IT & Digital

NHM, DIUM, Hermes, GRU, eRail Freight, ISR, Orfeus, USE-IT

Spurred on by the Rail Freight Forward (RFF) initiative, the railway sector acknowledged that only a collective approach to the issue of data exchange would deliver the much-needed benefits for the sector and for society. This has led to the proposal to move in the direction of a Digital Platform with the objective to remove interoperability barriers in the freight market.

In addition UIC manages technical groups which deal with specific coding issues (GRU-DIUM-NHM) and through its special group RAILDATA proposes a range of TAF compliant solutions for data exchange between railways, wagon keepers and other stakeholders.

DIUM-NHM group

The working group DIUM-NHM group is dealing with

These working tools are currently used by the UIC members in their daily business and operations.


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.

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.

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Friday 3 June 2016