German Air Traffic Control Authority live with Quintiq Workforce Solution

April 05, 2008 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
The DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, which is responsible for controlling the German air space has gone live with the Quintiq Advanced Planning Solution in Bremen in April 2008. Together with CONET Solutions GmbH, one of Quintiq's implementation partners in Germany, the solution got successfully integrated with the existing DFS infrastructure.

Deutsche Flugsicherung has selected the Quintiq solution for its operational staff planning in order to improve all operational planning and to cope with the complex planning issues that the planners are facing in their daily work. The major role of DFS is to ensure that the aircraft always maintain adequate distance from one another, and that the air traffic over Germany is handled safely and expeditiously. The traffic controllers work either in the radar control centre or in the tower of one of the 17 major and 2 regional air fields in Germany.

Operational planning at DFS has to deal with a wide variety of constraints. To ensure safety, air traffic controllers keep an intricate schedule of actual controlling different aircraft movements (take-offs, - enroute flights and landings) and short breaks. The controllers have different skills, competencies and certificates. Furthermore all trainee controllers have to work with an experienced coach. The planning at DFS also has to comply with regulations and has to be flexible to deal with changes.

Quintiq is a leading provider of planning solutions for the air traffic control business. The Quintiq Air Traffic Control Workforce Optimization Solution possesses the unique capability to plan across multiple organization structures. It integrates multiple workforce sets and resources through fully featured, pro-active planning, while taking into consideration all aspects relevant to Air Navigation Service Providers. Moreover, the Quintiq solution provides managers with organization-wide transparency and the meaningful analytical data necessary for accurate decision making.

DFS will use the Quintiq solution for the daily, monthly and yearly planning of air traffic control staff. The organization expects to be able to deploy staff more efficiently as the new Quintiq system provides DFS with real time insight in daily schedules and consequences of necessary adjustments.

About DFS
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is responsible for air traffic control in Germany. As a company organized under private law, DFS is 100% owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. Founded in 1993, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is the successor to the Federal Administration of Air Navigation Services, a government authority which had existed for 39 years. The company's headquarters are located in Langen, near Frankfurt. DFS is operating 4 Area Control Centers and furthermore represented at 17 international airports throughout Germany. The remaining airports also operate under the supervision of DFS.

About CONET Solutions GmbH
CONET has successfully been providing expert solutions in the fields of consulting, software development and information technology and telecommunications since 1987. CONET products for enterprise content management, solutions for advanced planning and certified add-on solutions for SAP NetWeaver are globally in use. Being an operative subsidiary of CONET Technologie AG, CONET Solutions GmbH with its currently 230 employees at the company locations at Hennef, Augsburg, Berlin and Walldorf achieves annual turnovers of 24 million Euro.

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain optimization solutions. The fast-growing Dutch company, established in 1997, offers software for planning and optimizing complex business processes throughout the enterprise. The company's headquarters is located in the Netherlands and it has subsidiaries in Germany, UK, Finland, Malaysia, China, Australia, and the USA. For more information: www.quintiq.com