IT & Coding

NHM, DIUM, Hermes, GRU, eRail Freight, ISR, Orfeus, USE-IT

Information Technology

The Study Group IT is an active working body from the Freight Forum bringing Freight RUs together to share information, to discuss new IT solutions and to improve existing applications.

Within the IT study group, UIC members are acting as project owners dealing close for some issues with the Special Group RAILDATA where some 15 of them are acting as project developers.
Each session and meeting is an opportunity for the delegates to share information and news about the IT industry regarding the supply chain and transport systems.

DIUM-NHM group

The working group DIUM-NHM group is dealing with

These working tools are currently used by the UIC members in their daily business and operations.


The working group GRU reports to the IT SG about problems and solutions detected by the use of the standardized pre-advice messages HERMES. Composition train at the departure are issued through out this system.

The pre-advice message is described in leaflet 404-2.

404-2 appendices
Older versions are available for registred users on the UIC extranet in the Workspace Freight SG IT/SG IT GRU/H30 XSD/1.xx.

Appendix 1: XSD Schema Version 2.1

- Zip - 19.2 kb

Appendix 2: Excel-Schema description Version 2.1

- Excel - 188.7 kb


User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight

UIC in partnership with Hacon has carried out a EU funded study “User-friendly access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight”.

The structure of the European rail freight market has profoundly changed over the past decades with the separation of network management and train operation in most countries, new market entrants appearing etc. This situation is particularly challenging for last-mile operation. DG Move has therefore taken the step to help the market with a customer-oriented web-based portal offering all the necessary information on last-mile infrastructure be it terminals, industrial sidings, stations, shunting yards etc.
In the context of this study UIC ran two stakeholder workshops designed to assess market needs as well as information accessibility. In addition UIC made an online survey to further identify user needs, supplier needs but also potential constraints that may be faced in the operation of an information portal.

The Portal in now online here :

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Friday 3 June 2016