RZD Holding is working to create a unified information system which combines different
modes of transport
Yevgeny Charkin, the Director of Information Technologies at Russian Railways,
has announced that the RZD Holding is working to create a unified information system
which will combine different modes of transport.
He made his announcement at the International Railway Business Forum "1520 Strategic
Partnership" during a discussion on the development of digital technologies in transport
on 7 June 2017.
"We want to make the RZD Holding a hub that does not compete with competitors,
but, on the contrary, includes all the possible modes of transport in a common system
for the convenience of the client," said Yevgeny Charkin.
According to the Director of IT, at the moment the Holding's companies are increasing
the proportion of logistics services, developing intermodal transport and involving
"The Company is actively developing mobile applications and mastering modern mechanisms
for alerting customers about freight transportation through messengers," said Yevgeny
Charkin. "Our strategic goal is to strive for a unified information space."
Charkin noted that in the field of traffic management, Russian Railways is moving
towards smart management systems. This will automatically create an optimal train
timetable. Driverless trains are now in the development stage, in particular for the
Moscow Central Ring.
He also said that in addition, digital technologies are being introduced to monitor
the state of the infrastructure, including the integration of video monitoring systems
for the state of the track used by high-speed trains and monitoring systems for track
geometry cars and fault detectors.
"We need to analyse the full amount of information that we accumulate to make for
a more qualitative approach in operating our infrastructure," said Yevgeny Charkin.
Russian Railways is also carrying out extensive work to unify the national electronic
document management systems, which cover more than 10 countries.
"Today, we are actively looking at the creation of an electronic transit corridor
from China to Europe. We are building technology in such a way that it would be more
profitable for the client to use railway services, so that it would be faster and
cheaper," summed up Yevgeny Charkin.