The Rail LinQ Management System manages planned and emergency rail replacement bus operations
The RLMS utilises a web-based portal and is delivered via a customized mobile application. The web portal offers secure sign-on functionality and role-based access ensuring the logged in user only has access to relevant areas of the system.
A streamlined planned event creation process allows bus runs to be imported from a macro enabled spreadsheet, reducing the amount of manual work required to define trips. Other efficiencies have been developed including copying of occupation plans across multiple days, automated adjustments of future time fields when an arrive or depart time is altered, and the ability to generate a formatted bus run report from the inputted information.
Unplanned events can be created quickly and easily providing the user with the ability to specify the number of vehicles required and to define necessary stopping patterns. In-built workflow functionality has been custom built to notify relevant users via SMS and/or email at each step in the process, which ensures timely responses crucial for emergency outages.
Custom bus safe routes can be built directly within the portal which are used within the mobile application to provide navigation. These routes ensure vehicles will not be directed down a height or weight restricted road and uses the height details of the scheduled vehicle to determine which route to use.
The mobile application is compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices. It allows access for managed devices via an access code protected login which provides the driver with the details of all allocated bus runs. A one-time SMS access code can be sent to BYO devices, allowing any smart phone or tablet with the installed software to receive bus run information and commence navigation instantly.
Recent enhancements to the system include the ability to copy and re-use an entire planned event, and to create one event that impacts multiple railway lines. Also recently introduced, is a mid-section incident functionality which allows a pin to be dropped on a map to navigate a specified number of vehicles to a point between two stations to meet a broken down train, while the remaining vehicles relieve the strain on the line.