Brand New CAF Trains Will Use ITCS Datnet from ETC for the Schönbuchbahn
Since it was reopened in 1996, the Schönbuchbahn has been the most important local public transport in the Schönbuch clearing in Baden-Württemberg. Since then, the range of transport has been continuously improved and the number of passengers has increased. The Schönbuchbahn is fully integrated into the Stuttgart Tariff and Transport Association (VVS). The route leads from Dettenhausen (in the Tübingen district), via Weil im Schönbuch, Holzgerlingen to Böblingen. There it connects to the S1 and S60 lines of the Stuttgart S-Bahn.The Zweckverband Schönbuchbahn (ZVS) is now leading the Schönbuchbahn operated by the Württembergische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (WEG) into the age of digitisation using the latest technology. Reliability, customer friendliness and quality are the focus of the project. For the implementation, the ZVS is procuring twelve brand new, light electric multiple units from the Spanish train manufacturer CAF and the innovative ITCS industry platform DatNet developed by ETC, which is used in more and more European transport companies and valued for its effectiveness and efficiency. Not only should the new CAF trains make traveling more pleasant for customers in the future, but also improved and ultra-modern, dynamic passenger information systems.
The Schönbuchbahn is now also digitally integrated into the VVS through the ITCS DatNet and connected to its data hub.
For better passenger information, passenger information systems from GSP will be used in the future, which will provide passengers with real-time information via DatNet and provide information about the operating situation, connecting trips and delays. Passengers can call up the real-time data via the VVS app and social networks and also find information on DFI displays in trains and stations
The DatNet used as a web application in the flexible “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model, with its modern and easy-to-use user interface, also makes work more pleasant for the employees in the control centre. The map, circulation and list views and the data exchange with external systems, e.g. with the data hub of the VVS, enable a holistic overview of the traffic situation.
The entire process chain from taking over the daily updated target timetable through automatic and manual dispatching together with the location of the vehicles to the operation of the interfaces according to VDV 453/454 is digitised with the flexibly combinable modules of the DatNet platform.
In addition, the real-time data are used to secure connections, as train drivers are notified, for example, whether they have to wait for the S-Bahn or other means of transport. Thanks to the system’s forecasts of deviations from normal operations, it is now possible to act much more efficiently, trigger an automated reporting chain if necessary, or initiate planning measures at an early stage. In addition, all operational data as well as reasons for delays are automatically documented, e.g. for reports to the customer.
With the new systems, the Schönbuchbahn is optimally and sustainably equipped for the future and meets all requirements for modern work and comfortable travel in the age of digitalisation of public transport.
This article was originally published by ETC Solutions.
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