PCS MONTHLY NEWS – JUNE / JULY 2019

In the middle of June, a week earlier than usual, RNE organised the Technical Meeting in Prague. This annual meeting provides a platform for IMs/ABs/RFCs to harmonise the timetables on their borders.

Also in June, the PCS Team participated in the FTE C-D Passenger and Freight Traffic Conference in Ljubljana, where they helped with the harmonisation of international offers for timetable 2020 between applicants and IMs/ABs/RFCs. Máté Bak held workshops and gave a demonstration of the PCS Envelope Concept and the TCR tool strategies. Read more about the event here.

In the PCS life cycle, the Observation Phase started on the 2nd of July and will run until the 2nd of August. Within this period, applicants may check the draft offer they received from the IMs and make observations. The applicants are able to place their comments into the dossiers through the ‘Make observation’ option in a clear and structured manner.

The CMS support and management were moved to another department of RNE. If you experience any issues please send an email to the CMS Support or contact the support using the Contact form.

The ECMT (Electronic Capacity Model) Tool development has reached a significant milestone and is now in the test phase.

At the end of the month, the PCS Team was busy preparing test cases for the next Test Group Meeting.

The PCS documentation library update is still in progress and the PCS team has started the PCS master data clean-up and deactivating inactive users who had not signed into the tool for over a year.

Get an update and read more about PCS development steps and sprints here.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 60 times in June and July (status 12th July 2019) in various issues, mainly with user access requests, password resets, fixing errors when sending dossiers via the PCS IP and solving carry forward errors.

Last but not least, the PCS team is sad to announce that Jorge Campo has decided to take on new challenges and will leave the PCS team as of 5th August 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his work, support and good mood that he brought to the office every day.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – MAY 2019 RECAP

In the second half of May, several meetings were held at the RNE Joint Office, making the most of the time before the summer holiday period.

First, the PCS team organised the regular Test Group meeting on 14th May. In the morning session the constraints of the new PCS Envelope Concept (EC) were introduced, and the elements and inconsistency checks in the system presented. The test group meeting members had the opportunity to meet our developers (Netcetera) in person. Valeria Velinovska from Netcetera presented the migration steps and rules that apply in order to do a successful migration to the EC, and the planned activities. In the afternoon session, the meeting continued with free testing based on prepared test cases and real situations where Netcetera members walked around and assisted test group members with queries and resolving test case issues on the spot.

On 15th May, the PCS team held two half day events: the PCS User Group and CCB meetings. The PCS UG meeting, held in the morning, had a wider audience and participants received a summary of the changes made regarding the Envelope Concept. The Rolling Planning development and pilot had reached a significant milestone and Mate Bak presented the Rolling Planning process in PCS by means of a sample dossier. He introduced Rolling Planning deadlines, informed participants that Rolling Planning has been available in production since April and RUs/applicants can start to request it from August. Jorge Campo presented a brief overview of the results from the previous day’s Test Group meeting.

In the afternoon the PCS CCB meeting was held, where group members received a detailed overview of the necessary TTR IT implementation and planned steps for further development. Main topics were Big Data integration short- and long-term tasks and benefits, quick border overview, Flex PaP improvements, direct PCS – CIP & PCS – ECMT connections, code list synchronisation with a central repository, capacity band implementation and pre-conditions, the Rolling Planning process with the multi-annual aspect, a summary of the first quarter budget report and checked change requests. Sebastian Čarek presented the current status of IM registrations for the upcoming Technical meeting 2019.

On a third day (16th May) the PCS Training Group meeting was held. On this all-day event the PCS team showcased a dossier creation in Envelope Concept through a sample dossier. Participants received a detailed overview and step by step explanation of how to fill in basic data, how to use offset, how to add territory and use functionalities. Calendar constraints and meaning of alternative origin/ destination, created path and user variants were discussed. The PCS team introduced the new PCS login screen and links, and the group agreed on dossier creation naming conventions, and also on train numbering rules.

Last but not least, the PCS Technical Board meeting was held in Bern on 22nd  May, where Máté Bak informed participants of the PCS development strategy in TTR IT. There was a discussion of roadmap and development tasks until 2023 to fulfil TTR requirements, an update was given on the Envelope Concept, and further information was provided on the PCS IPv6 and PCS TAF TSI test connection status.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 37 times in various issues, mainly with user access requests password resets and PaP related queries.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – APRIL 2019 RECAP

In April, the international timetabling process saw two major target dates for the 2020 annual timetable: The path request (X-8) and the pre-booking (X-7.5) deadlines. The new path request process ended with the path request deadline and the late path request process started on 9th April. 2019

The month was very busy for everyone: The leading applicants ensured that all participants agreed with the request, all path-related lights were set to green  and path requests submitted by 8th April 2019. Those dossiers where all the lights were set to green already were promoted automatically to the path request or pre-booking phase by PCS.

The Rail Freight Corridors were busy in this period as well and pre-booked the pre-arranged paths (PaPs) or reserved alternative PaPs between 9th and 22nd April. After the X-7.5 deadline they worked on returning RFC capacity to IMs/ABs.

The PCS team participated in the FTE IT information event on the 18th April in Basel, where Máté Bak and Harald Reisinger presented some details of the TTR IT implementation and also a possible strategy for PCS developments.

As a result of continuous development work in CMS, Filedepot’s usability was improved and became much faster than before.

The PCS team was also busy with tasks such as PCS Envelope Concept and Electronic Capacity Model Tool development and the sprint review meetings with the developers. In support of the TTR pilots, a new process type called Rolling Planning is planned to be deployed in PCS production, and the team has been testing Rolling Planning in a test environment. In the production system, and also in PCS sites, RUs have been renamed ‘Applicants’.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 51 times in various issues, mainly with user access requests, password resets, PaP modifications and offsets in dossiers.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – MARCH 2019 RECAP

In March 2019, the PCS team participated in the  FTE B Passenger and Freight Traffic Conference in the beautiful city of Ljubljana, helping to reach the main objectives (to harmonise international offers for timetable 2020 between the railway undertakings (RUs) and infrastructure managers (IMs) to prepare requests for the feasibility studies). PCS users had the opportunity to get onsite support, and were able to fix various PaP issues in dossiers on the spot. The PCS team also got involved in the TTR IT national implementation and showcased the current status twice a day at the event.

Percentages of the involved dossiers during the FTE B freight conferences:

The CMS migration continued and the area of Train Performance Management was migrated to Filedepot.

In addition, the PCS team investigated the National Code List and updated the PCS maintenance area with the new Sprints (23).

Throughout the month, the PCS team was continuously working to meet customers’ growing demands, and helping to bring global applications together by establishing a connection between RNE Big Data and the PCS. Currently, data analysis and validation is in progress. For the PCS-CIP (Customer Information Platform) connection, a graphic representation of the number of PaPs in CIP is planned. The first report has already been generated, data quality checks are ongoing. The team’s work continued with ECMT (Electronic Capacity Model Tool) developments, where the main goal is ensuring the graphical presentation of the capacity model. As a result of continuous implementation work, a new geographical map was designed in the ITNDB tool. The update includes a new, larger version of the European map with borders and connections drawn in thinner lines.

In March, RNE also sent out customer feedback surveys. The feedback gained through these surveys provides valuable input for RNE’s aim to meet customers’ expectations and deliver a first-class, excellent customer experience across Europe. In the questionnaire, customers had the chance to rate the Service Desk response – resolve time, quality of answers, overall experience – and add additional comments to improve RNE’s services in the following areas: PCS, CMS, TIS, CIS and CIP.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 80 times in various issues, mainly with user access requests, password resets, modifying PaPs in dossiers and questions regarding subsidiaries.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – FEBRUARY 2019 RECAP

In February, PCS training opportunities continued in Warsaw, Frankfurt and Budapest. The organised training sessions were mainly targeted at PCS beginner users. The participants received a global overview of the annual TT 2020 process steps, PaP offer on RFCs, RFC-specific news and PCS developments. There were individual practices, corridor-specific use cases prepared for RUs and IMs based on RNE’s instructions. For the first time in the history of PCS trainings the instructions were translated into several languages, thanks to the trainers’ help.

We are pleased to announce that RNE’s Content Management System https://cms.rne.eu/ had major update on the 11th of February. Where updated the CMS server, database, software, PHP and its modules. Continuous development in progress where working on new registration process for events. Solved various issues reported such as duplication in Address Book and notification services issues (bulk operation doesn’t send notifications and groups can be notified after any content update).

The PCS team also organised several meetings in February.

Firstly, the PCS Envelope Concept (PCS EC) Test meeting took place on 26 February. During the meeting PCS EC terminology was discussed and changes as well as the latest added features summarised. The core team had the opportunity to test the system with a prepared task list.

The PCS test group users can access more details on this particular event on the CMS platform:  https://cms.rne.eu/pcs/pcs-events/pcs-test-group-meeting-feb-2019

Secondly, the PCS team organised the regular PCS User Group meeting which is focused on a wider audience and treated several topics and further developments, such as the meaning of the term ‘Applicant’, and the short-term / long-term implementation plan. The PCS team summarised the PCS EC development status, and informed the group about upcoming meeting events. In support of the TTR pilots, a new process type, ‘Rolling Planning’, will be included in the PCS, An overview and detailed description of the development steps were presented to the participants. To keep the PCS compliant with TAF/TAP TSI, some minor adaptations are necessary. The PCS Team summarised the changes from the latest approved TAF/TAP-TSI change request. These updates will be added to the new PCS version in September. Last but not least, the PCS team introduced future development plans to connect the PCS and CIP (Customer Information Platform) to be able to display information on the published PaPs from the PCS in the CIP.

Finally, some specific features of the PCS Envelope Concept were discussed at the PCS CCB meeting. As this was the first meeting of the PCS CCB in 2019, the PCS CCB approved the costs and spending on PCS for 2018. In addition, the PCS team presented the available budget for 2019, approved by the RNE General Assembly. For 2019, some important milestones were agreed, such as the planned deployment date of the PCS Envelope Concept (30th September) and the period for the preparation of national IM parameters and loco types (between 4th and 15th November)

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 43 times in various issues, mainly with user access requests and password resets.

To keep up to date on PCS activities, look out for the monthly PCS recap in the news section on pcs.rne.eu/news/.

PCS MONTHLY NEWS – JANUARY 2019 RECAP

January has been a busy month for the PCS team.

After the holiday season the PCS team started the year by providing assistance to users in the publication of PaP imports.

The beginning of the year was also the time for passenger RUs to finalise the feasibility study preparations and open the harmonisation conference phase in PCS to fully harmonise the dossiers between the involved parties.

Carrying its momentum from 2018 forward into the new year, the PCS team organised the first internal TTR test sessions, which constitute a significant result of continuous TTR  development and took place at the RNE Joint Office in Vienna.

Work continued with ITNDB carry forward preparations and the PCS team is very pleased to announce that Turkey will be part of the system (more information available to ITNDB users on https://cms.rne.eu/itndb).

The CMS migration was completed for RFC 1 in the document library area.

Also in January, a good training opportunity was offered by several rail freight corridors (2, 4, 6, 8) who had organised a training session in Brussels. The PCS team has been working in close cooperation with them, preparing training materials as well as the test system.

Last but not least, the PCS team has assisted 59 times in various issues, mainly with user access requests, password resets and PaP imports.

To keep up to date on PCS activities, look out for the monthly PCS recap in the news section on pcs.rne.eu/news/.

AUTOMATIC DOSSIER PROMOTION TO POST-PROCESSING POSTPONED

Due a delay in the delivery of draft offers by some IMs, RNE will postpone triggering the automatic promotion of PCS dossiers from the phase ‘Observation’ to ‘Post-processing’ from 03 August 2018 (originally scheduled 03 August at 23:00) to a later time (currently scheduled for Monday 06 August 2018 at 14:00). This will require a small configuration of PCS by the developers. Please note that leading RUs can still trigger the dossier promotion manually for their dossiers.

WEBSITE RELAUNCH

As of 18 December 2017 the info pages of RailNetEurope’s IT tools were relaunched in a revised and improved version. All relevant information about PCS is now available in a more user-friendly and modern way.

The website is designed to provide potential and existing users with a first insight into the functionality of RNE’s IT Tools. To meet modern-day standards, the website is modular and responsively designed in order to accommodate users who access the site through mobile devices. The redesign of this website was the final step of a complete relaunch of RNE’s web presence with the goal of making information easily accessible to all users.

Good quality websites are always depending on users’ input. Information updates and comments are therefore very welcome and can be requested at/addressed to communications@rne.eu.