More precise planning for increased safety, efficiency and rail network availability

Snowfall, storms and rising water levels lead to snow drifts on tracks, blocked roads, flooding and brings traffic to a halt, increasing costs. With precise weather forecasts for the railroad and infrastructure sector planning and implementing short-term counter measures and maintenance activities can be optimised.

Challenges for railroad & infrastructure

With events such as snowfall, storms and flooding, weather can lead to the closure of entire railway networks and traffic routes. Delays of 60 minutes or more, even when caused by weather events, result in a 25% fare refund – according to EU passenger guidelines. In no other sector is the compliance with schedules and the timely transport of persons and goods as important as here. It is also necessary to avoid costs due to weather-related delays or cancellations along transport routes and railway lines. According to the UIC Safety Report 2016, 4% of all railway accidents are weather-related. The safety of their passengers is of paramount importance for all railway operators.

Rail Challenges:

  • Will extreme weather or strong winds affect train operations?
  • Do we need to discontinue track maintenance because of hot weather?
  • Will critical railway line sections be flooded?
  • Whether and when winter services will be required
  • Will ice on the catenary cause disruptions?
  • Will sandstorms cause drifts that might result in derailments?

Prevent delays and cancellations with precise weather forecasts

Through the Weather Cockpit, UBIMET provides specifically developed, high-resolution weather models and pinpoint forecasts for railroad and infrastructure. Reliable and location-specific weather forecasts and severe weather warnings enable efficient route planning. This prevents delays or cancellations on transport routes and railway lines and helps lower costs. The weather forecasts can be easily integrated into a tailor-made, customer-specific portal or in a special application used by the customer. The API interface “UBIMET:Connect” provides additional quick and easy access for integrating weather data in a variety of systems.

UBIMET Solutions:

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  • WEATHER MAP

    • Real-time overview of current weather situation on all railway lines
    • Instantaneous weather information on local phenomena and dangers
    • 100% surveillance of ALL railway lines
    • Ability to precisely identify every weather situation
    • Reliable decision support system with weather stations worldwide
    • Initiate crew recall or re-crew notification as needed
  • WINTER SERVICES PLANNING

    • Optimised planning of winter services for all railway lines
    • Automatic alignment with meteorological forecasts
    • Displayed as green / yellow / red days in Rail Weather Cockpit
    • Decision Support System enables optimal winter service planning
  • WARNINGS AND ALERTS

    • Weather-related warnings when parameter thresholds are exceeded (e.g. wind, temperature, precipitation, snow)
    • One consistent warning and alert system for the entire network
    • Severe weather warnings provided by experienced meteorologists
    • Ability to precisely define user groups receiving alerts
    • Distributing warnings via e-mail and text message
  • WEATHER FORECASTING & PLANNING

    • 3-D Rail Weather Model
    • Weather forecasting for all railway lines
    • Manage a large number of stations and employees
    • Provide special forecasts for critical route sections
    • Decision support for resource planning