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Major rail deal for University spin out

Published Tuesday 16 January 2012

TrainUniversity of Leeds spin-out company Tracsis, has signed a three-year deal for a major rail company to use its software.

The company, which specialises in developing software for the transportation industry, announced that the operator will use its TrainTRACS and TRACSRoster software to automate and speed up train crew scheduling. Tracsis said the deal reflects growing use of its TRACS software suite.

Chief executive John McArthur said: "We are delighted to have signed this agreement which not only secures revenue for the next three years but validates our continued efforts to bring resource optimisation systems and technologies to our target passenger rail market."

Tracsis was spun out from the University's School of Computing in 2004 following the development of crew scheduling software for rail services by Dr Raymond Kwan. Now the business has contracts with every major train operating company in the UK and is expanding internationally to Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Tracsis provides employment for over 40 skilled professionals, 5 of whom are graduates of the School of Computing. The company has also taken on placement students from the University of Leeds every year since 2008, one of whom has recently been recruited.