5th User Meeting – the ZEDAS Summit 2018


Quo vadis digitisation in rail transport?

To answer this question, from 26th until 27th April 2018, more than 100 experts, sector representatives and users from 40 companies met with ZEDAS GmbH in Cottbus for the fifth time. On the agenda were the latest topics surrounding the digital transformation and the ways in which the software solutions from ZEDAS GmbH can successfully contribute to it.

Digitisation as a source of potential

Following the opening of the meeting by Managing Director of ZEDAS Wolfgang Jahn, the first two presentations set the course. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Karch from Railway Design & Innovation AG highlighted the “Role of the railways today and in the future.” He reached the conclusion that achieving the climate change goals won’t be possible without a strong railways sector. To achieve this however, the railways need to become more attractive, a superior networking of the different transport systems and efficiently organised operations with the use of software solutions are necessary.

What this new level of efficiency might look like and the potentials it may bring were then discussed by Enrico Lindock, Director of Central Railway Operations, Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Ulrich Lieske, Procurement Manager/Head of the System Integration Business Unit, ZEDAS GmbH in the shared presentation. With an advanced, detailed data analysis of the operational times from 61 electric locomotives, an economically successful contribution regarding the capacity utilisation and use of these productive resources was provided. The operational use of the locomotives is now being determined on the basis of the data. In the specific case, it proved possible to reduce the fleet by two locomotives and to clearly mitigate the maintenance costs.

Introduction of a software solution and automatic optimisation

Tino Hahn, Director of Finance and IT at Deutsche Eisenbahn Service AG (DESAG) provided a first-hand report on the challenges, hurdles and, above all else, the opportunities that have resulted from the implementation of a software solution for all of the logistics processes at DESAG. In this respect, he provided an insight into the course of the project for the introduction of zedas®cargo and the resulting changes in the daily work since the productive implementation of the system.

The optimum use of personnel and equipment results in efficiency gains – but how can these factors be planned? In his presentation, Oliver Schönherr, Managing Director or Saxony Media Solutions GmbH (SaxMS) demonstrated the latest models and methods for the automated optimisation of a variety of planning-related problems. SaxMS and ZEDAS are currently collaborating on implementing the automated optimisation of the personnel planning in the standard software solution zedas®cargo.

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Predictive maintenance and holistic approaches

In the area of facilities management for vehicle fleets, the key focus was on the topic of predictive maintenance. In this context, Gerhard Züger, Director of Production and Rolling Stock at zb Zentralbahn AG reported about the current project for forecasting the failure rates of the relay systems in the doors on some of the Zentralbahn trains. The relays responsible for the “green loop” system provide information on whether all of the doors on the train have been closed. In the event of a door fault, the train will come to a standstill, which also stops the following trains. To reduce the delays and the resulting costs to a minimum, a test train with diagnostic equipment and a direct link to zedas®asset is being prepared for test operations.

In the area of systems management for railway infrastructure, Dirk Sikora, Area Manager for Infrastructure at Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (LVB), discussed the experiences of the LVB. It is important to include the employees in the project implementation and to make the project into a management issue to ensure its successful realisation. “It should never be assumed that everyone is well informed and everyone has the same degree of understanding!”, explained Dirk Sikora. He explained this with the example of the successful project implementation of zedas®asset in 2017 and presented the next project stages that have been planned.

Discussion and live demonstrations

The second day of the event focused on the active use of the zedas®asset and zedas®cargo solutions. In the field of systems management, the participants gained insights into the upgrades to the Operations Log, Staff Time Keeping and Status Display modules as well as zedas®asset SMART, a new app for the logging of faults and the provision of order feedback. The logistics management division provided a live demonstration of an improved personnel operations planning and the new Track Capacity Management module. Experienced Project Managers from ZEDAS were on hand to provide assistance at the various topic-oriented workstations. A lively discussion also ensued between the participants on the topic of best practice.

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The positive feedback from the participants and the continued desire for intensive discussions with sector colleagues and experts means that ZEDAS GmbH is already planning the sixth ZEDAS Summit for the year 2020.