By 2025, we want to achieve seamless, interoperable data exchange for core rail freight operations through a trusted digital ecosystem and have identified a set of solutions and enablers to achieve this.
Digital Train Operation (DTO)
- Little or no integration of small Railway Undertakings (RUs), ports or transshipment terminals in the data exchange.
- Problems for stakeholders involved in the first and last mile (information is usually conveyed manually).
- DTO facilitates the information flows between all rail freight partners involved in the daily train operations.
- Information will be exchanged via standardised messages (as required by TAF TSI) enabling interoperable digital train operations across Europe.
Digital Train Handover (DTH)
- The actual train handover at handover points (e.g., border crossings) is partly done manually and is not harmonised.
- The communication is fragmented and, as a result, leads to long, inefficient handover processes.
- Automated workflows of all relevant information in a digital format to the required stakeholders, including authorities (Customs / Dangerous Goods / Waste).
- All relevant stakeholders will have access to the documents via a mobile web application and can sign off on the documents even before the train arrives at the handover point.
Digital Consignment Note (DCN)
- Digital consignment note creation and data exchange is currently mainly used by bigger RUs in bilateral traffic.
- The paper solution continues because of national legal requirement, business processes and technical constraints (use of different data formats etc.).
- Digital consignment note for all RUs (regardless of their IT maturity level).
- 100% standardised digital consignment notes (CNs) that are available via API (Application Programming Interface) software to partner RUs.
Digital Train Composition (DTC)
- Train composition processes are supported by IT systems only to a limited extent.
- Many RUs only capture data manually on paper.
- A standardaised train composition service (as set out in the TAF TSI) will be available via mobile APP or API.
- Faster and easier train composition and the conversion of train composition messages (TCM).
- Easy feed of ancillary processes (eg at wagon level) and for implementing NCTS (the New Computerised Transit System).
Telematics Data Sharing (TDS)
- No way to use telematics data to its full extent by making it accessible for all stakeholders in the transport chain.
- Telematics data is made accessible to all stakeholders in the transport chain so to enable full end to end data exchange with key logistic partners.
- No solution available on the market that allows joint train harmonisation between different companies.
- Planners rely on workshops and emails to discuss and produce harmonised international train runs across Europe.
- A standard process for international train harmonisation to make train planning much easier.
- Companies can use their account on the digital platform to start collaborative work on an international train concept based on customer requirements.
ETA Data Sharing
- ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) quality is insufficient and does not cover the entire transport route.
- ETAs will be made easily accessible and will have undergone the required data quality checks to ensure accurate and reliable information is exchanged.