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Artificial intelligence to ensure loading optimisation in intermodal transport

A new digitalisation project in Combined Transport is to accelerate the assignment of intermodal loading units to rail wagons. How the loading units are transferred onto the wagon will be optimised with the aid of suitable calculation processes and the use of methods from the artificial intelligence (AI) sector. The KIBA project investigating artificial intelligence and discrete loading optimisation models to boost capacity utilisation in Combined Transport launched at the beginning of September 2022. Federal minister Volker Wissing presented the funding certificate to the project team in the Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV) in Berlin at the end of November and wished them a successful start to the IT project, which his ministry is supporting to the tune of 2.34 million euros over three years as part of the “Artificial intelligence in mobility” innovation campaign. Participants alongside project coordinator Kombiverkehr KG include project partners Darmstadt Technical University, Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene-Straße (DUSS) mbH, Goethe University Frankfurt, VTG Rail Europe GmbH, INFORM GmbH and KombiConsult GmbH.

The BMDV is funding the development and trialling across all forms of transport of innovative technologies which support or enable intelligent mobility. Many of these applications are doing so by exploring the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Further information about KIBA can be found at www.bmdv.bund.de.

Detailed information about KIBA is available from:
Christoph Büchner, Manager IT and KIBA project coordinator
+49 69/7 95 05-1 44 or cbuechner@kombiverkehr.de