Etihad Rail signs agreement to develop a complete digital rail freight solution

Posted: 17 May 2021 | | No comments yet

The agreement is part of Etihad Rail’s long-term digital innovation strategy and will enable the streamlining of service provision in the logistics sector through digital solutions.

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Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) national railway network, has signed an agreement with Transportr, a leading company in digital freight services. The cooperation comes as part of Etihad Rail’s long-term digital innovation strategy in advancing cutting-edge technology for the rail sector, alongside the company’s commitment to the UAE’s digitalisation agenda.

Through the cooperation, Etihad Rail and Transportr will work together to enable the streamlining of service provision in the logistics sector through digital solutions – such as booking, tracking and multi-modal connectivity – which will provide a complete digital rail freight solution that will compliment Etihad Rail’s range of new and sophisticated technologies that are convenient and efficient.

Ahmed Al Hashemi, Executive Director of Commercial at Etihad Rail, said: “Etihad Rail is at the forefront of the industry in developing innovative solutions for its customers. Through integrating state-of-the-art technology into our network, we are creating a rail service that is new, modern and cost effective, bringing significant benefits to the wider local and regional logistics sector.”

“Our collaboration with Transportr falls in line with our wider aim of providing customers with smart technologies that enable a resilient and cost-effective supply chain. Through implementing international best practice in designing new digital solutions, we are reducing transport and storage costs, improving supply chain resilience and providing future customers with seamless freight transport. Transportr provides a range of sophisticated solutions for the whole logistics sector, and we look forward to see their promising future growth,” he added.

Commenting on the agreement, Alaa Hawari, General Manager of Transportr, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Etihad Rail. The company’s investment in its digital solutions is demonstrative of its wider holistic approach to implementing international best practice across the construction of the UAE’s National Rail Network. This infrastructure will connect key centres of industry with urban and rural communities, sustaining trade, boosting national development and delivering faster, safer and more reliable services for businesses.”

“Transportr, as a ‘door-to-door’ integrated solution provider, is committed to the digital transformation of the rail system to achieve the full digitalisation of the entire supply chain, backed by our experienced professionals, strong infrastructure, digital competence and regional expansion,” he concluded.

Etihad Rail continues to drive change and enhance the wider logistics and transport sector in the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The company integrates novel technological breakthroughs with pre-existing logistical systems, ensuring that customers can access the full benefits of the UAE’s status as a global logistics hub. Through providing the potential to connect the Emirates – from Al Ghuweifait on the borders with Saudi Arabia through to eastern ports on the Indian ocean – Etihad Rail delivers the smooth and seamless transport of cargo goods.

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