An integrated planning and dispatching system for ten operating regions

To schedule and deploy vehicles and personnel, PostBus had previously used a software solution that was developed in the late 1990s especially for the company, but had since become outdated. The planning process was largely decentralised: a total of 16 planning centres in ten operating regions created the corresponding vehicle workings and duty schedules for driving personnel.

In light of increasing competition in the Swiss public transport market, PostBus envisaged not only a redevelopment of its planning system but also an overhaul of its existing structures. Processes were to be standardised across Switzerland and unified for all regions. PostBus expected to achieve improved working procedures and significant gains in efficiency, with the resulting lower costs helping to secure the future competitiveness of the company.

After a two year market study and tendering phase, PostBus decided to use IVU.suite to deploy an established standard system. The Swiss company received a standardised solution for all planning and dispatching tasks with the products IVU.timetable, IVU.run, IVU.duty, IVU.crew and IVU.vehicle.

PostBus, with its comprehensive route network, will benefit in particular from the integrated duty and vehicle scheduling (IDV). Furthermore, the automatic personnel dispatch (APD) allows the creation of balanced and fair duty schedules for drivers. PostBus is also gaining a system for more inclusive engagement of driving personnel in scheduling, thanks to IVU.pad.employee.

Objectives

  • Redevelopment of planning
  • Standardising processes
  • Efficiency gains
  • Securing competitiveness

Specific Features

  • Several operating regions with differing processes
  • Automatic Personnel Dispatch in regional transport
  • Establishment of centralised processes and technical leadership
  • Linguistic diversity of regions