Rail Cargo Group implements new digital carrier system, RailCube
RailCube as a software solution offers a ‘common IT language’ across country borders, improved customer information and flexibility.
Rail Cargo Group’s (RCG) in-house traction activities, ÖBB’s freight division, is already operating in 11 European countries with its own locomotives and with the implementation of a new IT system, standardising the international production systems into one integrated platform for dispatchers and customers has begun.
The international railway undertakings, with RCG responsibility along the entire logistics and transport chain, ensures customers consistent high-quality transport and flexible marketable prices.
The focus is on cross-border block trains and the use of highly-qualified personnel, international systems and a modern locomotive pool.
Since the beginning of 2018, the RCG-wide programme, ‘Cargo Connect International’ is working on defining a standard IT solution which should be used to process rail freight traffic, in particular planning, ordering and dispatching resources. The aim is standardisation across country borders.
As part of the programme, a contract was concluded in July 2018 with CRX Software concerning the RailCube software solution. A pilot project was carried out beforehand with Rail Cargo Carrier in Germany.
RailCube is an ERP solution (enterprise resource planning) which is currently used in more than 12 European countries by rail undertakings, supporting the planning and dispatching of international trains. This makes it a proven IT system in which functions can be easily and intuitively accessed.
An advantage is provided by the possibility of linking RailCube to existing operative and external systems through interfaces. International transaction processes in freight traffic are therefore improved and automated internationally by one continuous system.
With the successive implementation of the software solution in all Rail Cargo Carrier companies and Rail Cargo Hungaria already beginning in July 2018, RCG is taking a big step to becoming a digital carrier by the middle of 2020. For RCG’s customers this means an improvement to the international information service and high-quality transports coupled with increased flexibility through a more efficient use of resources.