365 days - a summary
Heusch/Boesefeldt-Year-Review 2018

 

Do you still remember the top themes of 2018?

We will not provide you with a summary, as you will find an up-to-date coverage in all the media. It was an exciting, sometimes frightening year, to which we now say goodbye. But it was also a year that brought us positive memories.

Take a look at our personal highlights: For Heusch/Boesefeldt it was also an eventful year, but one that was positive throughout.

Two examples of unspectacular but important project work

Our core business is traffic control on motorways. Here we present two examples from this core business, which are, however, very different in nature.

Release for traffic of the first tube of the Katzenberg tunnel

The new Katzenbergtunnel replaces the old route of the A3 near Würzburg, which had become unacceptable for the residents due to the noise level. The tunnel ceiling will be modeled close to nature and will bring two districts of Würzburg closer together after its completion. New paths, green spaces and leisure facilities will be created on it.

Heusch/Boesefeldt supplies the software for the traffic control system in the tunnel and the upstream bridge area. More details

Network control system Erfurt - Halle/Leipzig

The control of the dynamic direction signs with integrated congestion information for the interstate network control system on the A4, A71, A9 and A38 motorways between Erfurt and the Halle/Leipzig area was put into operation in September 2018 In addition, a Bluetooth data acquisition system for determining travel times was integrated into the traffic centers in Zella-Mehlis and Halle on the above-mentioned motorways. On the basis of the loss times determined in this way, diversion recommendations of the network control system can be switched.

To manage the network control center around Leipzig the traffic control centre of Saxony-Anhalt had already implemented a connection to the traffic control center of Saxony. Now there is another link to the center in Thuringia; good examples of cross-border traffic management.

Two examples of exceptional projects

In the following two sections we present to you projects that do not (yet) belong to the standard repertory at Heusch/Boesefeldt. One has to do with cooperative driving and the other project also takes us into new regions.

KoMoD opens the test field to third parties

In September, the test field in the KoMoD project (Kooperative Mobiliät im Digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf - Cooperative Mobility in the Digital Test Field Düsseldorf) was opened with renowned support. The North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Transport Hendrik Wüst, Düsseldorf's Mayor Thomas Geisel and Cornelia Zuschke, Head of the Transport Department of the City of Düsseldorf, opened the 20-kilometre test track on which automated and networked driving will be tested in the future. 
Would you like to know more?

If you would like to refresh your knowledge about KoMoD's research content, the official website is the right place for you.

System for single vehicle registration and storage in Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Roads Office, FEDRO, maintains around 500 counting stations for recording road traffic on the Swiss national road network and supplementary network. The data from numerous counting stations were previously queried using outdated analogue technology, which Swisscom AG switched over to 3G technology-based communications. An opportunity for a new system architecture. Would you like to know more?

And then there's the project highlight of the year

In April of this year we entered into a "marriage". The working group VMIS-EHE was commissioned by ASFiNAG to set up the new core system for traffic management in Austria (VMIS 2.0). This is a project that will continue to occupy us for a long time to come due to its ambitious scope. How it came about and what is behind it, you can read here.

Some internal information about HB

Of people and tools

Introduction of Confluence and Teams

In the private environment, the use of Wikipedia and communication via social networks has long since become a habit: Share, like, discuss, send emojis. So why not share and comment on data at any time, no matter from where?

In order to improve our internal processes, especially in the areas of knowledge management and communication, this year we have converted our company wiki to the product of the market leader Atlassian.

Keeping the internal communication largely free of e-mails has also been a wish for quite some time. With the use of the messaging environment Teams (from Microsoft) we have now succeeded. In addition to chats, which are comprehensible for everyone, Teams can also hold online meetings with screen sharing. This makes collaboration across locations and companies possible - thanks to digitalization.

In the professional world this is called agile team working! We accept the challenge of further digitalizing our work processes and after only three months we can record a positive response from our employees.

Recertification of our quality management system

"Same procedure as last year?" This is how one could summarize the annual audit since the first ISO-9001 certification in 1997. In fact, the pursuit of continuous improvement is an essential goal of good quality management and adaptation to changing conditions.

The two auditors praised the fact that we succeed in this again and again. This means that we are recertified until 2021.

Opening of our office in Cottbus

In 2018 we opened a small office in Cottbus which is currently staffed by software developers. Our former and again new colleague Cathleen Schloßhauer gave the impulse. The local press was happy to report in detail on exactly (Lausitzer Rundschau, Pressemitteilung) how this happened and what we are planning to do.

Additions to personnel

In addition to our new colleagues in Cottbus, we were able to strengthen our team in Aachen by four more colleagues. We are also pleased to have once again found two motivated trainees for the profession of IT Specialist in Application Development.