DB Cargo gets smart upgrade

DB Cargo is powering ahead with the digitalisation of its freight wagon fleet.  By 2020, the approximately 68,000 wagons in the company’s German fleet will all have the digital technology on board – the result of investing a high seven-figure sum.

DB Cargo fleet gets smart


“The smart freight wagons are modernising rail freight transport and making it fit for the future. Our customers are benefiting from more manageable logistics chains, higher-quality transport and predictable arrival times. With these advantages, we want to achieve a lasting shift in traffic onto the environmentally friendly rail freight network and to make our contribution to ‘Strong Rail’ in Germany and Europe,” said Marek Staszek, Member of the Management Board for Production at DB Cargo.

“The value chain at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH relies heavily on efficient logistics processes. The digitalisation of our business processes, which is focussing on connectivity, real-time capability, high quality and excellent service, is becoming ever more important. The ‘smart freight wagon’ is the final piece in the puzzle. The new data will refine and improve forecasts and assumptions as it provides information not just on the consignment but on quality, too,” said Dr Jürgen Harland, Head of Logistics and SCM at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH.

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