Products

Resource Scheduling and Management Solutions
for the transportation cluster

SISCOG Suite

Each of SISCOG Suite products — ONTIME, FLEET and CREWS — is composed of several independent but fully integrated modules that address the whole resource scheduling and management cycle in transportation companies.

These modular, flexible and integrated solutions interface easily with other systems, allowing for long-term scheduling to real-time dispatching and post operation analysis.

With powerful optimisation capabilities, you can expect significant reductions in costs and scheduling time, benefit from the possibility of developing what-if scenarios, quick and easily recover from disruptions, schedule from scratch and reschedule an existing schedule when reality changes, and use multiple decision-support levels and web & mobile based interaction.

Extensive reporting is also available, including decisive key performance indicators and other statistics to assess performance.

 

To guarantee an optimised solution, all products are standard but fully customisable to the reality and needs of each individual transportation company, while including significant parameterisation capabilities.

SISCOG Suite modules diagram

ONTIME

Creation and Management of Timetables

ONTIME is a standard decision-support product that creates and manages optimised timetables, with the creation of services and network allocation over time, considering passenger demand, and operational constraints (for example, network capacity). ONTIME produces annual timetables down to day-to-day adjustments due to special events, such as holidays, large-scale events, and track engineering work.

ONTIME guarantees all of this, and more.

ADVANTAGES

+ Knowledge

  • Better understanding of the timetabling process
  • Knowledge becomes an asset
  • Key Performance indicators (KPI)
  • What-if scenarios

+ Efficacy

  • Better transport service level
  • More reliable & robust timetables
  • Quick & easy recovery from disruptions

+ Efficiency

OPTIMISED TIMETABLES & PROCESS

  • Network usage costs significant drop
  • Process time huge reduction
    (days vs months)

EXCELLENCE IN OPTIMISATION

ONTIME is equipped with powerful optimisers. 

  • Obtain optimised solutions
  • Address different kinds of scheduling problems
  • Optimise several goals at the same time
  • Use state-of-the-art technology, such as genetic algorithms, dynamic programming, modulo network simplex, integer linear programming, constraint programming, and greedy algorithms
  • Integrated and very user-friendly
  • Allow to run several what-if scenarios just by changing parameter values

The modularity of ONTIME enables the introduction of different modules in the company’s process, at its own pace.

Generates the master timetable for generic dates (e.g. regular weekdays)
Deals with expected changes to the timetables for specific dates
Deals with unexpected changes during the day of operation
Records the timetables actually performed
Generates reports for Operations and Management, and information for third-party systems
Application that enables web publication of the timetable for the current day, including all official amendments and all timetables for upcoming days
ONTIME modules diagram

FLEET

Scheduling and Management of Vehicles

FLEET is a standard decision-support product that creates and manages optimised vehicle schedules, considering expected passenger demand figures, timetables, network, vehicle specifications and needs, and operational constraints/rules. FLEET produces long-term balanced routings or cyclic rosters, short-term calendar schedules, handles scheduled vehicle inspections, maintenance and other services, and provides decision-support during the day of operation. In the calendar schedule, vehicles can be allocated to balanced routings following irregular patterns or following regular rotation patterns based on cyclic rosters.

FLEET guarantees all of this, and more.

ADVANTAGES

+ Knowledge

  • Better understanding of the scheduling process
  • Knowledge becomes an asset
  • Key Performance indicators (KPI)
  • What-if scenarios

+ Efficacy

  • Better transport service level
  • More reliable & robust schedules
  • Quick & easy recovery from disruptions

+ Efficiency

OPTIMISED SCHEDULES & PROCESS

  • Vehicle usage costs significant drop
  • Process time huge reduction
    (days vs months)

EXCELLENCE IN OPTIMISATION

FLEET is equipped with powerful optimisers. 

  • Obtain optimised solutions
  • Address large scheduling and rescheduling problems
  • Optimise several goals at the same time
  • Use state-of-the-art technology, such as column generation, Lagrangian relaxation, integer linear programming, network flow algorithms, dynamic programming and several metaheuristics
  • Integrated and very user-friendly
  • Allow to run several what-if scenarios just by changing parameter values

The modularity of FLEET enables the introduction of different modules in the company’s process, at its own pace.

Defines the train composition of each trip and generates generic vehicle routings for generic dates, resulting in a master schedule
Generates anonymous vehicle cyclic rosters, resulting in a master schedule
Allocates specific vehicles to cyclic rosters or calendar schedules, depending on the company privileging regularity or irregularity in vehicle use
Deals with expected changes to vehicle schedules for specific dates
Deals with unexpected changes during the day of operation
Records the vehicle work actually performed
Generates reports for Operations and Management, and information for third-party systems
Application that allows schedulers and managers to access information via web regarding vehicles (e.g. vehicle status, maintenance schedule, list of incidents, vehicle’s KPIs and statistics)
FLEET modules diagram

CREWS

Scheduling and Management of Staff

CREWS is an award-winning standard decision-support product that creates and manages optimised staff schedules, including both on-board and local staff, considering timetables and vehicle schedules, staff skills and preferences, labour and operational constraints / rules. CREWS produces long-term duties and cyclic rosters, short-term calendar schedules, and provides decision-support during the day of operation. In the short-term calendar schedule, staff can be allocated to duties following irregular patterns (e.g. according to staff preferences) or following regular rotation patterns based on the cyclic rosters.

CREWS guarantees all of this, and more.

ADVANTAGES

+ Knowledge

  • Better understanding of the scheduling process
  • Knowledge becomes an asset
  • Key Performance indicators (KPI)
  • What-if scenarios

+ Efficacy

  • Better transport service level
  • More reliable & robust schedules
  • More uniform, balanced and transparent schedules
  • Quick & easy recovery from disruptions

+ Efficiency

OPTIMISED SCHEDULES & PROCESS

  • Staff usage costs significant drop
    (up to 6%)
  • Process time huge reduction
    (days vs months)

EXCELLENCE IN OPTIMISATION

CREWS is equipped with powerful optimisers. 

  • Obtain optimised solutions
  • Address large and very large scheduling and rescheduling problems
  • Optimise several goals at the same time,
  • Use state-of-the-art technology, namely column generation, Lagrangian relaxation, integer linear programming, dynamic programming, constraint programming and several metaheuristics
  • Integrated and very user-friendly
  • Allow to run several what-if scenarios just by changing parameter values

The modularity of CREWS enables the introduction of different modules in the company’s process, at its own pace.

Generates staff duties for generic dates (e.g. regular weekdays), resulting in a master schedule
Generates anonymous staff cyclic rosters, resulting in a master schedule
Allocates specific staff members to cyclic roster lines
Deals with expected changes to staff schedules for specific calendar dates
Deals with unexpected changes during the day of operation
Records the staff work actually performed
Generates reports for Operations and Management, and information for third-party systems
Application that allows operational staff and schedulers to access information and communicate with each other via web regarding staff work
CREWS modules diagram

Empowering the user

We understand how important it is for a scheduler or dispatcher to feel supported during the scheduling or dispatching process and control the output of his work.

So we cater multilevel decision-support in our products, where the user may schedule manual, semi-automatic or automatically, benefiting from very intuitive graphical user interfaces (GUI) and several usability features.

By using the manual mode, our product acts as a computer-aided graphical scheduling tool signalling violations. With the semi-automatic mode the product suggests different alternatives. With the automatic mode an optimised solution is presented, either using default parameters or previously inserted restrictions and goals. The process may start in any mode and resort to any mode at any time.

Decision-support Levels
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Quality & Innovation

Quality and Innovation are at the heart of everything we do

These are key to SISCOG´s successful products and systems, and are powered by devoted teams, by abiding industry standards, monitoring international trends and advancements in the state-of-the-art, and listening to clients' suggestions and needs.

SISCOG has been investing on research, development and innovation (RD&I) from inception, and since 2003 dedicated an entire department to RD&I. In this lab, a team of highly-skilled researchers, develop and improve optimisation models used to solve resource scheduling challenges faced by transportation companies. The work is done internally but also in partnership with other research labs, universities and even clients.

This positioning is consistently recognised through published papers, awards and our clients’ continuous use of the systems.

SISCOG maintains an Integrated Management System that includes the principles of the Quality and the Research, Development and Innovation management standards (ISO 9001 and NP EN 4457, respectively).

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION CERTIFICATE

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Awards

Global recognition for our unique optimisation solutions have resulted in numerous and prestigious awards, such as

  • CASPT 2015 Award

    2015

    “Best Practice Paper Award” at CASPT, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport, for a paper co-developed with the Dutch Railway (NS), “Security crew scheduling at Netherlands Railways”.

  • AAAI Innovation Application Awards

    2012, 2003, 1997

    “Innovation Application Award” by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the most prestigious scientific organisation in the field worldwide.

  • Innovation COTEC-Unicer 2010 Award

    2010

    Honourable mention for the CREWS Real-time Dispatcher product in the “Innovation Awards COTEC-Unicer”.

  • Computerworld Honors Program 2016 Award

    2006

    Medal of merit by the “Computerworld Honors Program” and qualification among the top five contributions in the transportation category.