Efficient duty and run schedules for increasing demands

AKN Eisenbahn AG is a firmly established part of the Schleswig-Holstein rail sector. For more than 130 years, it has guaranteed regular rail transport from the centre and the south of Schleswig-Holstein to and from the Hamburg metropolitan area. Due to growing demands for efficiency and planning quality, the planners were facing challenges that they could not meet to the extent hoped for with the existing system, in which duties and vehicle runs were created in separate processes.

In order to improve the planning results and particularly to unburden the planners, AKN decided to replace the existing system by introducing an integrated system. As well as the combined planning of duties and vehicle runs, it was also intended that optimisation functions should contribute to more efficient personnel deployment.

IVU.rail unites all the planning tasks of a rail company in one system. This ensures a continuous flow of data between the individual planning steps. This means that the duty scheduling can easily access the data from timetabling and run scheduling at any time. The IVU solution also has a powerful optimisation engine. This helps the planners to consistently create balanced and efficient duty schedules.

The introduction of IVU.rail has significantly simplified the work of the planners at AKN. All relevant data from the duty scheduling and run scheduling is now available at any time, meaning that the work cycles are now significantly quicker. Thanks to the optimisation and automation functions, AKN now has better and more efficient duty schedules and run schedules, with less time and effort needed for their creation.


  • Integration of duty scheduling and run scheduling
  • Improvement of planning results
  • Unburden planners

Specific details

  • Swift and simple provision as part of a system upgrade
  • Integrated workflow from the planning to the settlement