Prorail Uses GigaSpaces to Optimize Train Routes, Allowing for Better Utilization of Dutch Railway Infrastructure

Innovative, Strategic Platform Delivers Up-to-the-Minute Railway Activity Data; Reduces Energy Usage and Delays

New York, NY– August 18, 2009 – GigaSpaces Technologies today announced that ProRail, the Infrastructure Manager of the Dutch National Railway, is using GigaSpaces XAP (eXtreme Application Platform) to implement an innovative platform to optimize train routes, helping to reduce energy consumption and improve punctuality within the Dutch Rail Infrastructure. The GigaSpaces-based system provides ProRail train drivers with real-time insight into rail activity that enables them to plan their routes more efficiently.

Netherlands-based ProRail handles maintenance and extensions, traffic control and allocates rail capacity for the Dutch railway network infrastructure. While the Netherlands is a small country, its densely populated infrastructure is one of the world’s busiest. As a matter of fact, the Dutch railway network is the second busiest in Europe. About 5,400 passenger trains transport 1.2 million passengers daily, while 300 cargo trains move 100,000+ tons of goods every day. GigaSpaces’ robust and high-performance platform provides ProRail with real-time access to railway activity data. This data not only allows train drivers to drive as efficiently as possible, but also to adjust their routes to maintain timely schedules.

Through PDAs installed in the cockpit of the train, drivers see graphical representations of the railway activity that may affect their train routes. As trains travel from location to location, they generate a large amount of complex and dependent data. To obtain true insight into up-to-the-minute railway activity, it is crucial for drivers to access this data in a matter of seconds. GigaSpaces’ solution enables the delivery of the information in two to three seconds, giving drivers the accuracy and reliability they require.

“GigaSpaces provides a robust and high-performance solution that helps meet our needs now and enables the required scalability in the future,” said Bert Kleinmeijer, program manager, ProRail. “With GigaSpaces, we can now process train information consistently and in real-time, which is critical for our train drivers to better anticipate activity in the vicinity of the trains. We’ve been so pleased with the results thus far and we are confident the GigaSpaces platform can serve as the foundation for future modules, including some that will even further reduce energy usage. The platform is expected to indirectly save three percent of our electricity consumption, which would be a tremendous achievement. “

“We are eager to help ProRail build such an innovative system to address the needs of the large and complicated Dutch railway system,” said Moshé Weizman, Director of Sales, Central Europe at GigaSpaces. “Between the energy savings of the system and the speed at which we can deliver information right to the train drivers’ fingertips, we are building the cockpit of the future.”

Currently, the GigaSpaces platform is active in trains operating in one corridor of the railway system. Full deployment throughout the Netherlands is planned by the end of 2009.

XAP provides a single middleware platform providing data, messaging, processing, high availability, and deployment, resulting in reduced complexity and no middleware integration. As ProRail regularly experiences, XAP’s performance ensures the highest throughputs, largest data volumes, and millisecond-level latency while its reliability eliminates unplanned downtime under extreme, unpredictable loads by provisioning more resources to meet service levels in real-time. ProRail will also benefit from XAP’s unlimited, linear scalability, as its data requirements grow.

About ProRail
ProRail is the railway infrastructure manager for Netherlands from Den Helder to Eijsden and from Vlissingen to Roodeschool working with 13 carriers across more than 6,500 km of rail track. ProRail serves more than 1.2 million passengers and the transport of more than 100,000 tons of goods on a daily basis.

ProRail stands for adequate capacity, reliability and security. ProRail’s more than 3,450 professionals handle everything from construction and maintenance to capacity management and traffic control.

About GigaSpaces
GigaSpaces Technologies is a leading provider of a new generation of application platforms for Java and .Net environments that offer an alternative to traditional application servers. Its flagship product, XAP 7.0, is an enterprise-grade application server for deploying and scaling distributed applications under any requirement.

GigaSpaces customers depending on our reliability and millisecond latency include many of the Fortune Global 100 and 500 companies, the world's top investment banks, financial exchanges, telecommunications carriers, Web-commerce companies, online gaming companies, and Internet media organizations. GigaSpaces was founded in 2000 and has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Tricode is GigaSpaces’ strategic partner in the Benelux.

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