Developing the densest rail network in Europe
A development partnership involving Paranor successfully refined and evolved the Rail Control System that had previously been developed in an extensive partnership project between third-party IT companies. The system communicates with over 200 systems and controls rail transport of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and three other national railway companies in Europe. So how do you go about refining and evolving such a complex system?
Since 2009, SBB and other infrastructure operators have been using the Rail Control System (RCS) as a standardised and integrated scheduling system for rail transport. RCS already manages this incredibly dense rail traffic, but the challenge was to equip it with what it needed to deal with the increased transport volumes of the future. Based on an open architecture, all applications are networked in many different ways, supplying data and services to over 200 further systems.
RCS is a highly-efficient, bespoke group of applications developed not only to handle rail infrastructure management, but also to display the operational situation, handle scheduling aspects and take care of topology management. The implementation – which took several years – was in Java. With the increasing success of RCS within SBB, but also at other European railway companies, RCS needs to be constantly refined and updated. Paranor helps with these tasks as part of a large-scale development partnership.
The maintenance and further development of the successful RCS platform will still take many years to complete, but Paranor is playing its part in ensuring the success of the project. In the process the system will also be set up to handle the higher volume of rail traffic expected in the future. SBB and the three other European railway companies can thus access a continuously optimised and up-to-date Rail Control System and ensure consistent, integrated monitoring and scheduling of rail transport.