Since 2005, we have been developing revolutionizing information systems for train crew, containing real-time information that facilitates communication and improves the passengers' experiences. In addition to software development, we can also offer keynote speeches on trains and IT.
We made it possible for the Traffic Operations Centre at SJ (Swedish State Railways) to see the locations of their train crews: which person was working on which train. Before the invention of our system, that information was only available on paper, and the paper was only available at a specific office. Anyone who needed the information had to call someone at the office and ask them to look up the information for them.
The whole process took 5-10 minutes. Per train.
Once we knew which person was on which train, and where the train was located, we could automatically send text messages to their mobile phone. "Connecting train to Malmö departs from track number 1, currently they are 15 minutes delayed." This information was automatically sent as a push notification to the train crew, 10 minutes prior to arriving at the station.
They could also request information via text messages sent to the system that were automatically answered within seconds, asking questions such as: "Where is train number X?" or "What is the telephone number to the crew on train X?"
Prior to this system, the train crews had to talk to someone at the Traffic Operations Centre and ask them to help with everything - but now they had become independent.
As smartphones gained popularity, we could provide the users with much more information. We developed an app, TrAppen, that automatically gathers and shows the specific information the user needs at that very moment. The basic idea is to be a virtual assistant, so that the users will not have to browse or search for the information themselves. They just glance at the display and everything they need will simply be presented to them.
We created the first Eco Driving solution that would run on any regular smartphone. And it works just as well when the train is delayed as when it is on time, since it re-evaluates the situation every second.
The dispatcher used to have to call each and every train whenever there was new traffic safety information, or when the train was to be re-routed. The driver had to write down what was being said over the phone and then read it back. Now the information is instead transmitted electronically, at the press of a button.
The largest depot in Northern Europe, Hagalund, was seeing a lot of delays, every day. Even when there were no traffic disturbances, the trains were being delayed in Hagalund because of slow paper routines. We computerized their process and connected all the users in the system XDL. Just weeks later, every train was on time for seven days in a row, something that had never happened before. The average punctuality is now 96%, up from 85%.
Thomas Tydal is the train driver, the programmer, the teacher and the entrepreneur, who is of the opinion that computers are meant to make life easier for us. Thomas was awarded the "Trafiklab Hero" of 2017 for his work for the Swedish railways.
|Förarstödssystem i Sverige||Trafikverket||2018-04-16|
|Därför frågar ingen efter din biljett på tåget||DN||2017-12-19|
|Thomas Tydal är Årets Trafiklabhjälte 2017||Samtrafiken||2017-11-22|
|Appen som gör att tågen går i tid||SVT||2014-10-22|
|Lokförare gör tågen snålare||GP||2014-05-11|
|Thomas app ser till att tågen kommer i tid||Arboga Tidning||2014-07-31|
|Lokförare skapade smart tågapp||Computer Sweden||2013-11-15|
|Ecodriving på SJ||Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut||2013-08-31|
|Den bästa tågresan körs inte i maxfart||VLT||2013-06-05|
|Utredningsrapport Ecodriving||SJ AB||2012-04-27|
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Thomas has been giving several guest lectures to students at Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
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