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.
DMS automates a number 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.
“We are very proud to have been awarded such an important contract. Following the successful deployment of the PSItraffic DMS system in Poznań, PSI Polska’s home town, we will now roll out our innovative product in a new depot in Warsaw – and, on top of that, in Poland’s largest automatic tram depot, which makes us even happier”, – said Arkadiusz Niemira, President of the Management Board of PSI Polska sp z o.o.
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.