Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Supports Zurich’s Public Transportation Network

DIETIKON, Switzerland, October 18, 2017

Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) has selected Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s public transport GIS solution to improve infrastructure data quality and access in Switzerland’s largest city. Hexagon’s Geographic Transportation Asset Management System (GeoTrAMS) will provide VBZ with a central database, standard workflow-driven applications and organization-wide access to geospatial information and capabilities.

VBZ’s 2,500 employees operate 76 tram and bus lines on a 510-kilometer network. Currently, data for rail, switches, stops and overhead traction wire is available in computer-aided design (CAD) format, and their evaluation is a time-consuming process.

“A state-of-the-art transportation network is crucial in Zurich, where we are tackling the challenges of urban mobility,” said Christian Heimlicher, project manager, VBZ. “VBZ will use Hexagon’s GeoTrAMS software to create a municipal public transport system that improves data quality and is accessible to more people.”

VBZ rail vehicles travel 90,000 kilometers and serve more than 900,000 passengers each day. Up to 400 vehicles run simultaneously on Zurich’s transportation network, intelligently organized and monitored by a 24/7 command and control room that analyzes traffic throughout the day.

The solution, which includes Hexagon’s GEOS Pro cadaster software, will improve VBZ’s data quality, management, visualization and access. It will also automate reporting to the Swiss Federal Office of Transport, which will save personnel time and resources.

“Hexagon is the only regional vendor with a proven, cost-effective, standard solution that covers all the specific needs of municipal public transport agencies,” said Marc Haenni, country manager for Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure in Switzerland. “We’re pleased that VBZ has selected GeoTrAMS, and we look forward to more transport agencies joining our user community.”

Hexagon developed GeoTrAMS in the German-speaking region for rail-bound transportation. Users include public transport operators in Stuttgart, Frankfurt/Main, in the Rhine Neckar metropolitan region - Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen (Germany), Basel (Switzerland) and Linz (Austria).

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s proven, integrated transportation solutions help operators balance multiple factors – from safety and capacity to quality of service – to achieve success. Hexagon serves some of the world’s largest rail and transit systems, including Deutsche Bahn and the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.