Software company SISCOG has released a case study that highlights the financial and management advantages of VIA Rail’s decision-support and optimization system, which includes savings of C$10 million.
VIA Rail Canada ambitioned a system that could support, automate and optimize business processes associated with train scheduling, fleet management and related day-to-day operations, toward the goals of decreasing operation costs and increasing transport frequency and seat availability to passengers.
A system based on SISCOG’s ONTIME and FLEET software products supported VIA Rail in this ambition, providing several benefits, such as the need for one fewer train set, representing savings of around C$10 million (US$7,319,865.60) while increasing at the same time overall available seats, or the increase of 3% to 4% in Available Seats per Mile (ASM) and of 3% to 5% in revenue.
VIA Rail is also better able to reduce operating losses, through the analysis of multiple KPIs available in the system, and make better scheduling decisions due to the capability to build “what if” scenarios.
João Pavão Martins, SISCOG’s CEO, expressed how these achievements were so important also for SISCOG since “our own goal is exactly this: To offer our clients tools that can effectively enhance their operation, may it be by saving resources used in the operation or offering more and better transportation services to passengers.”