Capacity Intelligence

After the successful PoC (Proof of concept) of ‘Capacity visualization’, the work done resulted in a continuation study launched in 2022, in a consortium with RNE, where the Corridor launched a  tender for a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) continuation study of this capacity visualisation.

As a reminder, the motivation for the launch of this study was to reflect on how to support the ambitious targets for modal shift fixed by the European Union and its Member States for 2030. Corridors therefore reflected on their capacity to support the achievement of these objectives.

While Regulation (EU) 913/2010 placed capacity at the heart of the corridors’ activity, in particular via the implementation of the C-OSS and the coordination of catalogue paths and TCRs, RFC North Sea - Med noted that the appropriate analysis tools were not available. Tools to objectively measure the capacity situation on the various international routes in a «seamless» approach, i.e. harmonised between IMs, were missing.

Therefore, in agreement with the Management Board, RFC North Sea - Med initiated an innovative approach, called ‘Capacity Intelligence’, in reference to the Business Intelligence’ approach: Business Intelligence aims at collecting, assembling and organising business data in order to feed the decision-making process with consolidated business information.

The study resulted in a direct added value for the Corridor as it brought innovative insight into the core business activity of the RFC, namely offering capacity on its routes. It also formed a basis for further studies and growing insights.

The aim is to ‘industrialise’ and ‘anchor’ this capacity visualisation approach into the set of tools that are provided by RNE to the Rail Freight Corridors.

This study is co-financed by CEF funding under the umbrella and coordination of RNE.