Tuesday 6 October 2015

UIC meets Belarusian railway undertaking (BC) for a training session on Merits

29 September 2015

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UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor Information Technologies and Joachim Baars, Timetable Expert.

BC was represented by:

  • Andrei Kashko, First Deputy, Head of Passenger Service Department
  • Vitaliy Kapelko, Deputy, Head of International Activity Department
  • Anton Dedulya, Leading Specialist, International Activity Department
  • Tatyana Negrei, Head of Division, Passenger Service Department
  • Denis Tonkonog, Head of Division, Passenger Service Department
  • Valery Ovsyannikov, Head of Division, Information Technologies Department
  • Galina Ryabushko, Leading Engineer, Passenger Service Department
  • Marina Matyushina, Leading Engineer, Passenger Service Department
  • Elena Mikhailova, Leading Engineer, Information Technologies Department
  • Irina Kuchmel, Head of Division of RUE “Main Settlement Information Centre” of Belarusian Railway

Marc Guigon presented the UIC Passenger Department and the following working groups:

  • Technical passenger groups which meet three times a year
  • CRTS: Commuter and Regional Train Services
  • SMGG: Station Managers Global Group, and the Next Station Conference which will be held in Marrakech from 21 – 22 October 2015
  • Intercity and High Speed activities

Marc Guigon then presented the general issues within Merits.
Merits is the central timetable database of UIC with all train data and all station data within wider Europe. This database is shared between all the members of the Merits-Prifis community in order to fill their own journey planners with the aim of providing timetable information and/or selling tickets in another country.

Since May 2014, BC became Merits member and wishes to publish its timetable data.

Fabrice Setta and Joachim Baars then explained:

  • The technical details of the Merits tool
  • The EDIFACT standard format used to publish the timetable and station data in MERITS
  • The MERITS rules and principles needed to be compliant with the MERITS environment
  • The MERITS integration process

The session ended with a live training session using the MERITS web tool.
During the training, BC uploaded their timetables.
BC will upload the remaining trains over the coming days.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org

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