Covering a distance of 575 kilometres, the Saale-Thüringen-Südharz (STS) rail network is the largest network to have been taken over by a private operator since the German railway market was deregulated in 1995. The time window between Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH being awarded the contract and the start of operations was tight: new trains had to be procured and the operating structure had to be set up from scratch. To accomplish this, Abellio needed a high-performance planning system that would be ready for use in next to no time and have automation and optimisation functions that would be able to make up for the lack of empirical data for planning and dispatch.

It was particularly important to find a software solution for the planning and dispatch of employees and vehicles that could be introduced quickly and reliably. Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH opted for the integrated standard software IVU.rail, which was implemented in just 10 months.

Thanks to high-performance optimisation algorithms, the system enables the efficient and largely automated planning of rolling stock and staff. It also features IVU.control, a module for processing settlements with the public transport authorities. IVU.rail helps with personnel deployment, for example by automatically taking into account qualifications, planned absences and supplementary times for travel between deployments, breaks and transfers. The mobile employee portal enables working hours and activities to be recorded conveniently on the go. This data then becomes available in the overall system resulting in an entirely digital workflow covering multiple divisions.


    • Integrated planning system
    • Optimisation and automation functions

    Specific Features

    • Short implementation phase
    • "Greenfield" project