Swiss Rail (SBB) Relies on Intermodal Routing by HaCon and PTV

         SBB travel information system with a door-to-door journey planner and an interactive map component

Swiss Rail (SBB) provides door-to-door journey planner / For Internet and mobile phones / Technology made by HaCon and PTV used by many customers in Europe and the US.

Hanover/Karlsruhe, Germany - June 4, 2008. - Swiss Rail (SBB) have chosen intermodal routing technology made by HaCon and PTV for its comprehensive travel information system. SBB customers can now easily plan their journey from door-to-door on the Web, including maps displaying the routes and public footpaths. This travel service has also been available for mobile phone users since May 22, 2008. The two German solution partners have supplied these systems to numerous transportation operators in Europe and the US.

Since 2002, SBB has been providing travel information services based on HaCon technology which go far beyond standard timetable information from train station to train station. SBB’s journey planner includes timetables of local transport services, which means bus, tram or underground as well as pedestrian routing. A remarkable feature is that the address data for Switzerland, provides coverage down to house-number level. In addition to train stations the customer can enter bus stops or any address as starting point or destination. The journey planner computes detailed door-to-door routing which includes all train and public transport connections as well as the footpath.

The travel route and the footpath can be displayed on a detailed map. The map includes a wealth of additional information which helps travellers easily navigate their way through unfamiliar places. This includes 65,000 points of interest and information about hotels, restaurants and car rentals. The user can zoom in and out of any part of the map and print the selected map section for the journey.

Since May 22, 2008, SBB has been using PTV’s pedestrian routing and map technology for their online service. SBB NaviGo, the new mobile public transport navigation system for mobile phones is based on HaCon’s Hafas2go software. It also uses PTV’s map software.

HaCon and PTV continue their success with the intermodal routing solution adapted to SBB’s specific needs. The two solution partners, who have worked together very closely over the past few years, also implemented intermodal journey planners for the national rail services in Germany (DB), Belgium (SNCB), Austria (ÖBB) and for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG

The PTV Group provides cutting-edge software technology and consulting to enable customers to meet their mobility needs. It helps people plan and manage traffic and transportation, provides them with the latest traffic reports and assists them in optimising their long-term resource allocation. Since 1979, the independent orporate group has been a leading provider of products and solutions for travel, traffic and transportation planning.

Strong international demand has fuelled dynamic growth: PTV currently has over 700 employees worldwide crafting innovative solutions for our customers. The Karlsruhe headquarters acts as a development and innovation centre with tight links to research and educational institutions. Additionally PTV maintains shareholdings and subsidiaries in Germany, Europe and every continent in the world.

In the Traffic, Mobility and Logistics business fields, PTV technology forms the foundation of a host of brand-name products and our own leading map&guide and TV Vision product lines.

The Traffic business field focuses on optimising our road and rail transportation systems. PTV offers high-quality services to public transit authorities, transportation services and associations and private and public operating companies. Our customers include planning offices and transport companies all over the world. Over 1,500 organisations optimally plan and utilise traffic infrastructures with minimal environmental impact thanks to the world's leading software solution: PTV Vision and its VISUM module for traffic planning and VISSIM for traffic simulation.

Innovative software solutions and map technologies are the Mobility business field's stock-in-trade. Its know-how drives a wide range of GPS-based telematics applications, geographic Internet applications and route planning tools. And its extensive experience in onboard and online navigation is second to none in the field.

The Logistics business field specialises in software products and components for the entire logistics chain. Its product portfolio ranges from structural territory analysis and route planning to fleet management and controlling. Its professional route planning software products for transport businesses are developed and sold throughout Europe under the map&guide brand name. This extensive range of logistics solutions also includes geomanagement systems for sales management and sales force control.


Planung Transport Verkehr AG
Stumpfstr. 1
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49-721-9651-0

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