Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

Created new business opportunities and increased revenue
Industry
Transportation
Challenge
In 2018, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) IT audit of Eurotunnel MIS business systems scored each of their systems with red, amber, or green “traffic lights”— green for performing well and answering business needs, amber for requiring attention with some concerns, or red for being potentially obsolete, expensive and difficult to maintain. PwC identified that Eurotunnel’s MultiValue (MV)-based reservation system needed to be either modernized or replaced. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle faced a difficult decision: replace their proven, business-critical system— which would cost several million euros, take years to complete, and introduce a large number of risks—or adapt and modernize the proven MultiValue-based reservation system, a project that would deliver maximum ROI with a smaller price tag and shorter time to market while minimizing risk.

Results

Using MVIS meant Bishop was able to implement a newer, more streamlined version of the kiosk’s application, which replaced older technologies with lightweight RESTful APIs. This resulted in a substantial reduction in application overhead.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle are also planning to implement what they named “a policeman” in the check-in lanes. This separate vehicle measurement system, based on laser technology, will send the actual dimensions of the vehicles that arrive at the toll plazas to be validated within the MV-based reservation system. Due to impact of the pandemic, this part of the project will be fully deployed soon.

Results

Using MVIS meant Bishop was able to implement a newer, more streamlined version of the kiosk’s application, which replaced older technologies with lightweight RESTful APIs. This resulted in a substantial reduction in application overhead.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle are also planning to implement what they named “a policeman” in the check-in lanes. This separate vehicle measurement system, based on laser technology, will send the actual dimensions of the vehicles that arrive at the toll plazas to be validated within the MV-based reservation system. Due to impact of the pandemic, this part of the project will be fully deployed soon.

“The Rocket suite of tools has been the answer to all our needs. Python is mitigating longer term risks of an aging workforce, and we’re providing quite a lot of modernization with it and MVIS. The MV platform continues to evolve to meet new business needs, making it the logical choice to modernize as we move towards connected microservices rather than a monolithic application architecture.”
Geoff Bishop
IT Engagement Manager, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle