Iltis as a Service (ILaaS)
As a rail operator, Iltis as a Service (ILaaS) allows you to obtain Iltis functionality in the form of a flexible service. While your focus lies on rail operation, Siemens Mobility keeps your operation and control system up to date and takes care of the cell hardware and all software releases, while ensuring compliance with statutory IT security requirements through the provision of IT security updates.
ILaaS is attractive financially since much less capital is tied up compared with having your own system. Under the licensebased business model, rail operators simply pay a fixed amount for use and maintenance. You incur no investment costs for setting up your own IT landscape. ILaaS guarantees regular security patching and a reliable update procedure based on permanent updates. Service and maintenance for on-site deployments are not required since the system is located at a Siemens Mobility site and is operated and maintained from there. Not only is this more cost effective, rather also decidedly ecofriendly.
Yes! ILaaS has already been in operation since 2016 and is currently used by the Gornergrat Railway and BOB. The Iltis servers are operated as virtual machines in specially dedicated data centers at Siemens Mobility sites in Switzerland. In addition, we have longstanding experience with virtualization techniques. ILaaS is state-of-the-art technology developed and operated by Siemens Mobility in Switzerland.
A third rail operator is set to operate in a virtual environment from 2020 with Aare Seeland Mobil (ASm). A further Swisscom location is planned for summer 2020 in Zürich (with no additional costs for ILaaS customers) and additional customer queries are currently being processed. ILaaS helps to reduce hardware, simplify maintenance, and therefore protect the environment sustainably.
Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB)The Iltis controlguide has been in successful use at the Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) since 2008. In April 2019, BOB migrated to the ILaaS cloud solution. The Iltis workstations are still in the control center in Wilderswil. Only the heart of the system – the computers – are located in Swiss data centers. Updates and faults are carried out, respectively rectified immediately from there.
The technology has been running without a single fault ever since.John Meyer, Head of Technical Maintenance, Bernese Oberland Railway