Dr. Volker Sustrate, Dr. Marian Gaidzik and Dr. Werner Kretschmer found HaCon. The three engineers had been studying together at Hannover University, albeit in different fields of research that later become HaCon’s divisions: public transport, freight traffic and railway operation research. They obtained their PhDs at the Institute of Transport, Railway Construction and Operation (IVE) in Hannover.
HaCon moves its offices from their original location in the heart of Hannover to the north of the city.
Early HAFAS Successes
In cooperation with mathematicians and computer scientists from the University of Hannover, the algorithms for the timetable information system HAFAS are being developed.
With SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) and Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), major customers opt for HAFAS as their timetable information system.
Again, the HaCon team moves to bigger offices in Hannover.
The number of employees exceeds 20. In 1999, HaCon counts 60, in 2006 more than 90 and in 2012 more than 170 employees.
HAFAS Goes Internet
The first web version of HAFAS is launched. Initially a test version, the system becomes the Deutsche Bahn's official journey planner on www.bahn.de.
First HAFAS User Conference
HaCon holds the first HAFAS User Conference. In the following years, the event gains widespread recognition among HAFAS customers. For the 15th HAFAS User Conference in 2012, 190 participants from 15 countries follow HaCon's invitation to Hannover.
HAFAS Goes Mobile
With HAFAS Pocket, HaCon presents the world's smallest timetable book. The HAFAS calculation engine is being ported to the Windows CE operating system. The software and the entire railway timetable of Deutsche Bahn comprise only six megabytes.
Door-to-Door Navigation with HAFAS
HAFAS now includes addresses and maps and functions as a door-to-door journey planner. Rejseplanen chooses HAFAS as the timetable information system for all of Denmark.
By the timetable change in December, HAFAS reaches one million timetable requests.
New Corporate Design
HaCon introduces its new logo reflecting the company's focus on software and transport. The relaunched website provides information on HaCon's products and services even more comprehensively and clearly.
New HaCon Product
The Train Planning System TPS is implemented at the DSB (Danish State Railways). A powerful software solution for timetable construction and capacity management, TPS has been enjoying a growing European user base since.
HaCon moves to Hannover's List neighborhood: In Lister Straße 15, the HaCon team occupies three floors with a total of 5,600 square meters.
HAFAS Breaks Records
When the Deutsche Bahn releases their new timetable, www.bahn.de counts more than 2.8 million timetable requests and more than 10 million calculated connections with HAFAS within 24 hours.
With Michael Frankenberg (M.Sc.), Peter Talke (M.Sc.) and Werner Sommerfeld (M.Sc.), three additional managing directors join HaCon's management team. This is the first milestone in the company's generational change.
Consulting: Transport & Logistics
In addition to developing software, HaCon consults and assists its customers with projects in rail freight transport and combined transport. HaCon's interdisciplinary consulting team also advises policy makers on transport and logistics issues and helps with the requisition and negotiation of subsidies. Clients include the European Commission, national ministries and companies of the transportation and logistics industry.
Anniversary & Further Changes in Management
HaCon celebrates its 25th company anniversary. The three HaCon founders pass on the majority of the shares to Michael Frankenberg, Peter Talke and Werner Sommerfeld.
Gradual Integration of IBS
Providing for further strategic development, HaCon takes over IBS, a consulting and software company for railway operating systems. This adds operation simulation, vehicle and staff planning as well as construction phase planning to HaCon’s service portfolio in the area of timetable construction and management.
HaCon's new website comes along with a fresh new look, extended information and a clear design.
Change in Management
Michael Frankenberg, Peter Talke and Werner Sommerfeld take over full and exclusive responsibility for HaCon. Marian Gaidzik, Werner Kretschmer and Volker Sustrate retire from management, but continue to support the managing directors as members of the advisory board.
New Authorized Officers
HaCon's general meeting appoints five department heads to be authorized officers of the company. Lars Deiterding (Logistics), Dirk Esters (HAFAS), Rolf Gooßmann and Claus Müller-Haude (both TPS) as well as Stephan Sünderkamp (HAFAS) receive the power to represent the company effective as of December 2012.
HaCon and EOS UPTRADE
HaCon becomes majority shareholder (62.4 percent) of EOS UPTRADE, a Hamburg-based ticketing specialist.
HaCon celebrates its 30th company anniversary.
HaCon and Bytemark
HaCon becomes shareholder (20 percent) of Bytemark, a New York City-based ticketing specialist.
The renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) honors HaCon as one of the "50 Smartest Companies" worldwide.