VABnet ITCS Control and Information systems

Vehicle tracking and visualisation
Vehicles which are integrated into VABnet are geo-referenced tracked and their course is visualised on different makes of digital maps. The maps can be processed user-specifically through representation of the line network, the stops and the stations.

Dynamic Passenger Information
For dynamic passenger information; deviations and arrival forecasts are continuously determined for each journey based on a reference timetable. This data can be used for real-time data supply per VDV 454 AUS from passenger information portals and/or for direct control of display boards (VDV 453 DFI). Display boards are generally controlled via GSM/GPRS, meaning that there is no need for cable connections.

Connection guarantee
This functionality takes over both the monitoring of internal connections and the securing of connections to and from external companies (VDV 453 ANS). If a delay of the feeder is detected for a connection and the dispatcher has to wait, a text message is automatically generated and transmitted to the dispatcher vehicle. The driver must acknowledge receipt of this message. If the delay of a feeder is greater than a freely selectable parameter, the dispatcher responsible for the dispatcher must decide whether to hold or cancel the connection. All measures to secure the connection are recorded.

Automatic bus platform allocation
VABnet offers dynamic bus platform allocation for central bus stations. A bus platform is allocated to the bus driver dynamically and in regulation-based manner via the on-board computer display. At the same time, displays at the bus platforms are activated.

Managing on-demand transportation
With VABnet, the organisation, processing and invoicing of on-demand traffic can be optimised. Passengers report their desired journey by telephone to an OCC or an affiliated contract taxi company. When the journey begins, the driver logs into the system with the corresponding order number using his terminal device. The incoming locating data of a trip is assigned to the corresponding order number. All vehicle positions and driving orders are displayed in tabular form and on the map for the dispatcher. New orders can be assigned to the nearest vehicle.

Twitter
Information on cancelled runs and disruptions as well as general special information is provided in the form of short text messages from VABnet via Twitter.

Voice communication
Voice communication is supported between drivers and between driving staff and the OCC is supported. Several possibilities are available for a needs-based solution: voice communication via GSM voice channel (mobile phone call or Voice over IP (VoIP). A call station with the functions individual call and group call (also to dynamic groups, e.g. all vehicles of a line) can be set up In the OCC.

Assisting train attendants
Train attendants carry mobile devices with an additional application to help them look after passengers. This provides the OCC with a constant overview of the journeys on which train attendants and persons requiring special protection are on the move.

Determination of quality indicators

For automated determination of quality indicators, supply times at the start stop and the arrival and departure times at all stops are compared with the timetable specifications. The monitored journey is referenced to the timetable valid for the traffic day. The recorded raw data can be selected and post-processed according to customer specifications in order to generate punctuality reports at defined measuring points. Data can also be supplied to the quality management systems of the transport providers fully automatically via online interfaces.