Grup Feroviar Român launches a new digital solution

Grup Feroviar Român (GFR) has developed and implemented the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) service, a digital service that provides real-time assessment of the arrival of trains and wagons at their destination or at specific railway stations along the route.

Grup Feroviar Român launches a new digital solution
Picture: Grup Feroviar Român

The ETA Expert app will be available to GFR e-invoice customers from May 17th, reports Railway Supply magazine with reference to Railway Pro.

The proposed solution meets the real needs of rail freight operators, since the main competitor of the industry, road transport, already has access to numerous such solutions, which gives it an important competitive advantage.

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For example, a wagon can be attached to several different trains during one transportation, so the parameters of its movement must be monitored and determined along the entire route, from the moment the cargo is transferred to transportation.

In addition, the rail network is not as dense as the road network to allow for similar alternative routes in the event of unforeseen or planned traffic restrictions. At the same time, operators must always pay attention to transport capacity constraints and adapt accordingly. The state of the railway infrastructure, which directly affects the activities of operators, cannot be ignored.

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The scoring system uses GFR traffic data from the last 5 years. The generated information is based on established statistical mathematics techniques and the operator’s previous experience, expressed in digitized, well-organized information.

ETA Expert is the latest project in the large digitization and transparency process launched by GFR in 2005. To date, the operator has developed and implemented more than 20 digital applications, some of which are available through the GFR E-Client portal, including Electronic Consignment, which provides access to technical data on loading wagons and assistance in drafting transport contracts (in 2017) and railway contracts. orders (in 2012), which provides customers with Internet access to the process of ordering and insuring empty wagons.

Engineers from the internal GFR team continue to work on new applications or modules designed to simplify and streamline operations and business.

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