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  • Development and implementation of distribution of proceeds of interoperable rail products (2013 – present)

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    Development and implementation of distribution of proceeds of interoperable rail products (2013 – present)

    Hypercube provides the distribution keys for the revenues of interoperable rail products for a working group with all rail carriers in the Netherlands (EOS). The product range has been expanding since 2013. It started with the then new chipped subscriptions (“Nick & Simon”). All chipped travel products are now distributed, including the proceeds from CT tickets.

    Even non-chipped products (tickets from the Spoordeelwinkel and international tickets) are the subject of the investigation. In order to be able to determine the likely journey made between the origin and destination station, a reference database has been developed in which key figures of all train journeys made in the Netherlands are recorded over a number of years per origin-destination relationship.

    Before regular processing of chip card transactions into keys commences, there is always research into the best allocation method given the existing EOS business rules. Part of that research was allocating passengers (based on checkins and checkouts) to train series. The algorithm is used to allocate yields on the regional Arnhem – Doetinchem railway line to Arriva or Breng. These two rail operators jointly provide the timetable there.

    The research and distribution practice teach a lot about the quality and application possibilities of the source data. For example, there are now better options for forming interoperable journeys than interpreting times from sequential checkouts and checkins and there is consensus on how to deal with incomplete journeys.