PlanB

Product description

highQ timetable and duty scheduling

PlanB makes it quick and easy to optimise timetable and duty roster data

Good planning is everything. With its versatile and user-friendly tools for the planning and optimisation of vehicle routes and duty rosters (PlanB) as well as for personnel scheduling (moveo Dispo), highQ enables efficient, cost-saving processes in transportation companies. Because our solutions are freely scalable, they are just as suitable for small, regional bus companies as they are for major metropolitan transport networks.

With PlanB, timetables become more attractive, vehicle capacity is better utilised and rosters can be flexibly adapted to the needs of your staff. It goes without saying that working and driving time regulations, as well as your own collective agreements, are taken into account in a legally compliant manner. If required, you can use mathematical optimisation tools to reveal additional efficiency reserves in your schedules.

PlanB can be installed on a USB stick as easily as in large IT infrastructures, and is also available as an SaaS application. The optimisation functions can be integrated as an additional module or – for occasional users – are also available as SaaS.

Regardless of the complexity of the installation, the software is characterised by its simple and intuitive operation. As a result, even users who only occasionally perform planning tasks will quickly get to grips with PlanB.

Advantages

Efficient and scalable planning system

for regional and municipal transport companies and associations

Integratable functions

for disposition and planning optimization

Working and driving time regulations

are considered as well as own collective agreements

Modular additions

to the information or guidance system

More attractive timetable design

Standard Windows application

with different relational database systems (e.g. MSSQL, Oracle)

Simplifies the calculation

for tenders

Optimal utilization of capacity

your vehicles and resources

Cost reduction

through simple and efficient planning

Optimizes rotations and services


Functions

Bus planning system

PlanB is a process-orientated system for transport companies of all sizes. Besides being used for municipal transport planning processes, it also takes into account and supports the needs of regional transport in particular.

Network planning: master data

  • Company and operational data (depots, vehicle types)
  • Day-by-day mapping of short-term changes (e.g. construction site traffic)
  • Stops including GPS coordinates and global ID information
  • Routes with differentiated travel times
  • Card integration with routing function
  • Various attributes and parameters for the support of downstream systems as well
  • Connection relationship management

Timetable planning: notices at the stop

  • Tabular and graphical route editing
  • Creation of interval services, also with mixed timings
  • Time correction of driving and waiting times
  • Ensuring the connection of related routes
  • Mapping of on-call bus trips
  • Maintenance of annotations and footnotes
  • Layout design module for the design of notices and departure schedules

Route planning: where a vehicle travels

  • Manual and automatic route planning based on the journeys
  • Tabular and graphical route editing (drag & drop)
  • Automatic addition of route-related components (in/out/empty)
  • Assignment of routes to external/subcontractors
  • Automatic route mapping using an optimisation procedure

Duty scheduling: driver working hours

  • Manual and automatic duty scheduling based on journeys and routes
  • Tabular and graphical service editing (drag & drop)
  • Legally compliant consideration of working and driving time regulations, as well as your company’s own collective agreements (real-time monitoring, admissibility of planning exceptions)
  • Parameters for driving time, working time and wage calculation (expenses, supplements)
  • Automatic mapping of services via configurable optimisation

Optimising routes and duty rosters

With PlanB you have a comfortable solution for planning and simulation of new conditions, integrated in your work process. Optimize your processes and design the future according to your goals.

Sensitivity analysis
Small shift = major effect: reducing your vehicle fleet through minimal changes in departure times.

Route optimisation
Day-based planning of vehicle routes

Roster planning

  • Automated generation of routing variants according to different optimisation goals
  • Evaluation of the results with individually configurable cost function

Duty roster optimisation

  • Definition of soft and hard optimisation goals
  • Combination of individual routes into different duty roster variants

Interfaces

Numerous export interfaces are available for supplying downstream systems such as ITCS, information systems or ticket printers. A major focus is on the VDV standard interfaces.
A large variety of different data can also be exported directly from the system via Microsoft Excel and as CSV files for further processing.

For exporting data

  • VDV 452 und 455
  • HAFAS Rohdaten
  • Infopool
  • DINO
  • gtfs
  • METN
  • VDV+

 

For importing data

  • via VDV 452
  • via DINO
  • via Excel, with optional data enrichment

moveo Profahr

The moveo Dispo scheduling solution developed by Moveo Software GmbH can be seamlessly integrated into our PlanB planning system. It complements the scheduling of journeys, routes and duty rosters with the functions of duty roster planning and personnel dispatching. When used in combination, the tools offer you a scope of services comparable to that of the “big” planning systems – and with significantly lower demands on your own IT infrastructure. What is more, moveo Dispo is also available as an SaaS solution.

 

Services

With PlanB’s Optimisation as a Service, you receive a customised set of results based on your own data and requirements. In this process, the optimisation is based on your individual goals. We determine your optimal vehicle requirements and create different variants of optimised duty rosters and routing schedules. Simply as a service. Uniquely and individually tailored to your company.

 

Your advantages

  • No investment costs – the procurement costs for optimisation tools are eliminated
  • Transparent services – a fixed price based on your requirements
  • Independent of existing planning tools – all we need is your data

Using PlanB as a service

Thomas Wanke is looking forward to your inquiry:

t.wanke(at)highq.de

fon +49 (0)761 70 60 40

References

“highQ not only has the IT expertise, but also experts who really know something about public transport. PlanB provides proof that a powerful planning system can be a controllable, practice-orientated tool. We were able to implement the system in our company within just a few months and successfully went live on schedule. highQ has been a professional partner from the very beginning.”

 

Arno Demand, Managing Director, QNV Queichtal Nahverkehrsgesellschaft GmbH


“We have had excellent experiences with PlanB from highQ for timetable and duty roster scheduling and profahr from moveo. Both systems complement each other perfectly. Via an interface, services created in PlanB can be quickly and easily transferred to profahr for scheduling, even with frequent adjustments. By means of differential export, data transfer will take even less time in the future.”

 

Thorsten Techentin, Head of Performance Control, Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH


Contact

Do you have further questions about PlanB? Thomas Wanke and his team will be happy to answer your questions.

 

Thomas Wanke

fon 

+49 (0) 30 55 57 07 62

mobil +49 (0) 171 47 106 93

 

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