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I’m giving a presentation on the Banedanmark (railway) Traffic Management System (TMS) project at the US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting on Tuesday January 12, 2016.

Banedanmark, Denmark’s national railway infrastructure owner, is completely replacing the country’s railway signalling system with a European Rail Traffic Control System (ETCS). The digital data from the ETCS, combined with improved technologies for managing staff and resources, provides the foundation for developing an advanced TMS that can significantly improve railway efficiency and attractiveness.

Banedanmark’s TMS takes a fresh approach to railway operations by creating Production Plans consisting of precisely defined tasks to be carried-out in operating the railway. Production plans are developed based on a very clear definition of customer needs called Service Intentions. Banedanmark’s approach integrates planning and operations by using the same algorithms and data. It improves the precision of planning and provides updated Production Plans quickly enough to significantly reduce the impact of delays and disturbances.

I’ll explain more about these concepts at the presentation. In the meantime you can download a PDF of the presentation: Banedanmark TMS: ETCS as the foundation for attractive and efficient railway service.