Software Development for Innovative Public Transport Systems
The digitalized world provides the individual with a platform, however, it is the software which fills this hardware with content and hence enables its utilization.
For IT in public transport there is a large variety of software, which is oriented towards the specific applications. These differ according to the users and business objectives:
Using Simulation Software to Make Traffic Flow
The transport companies, for instance, have to administrate, maintain and deploy their fleet of vehicles according to current demand. In view of the great complexity within the traffic system and the necessity to react quickly on demand, disposition and planning software is used.
If a transport company wants to set up a new route or adapt their current schedule, this has to be done in an organized process. Project management tools, that is software specifically designed for the needs of planning, coordinating and supervision of transportation projects, are used for this purpose. Also, special simulation software is of importance for future planning. The simulation of different scenarios allows different solutions to be tested without large financial investments.
Traffic Management Software for Optimal Utilization
In operational business, traffic management and traffic control software improve execution. Information such as current occupation of the modes of transport, their scheduled journey and their current position are available at the central office. There they can, in case of a delay for instance, decide which train may pull into the station first. An algorithmically assisted decision system with appropriate programming considers all relevant requirements and optimizes the parallel operations automatically.
Navigating the Customer with Passenger Information Software
In order to effectively communicate with passengers and provide them with all relevant information, transport companies use passenger management and passenger information software. Passenger management is concerned with ticketing and fare management. Within the mode of transportation this allows the passengers to validate their ticket’s legitimacy in case of a ticket inspection. Passenger information systems navigate the customer through traffic. They not only provide the quickest route, but also inform about current delays. In case of unanticipated events, such as accidents, they ensure efficient alternative routes and hence contribute to controlling traffic.
Software Development Guarantees Public Local and Long-Distance Traffic
Software development for traffic is just as diverse and complex as the traffic itself. For every single application a specific solution is required. The software collects the produced data, such as ridership, utilizing appropriate database technology and relates this information. Typical applications are
- planning systems and project management software,
- disposition systems,
- traffic control software,
- fleet management software,
- passenger management and information software,
- fare management software,
- transportation software.
Accomplishing Targets with Project Management Tools
In order to improve procedures in existing traffic systems, traffic management uses project management tools. With this software, operators can state and assign tasks and targets as well as assess their respective progress and success. The realization of project management is hence supported at all stages.
Processes in companies can be planned and controlled using planning systems. For traffic companies the areas of procurement, storage and maintenance are especially relevant. The deployed modes of transportation have to be inspected regularly and must be repaired quickly in case of malfunction. This management of the operating fleet is facilitated by special software. A disposition system automatically keeps replacement vehicles ready and deploys them in the event of a defect occurring.
Simulation Software for Testing Emergency Simulations
Transport companies also require suitable traffic control software in order to facilitate computer-aided operations control systems and Intermodal Transport Control Systems (ITCS). Using these, operators in the central office can identify the current position of each vehicle and, for instance, control traffic lights. Experts test emergency situations with special simulation software. They can simulate arbitrary traffic situations such as an accident on an arterial road. Then the simulation allows different reaction scenarios to be tested, so that they can react with the optimal response in a real emergency.
Digitalization in transport requires special transport software development. Mobile applications and smart card software are management tools for passenger management and information. Passenger managing software manages the electronic ticket saved on a smart card, validates the ticket inside the mode of transportation and transacts the payment process. Passenger information on mobile apps provides the best routes and, in case of delays, live data.