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Kombiverkehr launches digital train monitor pilot project
09/25/2019
As part of its digitalisation strategy, Kombiverkehr has brought another modern application for
forwarding and logistics customers onto the market. As announced at this year’s partners’ meeting,
the “Train monitor” pilot project was launched at the start of July with the publication of real -time
information in Combined Transport for the first time. The test version is the first one to be available
online and can be used for all Kombiverkehr's own direct and shuttle trains to view the geographical
position/last reporting point and current timetable deviations of all trains at selected terminals. An
important milestone for the new internet application is the provision of an estimated time of pick-up
(ETP): this information is important to customers as it lets them know when their transport units are
expected to be ready for collection at the destination terminal. Kombiverkehr is thus visibly putting into practice the results developed within the “ELETA” project funded by the European Union with the aim of improving arrival forecasts for all customers.

Kombiverkehr has initially started the train monitor with seven national and international terminals –
Köln-Eifeltor, München-Riem, Hamburg-Billwerder, Duisburg Ruhrort-Hafen DUSS, Ludwigshafen
BASF and Verona Quadrante Europa as well as Verona Interterminal in northern Italy – which
schedulers and other interested customers can now view within the online-based application on
Kombiverkehr’s website. The train movement reports, including timetable deviations and ETP, are
displayed for each of the seven terminals on information boards similar to the ones seen in airports
and railway stations. The plan is to synchronise the system with CAT, a transport processing system
developed and programmed in-house, in a subsequent development phase. This means that the
display will show customers only those trains on which the transport units of the respective forwarder
are actually being carried.

Our customers can obtain information on train movements throughout Europe for all of Kombiverkehr's own transport services between Germany and Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland and in national transport within Germany. Kombiverkehr relies on the train movement reports provided via interfaces by the different infrastructure operators throughout the whole of Europe. The estimated times of arrival supplied by network operators and train operating companies are used by our Transport Monitoring staff and the respective terminal operators as a basic for calculating the expected pick-up time at the destination terminal. They ensure that any deviation from the originally scheduled time is clearly displayed for customers in the new online application.

The new train monitor is incorporated into the protected area of the existing www.kombiverkehr.com
website. Customers can use the application in day-to-day business once they have registered in the
myKOMBIVERKEHR section and received clearance from Kombiverkehr.

Kombiverkehr launches digital train monitor pilot project

To be enabled on the system, please contact:
Christoph Büchner, Marketing, Deputy Head of Marketing
Phone +49 69/7 95 05-1 44 or cbuechner@kombiverkehr.de