We see our customers as partners and value customer-focused, comprehensive solutions that allow companies to successfully break new ground.
Together with mobility service providers, we develop a strategy for the effective use of technology. We take into account the existing infrastructure as well as the future market environment and current trends, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS), door-to-door travel planning, new means of transport (e-mobility, drones) or automated driving, whether on the road or rail (smartrail4.0).
The Swiss road network must withstand the highest loads. It is therefore essential to constantly improve the capacity utilisation of the existing infrastructure without endangering traffic and operational safety. With our services in the field of information and communication technology as well as classic control technology, we support the project planning, procurement and implementation of operating and safety equipment (BSA), traffic management systems (VLS, VI, VDE, V-TV, PUN, ED), IoT architectures & systems and specialist applications for the higher-level management and control of the entire road system.
With the constantly growing number of passengers in public transport, the increasing demands on the existing railway infrastructure and the technological advances in automation, the demands on the use of information and communication technologies are growing. More frequent connections at maximum network utilization are required, as is economical and secure operation with continuous monitoring of the existing infrastructure. As an independent Swiss consulting company and expert in information technology and control technology, AWK guarantees the successful use of ICT in public transport.
How we can assist you:
Our consultants have a unique combination of specialist knowledge and practical experience in the areas of mobility, IT and project management. We systematically analyze the existing processes of your organization on the basis of proven methods and, together with all parties involved, develop innovative solutions for efficient, economical and sustainable mobility. Data Analytics and Big Data Management play an important role due to the unstoppable growth of data volumes. We support you in tapping the potential of your data by systematically recording and evaluating it and making optimum use of this valuable resource.
Destination reached on time - Consistent passenger information as a service to the customer
Customer reference (2022/01)
Reliability is of the utmost importance for public transport passengers. They must be able to rely on reaching their destination on time. Timely information on schedule changes or disruptions is therefore crucial for a positive customer experience.
AWK Group has supported the Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (ZVV) in updating and improving the software it uses to record disruption information in the canton of Zurich and transmit it to passengers. In addition, AWK
also participated in a pilot project launched at the same time with the aim of extending the exchange of disruption information between public transport operators to the whole of Switzerland.
Was bewegt die Schweizer Verkehrsbetriebe 2021?
Ist die GoA2-Zugautomatisierung im Regionalverkehr realisierbar?
Increase cyber security at transportation companies
In this publication, we not only highlight potential threats to transport companies, but we also explain how much can already be done to protect against such cyber attacks using simple means.
Electronic Signatures - The next step in digital transformation or just a new tool in the toolbox?
Customer reference - Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Customer reference (2021/05)
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is continuously driving forward its digitalisation. In this way, SBB not only wants to strengthen its market position, but also ensure its continued competitiveness. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an indispensable part of the current digitalisation topics. In this context, the railway company has already launched various initiatives.
AWK Webinar «E-Transformation: Erfahrungsaustausch zur Einführung einer E-Flotte»
AWK Focus «IoT - paving the way to the era of connected things»
AWK FOCUS (2021/05)
Learn what it takes to fully leverage the potential of IoT applications to create business value in our latest edition of AWK FOCUS.
Customer reference - Viacar
Customer reference (2021/04)
Viacar AG is the owner and operator of the proven Viacar system with the same name. Due to this software solution all the tasks of the road traffic offices reliably and efficiently. As «Software as a Service» (SaaS), the Viacar system supports the various work areas of road traffic offices and offers diverse e-government services: From registrations for cars, trucks, motorboats or pedalos to address changes, bookings of vehicle and driver examinations and ID card orders.
In order to meet the constantly changing demands of its stakeholders, Viacar has decided to fundamentally renew its existing software.
Effects of automatic train operation on regional train drivers
«IRSE Institution of Railway Signal Engineers» – Effects of automatic train operation on regional train drivers (2021/03)
This study was performed in collaboration with AWK Group and ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences).
Data in mobility
Final report of the working group «Data»
Security in the IoT - A topic on the move
In this publication, the first section highlights typical use cases of IoT. The second part then explains the most important points to consider for a secure use of the IoT.
An important component for the national data infrastructure Mobility
«Strasse und Verkehr» - the traffic data platform of the Canton of Zurich (2021/01)
Our desire for more mobility is causing an increase in the volume of traffic. This leads to growing congestion on the road infrastructure and the associated increase in energy consumption as well as other ecological problems. With the traffic data platform «Verkehr Online», the Canton of Zurich provides road traffic data in the Zurich traffic area and thus delivers a building block for the national mobility data infrastructure. Services and applications that aim to harmonise the flow of traffic on roads or multimodal mobility can build on this.
Read the technical article by Rolf Münger, AWK Group; K. Christoph Graf, EBP Switzerland and Kurt Amstad, Civil Engineering Office of the Canton of Zurich, about the effects of increasing traffic and how this can be counteracted.
e-Mobility: Zero emissions with diesel fleets in transport companies
In this article, we would like to address some of the challenges in this regard. The focus is on the switch from fossil-fuelled diesel buses to e-buses.
Customer reference - InterXion
Customer reference (2020/12)
In order to protect its business activities from potential threats and offer its demanding customers maximum security at all levels, InterXion, as the leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral data center services for colocation in Europe, conducts an annual risk assessment in which potential environmental impacts and site risks are systematically analyzed and evaluated.
Digital Days Berne 2020
Similarities and differences - the slightly different exchange of experiences
Smart City - When does the use of parking sensors pay off?
In a "smart city", modern technologies are supposed to make our lives easier and make an important contribution to sustainability. Parking sensors are often mentioned first when it comes to the use of IoT in the urban environment. But what can these sensors really do, how and why should I use such sensors as a city or municipality?
Digital Customer Journey - As a transportation company, successfully managing IT complexity.
In recent years, we have been able to greatly expand our expertise for transport companies and associations and implement key projects in the areas of planning, passenger information and ticketing together with companies such as BERNMOBIL, Postauto, RBS, SBB, TL, VBZ and ZVV.
Digital Customer Journey - Top 5 challenges for transport companies
In recent years, AWK has greatly expanded its expertise for transport companies and, together with companies such as BERNMOBIL, Postbus, RBS, TL and VBZ, has been able to carry out key projects in the areas of planning, passenger information and ticketing.
Potential analysis «Standardization needs in the context of smart city and IoT in connection with government» (2020/01)
Road traffic is becoming increasingly networked
Road traffic Switzerland (2019/11)
More and more networked devices line our streets. These traffic surveillance cameras, variable message signs and traffic lights have one thing in common: the majority of them can now be accessed and controlled via an IP network.
AWK Focus (2019/10)
The buzzword "resilience" is omnipresent in the entrepreneurial context for one simple reason: the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict in concrete terms. Resilience increases the resistance of companies to unknown and often negative events.
Optimizing parking search traffic with digital technologies
Final report of the parking working group, working group leader: Manuel Gantner, AWK
The Customer at the Centre
AWK Focus (2019/04)
Simply with the best means of transport
The demand for mobility in Switzerland is high and increasing, so that new solutions are needed to cope with it. New mobility offers can contribute to this, but they first make the world more complicated from the user's point of view. As much as it is worth learning from others, new concepts need to be tested and adapted in the specific Swiss circumstances to enable an optimal overall mobility system in terms of efficiency, safety and ecology.
Final Report Mobility Platforms Working Group
Deputy Chairman of the Working Groups: Fabio Walti, AWK
Recommendations for action Mobility as a Service MaaS
The report is based on the findings and analyses of AWK's project team and contains expert views on the topic.
on the topic. The conclusions are recommendations. They will be reviewed by the client and integrated into ongoing work where possible.
ABB Customer Conference "Tunnel Day" (2017/09)
Are we exploiting the potential of existing data?
AWK FOCUS (2017/04)$
Today, digitalisation or digital transformation is omnipresent in the media.
Road Pricing - The solution against congestion?
The increase in congestion on the Swiss road network requires new approaches for a sustainable use of the available network capacities. Is road pricing the solution? What is meant by road pricing? What are the alternatives and what do the examples from abroad show us?
Data, data, data - Take advantage of the full potential
AWK Focus (2016/10)
Never before have organisations had more extensive and insightful data assets than today - and never before have the opportunities been better to exploit this potential to the full.
Connected Cars - On the way to an omniscient car
At the latest since Google has allowed its self-driving car to drive on public roads, the topic of "fully automated driving" is discussed almost daily and very controversially in the media. Less in the focus of the media, but no less intense, is the comprehensive networking of vehicles.
ICT in the Gotthard Base Tunnel
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2., 2016/06)
Today, complex processes and plants are mostly controlled and monitored by means of control systems (e.g. production control systems, building control systems, operational control systems, traffic control systems). Compared to other IT systems, control systems must be designed for a long life cycle (typically over 10 years). However, the reality is often different: Control systems often have to be replaced after only a few years of operation because they are technologically obsolete and no longer meet the requirements.
Paradigm shift in the management of complex infrastructures
AWK Focus (2016/04)
Asset management - those who only think of the financial industry overlook the dramatic change that is currently taking place in the management of complex infrastructures.
Signalisation soon superfluous?
The increasing spread of intelligent vehicles is not without impact on the road infrastructure, especially on its operational and safety equipment and the IT systems behind it. This article will look at the possible effects of future vehicle generations on roadside equipment and estimate their time horizon.
Project Portfolio Management - From Strategy to the Right Projects
AWK Focus (2015/10)
AWK has an even more comprehensive range of consulting and training services in the field of project management.
The Future of Driving - Technology Trends in Road Traffic
AWK Focus (2015/03)
The speakers Philipp Büchi and Rolf Münger demonstrated six selected technology trends.
New age in digital traffic management
Road and Traffic (2015/03)
Since May last year, the new traffic management application has been running productively on the IT systems of the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO). In collaboration with the various cantonal police forces and Viasuisse, the new specialist application enables the Swiss Traffic Management Centre in Emmenbrücke (VMZ-CH) to exchange traffic information in a standardised and efficient manner. Road users benefit from timely information and smooth traffic flow.
"All IP" - Communication in upheaval
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2014/12)
By the end of 2017, the existing public switched telephone network (PSTN) throughout Switzerland will be converted to IP technology (Voice over IP, VoIP). Until then, most of the existing subscriber switching systems in companies will either have to be adapted or replaced.
Traffic Management Application (FA VM)
Speech at the Swiss Police Informatics Congress SPIK (2014/03)
Symposium: Traffic management application (FA VM) - first implementation step of the new system architecture Switzerland (SA-CH) of FEDRO
C2X - the networked cars are coming
Road Traffic Switzerland (2014/03)
Car-to-X enables vehicles to exchange information with other vehicles in the vicinity or with the road infrastructure. In this way, the driver can be warned of dangers such as traffic jams, accidents, abrupt braking manoeuvres by road users in front or difficult weather conditions by means of displays in the vehicle.
Successful process optimization in practice
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2013/12)
Companies today are subject to constant change. Examples of change triggers are changes in the market, mergers, outsourcing or even new laws and industry standards. Therefore, the management of business processes is part of the everyday life of companies today.
Requirements Engineering - decisive for project success
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2013/09)
Wherever it is a question of turning a goal into reality by means of a project, one has to deal with requirements. It is important to take into account the relevant needs of all stakeholders and the given framework conditions and to document them in a meaningful way.
Traffic management on national roads
Road traffic Switzerland (2013/01)
Since the beginning of 2008, the Federal Roads Office Astra has been operating the Swiss Traffic Management Centre (VMZ-CH) in Emmenbrücke. It ensures an optimal flow of traffic on the national roads. With the sub-project "Integrated Applications", a comprehensive IT system is to be developed, with the support of which VMZ-CH will be able to centrally and efficiently influence traffic on the national roads from 2014.
Effectively protecting Swiss road infrastructures against electronic threats
Road and Traffic (2012/09)
As part of the "System Architecture Switzerland" project, FEDRO is renewing and networking the control technology for the operational and safety equipment of the entire national road network. All traffic management systems on the Swiss national roads will thus be centrally controllable. In addition to clear advantages, however, increasing electronification and networking also harbours new dangers.
Building automation and IT - sharing resources
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2012/03)
The two worlds of "building automation" and "IT" are usually located in different organisational units in today's corporate structures. Technological progress in recent years has brought them increasingly closer together.
Service-Oriented Architectures - From Hype to Reality
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2011/09)
The failures of the past are lingering: Some organisations are reluctant to invest in SOA. Against this background, it is important to take a closer look at the reasons for the failure of SOA projects. It is striking that large, comprehensive projects in particular often fail. In most cases, a lot of money was invested in an overly complex infrastructure that was subsequently used insufficiently, if it functioned properly at all, to generate benefits that were commensurate with the costs.
Centrally managed and safe on the road
Road traffic Switzerland (2010/01)
As part of the "System Architecture Switzerland" project, SA-CH, the Federal Roads Office is placing the architecture of the control technology for the operational and safety equipment of the national roads on a new, future-oriented basis.
For safe journeys through the tunnels
Road traffic Switzerland (2010/01)
For about ten years, the European automobile clubs have been committed to improving tunnel safety - among other things, by launching Europe-wide tunnel tests. What many people do not know: Extensive tunnel tests on Swiss national roads are also carried out annually by the responsible Federal Roads Office, Astra.
Traffic information system ensures timely information
Road and Traffic (2008/06)
With the new traffic information system in the canton of Zurich (VIS ZH), the canton and the federal government will receive an efficient tool for regional and national traffic management. The system, which consists of a total of 11 large-area signals (variable text displays), will be created in two expansion stages - the first stage should be available in time for Euro08.
Control technology - Everything under control?
AWK KNOWLEDGE (2004/09)
Today, complex processes and plants are mostly controlled and monitored by means of control systems (e.g. production control systems, building control systems, operational control systems, traffic control systems). Compared to other IT systems, control systems must be designed for a long life cycle (typically over (typically over 10 years). However, the reality is often different looks different: Control systems often have to be replaced after just a few years of operation because they are technologically obsolete and no longer meet the requirements. no longer meet the requirements.