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Simulation for airports

Public transport terminals (air, rail, bus, metro, car service) have many goals, including: optimizing passenger and vehicle flows, improving passenger experiences and keeping all passengers safe. Achieving these goals are challenging since all stakeholders will acknowledge they have a stake in a well-run public transport terminal, but all have different, sometimes conflicting, priorities. Furthermore, due to delays and rush hours, there is no such thing as an ‘ordinary day or hour’.

Simulation has been proven to be an indispensable decision support tool for solving these challenges. Simulators are a key tool for rail network managers when performing for example punctuality and robustness analysis of train schedules. Simulation is also used by rail network managers for safety, capacity and energy analysis of (future) infrastructure.

For more than 30 years InControl has been working on the development of customized railway-traffic simulators using the Enterprise Dynamics (ED) simulation platform. 

During these years, InControl has become an expert in railway simulation, understanding the concepts and systems that are relevant to railway operation. By uniting the Enterprise Dynamics platform with customer applications, tooling and datasets, InControl creates large scale microscopic multi-purpose railway simulators, which can be used for

  • Simulation studies (Use simulation to support the design/construction and optimization of train schedules, track occupation and energy efficiency),
  • Innovation support (Evaluate the effect of innovative measures and systems before putting them into practice),
  • Serious gaming (Train employees and evaluate procedures and processes during large-scale multi-application gaming sessions, using a distributed simulation environment).
  • Communication purposes, for example informing management, staff and customers about the effects of the introduction a new timetable

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Baggage handling systems (BHS)

InControl’s latest Dutch railway simulator developed for ProRail, the Dutch infrastructure manager, allows users to simulate and visualize large networks on microscopic level. The Flexible Rail Infra Simulation of Operations (FRISO) supports users by automatic generation of a complete simulation model from company data sources containing

With the simulation software Enterprise Dynamics®, each process and type of equipment within the Baggage Handling System can be represented to be able to thoroughly analyze the system and experiment with allocations of baggage. Use Enterprise Dynamics® to support well-informed decisions about creating, expanding or updating the Baggage Handling System (BHS) of your airport.

  • Which design of the BHS does fit best to the expected needs?
  • Is the system redundancy sufficient to deal with failures?
  • What are the baggage flows in the machines for Hold Baggage Screening?
  • Is there enough capacity to accommodate the new seasonal flight schedule?

Simulation provides additional insight which helps to make informed decisions. Evaluate use cases and build business cases based on numbers that are widely supported throughout the organization. Present the outcome of different scenarios and the effect of each decision in a way people understand and can link to what is happening in the BHS.

Let the Enterprise Dynamics® simulation software help you in shaping the future use of your airport.


FRISO can transmit and receive real-time information about the state of trains and infrastructure. Using this information, train operation (train driver and guard) and train dispatching tasks can be taken over by external applications. For example, the Traffic Management System (TMS), a system designed to optimize traffic and improve punctuality, safety and or energy consumption levels in a local area by means of advisory speeds, re-ordering and re-routing of trains, can be connected to FRISO. The TMS achieves these goals by monitoring traffic, detecting future conflicts, rescheduling and optimization of speed profiles. Using FRISO, TMS variants can be compared and optimized before being used in practice.

The Pedestrian Dynamics® simulation software is a very effective simulation tool to test and optimize layouts and all passenger processes at airports and to compare design alternatives. Get information about utilization of areas and queueing at all passenger processes for check-in and reclaim, security and passport control, transfer desks and boarding.

  • Does the design of the Terminal provide sufficient space?
  • Are there enough stairs, escalators and elevators and are the walkways wide enough?
  • Is the equipment capacity sufficient at any location?
  • What are the peak flows at security and passport control?

Simulation provides additional insight which helps to make informed decisions. It enables you to evaluate use cases and prevent failures. Use the 3D-visualisation to present the outcome of different scenarios and the effect of each decision in a way people understand and can link to what is happening at the terminal.

Let the Pedestrian Dynamics® simulation software help you in shaping the future use of your airport.

Serious Gaming: Simulation based training

FRISO has been deployed in the so-called TRINITY distributed simulation environment. Here, both operational and simulated railway applications communicate with FRISO as if they communicate with reality. Applications for train (re-)scheduling (ProRail), Crew planning and Rolling Stock planning (NS) can be used simultaneously during gaming sessions. This unique simulation environment allows large-scale gaming sessions with up to 40 participants with 4 different roles.

The TRINITY simulation environment has been successfully used to prepare train dispatchers for changes to the railway infrastructure at Utrecht Central Station, the main Dutch train station serving 285.000 passengers a day. Simulation has helped a smooth transition to the operation of an infrastructure with only one third of the original number of switches.

The Trinity simulation environment has also been used in a pilot for a new train schedule with 6 intercity trains per hour between Amsterdam and Eindhoven. During the gaming session, multiple scenarios have been evaluated, including scenarios with people walking on the tracks and defective trains.

Your challenges, our concern

InControl’s simulation experts would be happy to use their expertise for your challenges. InControl builds your customized multi-purpose railway simulator(s) that help you face the future. Simulation provides a nearly unlimited amount of opportunities for your company. Whether you want to improve your train schedules, innovate your systems, train your employees or create a digital twin of the rail, simulation can help!

Please feel free to contact InControl to find out what the simulation experts can do for your railway company.


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