Digital solutions for smooth train journeys despite high level of route utilisation

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Article: Digital solutions for smooth train journeys despite high level of route utilisation

Every train journey is an interaction of numerous systems. Many parallel freight and passenger transports on each individual route result in a virtuoso ballet – in time with the respective timetables.

There is a direct interdependency between many train journeys. Irregularities with just one train often have an impact on the entire following traffic. In order to make ideal use of rail capacity, the efficient handling of journeys ensures that the smooth-running processes required to meet this goal are in place. Complex technical support for the train journey begins with route planning and includes everything from the electronic logbook and ticket inspection through to points and signal control.

"We are joining forces so we can operate train journeys even more reliably and efficiently with digital solutions."

Katrin Weber, Value Network Facilitator, Executing Train Journeys, DB Systel

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How digital solutions support rail operations:

  • Traffic management for ideal processes
  • Transport control and transport analysis
  • Information transfer, for example digital document management for the on-board crew
  • Monitoring and evaluation to find potential for improvement

A train journey involves of a lot of planning, logistics and permanent monitoring and control. Together with our partners, we develop the latest technologies, which offer travellers greater service and quality over the course of their journey, while also supporting the internal processes of Deutsche Bahn. It is important to us that we meet the demand for intelligent and simple products and services – for both the traveller and our partner.

Digital solutions for train journeys

These solutions are already in use and are helping to optimise processes for train journeys so that we can achieve our goals for the future:

Bottleneck management 

Large transport hubs are often bottlenecks. A particularly large number of trains run through such points and are therefore more likely to get in each other's way. Our overarching congestion management team develops measures and applications to prevent congestion and thus save valuable minutes. Among other things, the team is developing new analytics based on graphs, artificial intelligence and route telegrams. 


This intelligent assistance system supports DB employees by providing all current information and instructions they require for their work. The content is available at any time on a tablet PC. For example for train drivers – depending on the current location and route. This document system saves paper while providing targeted documents for those who need them.

RiM – Rail-in-Motion

A mobile workplace system with information and documents for DB's on-board crews. Distribute staff rosters, instructions or train folders to employees in digital form, securely and in a targeted manner. RiM is auditable and can be delivered on standard tablets as well as on special devices for special requirements.

Do you have any questions about the interconnection process, our projects or a specific requirement?

We look forward to discussing the joint future of transport execution.