Siemens Mobility acquires Optrail strengthening TMS offering

Munich, Germany and Rome, Italy

The Optrail acquisition will help strengthen Siemens Mobility's position in the transport management sector Image courtesy of Siemens Mobility

Siemens Mobility has completed the acquisition of Optrail S.r.l., an Italian-based technology company, that provides unique algorithms for Traffic Management Systems – TMS – based on mathematical optimisation methods and operations research.

The acquisition complements Siemens Mobility’s existing Train Planning System – TPS – portfolio and strengthens its position as a leading supplier of software solutions to rail customers. Optrail will remain based in Rome, Italy, and its technology will be integrated into Hacon’s existing TPS products. Hacon, a Siemens Company, is based in Hanover, Germany, and an essential part of Siemens Mobility’s software unit.

“With the acquisition of Optrail we are enhancing our digital product portfolio for timetable construction and dispatching. Combining Optrail’s mathematical approach with our existing product we will boost the efficiency of rail operations. We facilitate significant reductions of dispatching time, minimize delays, and maximize the average speed of trains,” said Frank Gerken, COO Siemens Mobility Software and Head of Business Segment Train Planning System. “Connected with systems in higher grade of automation, e.g. Automatic Train Operation, we will be able to increase the customer value significantly by preventing conflicts in real-time.”

Optrail’s core product provides real-time conflict resolution by integrating optimisation algorithms. This drives TPS beyond traditional sequential meet and pass planning towards the automated optimisation of dispatching across entire rail networks. Thanks to highly efficient algorithms, necessary adjustments to operations can be processed within seconds. Optrail is already enabling a large North American rail and network operator to optimise and automate the dispatching across its complete rail network, achieving significant operating improvements.


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