Siemens Mobility acquires Optrail

OptrailSiemens Mobility has completed the acquisition of Optrail S.r.l., an Italian-based technology company, that provides unique algorithms for Traffic Management Systems (TMS) based on mathematical optimisation methods and operations research.

“After several months of tough work, we are proud to announce that today we have completed the acquiring process by Siemens Mobility. We are ready for the new challenges and sure of the successes we are going to achieve together,” Optrail says.

The acquisition complements Siemens Mobility’s existing Train Planning System (TPS) portfolio and strengthens its position as a leading supplier of software solutions to rail customers.

Optrail will remain based in Rome, Italy, and its technology will be integrated into Hacon’s existing TPS products. Hacon, a Siemens Company, is based in Hanover, Germany, and an essential part of Siemens Mobility’s software unit.

“With the acquisition of Optrail we are enhancing our digital product portfolio for timetable construction and dispatching. Combining Optrail’s mathematical approach with our existing product we will boost the efficiency of rail operations. Connected with systems in higher grade of automation, e.g. Automatic Train Operation, we will be able to increase the customer value significantly by preventing conflicts in real-time,” Frank Gerken, COO Siemens Mobility Software said.

Optrail’s core product provides real-time conflict resolution by integrating optimization algorithms. This drives TPS beyond traditional sequential meet and pass planning towards the automated optimisation of dispatching across entire rail networks. Thanks to highly efficient algorithms, necessary adjustments to operations can be processed within seconds. Optrail is already enabling a large North American rail and network operator to optimise and automate the dispatching across its complete rail network, achieving significant operating improvements.

Founded in 2013, Optrail S.r.l. is a highly specialised digital rail-tech company with long-standing experience in technology transfer from scientific research to the industry. Optrail’s core competency is the application of quantitative decision sciences such as Operations Research and Machine Learning to real-world problems, with a particular focus on transport and logistics. Its main application area has been the development of intelligent decision-support systems in the field of rail transport.

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