Russian Railways setting up digital transport and logistics hubs
A round table has been held to discuss The Unified Digital Platform of Russia’s
Transport Complex. The main topic on the agenda was on increasing the efficiency and
quality of customer service through the introduction of IT innovations in transport
The round table was held within the framework of the International Transport and
Logistics Forum PRO//Motion.1520, which took place in Sochi on 3 October 2018.
Yevgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies at Russian Railways, noted
in his speech that the Company was already implementing a number of initiatives to
develop digital technologies and platform solutions in the key areas of its activities.
In particular, the development of a digital platform for organising and monitoring
freight traffic and customer services is underway.
"The key project is the electronic marketplace, which we launched in 2017 and is
developing very successfully. Over 3,000 customers have already ordered services using
the platform and about 15-20,000 wagonloads are booked monthly. We expect these figures
to increase and see the trading platform as a common element in building the rail
sector’s digital platform as a whole. We shall integrate the platform with projects
such as freight monitoring systems, the introduction of electronic seals and the construction
of an electronic document management system," said Yevgeny Charkin.
The Russian Railways holding is also implementing an initiative to create digital
transport and logistics hubs. Introducing information technologies into the transport
and logistics complex will increase its efficiency by synchronising the plans of all
participants in the supply chain, improving information exchange and forecasting traffic
On the eve of the International Transport and Logistics Forum PRO//Dvizhenie.1520,
OJSC Russian Railways and JSC Freight Village Kaluga signed an agreement on cooperation
to implement the Digital Container Terminal project. This project envisages the integration
of the technological processes at the terminal and on the railways, terminal automation,
and the expansion of electronic document management in the organisation of container
"Another very important area for us is the creation of a new generation digital
platform for providing services to our passengers - the Innovative Mobility project.
This platform will include the ability to book and make a door-to-door journey using
just one single electronic ticket and in addition offer the usual range of services
during the trip: Internet access and other on-board services, including items such
as travel sets for the journey and ordering food and tourist services," said Yevgeny
The Director for Information Technologies at OJSC Russian Railways reminded the
round table that in July 2017 the government approved the programme entitled The Digital
Economy of the Russian Federation. Its implementation is intended to promote the development
of the digital economy, in which data in digital form are a key factor of production
in all spheres of social and economic activity.
As part of the programme, the Digital Transport and Logistics initiative was launched
by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Transportation, which united all the
government-owned transport companies.
"Our task was to include in the programme four key technologies in the Industrial
Revolution 4.0: big data, artificial intelligence, distributed registry systems and
the Internet of Things. The initiative is designed to change the image of the transport
sector with the help of these technologies. The transport industry today accounts
for 20% of Russia’s total GDP and employs 6% of the total number of people in
the economy. It is important that all types of transport, business representatives
and customers take part in the formation and development of these new technologies,
said Yevgeny Charkin.
The Association of Digital Transport and Logistics was therefore created to establish
and develop a unified digital transport space on the basis of domestic technological
solutions and software. One of the co-founders was Russian Railways.
"With regard to the Association’s activities, we plan to create several platform
solutions. We need a platform for freight traffic and one for passenger transport.
There will be changes in transport infrastructure management processes and a focus
on environmental projects, transit potential and unmanned infrastructure," said Yevgeny