Berlin, October 15, 2020 – Tramwaje Warszawskie (Warsaw Trams) has contracted PSI Polska to design and deploy a depot management system at the company’s new tram depot in Warsaw. The PSI system will manage all depot processes, including traffic management and optimization of tram routes. The product was based on the PSItraffic/DMS software deployed earlier in Poznań at Franowo (Poland’s first fully automatic tram depot) and in many tram depots around Europe.
The DMS automates a number of depot processes involving the assignment of dispatched tasks to specific trams and the allocation of trams to parking spaces. Using automatic control devices, the system also determines the routing of trams in the depot and controls the traffic of vehicles and the associated equipment. The system will also substantially accelerate the driver-dispatcher-workshop information flow, and will reduce the time needed for vehicle maintenance and maneuvering within the depot.
Tramwaje Warszawskie has made a great effort to make an informed choice of a best-matching system, having analyzed a wide range of solutions offered on the market. Both at the stage of technical consultations and during the contract award procedure, the company put the spotlight also on the system’s functionalities. Contract award criteria did not include price only, but also the maintenance time and the assessment of specific functionalities verified during system demonstration. The contract was awarded to PSI as the best bidder.
The new depot will cover nearly 12 hectares, with more than 14 kilometers of tracks inside. It will accommodate 150 trams up to 33 meters long. The Annopol depot will be the first new depot in Warsaw built since 1960s. It will also house stations for tram checks and repairs, a paint shop, washing stations, and an underfloor wheel lathe. The depot is to be constructed in 2021-2023, and the project cost (co-financed with EU funds) will exceed PLN 300 million (EUR 67 million).
Based on its own software products, PSI Group develops and integrates complete solutions for optimizing the flow of energy and material for utilities (energy networks, energy trading, public transport) and industry (metals production, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics). PSI was founded in 1969 and employs 2,000 persons worldwide.