Navis Deploys New Rail Workforce Management Module to Optimize and Manage Rail Crews; Reducing Rail Operator Costs

March 26, 2021


Rail-specific SaaS module offers end-to-end management including master and working roster generation, time and attendance capture and payroll analytics

Navis, the provider of software for freight rail planning, scheduling and analytics, has announced the development of a new module for the optimization and management of crew scheduling, master rosters and working rosters.

The system, a part of the cloud-based Navis Rail Planning Suite, also provides the tools to manage short-term changes to timetables and staff availability; electronically capture and record staff attendance, and extract reports for payroll and analytics.

According to Tom Forbes, Head of Navis Rail, freight railway crew management is one of the largest variable costs for a railway and general-purpose personnel scheduling and rostering systems do not meet the challenges of workforce management for a freight railway. “Rail undertakings need rail-specific process management to build safe and efficient crew rosters that simultaneously consider personnel, route, traction, workflow, rules, regulations, labor agreements and other constraints,” said Forbes.

Navis Rail’s Workforce Management, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) system, is integrated with the company’s suite of service design tools for train and rollingstock planning. The complete application supports railways’ workforce management end-to-end, from master roster development through to capture of time and attendance. Its mobile portal allows workers to view their rosters, see roster changes, respond to call-in shift offers and record their attendances electronically.

To register for the Navis Rail webinar “The Importance of Workforce Management Tools in Freight Rail Operations,” on April 14 at 3:00 PM CEST / April 15 at 11:00 AM AEST, click here.

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