05/09/2023 - SISCOG, a software company with a proven track record in solutions for optimized resource scheduling and management in transportation companies, has supplied London Underground (LU) with a fast and flexible expert system to help schedule and optimize the work of its 5000 Customer Service (station staff).
The London operator needed a system that could originate a scheduling solution where station staff preferences were maximized and scheduled work optimized. The system developed, based on the proven CREWS product already being used for more than 3500 train operators/drivers since 2008, was first put against a test trial of a Proof-of-Concept (PoC). The PoC convinced LU decision-makers by achieving significant savings, while catering for staff work preferences. Later on, the full system also proved capable of expediting the planning and optimization time from 35 hours to 15 hours in one of the largest and complex station staff groups.
In addition to this double efficiency, LU scheduling experts are now autonomous to edit, manage and test the station staff labor rules implemented in the system, benefiting from an extra level of flexibility to build “what if” scenarios. Other requirements for the system were also met, such as a less error-prone and swifter User Experience, and integration with SAP systems.
For Steve Ashton, Head of Establishment Planning at TfL, “the system has allowed us to better validate and optimize our schedules whilst being more responsive to changing business requirements and we found working with SISCOG they were keen to understand our challenges and provide pragmatic solutions”.
The project approach was based on an “add value along the way” philosophy and dealt with as a partnership where there were not two typical client-supplier teams, but just one team. Developed through an agile methodology, this allowed for a constant alignment between SISCOG and LU.
In the words of João Pavão Martins, SISCOG co-founder and CEO, this project “was very rewarding for me and all of SISCOG staff directly involved. All requirements were met, and some even surpassed, and we delivered true palpable value for LU’s operational performance”.
About LU | London Underground, better known as the Tube, opened in 1863 making it the world's first underground passenger railroad. The current operator, London Underground Limited, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL). With 11 lines covering 402 km through Greater London and some parts of the adjacent counties, the Tube handles up to five million passenger journeys a day in its 272 stations. LU has also been scheduling and optimizing the work of its more than 3500 drivers since 2008 with SISCOG’s CREWS-based system TSS.
SISCOG provides cutting-edge decision support software solutions for optimized resource scheduling, management and dispatching in public transport. Incorporating more than 35 years of specialized knowledge and using a combination of Artificial Intelligence and Operational Research techniques, the SISCOG Suite addresses these companies’ need to offer their passengers/clients the best service while being efficient and sustainable in the use of their most important operational resources – time and space (timetables), vehicles, and staff.
The SISCOG Suite is composed by ONTIME, for creating and updating timetables, FLEET, for scheduling and managing vehicles, RAILNODE, for scheduling and managing local resources, and CREWS, for scheduling and managing staff.
Amongst its clients are renowned companies, such as the state railroads of Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland, Northern Ireland and Norway, the Suburban Trains of Copenhagen and of Barcelona, freight railroad CargoNet and Medway, the Lisbon Metro and London Underground.
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