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VBN plans with IVU system

Public transport is open and versatile – to make sure that it stays like this in the future, the Bremen/Lower Saxony transport association (VBN) is purchasing a central planning system from Berlin-based IT specialist IVU Traffic Technologies. The members of the association will then be able to use the system to complete all their timetable planning, vehicle scheduling and duty scheduling as independent operators – entirely from the cloud.

Bremen, Germany

As an amalgamation of over 30 private and municipal transport operators, VBN provides all public transport in the network region covering the cities of Bremen, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg. Every year, more than 175 million passengers use the services provided by the member companies. With the ordered planning system, VBN wants to give the small and medium-sized operators in the network access to an integrated resource planning tool to ensure non-discriminatory access to the German public transport market in the future.

VBN has already been using the fleet management system IVU.fleet for network-wide fleet management and connection management since 2013. Now, the association is adding the planning products IVU.run and IVU.duty to the tools available to its members. The integrated system allows transport companies to use a computer-supported vehicle and duty scheduling system to deploy vehicles and employees efficiently. Up to 30 VBN members with around 1,000 buses will be able to upgrade to the new environment over the next few years. 

To ease the workload of the association, the administration union and the individual companies, IVU will also be taking care of all hosting as well as the technical operations management for the system within the IVU.cloud. The high-performing Amazon Web Services server ensures complete operational reliability. 

“We were particularly impressed by the integrated approach of the IVU solution. The option of having IVU host the entire production environment in particular was an important advantage for us as it saves us time, resources and costs,” says Michael Lorenzen, Project Manager in the area of information systems at VBN and the future system administrator. “This enables us to support our members as they digitalise their entire resource planning system and in doing so help them to further improve their services for their passengers.”

“We are delighted that VBN has chosen to start using our planning products,” says Bastian Dittbrenner, Head of the Public Transport division at IVU. “This order is ground-breaking in the sense that it is continuing the success of ITCS central networked systems to incorporate the area of planning. This could make it a model of integrated system architecture for other transport associations.”


The Bremen/Lower Saxony transport association (VBN) fully or partially combines over 30 municipal and private transport companies providing local public transport in the cities of Bremen, Bremerhaven, Delmenhorst, Oldenburg as well as the districts of Ammerland, Oldenburg, Wesermarsch, Cuxhaven, Nienburg, Osterholz, Rotenburg (Wümme), Verden and Diepholz. The most important task is the development of a standardised tariff and ticket structure. Over 175 million journeys are made using the buses, trams and trains of VBN annually (2018). You can find more detailed information online at www.vbn.de.

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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