AAR bus+bahn digitalises drivers’ workstations

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SWITZERLAND The future is digital for drivers at AAR bus+bahn who are all being issued with tablets. The operator believes that by doing this, it will make information more accessible while streamlining and accelerating workflows.

AAR bus+bahn is the umbrella brand of Wynental- und Suhrentalbahn AG (WSB) and Busbetrieb Aarau AG (BBA). With 23 trains and 36 buses, the two companies ensure reliable, regular public transport in the city and region of Aarau. Each year, around 14m passengers use its services.

The IVU.pad app supplied by Berlin-based IVU Traffic Technologies AG contains all the information that around 170 bus and train drivers need for their duties. It displays up-to-date, personalised messages about forthcoming journeys and vehicles and automatically synchronises all key documents. In addition, it gives drivers optimum support in their day-to-day work with a dynamic timetable (for rail operations), damage assessment and an e-learning module.

In future, drivers will be able to use the app to enter their working hours on the move, submit holiday requests and view current messages from the dispatching unit. The integrated interfaces connect the app to the corresponding peripheral systems and ensure seamless data transfer.

“With the IVU.pad, we can digitalise the entire work flow of our drivers,” said Andreas Kleiner, Head of Dispatching and Planning at AAR bus+bahn. “All the key information is available in fully electronic format. This saves lots of time and paper and ensures more-efficient processes and up-to-date information.”

Along with new iPads, the first version of the IVU.pad is to be issued to all drivers in September 2016. As the rollout progresses, IVU will be gradually incorporating new functions in the system, and these will subsequently be available to all IVU.pad customers.

“We are very proud to have AAR bus+bahn on board as a customer for the IVU.pad,” said Marc Schaffert, Head of Sales and Key Account Manager of IVU for Switzerland. “Our integrated approach – particularly in combination with our IVU.plan planning system – is attracting a positive response. This is also clear from the numerous enquiries from our customers about the IVU.pad.”