In Germany, Stadtwerke München (SWM) has commissioned PSI Transcom to supply the PSIebus depot management system for electric buses. The software will be used to manage and control the electric bus dispatching in the ‘Moosach’ and ‘Ost’ bus depots.
It is important to distinguish between depot management and charging management in the depot: PSI’s depot management is supposed to optimise the provision of vehicles across depots so that vehicle downtimes for maintenance and charging processes are minimised.
The management of the individual charging processes takes place locally in the depot, where existing SWM systems are connected to the PSIebus software via interfaces. Other subsystems, such as vehicle location and the Intermodal Transport Control System (ITCS), are also connected in this way.
With the data on timetables, real energy consumption and load management, PSIebus is to create the charging plan in advance for the next seven days. Since, according to PSI Transcom, such processes should also increase transparency and information about the condition of the vehicles for all parties involved, risks, such as vehicle defects, can be identified and minimised.
This should not only help public transport operators to switch to electric buses but also reduce operating and follow-up costs. In Munich, for example, the digitalised depot management will support SWM in converting its bus operations completely to electric drives by 2030 at the latest.
Stadtwerke München is another prominent user of PSIebus. At the beginning of January 2021, PSI Transcom announced that the PSIebus system had also been put into operation at BVG in Berlin – just seven weeks after the start of the project.
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