Head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov talks about introducing digital technologies
on the railways
Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Open Joint
Stock Company Russian Railways, has spoken about the main areas in which digital technologies
are being introduced on the railways.
Belozerov was addressing the session “Business and the State: Digital Partnership
Models in the Digital Age” at the Gaidar Forum, which was held in Moscow on
17 January 2018.
“Digitalisation for our customers is, above of all, a question of convenience.
Lately, a large number of digital services has been introduced to passenger and freight
rail transportation. Now, you can order not only tickets, but also food electronically.
A retrieval service for lost objects is currently undergoing tests,” said Oleg
According to Belozerov, the next trend in the development of digital technologies
in transport will be the creation of end-to-end transportation services by all modes
of transport and organised on the basis of unified digital technological platforms.
One of the first steps Russian Railways has taken in this direction was the launch
in March 2017 of an electronic exchange, the trading platform “Freight Transportation.”
The possibility of connecting other modes of transport to the process of a unified
transportation system is currently being investigated.
These same technologies are being developed for passengers, so that all services
can be built on one platform capable of handing taxis, railways and hotels.
According to the CEO of Russian Railways, the introduction of digital technologies
will also have a positive impact on the internal efficiency of the Company. In particular,
work is currently under way to digitise technological processes.
“We have already digitised some of our technologies and we are already benefitting
a good economic return. Over the next four years, practically the entire railway system
will be converted to digital technology,” said Oleg Belozerov.