Smartphones have completely revolutionized the ways we waste time, but we’re still only at the basic stage of how we can use the pocket technology to improve systems and processes. Appear Networks out of Sweden has been creating useful mobile apps off of its Appear IQ plaform, a context-aware infrastructure that has already been personalized to fit law enforcement and healthcare applications. But before the holidays, Appear announced it has partnered with Qnamic, a transport planning software company out of Switzerland, to create a resource management solution to improve rail operators’ efficiency.
The solution allows rail operators to save costs by efficiently interacting with their workers wherever they are in the field. Train drivers and conductors do not need to wait for the completion of their shift to log into the system from a desktop and can report travel delays or shift completions directly from their smartphone while onboard the train. Cleaning teams working on the train preparation in the yards can provide real-time information on the rolling stock status and availability.
With better collaborative planning in place, rail operators can base their resource planning on accurate real-time data, thereby improving the punctuality of their trains while reducing their operating costs.
Rail operators can enter the beta program for RailOpt Anywhere by registering interest before Jan 31st, 2012 at firstname.lastname@example.org.