The new Internet journey planner ResRobot makes it possible to plan intermodal trips from door to door. Modern HAFAS mobile versions for mobile phones and smartphones of various manufacturers have been available to passengers in Sweden since last years’ October. The Internet timetable information system on http://reseplanerare.resrobot.se was completely relaunched and went live in March.
ResRobot enables the search from door to door in which integrated maps support the selection of start and destination point. Users may filter the calculated connections afterwards by product or number of transfers. A controller allows the adaption of the latter or the deactivation of certain products for display which is followed by a recalculation of connections.
Connections are displayed as bar chart including the individual parts of the journey. Waiting times at stops are as well graphically highlighted. The advantage: The passengers recognise the fastest connection, the number of transfers, product and provider of the journey at a glance. It is possible to have the connection printed or sent as SMS on a mobile phone and as email. All providers involved in a journey are linked on the journey overview. Just one click and the user can retrieve additional information from external web pages on individual stations, area maps or services.
The maps contain the technology of the Karlsruhe-based software company PTV. Thanks to the PTV xMap server, users are enabled to purposefully choose points on a digital map by clicking. Ajax technology provides for continuous zooming and swift moving of the visible section. Another software component of the PTV is behind the calculation of car and pedestrian routing. Here, the PTV xRoute is deployed. It always determines the quickest or shortest route between two or more points and computes the distance as well as the travel- or walking-times.
To facilitate orientation for passengers on the new journey planner they find usual functions of the previous version. These usual functions are for example the Print2Web-function as commuters prefer to use this. Also station boards that will be enhanced by real time information soon may be retrieved online for any station.
The user interface was redesigned by Care of Haus, Sweden, and realised by HaCon. The precise guidelines of Samtrafiken for the map layout, tooltips, options etc. were implemented browser-optimised by HaCon who also hosts the system.
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Right from the start in 1984 HaCon has focused its activities on traffic and logistic solutions. A team of more than 145 experienced employees in the ranges of IT and transport planning have turned the company into one of the leading players in the field of planning, scheduling and information systems.
HaCon has developed and implemented the timetable information system of Deutsche Bahn (German Railway). Furthermore, numerous European railway companies, transport enterprises and/or groups use the timetable information system HAFAS. In addition, HAFAS serves as a universal information system. Therefore, it can be applied in the flight and goods traffic as well. Another successful product developed by HaCon is the Train Planning System TPS for timetable construction and network capacity management. It convinces more and more clients across Europe.