station plans

Together with Cartaro and further applications it is possible to make station plans more interactive and data storage much easier.

SBB and our partner evoq work together to maintain more than 70 highly detailed station plans that have all the important information about the provided services. So far it is possible to view those plans as a PDF or as a printed version. geOps and evoq now developed an interactive version, which is way more than just a simple reflection of the printed plan. As offerings at the railway stations change constantly, it is necessary to keep them fully up-to-date. The interactive plans simplify those workflows.

Data governance

To be able to use the exact same records for both, the printed and the digital version, one very important aim of the project was to consolidate the data storage. Key element of the project is GeoCMS Cartaro that states various data contents and assigns attributes in the maps. Using national coordinates makes it possible to locate the offers at the stations very precisely. To enable automated transformation and to pass over the problem that the interactive map is placed in an inclined position several datasets had to be deposed.

Optimized workflows

To be able to use the data from GeoCMS for further productions geOps realized an intersection with the graphics software Adobe InDesign. Only by pressing a button data is moved from the Cartaro-data storage to InDesign. Automatically, the offers state themselves at the correct position and the key to the symbols sets itself up. Next to the saving of time, there are several advantages by having these routines automated: For instance, less mistakes are made because there is simply a need to check the imported data and optimize some graphics by hand.

The descriptions in the plans and in the printed version are all based on the same data pool. To keep the web application easily scalable, geOps prefered not to set up the whole application in Cartoro but to use the software Batyr. It provides a structured way to synchronize external data to database tables. Thus the data basis for the printed and digital version is seperated and only the selected datasets for the web application are used.

Conclusion

With the implementation of the interactive station plans a system with crossmedia data use, data governance and a new web application succeeded. After the station Bern is now available as an interactive plan, further maps are in progress.