Infrastructure Management of the Motorway Network via a Centralised, Standardised Platform

Whether it's for work, shopping or a weekend trip to the mountains – millions of people use the Swiss motorway network every day. The demands on the road infrastructure are correspondingly high: it must be available at all times and constantly maintained to ensure that the general public can go about their daily business.

So the motorway network needs to be managed. For roughly 12 years now, this has been done using the Management Information System for Roads and Road Traffic (MISTRA). But MISTRA is made up of multiple applications that can only be accessed via different interfaces and are is now showing its age. It is therefore planned to be replaced with the Road Infrastructure Management ASTRA (or RIMA for short).

With RIMA, the Federal Road Office (FEDRO) has set itself the goal of making the applications for managing the Swiss motorway network infrastructure accessible via a centralised and standardised GIS platform. For instance, specialists can manage operational maintenance, tunnels and bridges, operating and security equipment, and wastewater systems. Traffic monitoring and elements of road safety are also to be integrated into the system. But RIMA is not confined to FEDRO specialists. Participating engineering firms can use the system as well, for example to call up information about the road infrastructure on a specific route or to display the locations of emergency telephones.

Agile Development – the FOITT Provides Support with Its Expertise

FEDRO is breaking new ground with RIMA: for the first time, the Office is implementing an IT project from scratch using the SAFe concept. It is therefore being supported by the FOITT. As a strategic partner, not only are we responsible for the technical implementation of the project, but our specialists are also taking care of training and mentoring all the project participants, who had previously had only a little experience of this agile method.

After an intense preparatory stage at the start of the project, and the completion of the first development iteration, FEDRO is pleased with the progress made. The various team members have settled into their roles well, motivation is high and the initial results are positive. FEDRO is convinced: development using agile methods helps to promote transparency, strengthen cooperation and thereby improve the quality of work.