“The most efficient way of planning resources to secure your competitive edge in rail freight transport”

SmartRailCargo transforms your rail processes from a backward-looking approach to a forward-looking model, applying planning and optimization AI.

SmartRailCargo is built on the industry-leading DELMIA Quintiq platform from Dassault Systèmes. Ab Ovo has inserted 25+ years of rail cargo planning and supply chain analytics experience in a managed cloud solution for the rail cargo industry.

Key benefits – business value

SmartRailCargo uses real-time and historical data from planning and execution management systems such as your ERP as well as other data sources as inputs. With predictive analytics and algorithms, it presents users with the optimum and most efficient use of valuable resources. Whether they are drivers, ground operators, locomotives or other assets.

Optimize Planning

KPI and activity based planning to ensure efficient use of resources and decision support.

Reduce Costs

Having more information in the planning process can be leveraged to improve it. The improvements can be measured by means of parameters (KPIs) and expressed in many ways.

Improve Quality

Stronger insight into the actual process leads to a better and more feasible planning situation with less (last-minute) disruption.

Increase Revenue

Real-time traffic interface enables you to guarantee ETA to your customer and thus offer a premium service. Loading delays caused by the customer become visible in real-time enabling you to charge the extra costs to the party causing the delay.

Sustainable planning & optimization solution

SmartRailCargo is a complete planning and optimization solution with all necessary processes integrated for the next-gen cargo operator. SmartRailCargo is a Managed Software as a Service (MSaas) solution to ensure that customer value is delivered quickly while being supportive to climate neutral objectives.



SmartRailCargo provides the most efficient use of valuable resources. Whether they are drivers, ground operators, locomotives, or other assets.

Maturity curve – planning & optimization in rail

Functional user benefits

SmartRailCargo captures all horizons of planning, rolling stock and human resources in one integrated solution. Whether the capacity planners want to plan 18 months of path reservations or the dispatchers are looking for an absent staff, they are using the same business rules and constraints.

SmartRailCargo provides functional benefits, such as:


  • Intuitive UI/UX – optimized visualization and user-friendly click paths
  • Industry standards & regulations configured
  • Tailored to your specific requirements
  • Cloud Managed Service – Always-on dedicated support by Ab Ovo
  • Usage based pricing model
  • Swiftly guided deployment + training – Go-live in weeks rather than months

SmartRailCargo provides full support to configure the application to capture all business needs. 

A glimpse into our customer base

VR Group is a government-owned railway company and one of the most significant operators in the Finnish public transport market area.

Green Cargo is a sustainable logistics partner. Rooted in the origins of Swedish rail traffic and  Sweden’s most experienced operator in rail logistics.

Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe. The company’s ambition is to realise a modal shift in Europe, moving freight off the road and onto rail.

LTG Cargo is the largest freight and logistics company in the Baltic region. LTG Cargo carries more than 150 years of successful experience.

SmartRailCargo Core Capabilities

Multiple horizon planning

Long Term Planning

  • Long term path reservations (if applicable)
  • Long term train planning
  • Planning of rolling stock circulation
  • Employee shift planning
  • Shift assignment on rotation

Short Term Planning

  • Short term changes to paths
  • Short term train planning
  • Physical locomotive planning
  • Short term shift planning
  • Shift allocation
  • Short term transport order planning
  • Empty Wagon Repositioning

Day of Operation

  • Real-time changes to paths
  • Train disposition
  • Locomotive disposition
  • Disposition of workforce
  • Changes to transport order planning
  • Empty Wagon Repositioning


  • ERP system
  • Infrastructure manager
  • Train management system
  • Locomotive management and maintenance system
  • HR system
  • And others

Resource management

Resources and Combinations

  • Register all relevant resource types
  • Identify all relevant resources used for planning
  • Add validation rules for which resources can be planned jointly (E.g. locomotives with wagons)

Resource Characteristics

  • List and monitor resource characteristics 
  • Add validation rules to validate characteristics with locations or products


  • Administer resource costs e.g. per day, distance, duration
  • Use the resource costs in KPI based planning (visualized to the planner)
  • Use the resource costs for optimization in making trade-off


  • Visualize resource usage (distance/time driven)
  • Visualize utilization
  • Display real-time KPIs on planning
  • Provide insights in KPI trends

Resource planning

Rolling stock planning

  • Make optimized locomotive plans
  • Plan locomotive maintenance in time-based on different metrics such as number of days, motor hours, mileage, etc.
  • Empty wagon repositioning to balance the wagon stocks
  • Real-time updates and insight in the impact of events on the plans
  • Request paths at Infra manager and have insight into path usage and utilization


  • Create optimized rosters taking into account available capacity, rules, and regulations
  • Flexible setup to select the rules and regulations that should be applied
  • KPIs based planning and replanning
  • Decision support tools and automated solvers that help the planners take the right decision

Employee shift planning

  • Create shifts and maximize their utilization rates. The system guides the planner by visualizing KPIs, offering decision support functionality, and automated solvers
  • Take employee skills, route, location, and rolling stock knowledge into account
  • Take labor rules and regulations into account such as maximum shift duration, driving time, break rules, etc.
  • Real-time updates and insight into the impact of events on the plans

Transport order planning

  • Find the best routing for transport orders through your network optimizing the utilization of your trains at the same time
  • Planning restrictions and allotment reservations are supported, parameters can be defined per train, per customer demand, per allotment, etc.

Mobile apps

Mobile Field Operations 

  • Visualize per day the shifts and their activities with all relevant information
  • Check in and check out
  • Send actual times for starting/ending activity
  • Switching of shifts
  • Locomotive driver route and equipment knowledge

Staff Planning

  • Visualize week and month rosters to know when the employee needs to work or has a day off
  • Visualize holidays/sick leaves and holiday requests
  • Request holidays and leaves
  • Overview of worked hours

Operational Overview

  • Overview of process status
  • See deviations and exceptions from planning
  • See bottlenecks in personnel availability
  • See bottlenecks in equipment availability
  • Have access to relevant personnel data

Digital Maintenance
& Repair

  • Take the necessary measures with an actual visual overview of the maintenance need available at all times
  • Historical data of the defects helps asset management to more comprehensively track asset performance. 
  • Advanced analytics on maintenance and repair needs

Advanced analytics


  • Tailored maintenance scheduling. Pattern recognition to predict when locomotives / wagons need maintenance on a unit by unit basis


  • Real-time demand visibility.
    Sensor and event data to visualize and analyse the flow of orders through the rail cargo network


  • “Internet of Trains”. Advanced predictions of train ETD / ETA for real-time scheduling adjustments


  • Advanced dashboarding. Interactive and advanced dashboarding that allow monitoring of the data ambition

Managed SAAS Solution

SAAS Benefits

  • Use cloud solution: no large hardware investments
  • Pay-per use pricing model
  • Benefit from easy implementation with a standard solution


  • Configure customer specific setup
  • Develop customer specific processes or requirements

User Interface

  • Design component-based user interface
  • Receive standard components
  • Configure the look and feel of the user interface to the needs of the customer, with custom columns, forms, KPIs, charts and so on


  • Support of the implementation
  • Support the day-to-day operations on the standard solution as well as the configuration
  • Access support easily that has knowledge of your specific business

SmartRailCargo provides training to the team of users as well as support with any questions you may have at your fingertips.

Customer satisfaction

Ab Ovo is focused on delivering customer value.  Our in depth experience and expertise ensure that our customers are delighted.  And support both during implementation and beyond is provided by our team of experts who know your business.  We continue to keep you informed about solution software roadmaps, releases and the value this brings to you and your company. If you require additional training or adaption of the solution, we are ready with our team of industry experts to assist you.

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