Trentbarton selects Omnibus cloud tech

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Quicker and easier visibility are promised using the new, cloud-based software to give the company easier oversight of its networks

East Midlands operator Trentbarton has selected EPM and Omnibus’ cloud technology to drive end-to-end operational efficiency at its Trent, Kinchbus and TM Travel operations, including EPM’s new Control360 solution, which it describes as ‘an industry-first, fully integrated live operations platform for improving service delivery.’

EPM’s Control360 is expected to assist the operator’s controllers in making optimal decisions in a time-pressured environment by using automated workflows, helping to improve efficiency and providing effective communication across the business. It has been designed to bring together operational information from individual systems, providing users with an all-in-one operations platform to efficiently manage daily challenges and proactively resolve emerging issues through system alerts and insights, all in the same place.

The operator plans to integrate Control360 with two new software implementations, and says a link with EPM’s incident management system, Traffic, will make it easier to manage lost mileage records in real-time and significantly reduce the amount of data input required to do so. It will also interact with the Omnibus’ depot allocation solution OmniDAS. From one graphical interface in Control360, the company will have visibility of all drivers and drag and drop capability to orchestrate changes visually using the same rule validation that exists within OmniDAS. The view can be adapted to show any vehicle to allow changes to vehicles or incidents during operation to be quickly and easily recorded.

The company expects further efficiencies will be gained with the implementation of the OmniENGAGE driver app which will allow drivers to manage their work remotely and independently in real-time. It will also move its Omnibus scheduling suite to the cloud, bringing new functionality including automatic file management and enhanced team collaboration.

Group Projects Director at Trentbarton Mark Greasley said: “Omnibus and EPM’s strong delivery track record and their ability to deliver a total end-to-end solution without relying on outside partners for complementary expertise, make them a valued partner for Trentbarton to achieve our growth plans. With their proactive approach to developing new solutions and supporting operators in improving operational efficiency, we are confident our future needs will be met as our requirements evolve.”

Software Director at EPM and Omnibus Nick Brookes added: “We are delighted to support Trentbarton with end-to-end efficiency, from planning to payroll to BSOG claim. Operators have a plethora of tools for managing their networks on the day of operation. But data is often siloed so it is difficult to identify problems unless looking at the right screen, in the right software solution, at the right time.

“Control360 will bring key operational data from all these silos together so operators can make informed, efficient and effective decisions all in one place. By combining this data, it will be easier for Trentbarton to ‘join the dots’ to identify problems and will facilitate proactive decision making; identifying problems before they even occur. No other solution can do this, which further enhances our expertise in passenger transport.”