Information published on 3 April 2018 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 592.

Kazakhstan: NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC implements the “Digital Railway” programme, with five areas of activity

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On March 29 this year, a briefing was given by NC KTZ JSC on the implementation of the “Digital Kazakhstan” programme and the “Digital Railway” information technology development strategy.

Arman Nurushev, Vice-President for Information Technologies at NC KTZ JSC, reported on the projects implemented within the framework of the “Digital Railway” programme in the fields of freight, passenger, multimodal transportation and on projects implemented at railway infrastructure facilities, as well as in corporate areas.

“The “Digital Railway” strategy envisages digitalisation of the company’s business model and introduction of new technologies in all key operating segments - freight and passenger transportation, infrastructure and transport logistics,” the Vice-President said.

Mr Nurushev focussed on the digitalisation projects implemented in the domain of passenger transportation, whereby the objective is to increase customer orientation. An electronic ticket sales system has been implemented. Plans are underway to introduce a system of dynamic tariff management for centralised, 24/7 management of customer requests.

At railway infrastructure facilities, projects are being implemented to introduce digital path diagnostics, a traffic management centre, and digital services at 17 stations.

“Digitalisation of the transport and logistics complex will ensure transparency in the organisation of transportation, increase efficiency and reduce operating costs,” the Vice-President said.

Vladimir Petrov, Executive Director for Integrated Planning at KTZ Freight Transportation JSC, presented the introduction and operation of information systems in cargo movement, aimed at increasing efficiency in the organisation of the transportation process.

According to Mr Petrov, automated systems are aimed at operational management of transportation, integrated route processing, planning and forecasting of train-wagon traffic, control of consumption of diesel fuel, and electricity by locomotives.

One of the projects running successfully in NC KTZ JSC’s cargo sector is an automated management system for contractual and commercial work. Here, the principle of a “single electronic window” is used in the planning, organisation and implementation of transportation and electronic payment for services related to the transport of goods.

“Shippers can plan transportation via the Internet via ASU DKR (ACS VDCs) by submitting an application, issuing a shipping document and calculating the preliminary tariff for transportation. Currently, more than 20,000 customers of the company and more than 5,000 employees of freight stations are registered and working in the system”, Mr Petrov said.

Digitalisation processes will affect the scope of corporate tasks. Madiyar Sultanbek, Head of the “Integrated Planning System” department at NC KTZ JSC’s Business Transformation Centre, spoke about the final results of implementation of the integrated planning system with machine learning. The system will allow optimal allocation of resources and make effective decisions in operational, commercial and investment planning. A 3-4% optimisation of costs relating to the transportation process is forecast by 2021.

During the briefing, the speakers responded to questions raised by journalists regarding the further digitalisation of production processes, transport logistics, supply chain, improving electronic ticketing technology, and railway station activities.

(Source: NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC)