We steer efficiency
in the right direction.
Our aim is to develop software that will still be relevant tomorrow. That is why we never lose sight of the big picture while realizing complex function-oriented individual modules.
We work equally with industry specific and open source framework solutions. This approach is the basis of our integratated work with partners and customers and enables the development of promising platforms such as Smartrail 4.0, RCS systems and the SCION Workbench.
Project focus: SCION Workbench
The SCION Workbench is an excellent example of a project that demonstrates all the advantages of large enterprise applications and paves the way for meaningful frameworks.
Flexibility through grid views, seamless integration of micro-frontends, integration of applications via URL: The SCION Workbench makes it possible to integrate any web application.
The application describes in a manifest how it wants to interact with the application network. The Workbench uses the concept of capabilities and intents, also known from the Android environment.
The Workbench DevTools can be used both to inspect the application network and to show its dependencies. The DevTools are easy to integrate as a micro-frontend.
As a contributor, mtrail assumes responsibility for the further development and maintenance of the Workbench in addition to the SBB AG. In addition to the continuous improments in stability, topics such as theming, responsive design and multi-browser support are also on the agenda.
Focus: Smartrail 4.0
Smartrail 4.0 –
reinventing the Rail industry.
As technology partner of the SBB AG (Swiss Federal Railways), mtrail supports the trend-setting industry program Smartrail 4.0. The goal: reduction of system costs, increase of technical capacity and more safety.
Higher demands on capacity utilisation require an improvement in today's timetable planning, operational scheduling and integrated control technologies. With smartrail 4.0, the Swiss railway industry is designing an overall architecture for harnessing its automation and optimisation potential. Great progress is being made particularly in the areas of interlocking systems, control technology, vehicle architecture, radio data transmission and traffic management systems (TMS).
New technological developments such as localisation and automatic train control are also being integrated. TMS is an important tool that closely links automatic timetable planning processes and fully automated operations management.
RCS system family
in every way:
the Rail Control System
25 % more rail passengers, 10 % more utilisation, improved punctuality and safety for the world's most heavily used rail network.
By participating in the development of RCS, mtrail and the Swiss Federal Railways SBB AG have implemented the transport management IT system of the future which currently transports 1.25 million passengers and 210,000 tonnes of freight daily. As a central traffic management system RCS is of central importance for the optimal handling of daily rail traffic in Switzerland.
The modular dispatching system controls the train traffic of the entire rail network and can be scaled according to requirements thanks to the open system architecture. RCS makes it possible for the capacity limits of the railway network to be extended in the future as well. The interaction of the RCS system family (RCS ADL, RCS Dispo, RCS ALEA, RCS HOT) masters 100,000 conflict solutions every day and makes relevant information centrally accessible for all participants. Enabling analyses and their derived measures to be implemented more precisely.
RCS's considerable flexibility and effectiveness is the foundation of a cost-conscious and sustainable mobility solution that thinks ahead and moves the mobility sector further. Much further.
RCS-ADL – green wave
With ADL the signals are always set to green.
Power and cost reduction, environmentally conscious driving, punctual arrival times, reduced braking and less particulate matter: ADL manages all of this.
Adaptive Control Module (ADL) calculates the optimum speed, avoiding unnecessary stops and eliminating the very energy-intensive restarting of trains.
As part of the dispatching system, ADL detects train conflicts and processes feed optimization at hub stations. Internal communication takes place in real time: The dispatcher in the operations centre confirms the driving recommendations, which are immediately transmitted to the locomotive drivers. The
green wave recommendation enables the locomotive driver to drive smoothly, thus avoiding unnecessary stops in front of red signals.
Today almost 1,400 trains are steered daily and 136,000 kilowatt hours per day are saved. Converted to an entire year this corresponds to the energy consumption of 12,500 households.
mtrail and SBB AG were awarded the Watt d'Or 2016 in the category
Energy-efficient mobility for the globally unique
green wave in Rail Traffic - ADL system. After four years of practical use in the entire SBB AG network, ADL is still the only C-DAS (Driver Advisory System) that steers all trains in the network simultaneously and thus makes a significant contribution to climate protection (electricity savings of up to 71 gigawatts per year and reduction of particulate matter by avoiding unnecessary braking).
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(Article in German)
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