also orders the computer-aided operations control system DatNet from ETC Transport Consultants GmbH for the Waldbahn and thus continues to rely on the tried and tested and successfully introduced software solutions in alex and at the Vogtlandbahn.
When the Waldbahn goes into operation in December 2013, the Länderbahn will optimise its customer information in the vehicles and equip them with modern information systems. Passenger information in real time on operating events, e.g. current connections, current delays and transfer options, is transmitted to the vehicles via the DatNet software solution. The input and control of non-automatically generated information on operational events is maintained by the employees in the operations control centre of the regional railway. All information transmitted to the vehicle is visualised using modern monitors and announced in German, English and Czech. In addition to the information in the vehicles, all important customer information on operating activities is transferred to the company’s own Internet portals and to the Bavarian timetable information – the Bavarian timetable – of the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft. In addition to the installation of DatNet in the control centre, the train drivers and train attendants will be equipped with mobile devices and the DatNet mobile software.
DatNet and DatNet mobile not only take over the tasks of customer information, but also support the internal processes of transport companies at the same time. Examples of this are the company’s own reporting system as well as the distribution of duty rosters, service instructions and reports of vehicle damage to workshops.
ETC has been supplying the Länderbahn with both systems since 2011. In the meantime, 184 vehicles of different manufacturers and model series have been integrated into the DatNet RBL nationwide and more than 800 personnel have been equipped with DatNet mobile.