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Planning system for Bangkok’s Purple Line

The Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited (BEM) started planning its resources early for the launch of the new metro in Bangkok in 2016. To this end, they were using the integrated standard system IVU.rail from Berlin-based IT specialist IVU Traffic Technologies AG.

Bangkok, Thailand

The first test trains have been running on the newly built Purple Line in the Thai metropolis since December 2015. A total of 16 stations serve the 23-kilometre route between Bang Yai in the north-west and Tao Poon in the centre of Bangkok. IVU.rail is in place to ensure efficient planning of all transport operations. The system is fitted with a standardised railML interface, guaranteeing an optimum connection with the Bombardier Cityflo 650 train control system.

The planning module of the IVU solution enables BEM to perform integrated planning of the network and timetable. It maps the routes between the network points down to the last detail and takes into account attributes such as the expected passenger volume. BEM also uses IVU.rail for duty and vehicle working scheduling. On the basis of flexibly configurable rules, the system automatically suggests duties and vehicle schedules and calculates changes of direction, empty runs and maintenance times, ensuring that all resources are used efficiently.

BEM has been performing all planning processes for the Blue Line, Bangkok’s first metro railway service, with the IVU system since back in 2003: “We are very proud also to be taking on the planning for the new Purple Line,” said Frank Nagel, Head of Business Development for Asia-Pacific at IVU Traffic Technologies AG. “This contract extension demonstrates the quality of our system and underlines how important good customer relationships are to our business.”

IVU Traffic Technologies has been providing efficient and environmentally friendly public transport for over 45 years with more than 1.000 engineers. The integrated standard products of the IVU.suite map all the processes of bus and rail companies: from planning and dispatching to operations control, ticketing and passenger information, right through to the settlement of transport contracts. In close partnership with our customers, we lead demanding IT projects to success and therefore ensure reliable mobility in the metropolises of the world.

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