Traffic Management System – unified systems for optimised rail operations.
With smartrail 4.0 we are developing a unified system that automatically optimises timetables and controls railway operations and customer information. At the moment, this role is performed by a range of different programmes that are not seamlessly integrated with each other. The aim of smartrail 4.0 is to achieve optimal and consistent planning over all time horizons of the timetable, and to increase and improve the level of operational automation.
Five train-control centres in Switzerland cover almost the whole of the Swiss normal gauge railway network. Various planning and control programmes ensure that signals and points are set automatically, allowing all trains to run according to the timetable. If changes or faults occur at short notice, Assignment Officers look for alternatives and ensure that rail customers are notified of delays or platform changes in good time. As part of smartrail 4.0, we are developing the systems further so that individual stages that are currently operated manually can be further automated and linked together. We are taking up the opportunities of digitalisation to introduce a unified Traffic Management System (TMS).
The new TMS platform should be available in the train-control centres as a leading planning and control system from around 2023. One important objective is the automatic production of timetables so that it is possible to optimise use of the capacity on the rail network. This means that, in future, more trains will be able to run on the same infrastructure. The system will be developed further so that in the event of unexpected faults, or during construction work, an automatic replacement timetable can be generated and train traffic regulated accordingly. This will make the production of alternatives more efficient and speed up the provision of information to passengers.