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Siemens Decides on Visual Rules for Its Route Management

The Solution to Meet Railway Scheduling Challenges

Wien, Immenstaad, 01/23/2008 -

Liberalized Railway Market Requires Quick Reaction Times

The liberalization of the international railway market and EU laws have forced railwaycompanies to adapt their business processes and rules quickly to the demands of the market in order to function competitively and respond more flexibly to customer needs.

ROMAN, the Siemens Route Management System, is the market leader because it provides answers to the demands facing rail companies around the world. ROMAN allows them to design their entire schedule planning process for a number of countries efficiently and flexibly. With its fully modular construction, ROMAN can be adapted quickly to each railway's specific requirements and infrastructure.

ROMAN – The Flexible Route Management System

To position themselves to meet future requirements even more rapidly, Siemens chose the Visual Rules BRMS from Innovations Software Technology. The business people generate the rules for resource management, and specifically rotational planning forlocomotives and shift scheduling for traveling personnel.

Visual Rules allows ROMAN customers to separate business rules from technical application logic. The customers themselves can graphically adapt rules for scheduling crew shifts, for instance, to statutory and business demands in the different Innovations Software Technology, 2008 2/ 3 countries where they operate, and test these rules in a way that is fully traceable.

Bernard Führer, responsible for selecting BRMS for railway solutions business development, listed the reasons for going with the BRMS from Innovations: "Visual Rules was the top choice for us. Our business users felt at home with the software right away.We haven't needed a single day of training yet—even though we model complex rules. What's more, the cost-effectiveness is outstanding. I strongly suggest that anyone looking for this kind of system take a closer look at Visual Rules."