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AnyLogic provides complex solutions to plan, manage, and optimize pedestrian flows in public buildings like airports, railway stations, shopping malls, and stadiums. The software can do the following: 
  • Evaluate the capacity of buildings and certain objects
  • Find and avoid pedestrian bottlenecks
  • Optimize business processes at service points
  • Carry out evacuation planning
  • Assess shopping area customer traffic
  • Evaluate parking, roadway, and public transportation accessibility

Building capacity: Public building architects often face the challenge of creating a layout that would avoid bottlenecks and accommodate the expected number of people passing through certain places, buying tickets, going through security checks, etc. The architects also need to stress test the doors, stairs, elevators, escalators, and corridors, and then calculate their capacities at peak pedestrian loads. AnyLogic has a specific Pedestrian Library to help plan a building or validate your project.

Business processes: Sometimes you need to see how introducing a service point would affect traffic congestion in a building. This would include ticket barriers at railway stations, kiosks or ATMs in shopping malls, passport controls at airports, etc. You may also need to know how many items you have to install, or how to optimize their performance in order to fulfill the expected demand. AnyLogic enables you to thoroughly analyze business processes at your facility.

Evacuation planning: Knowing how an evacuation plan will work in a building is crucial for visitors’ safety. AnyLogic allows modelers to test various evacuation plans that reflect the aggressive behavior of people in an emergency situation. The software can also evaluate weak spots, which could be used for illegal activities such as terrorist attacks, and forecast potential damage from such actions.

Shopping area customer traffic: Shopping mall managers need to know the “passability” of selected areas, count the number of people expected to visit a particular shop or see an advertising banner, and how to generate a customer flow required by the renter. Pedestrian simulation with AnyLogic can provide the mall management with these insights.

Public transport accessibility: Visitor flows have to be organized according to traffic sources and directions, that is why it is crucial to simulate transport availability. It is also important to successfully manage parking facilities in order to avoid traffic congestion. Finally, learning how the introduction of a new large object would affect the existing road network is very important for object managers. AnyLogic is a professional tool for planning transport accessibility of an object.

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Reviews & testimonials

  • We chose AnyLogic because of the following features: flexible pedestrian modeling abilities, intuitive user interface, simplicity of programming, visualization abilities, and the ability to gather a wide range of statistical data for analysis. During our work with the AnyLogic team, we appreciated the efficiency and the quality of the technical support, the expertise of the company engineers, and the willingness of the company to improve the product for the clients.

    Alexey Pashkevitch,
    ITS Consulting
  • This is a very practical modeling software, and it offers a huge variety of modeling methods. High speed of modeling and good user interface are among its advantages. Agent based modeling and pedestrian library, in particular, are very useful in the related fields. It is a wonderful modeling software.

    Gao Xiang,
    Beijing Jiaotong University

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Case Studies

  • Using Pedestrian Library to Create a New Look for an Art Gallery
    Fair Dynamics, a Milan based consulting company with a distinct aspect towards simulation modeling, was engaged in developing The Ametria project, a contemporary art exhibition held in the Athens’ Benaki Museum. AnyLogic simulation modeling let engineers see where the artworks could be placed, as well as show how people could move inside the gallery.
  • Passenger Flow Simulation at Frankfurt Airport
    As operating company of several major international airports, the Fraport AG is one of the “Global Players” of the airport industry. With more than 140.000 passengers per day and over 80 aircraft movements per hour, the airport in Frankfurt - an aviation hub of worldwide significance – serves the Fraport AG as home base.
  • AnyLogic Tackles Eiffel Tower Crowds
    The Eiffel Tower operating company (SETE) used AnyLogic software to optimize the flow of tourists at the monument. With its help the engineers increased the number of visitors without redesign, but with people movement control.
  • Crossing the English Channel with AnyLogic
    AREP, the subsidiary of «SNCF Gares & Connexions», developed a simulation model which optimized the utilizing of the Transmanche Terminal of Paris’ Gare du nord. The main goal was to reduce the waiting time upstream and at the points of control of passengers. The model enabled to locate, value and represent the possible dysfunctions in these areas.
  • Choosing the Best Concept for a Passenger Rail Car
    The largest CIS rail car building facility, Tver Carriage Works, needed to choose the best passenger rail car concept for a city train. The plant needed to compare passenger entrance/exit times during peak loads for concepts that had different door amounts and widths, and then choose the best variant. They contracted ITS Consulting to perform this task. The consultants found pedestrian simulation modeling to be the best possible instrument to provide a solution.
  • Passenger Flow Simulation for Railway Stations at Sochi 2014 Olympics
    NIIAS is specialized in railway traffic and infrastructure management. Using AnyLogic NIIAS modeled 5 railway stations for Adler – Alpika Service railway, which is being constructed for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
  • Transfer Hub Passenger Flow Simulation at Moscow Ring Railway
    The launch of passenger trains on Moscow Ring Railway is expected to improve the road traffic situation and congestion on public transportation of the city. Many of the newly built stations will be connected to subway and commuter rails by huge transfer hubs. Passenger flows, at one of the future hubs, were simulated using AnyLogic software by the ITS Consulting Company for JSC Moscow Ring Railway.