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Creating optimal timetables and vehicle working schedules

Efficient vehicle blocks and charging plans for battery-powered electric buses: IVU.suite supports overall vehicle working scheduling from daily deployment all the way to vehicle working schedules for several days including maintenance, service and charging times. At the same time, numerous automated functions and adaptive algorithms make workflows much faster.

The vehicle working scheduling of IVU.suite takes all relevant data into account, such as information about terrain and vehicle utilisation as well as charging station types and their power output. In addition, the system knows the power consumption of the various electric bus models as well as the age of their batteries, from which it determines a forecast of the expected range.
To ensure efficient vehicle working, the system takes steps such as minimising the number of deployed vehicles and the lengths of non-revenue trips. The optimisation also factors in charging processes automatically and takes into account factors such as the remaining range, recharge status and charging time required for the electric buses. The integrated variant planning function also allows transport operators to calculate various scenarios.

Load and charging management

Fully charged into the vehicle block – with IVU.suite, planners and dispatch managers have the overall charging process under control, from long-term charging planning through controlling the infrastructure and all the way to energy management at the depot. The software compiles all relevant data, calculates optimum charging scenarios and ensures that electric buses are always sufficiently charged, and the load limits of the infrastructure are adhered to.

Target recharge status and target charging time, battery age, total available output, charging stations that are ready for use and energy costs: Sophisticated algorithms take every aspect of charging planning into account and determine the correct charging strategy for every vehicle and every depot. In this way, charging processes drain only as much output as is actually required. Smart peak shifting avoids load peaks and capacity overloads on the one hand and distributes charging processes dynamically across vehicles and charging stations on the other in order to enable efficient and economical charging.

The charging point monitor shows an overview of all charging points and provides information about charging processes and power consumption. At the same time, the system warns the user in the event of deviations.

As a component of IVU.suite, load and charging management can be operated alone or integrated in the depot management system. As a result, the system can grow in modular fashion according to the growth of the fleet.


Automating processes at the depot

The depot management system (eBMS) of IVU.suite ensures that transport operators can smoothly park their electric buses, charge them for a specific range and deploy them again – regardless of the vehicle and in only one system. Whether it’s mixed operations or purely electric fleets, numerous automated functions accelerate workflows and make cooperation easier across all areas of responsibility.

Through automated processes, the depot management system of IVU.suite brings about increases in efficiency at the depot and automatically determines the optimum vehicle block, parking space and charging plan. Vehicle availability, vehicle types and services such as washing, cleaning and maintenance are all taken into consideration in the process. The direct connection between integrated load and charging management and the charging infrastructure ensures maximum efficiency and flexibility in dispatch.

The eBMS also digitalises the flow of information at the depot. In this way, drivers can see their target parking space on the on-board computer and via the display on the one hand and use the IVU.pad to find out where their vehicles are parked prior to departure on the other.
Vehicle and vehicle block status are continuously updated with actual data in the depot management system. Thanks to the tight integration with the control centre, the dispatch managers are always kept informed of a bus’s current run position.

End-to-end solution for bus and rail

An integrated, one-stop solution – IVU.suite offers the right support for all fields of activity of bus and rail companies: from planning, dispatch, fleet management, ticketing, and passenger information through to the settlement of transport contracts.

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