A bridge is more than a crossing

A bridge is more than a crossing

Crossing the Øresund and Storebælt bridges has become a lot easier with Netcompany’s new tolling and self-service platform for Sund & Bælt, the publicly owned company that administrates infrastructure and tolling on these routes. 

Challenge 

There’s something special about bridges that makes traversing them about more than just the crossing. For a moment you’re moving between two worlds. That’s especially true for the Øresund Bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden and rose to fame as the central location of the hit TV series The Bridge. 

The experience of crossing the bridge improved when tolling actors like Brobizz entered the market and enabled drivers to use express lanes. However, the platform used for handling customer data, passing data and payments was still a dated and monolithic ERP system. In addition, the self-service system used to eg. update or buy Brobizzes was also due for an overhaul.

»The old platform had worked fairly well up until now, but it was not able to support the activities Sund & Bælt wanted to do moving forward. In order to maintain their commercial and competitive relevance, they needed to invest in a new and more future-proof IT system«

Anders Brammer, manager in Netcompany

Solution 

Netcompany was hired to modernize the tolling and self-service platform used by Sund & Bælt’s tolling brand Brobizz, which acts as a tolling service provider at the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, the Storebælt Bridge between Funen and Zealand, several ferries such as Molslinjen, Forsea, Fanølinjen, Bornholmslinje as well as the coming FehmarnBelt Tunnel between Denmark and Germany. Brobizz is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Sund & Bælt Holding A/S. 

»We worked on a three-stage solution. The first goal was to provide private customers using Brobizz’ self-service system with a more modern, user-friendly interface, and to give Sund & Bælt’s employees a more modern back-end system with the new tolling platform«, Anders Brammer says.  

Aside from the already functioning license plate recognition system, which allows registered Brobizz customers to pay for bridge crossings automatically, the new self-service system, implemented in the summer of 2023, handles everything from API’s, tolling, invoicing, bankintegration, and reminder processes. 

The second step of the plan – scheduled for release late 2023 – is aimed at improving the self-service and tolling platforms for business customers using Brobizz, such as truck drivers and field service engineers. The third and last step makes it possible for Brobizz to pursue business opportunities not possible with the old IT system, such as supporting kilometer-based road tolling on Danish roads. That requires a modern platform able to handle large amounts of data such as the GPS location of a vehicle.   

»Road tolling is a big potential new market which leads to a whole new group of customers. So far, a local truck driver who didn’t need to cross any of the bridges, did not have any interactions with Brobizz, but with the new legislation they will become customers of Brobizz and the new IT system will be ready to support this as well as other new business opportunities for Sund & Bælt«, Anders Brammer says. 

Results 

Netcompany’s massive platform transformation, moving Sund & Bælt away from their old, monolithic software system to a contemporary, cloud-first solution with an improved user interface, has already helped private customers.  

»We expect a decrease in the amount of calls to customer service and a decrease in the amount of late payments. Both will make a tremendous difference for the company«, Anders Brammer says.

The new cloud-based tolling platform handles everything from payments and invoicing to bank integration and late payment processes, bettering the work lives of the employees as well as improving the customer journey. The tolling platform has automated a number of repetitive tasks that used to be done by hand, which was time-demanding and amounted to a significant cost for the company. 

As for the future, the new platform helps Brobizz expand its market without also having to expand its customer service. It also allows them to build new tolling solutions for business customers that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible. 

»The new platform doesn’t only support the current IT needs of Sund & Bælt. It also makes it possible for Sund & Bælt to become the company it wants to be in the future, and though that’s the most abstract part of the goal, it might also be the most important«, Anders Brammer says.

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