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HaCon Selected as Associated Member of Shift2Rail

Hannover Feb 08, 2016

Together with numerous well-known European partners, HaCon is now officially involved in the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, thus investing in the sustainability of passenger and freight transport.

Shift2Rail LogoHeadquartered in Hannover, Germany, HaCon is the only SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) that has recently been chosen by the European Commission as an associated member of Shift2Rail. Among other goals, the Joint Undertaking backed by the Commission and the rail industry seeks to further develop innovation within railways and increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while cutting its costs and facilitating cross-border travel. HaCon will support Shift2Rail with its decades of comprehensive software implementation and integration expertise regarding train planning, dispatching and operation as well as intermodal mobility planning. 

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking was established in summer 2014 and has nine founding members that include the European Union, represented by the European Commission, several renowned rail equipment manufacturers and infrastructure managers. To ensure that Shift2Rail has all the key expertise needed to complete its mission, the founding members are complemented by 19 associated members from across Europe. In addition to HaCon, these include representatives and consortia of the railway operating community, infrastructure and rolling stock suppliers and contractors, IT specialists, engineering service providers as well as research organizations and universities.

Rolf Gooßmann, Executive Director at HaCon, stated: "With our 30+ years of experience, we look forward to making our contribution by covering future needs of the railway system with our software solutions and by helping European rail continue leading the way when it comes to innovative technologies. Our software products aim to fulfil the Shift2Rail objectives by facilitating improved services, enhanced traveler experience and quality, increased network capacity and finally, IT-related standardization and automation."

Since May 2015, HaCon has been participating in the "Horizon 2020" projects In2Rail and IT2Rail, thereby taking a first major step toward Shift2Rail. These research projects will deliver the required input for the Innovation Programmes IP2 and IP4. In December 2015, Shift2Rail published its first calls for proposals covering the five Innovation Programmes. As a Shift2Rail partner, HaCon participates in the annual calls reserved for members only. This will help to ensure a continuous development process up to the end of the project when field-tested products will be a part of the so-called Integrated Technical Demonstrators. Christos Economou, the interim Executive Director of Shift2Rail, said: "The launch of the first calls is an important milestone for the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. I am convinced the Shift2Rail partners will deliver results that no single company, country or even the European Union as such would achieve alone."

About HaCon: HaCon creates and develops high-quality software solutions for traffic, transport and logistics. With over 30 years of experience and a dedicated team of 260+ IT and transport planning specialists, HaCon has established itself as a leading European player for planning, scheduling and information solutions. In 2015, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) honored HaCon as one of the "50 Smartest Companies" worldwide. The timetable information system, HAFAS, helps millions of passengers to always be up to date on their connections. Combining different means of public and private transport, HAFAS-based journey planners handle over 100 million requests per day, providing multimodal transport chains in more than 25 countries. A powerful solution for train planning and capacity management, HaCon's TPS software enjoys a growing European user base. Furthermore, HaCon consults and assists its customers with projects in rail freight transport and combined transport in particular. Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, HaCon also has offices in Berlin, Paris and London.

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