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DIUM/NHM

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:21

The working group DIUM-NHM defines code lists for goods (NHM) and location coding (DIUM) for delivery points (commercial distances) used in consignment notes and operational planning and execution.

What does it do and when do you use it? Let us explain:

  • Used to uniquely identify location coding for use in international transport, providing more efficient operations and planning.
  • Provides commercial distance tables for tariffication.
  • Assures TAF-TSI compliance for identification of products and locations in required messaging
  • Assures Regulatory compliance with EU directives concerning information exchange with authorities

DIUM
NHM

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RailData

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:20

The main purpose of RailData is to develop and run central IT systems for European freight railway undertakings.

RAILDATA ORFEUS

  • Ensures the electronic exchange of railway CIM/SMGS consignment notes and CUV wagon notes data between the co-operating railway undertakings, using a Central Data Management System (CDS)
  • Provides Cost Savings by replacing the paper Consignment with an electronic version that assures data quality and reusability.
  • Ensures that Consignment Note data is TAF-TSI compliant and is of sufficient data quality for operational purposes.
  • Provides versatility so that Consignment data can be used during rail transport for several operational tasks, e.g. resource planning, production steering, electronic invoicing …
  • Provides simplicity for railway undertakings by providing a standard interface for data exchange, eliminating the necessity to support multiple interfaces by trading partner

RAILDATA ISR (International Service Reliability)
ISR platform is an information system developed and operated by RailData. It is a common tool used by the ISR railway undertakings for concentration and exchange of information about movements of freight wagons in international traffic through a central platform. It makes it possible to track both loaded and empty freight wagons, as well as consignments across significant parts of Europe.
ISR encompasses the following functions:

  • wagon status - ISR registers the position and status of freight wagons. Railway undertakings are involved in the transportation of wagons and/or responsible for the wagon's journey and thus, can see or obtain, key information regarding the wagons location and current activity.
  • train running - Information about movements of freight trains is stored in the RTIS database (Running Train Information System). It is used mainly for advanced wagon tracking based on the real-time position of trains while running.
  • wagon performance - ISR collects wagon performance data (km) from some railway undertakings and estimates the distance completed by wagons on behalf of other railway undertakings using their own calculation engine. Performance data is then sent to interested users and to the wagon keepers.

Read more on RAILDATA page

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RailData

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:20

RAILDATA ORFEUS

  • Ensures the electronic exchange of railway CIM/SMGS consignment notes and CUV wagon notes data between the co-operating railway undertakings, using a Central Data Management System (CDS)
  • Provides Cost Savings by replacing the paper Consignment with an electronic version that assures data quality and reusability.
  • Ensures that Consignment Note data is TAF-TSI compliant and is of sufficient data quality for operational purposes.
  • Provides versatility so that Consignment data can be used during rail transport for several operational tasks, e.g. resource planning, production steering, electronic invoicing …
  • Provides simplicity for railway undertakings by providing a standard interface for data exchange, eliminating the necessity to support multiple interfaces by trading partner

RAILDATA ISR (International Service Reliability)
ISR platform is an information system developed and operated by RailData. It is a common tool used by the ISR railway undertakings for concentration and exchange of information about movements of freight wagons in international traffic through a central platform. It makes it possible to track both loaded and empty freight wagons, as well as consignments across significant parts of Europe.
ISR encompasses the following functions:

  • wagon status - ISR registers the position and status of freight wagons. Railway undertakings are involved in the transportation of wagons and/or responsible for the wagon's journey and thus, can see or obtain, key information regarding the wagons location and current activity.
  • train running - Information about movements of freight trains is stored in the RTIS database (Running Train Information System). It is used mainly for advanced wagon tracking based on the real-time position of trains while running.
  • wagon performance - ISR collects wagon performance data (km) from some railway undertakings and estimates the distance completed by wagons on behalf of other railway undertakings using their own calculation engine. Performance data is then sent to interested users and to the wagon keepers.

Read more on RAILDATA page

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GRU

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:14

The working group GRU reports to the IT SG about problems and solutions detected by the use of the standardized pre-advice messages HERMES. Composition train at the departure are issued through out this system.

  • Maintains and develops data exchange standards for the HERMES Pre-advice (pre-announce) used for all operational interchange between railway undertakings.
  • Ensures compliance with TAF-TSI train composition messaging between railway undertakings and infrastructure managers
  • Monitors sector-wide implementation for TAF-TSI compliance reporting for TCM Messaging
  • Identifies new operational and regulatory requirements for RU-IM communications

The pre-advice message is described in leaflet 404-2.

404-2 appendices
Older versions are available for registred users on the UIC extranet in the Workspace Freight SG IT/SG IT GRU/H30 XSD/1.xx.

Appendix 1: XSD Schema Version 2.1

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Appendix 2: Excel-Schema description Version 2.1

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User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight

UIC in partnership with Hacon has carried out a EU funded study “User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight”.

The structure of the European rail freight market has profoundly changed over the past decades with the separation of network management and train operation in most countries, new market entrants appearing etc. This situation is particularly challenging for last-mile operation. DG Move has therefore taken the step to help the market with a customer-oriented web-based portal offering all the necessary information on last-mile infrastructure be it terminals, industrial sidings, stations, shunting yards etc.
In the context of this study UIC ran two stakeholder workshops designed to assess market needs as well as information accessibility. In addition UIC made an online survey to further identify user needs, supplier needs but also potential constraints that may be faced in the operation of an information portal.

The Rail facilities portal: https://railfacilitiesportal.eu/

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GRU

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:14
  • Maintains and develops data exchange standards for the HERMES Pre-advice (pre-announce) used for all operational interchange between railway undertakings.
  • Ensures compliance with TAF-TSI train composition messaging between railway undertakings and infrastructure managers
  • Monitors sector-wide implementation for TAF-TSI compliance reporting for TCM Messaging
  • Identifies new operational and regulatory requirements for RU-IM communications

The working group GRU reports to the IT SG about problems and solutions detected by the use of the standardized pre-advice messages HERMES. Composition train at the departure are issued through out this system.

The pre-advice message is described in leaflet 404-2.

404-2 appendices
Older versions are available for registred users on the UIC extranet in the Workspace Freight SG IT/SG IT GRU/H30 XSD/1.xx.

Appendix 1: XSD Schema Version 2.1

19 November 2021 - Zip - 19.2 kb

View
Appendix 2: Excel-Schema description Version 2.1

19 November 2021 - Excel - 188.7 kb

View
User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight

UIC in partnership with Hacon has carried out a EU funded study “User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight”.

The structure of the European rail freight market has profoundly changed over the past decades with the separation of network management and train operation in most countries, new market entrants appearing etc. This situation is particularly challenging for last-mile operation. DG Move has therefore taken the step to help the market with a customer-oriented web-based portal offering all the necessary information on last-mile infrastructure be it terminals, industrial sidings, stations, shunting yards etc.
In the context of this study UIC ran two stakeholder workshops designed to assess market needs as well as information accessibility. In addition UIC made an online survey to further identify user needs, supplier needs but also potential constraints that may be faced in the operation of an information portal.

The Rail facilities portal: https://railfacilitiesportal.eu/

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IT study group

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:13

Train operations require data flow services, this WG leverages and further develops UIC assets to facilitate efficient data exchange.

Your engagement in this work group will lead to a seamless and interoperable data exchange between your supply chain partners, making it easier to create new partnerships and maintain the current ones without the need of regular interface customisation.

IT study group focuses on the priority areas for Rail Freight outlined below.

  • Digital Consignment Note is supported by the UIC asset-based Raildata Platform providing the underlying standards for processes, data formats and compliance with Regulatory initiatives (i.e. TAF-TSI)
  • Digital Train Composition is supported by the UIC asset-based GRU, which maintains the data standards, formats, processes for the exchange of Train Composition Messages between RU-RU and RU-IM. This is also in compliance with regulatory initiatives.
  • ETA Service – is supported jointly by the UIC assets GRU and Raildata providing the underlying standards, transmission protocols and connectivity for both legacy railway undertakings, as well as, new entrants and smaller players. Thus, enabling better quality data in support of providing better ETA estimation for the customer.
  • Coding is supported by the UIC assets, namely:
    • NHM (commodity coding used in Consignment Notes, used for operations and tariffication)
    • DIUM (Uniform Distance Table for International Freight Traffic) which comprises various data concerning international rail freight transport used by railway undertakings and customers to complete the CIM consignment note/CUV wagon note to calculate the tax payable on a journey, as well as other helpful commercial and/or technical information for these journeys.
    • Border Point Coding (unique identification of border points between national and/or Infrastructure borders to be used in consignment note and TCM data)
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CIO Task Force

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:11

The CIO Task Force identifies collaborative projects for digital solutions based on operational processes to address challenges.

Such solutions address the need to share information and find collaborative methods to improve productivity and interoperability of the rail freight network.

The task force has developed a roadmap which identifies collaborative, digital projects that can be undertaken in the short-term to meet the above challenges. Projects are addressing the convergence of multiple technologies with real-time analytics, machine learning, sensor data and high-performance algorithms.

The roadmap has been designed to:

  • Identify priority issues to be tackled collectively
  • Identify needed access, confidentiality and governance of data
  • Leverage existing tools and resources necessary to support and implement solutions
  • (i.e. Raildata, RNE, HitRail, RSRD², etc.)
  • Simplify business processes to enhance the existing multi-modal environment, as well as introduce new service offerings to the same environment
  • Add value to the rail freight sector

The following areas are being regularly analysed for prototype-to-production development as a basis for this Roadmap:

  • Customer Management (information necessary for Customer APIs and digital services)
  • Asset Management
  • Operations (including RU-IM collaboration)
  • RU-RU collaboration

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CIO Task Force

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:11

The CIO Task Force identifies collaborative projects for digital solutions based on operational processes to address challenges.

Such solutions address the need to share information and find collaborative methods to improve productivity and interoperability of the rail freight network.

The task force has developed a roadmap which identifies collaborative, digital projects that can be undertaken in the short-term to meet the above challenges. Projects are addressing the convergence of multiple technologies with real-time analytics, machine learning, sensor data and high-performance algorithms.

The roadmap has been designed to:

  • Identify priority issues to be tackled collectively
  • Identify needed access, confidentiality and governance of data
  • Leverage existing tools and resources necessary to support and implement solutions
  • (i.e. Raildata, RNE, HitRail, RSRD², etc.)
  • Simplify business processes to enhance the existing multi-modal environment, as well as introduce new service offerings to the same environment
  • Add value to the rail freight sector

The following areas are being regularly analysed for prototype-to-production development as a basis for this Roadmap:

  • Customer Management (information necessary for Customer APIs and digital services)
  • Asset Management
  • Operations (including RU-IM collaboration)
  • RU-RU collaboration

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Coding

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:10

Currently, different telematic projects in railway have to face the mapping issues. Especially for some applications based on geolocalisation, such as geofencing.

It is necessary to match dynamic GPS positioning (e.g. of a wagon) with network objects (e.g. private sidings in order to alert the customer on imminent arrival).

Assets developed by UIC, its members and partners are:

  • NHM (commodity coding used in Consignment Notes used for operations and tariffication)
  • DIUM (Uniform Distance Table for International Freight Traffic) which comprises of various key data concerning international rail freight transport used by railway undertakings and customers to complete the CIM consignment note/CUV wagon note to calculate the tax payable on a journey, as well as other helpful commercial and/or technical information for these journeys.
  • Border Point Coding (unique identification of border points between national and/or Infrastructure borders to be used in consignment note and TCM data)

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Coding

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:10

Currently, different telematic projects in railway have to face the mapping issues. Especially for some applications based on geolocalisation, such as geofencing.

It is necessary to match dynamic GPS positioning (e.g. of a wagon) with network objects (e.g. private sidings in order to alert the customer on imminent arrival).

Assets developed by UIC, its members and partners are:

  • NHM (commodity coding used in Consignment Notes used for operations and tariffication)
  • DIUM (Uniform Distance Table for International Freight Traffic) which comprises of various key data concerning international rail freight transport used by railway undertakings and customers to complete the CIM consignment note/CUV wagon note to calculate the tax payable on a journey, as well as other helpful commercial and/or technical information for these journeys.
  • Border Point Coding (unique identification of border points between national and/or Infrastructure borders to be used in consignment note and TCM data)

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ETA

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:09

Forecasting is fundamental to the logistics industry and is complicated in the context of rail shipments, particularly for the single wagonload business. A good understanding of the process and time involved will produce a more accurate timeline - one that is demanded by the customer.

The top benefits of digital real-time estimated time of arrival data reads as follows:

  • Understanding the role of data and data sharing for reliability
  • Gaining shared insights by bridging national borders and production models
  • Better data quality, including timeliness, leading to better customer information
  • Better definition of basic, data confidentiality and access across rules and service levels
  • Identification of prediction and optimisation models
  • Bridging the gap between trucking
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Digital Train Composition

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:07

The Train Composition Message (TCM) is a necessary, central component to efficient train operations and is necessary for collecting wagon-level tracing/tracking and mileage data. It is also a priority for the ERA, and the Commission, for the full implementation of the TAF-TSI Regulations.

Currently, the lack of harmonised data within the physical, technical and administrative interchange of wagons, forces railway undertakings to manually input this data into their own systems. This increases operational costs and decreases data reliability which can significantly impact safety, operations and planning.
The top benefits of digitising the train composition messages are:

  • Reduced administrative costs for railway undertakings
  • Reduced transport times (esp. waiting times)
  • Better data quality and availability for customer information/service along the full transport chain
  • Better and faster communication between railway undertaking and the keeper
  • Digital mileage and wagon damage reports
  • Support of the development of intelligent wagons
  • Better tracing and tracking of vehicles across borders/Infrastructures
  • Better integration of data into current projects such as ‘Real Time Information', linking train running data to wagon-level movement information.
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Digital Consignment Note

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 18:07

Carriers are regularly exchanging documents containing particulars of goods for shipment. Digitalisation of such documents is crucial to reduce manual processing and thus eliminate human error.

UIC develops the principles of digital/electronic consignment notes (ECN) by addressing the technical challenges of NCTS (New Computerized Transit System) to customs (TAXUD) and DTLF/eFTI standards (European Commission) and thus assists the RUs in implementing the ECN on a multi-lateral basis, thereby enabling the ECN to cover all customs-related cases.
Benefits of the digitalisation of the consignment note include:

  • Significant cost savings due to manual entry reduction
  • Better and faster communication between railway undertaking and customers
  • Reduction of transport times (esp. waiting times)
  • Reduction of railway undertaking's administrative costs
  • Better data quality and availability
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Quality

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:12

Quality management system is a premise for business growth and client retainment, by partaking in this work group, you take advantage of the best practices developed in the rail sector.

Save the time spent researching the news and directly discuss and shape the latest developments in the QMS world.

This working group of experts on Quality Management Systems, although, not involved in operational safety issues, ensures the coherence and harmonisation of Quality Management Systems and other connected management systems including legislative, exchange best practices, set-up common standards, as well as guidelines for setting up this management systems, which:

  • Exchange and share best practices regarding the implementation of Quality Management Systems
  • Disseminates publications on sharing and developing best practices regarding the implementation of Quality Management Systems
  • Further develops efficient and smart auditing
  • Audit development & international cooperation: development of Cross Audits/Supplier audits & Audit framework
The final goal is to come to a quality management system which is accepted as a standard by all customers and suppliers reducing your cost and need for individual accreditation.
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Quality

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:12

Quality management system is a premise for business growth and client retainment, by partaking in this work group, you take advantage of the best practices developed in the rail sector.

Save the time spent researching the news and directly discuss and shape the latest developments in the QMS world.

This working group of experts on Quality Management Systems, although, not involved in operational safety issues, ensures the coherence and harmonisation of Quality Management Systems and other connected management systems including legislative, exchange best practices, set-up common standards, as well as guidelines for setting up this management systems, which:

  • Exchange and share best practices regarding the implementation of Quality Management Systems
  • Disseminates publications on sharing and developing best practices regarding the implementation of Quality Management Systems
  • Further develops efficient and smart auditing
  • Audit development & international cooperation: development of Cross Audits/Supplier audits & Audit framework
The final goal is to come to a quality management system which is accepted as a standard by all customers and suppliers reducing your cost and need for individual accreditation.
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Exceptional Consignments

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:11

The right place for you to facilitate your transport services of heavy and oversized cargo.

Join us and save precious time in finding the best routes and applying for the various country specific permits.

Every rule has an exception, and we must deal with exceptions individually. Rail is the most resilient mode of transport, which can offer a variety of services, such as transport of exceptional consignments.

We research and retain the best practices from sector stakeholders to assist you with your needs regarding heavy and oversized cargo.

This groups deals with the exceptional issues and assists you with the following:

  • solving complicated and time-consuming practicalities, such as applying for permits in various countries
  • providing solutions for unusual transport demands
  • facilitating the regulations for exceptional transport in general, since it has been increasing, and posing a challenge for the railway sector
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Exceptional Consignments

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:11

The right place for you to facilitate your transport services of heavy and oversized cargo.

Join us and save precious time in finding the best routes and applying for the various country specific permits.

Every rule has an exception, and we must deal with exceptions individually. Rail is the most resilient mode of transport, which can offer a variety of services, such as transport of exceptional consignments.

We research and retain the best practices from sector stakeholders to assist you with your needs regarding heavy and oversized cargo.

This groups deals with the exceptional issues and assists you with the following:

  • solving complicated and time-consuming practicalities, such as applying for permits in various countries
  • providing solutions for unusual transport demands
  • facilitating the regulations for exceptional transport in general, since it has been increasing, and posing a challenge for the railway sector
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Operations

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:09

Optimise your operations and increase the commercial speed and harmonisation, which increases interoperability and improves capacity.

Keep an eye on the implementation of novel technologies impacting operational activities, as well as procedures, standards and best practices. Being part of this work group gives you an opportunity to be heard and to actively engage in the creation of harmonised rules imminent for interoperable operations and technology deployment.

Join us and share the best practices which will make your rail freight business more interoperable.

We share the same goal - a rail freight system fully interoperable, performing at the highest levels of competitiveness.

Give your business a boost by means of harmonisation of all operational procedures, saving time and resources. Plus, enhance the efficiency, quality and reliability of all your services.

This work group focuses on identifying and harmonising all the rules which hinder seamless rail traffic plus offers practical insights and guidelines to ensure that you are compatible with, and capable of, handling all necessary regulations, standards and practices such as:

  • Operational rules - inspections, test & checks
  • International traffic - facilitating cross border procedures
  • Braking issues - distance, regimes, weight calculation
  • Train composition procedures - wagon types, axle loads
  • Train and infrastructure parameters - length, gauge, dimensions
  • Application of new technologies impacting operations - DAC
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Operations - Study Group

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:09

Optimise your operations and increase the commercial speed and harmonisation, which increases interoperability and improves capacity.

Keep an eye on the implementation of novel technologies impacting operational activities, as well as procedures, standards and best practices. Being part of this work group gives you an opportunity to be heard and to actively engage in the creation of harmonised rules imminent for interoperable operations and technology deployment.

Join us and share the best practices which will make your rail freight business more interoperable.

We share the same goal - a rail freight system fully interoperable, performing at the highest levels of competitiveness.

Give your business a boost by means of harmonisation of all operational procedures, saving time and resources. Plus, enhance the efficiency, quality and reliability of all your services.

This work group focuses on identifying and harmonising all the rules which hinder seamless rail traffic plus offers practical insights and guidelines to ensure that you are compatible with, and capable of, handling all necessary regulations, standards and practices such as:

  • Operational rules - inspections, test & checks
  • International traffic - facilitating cross border procedures
  • Braking issues - distance, regimes, weight calculation
  • Train composition procedures - wagon types, axle loads
  • Train and infrastructure parameters - length, gauge, dimensions
  • Application of new technologies impacting operations - DAC
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Xborder

Mié, 05/11/2022 - 16:08

The objectives of the XBorder project are relevant in order to further improve the competitiveness of rail freight in cross border operations, to find quick-win solutions and to overcome the driver language barriers as well as to establish an efficient border section enabling smooth cross border train operations and cutting out inefficient dwell time.

The project is therefore divided into a “Sections” & “Language” part.

Xborder Sections

Let's look into the workings of XBorder Sections, which:

  • further improves the Cross Border Section Handbook, transferring it into an IRS and working towards the sector adoption. Hereby the current handbook being an RU handbook could be brought to a sector accepted piece of work
  • develops a toolbox and recommendations for a gap analysis on cross border sections
  • develops the implementation plan
  • develops the business case and funding proposal
Xborder language

Let's look into the workings of XBorder Language, which:

  • further enhances the set of pre-defined messages (PDMs) aiming to transfer these PDMs into an IRS 40455 - List of Predefined Messages
  • keeps an active role in the joint RNE-UIC Language Programme
  • Provides a blueprint for language initiatives, consisting of practical advice for field test implementation, gap analysis, European risk analysis framework and development of operational quality criteria for pilot testing/project,
  • develops language tool prototype to mitigate the B1 language proficiency requirement for train drivers, Translate4Rail, and supports pilot testing of the language tool under the Shift2Rail project (finished in 2021)

The project, through supporting language tool initiatives, gains considerable knowledge and experience about language initiatives and their requirements, plus provides criteria to assess and evaluate them on how to be prepared for a fully operational situation. Deliverables offer considerable know-how for an update of the “Train Driver Directive”, as well as for the TSI OPE.

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