Belgian Railways selects GIRO's HASTUS-Rail software for new transport plan

The Société nationale des Chemins de fer belges (SNCB) chooses HASTUS-Rail software to optimize planning, scheduling, and daily operations for its new transport plan
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Feb. 10, 2011 - PRLog -- GIRO is pleased to announce that its new client, the Société nationale des Chemins de fer belges (SNCB), has purchased the HASTUS 2011 scheduling and daily operations software. The passenger rail operator chose the solution for its flexibility and powerful algorithms, which will enable the SNCB to automate crew scheduling and the allocation of work to personnel, as well as improve daily operations management – thereby improving the quality of service.

Building schedules automatically for onboard attendants will significantly shorten the SNCB’s scheduling process: from many weeks to mere hours. This unprecedented time savings will apply to the preparation of duties for up to 3,000 employees initially and is scalable to accommodate other staff, as requested by the SNCB. HASTUS’ expansive database and configuration tools ensure that all duty schedules and work calendars adhere to company policies and collective agreements while taking into account employee preferences. In addition, extensive interfacing capabilities provided by the HASTUS-Connect module will facilitate integration with the SNCB’s timetabling, train control, human resources, and payroll systems.
Using the new software, the SNCB will be able to create and store what-if scenarios that can be quickly and easily implemented when variation of regular service is required. With more than 3,600 passenger trains in operation each weekday, the SNCB will improve its ability to manage planned and unplanned events – such as holidays, track work, accidents – in a timely manner.

“We are extremely confident in our selection of HASTUS,” said Raf Luyten, Project Manager at SNCB. “Early tests and GIRO’s demonstrated technical expertise and understanding of passenger rail requirements indicate that HASTUS is well equipped to help us become more efficient as we work towards delivering a new, improved transportation plan in 2013.”

“The SNCB’s purchase of HASTUS is due in large part to the software’s demonstrated ability to meet the needs of local and national passenger rail services,” said GIRO’s Éric Lebel, Director, Public Transit Software – Rail. “Collaboration between GIRO and the SNCB has already led to the development of a powerful new Unit-View feature in our HASTUS-Rail solution, and we consider the SNCB to be an important, long-term partner going forward.”

The HASTUS installation – dubbed POWER (Planning of the Workload Executed by Railwaystaff) – is currently underway and will be implemented in two phases, beginning with mid-term and long-term planning using the Vehicle, Crew, CrewOpt, Roster, DailyCrew, and DailyVehicle modules. Short-term (real-time) planning and management will be addressed in the second phase using the SelfService and PlanOpt modules. All HASTUS modules are scheduled to be in full production by the end of December 2011.


About the SNCB
The SNCB operates domestic and international rail transport services for passenger and freight and is also responsible for the management of rolling stock. The company employs roughly 21,000 people and generates sales of 2.2 billion euro. The SNCB plays a role in the development of sustainable mobility by providing high-quality and reliable service that is consistent with market demand.

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About GIRO Inc.
GIRO is a leading provider of software solutions for public transit services including bus, tram, subway, trolley, and commuter rail transportation. The company’s HASTUS solution offers comprehensive applications and innovative tools for improved planning and scheduling, operations, analysis, passenger information, and more. HASTUS combines advanced operations research optimization techniques with powerful data management tools that deliver tangible benefits for public transit associations and private operators around the world. For more information, please visit our website at
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