Efficient planning and dispatching in the Cloud

SBB Cargo, the freight transport division of Swiss Federal Railways, handles almost a quarter of all freight transport service in Switzerland. In the highly cost-sensitive logistics sector, optimum planning and utilisation of resources deliver crucial competitive advantages due to extremely volatile planning conditions.

To simplify the existing planning processes, SBB Cargo needed an integrated standard system. Process automation and the use of optimisation components were to accelerate planning and improve the quality of planning outcomes. One particular focal point here was the reduced use of resources through optimum planning and utilisation of vehicle and staff.

SBB Cargo opted for the integrated planning and dispatching software IVU.rail. The key factors were the high level of standardisation of the system and the available optimisation components. SBB Cargo also uses the wide-ranging optimisation tools of IVU.rail. For example, automatic staff dispatching allocates all duties automatically while ensuring that the applicable statutory and in-house working-time regulations are adhered to. Recurring schedules can be created quickly thanks to the automation. The integrated employee portal IVU.pad.employee also facilitates communication between dispatchers and staff. Due to the high flexibility and scalability, SBB Cargo is also relying on hosting IVU.rail in the IVU.cloud.

The introduction of IVU.rail has enabled SBB Cargo to plan and dispatch vehicles and staff in a fully integrated process from a long-term and short-term perspective. IVU.rail helps to ensure optimum utilisation of resources and to adapt planning to changed transportation. With the employee portal, all relevant information is available and up to date, even when changes are made at short notice. Printouts and notices are no longer required. Because of the IVU.cloud, SBB Cargo receives regular updates and new releases.

Objectives

  • Replacing the diverse system landscape with an integrated standard system
  • Simplifying and standardising processes
  • Automating and optimising resource planning and dispatching

Specific Features

  • Extremely volatile planning conditions
  • Operation in the IVU.cloud