SMA is an independent consulting and software company specialised in railway system planning. Established in Zurich in 1987, the SMA Group employs approximately 75 members of staff and operates in 30 countries.
In addition to its headquarters in Zurich, SMA also has sites in Lausanne, Frankfurt and Paris, as well as in Santa Ana (California).
Its product and service portfolio comprises railway system planning, process consulting and operations optimisation, plus IT services and the Viriato and ZLR software systems which support all aspects of railway system planning.
The SMA consultancy expertise includes in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of railway operations planning, timetable creation and provision planning as well as process analysis and process optimisation of the rail traffic system. SMA boasts extensive know-how with respect to the workflows at train operating and infrastructure companies, as well as those of political decision-makers and commissioning authorities for local train services.
SMA's clients are transport companies, infrastructure managers, authorities and rolling stock manufacturers. They share the aim of optimising transport services, taking economic cost-effectiveness considerations into account. Efficient railway systems can only be developed with a profound understanding of the planning and production processes. The individual tasks range from network development and provision design to operations management, and extend across a wide timeframe.
SMA's expertise covers the entire railway system planning process chain, including in relation to regional, national and international stakeholders. We also take the sociological, cultural and political context specific to the country into account. By contributing facts and experience to the discussion, we become a catalyst and mediator during dialogue between institutional parties.
Our expertise is based, on the one hand, on total independence from suppliers and the objectivity which accompanies this and, on the other hand, on the combination of consultancy and sophisticated software solutions. The Viriato timetable system, developed by SMA, which takes all aspects of railway optimisation into consideration from a single source, is the central element. With the ZLR running time calculator, SMA provides a second stand-alone software solution which takes on long, medium and short-term planning as well as traffic control.
The most important key figures are presented in the overview below.