The Hoyer Group and Hupac are using the DX-Intermodal (DXI) KV4.0 Data Hub to map logistics processes “transparently and clearly” across the entire transport chain in what they say is a milestone for intermodal transport.
The hub provides data from collection of the load unit all the way to consignee delivery.
The two companies report using the data hub for data exchanges over the past several weeks. Booking now are sent from Hoyer to the Hupac—a leading network operator in intermodal transport—via interfaces defined in the former KV4.0 project and then retrieved for further internal processing by Hupac.
“The use of the DXI KV4.0 Data Hub service is roughly comparable to using a sat-nav in a truck,” Stephan Pfeiffer, Hoyer’s head of application development and deployment, explained in a news release. “And the more information we receive from Hupac and other partners via the platform in the future, the more accurately we will be able to calculate our delivery information for our customers.”
Hupac makes scheduling, train movements, and booking data available to other users via the KV4.0 Data Hub and is continuously expanding the information provided. Terminals, railway transport operators, and other companies also have started to exchange traffic data via DXI in recent weeks, and thus will be able to share it more easily with authorized third parties in the future, Hoyer said. For example, this includes data on expected pick-up times. Other status messages that occur along the intermodal transport chain also will be exchanged in future.
“By using EDIGES and the standards jointly defined by the Hoyer Group, Hupac and all other partners in the former project ‘Digitalization of intermodal supply chains-KV 4.0’—an important action to modernize the intermodal sector within the logistics industry, and for its future viability—has now been successfully implemented,” added Aldo Puglisi, Hupac’s deputy director of information technology, and head of digital transformation and cybersecurity.