RailData is strongly involved in implementation of the TSI TAF (Technical Specification for Interoperability relating to the Telematics Applications for Freight subsystem of the rail system in the European Union).
TSI TAF has been published in the Official Journal (OJ) of the EU as Commission regulation No 1305/2014 of 11 December 2014 in all official EU members languages. English version of the text (amended in 2018 and 2019) can be downloaded as PDF file here.
Other related information can be found on the TAF TSI section of the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) website. It includes also TAF TSI Technical Documents (TD´s). At the ERA website you can see also implementation Master Plan as well as Status reports on implementation.
RailData supports TSI TAF implementation in several ways: we help our Users to fulfil specific TSI TAF obligations of also contribute to the implementation and specifications improvement on EU level.
ORFEUS enables complete consignment note data exchange between collaborating Railway Undertakings (contractual, successive and substitute carriers). To support also the exchange between lead/contractual carrier and the traction provider, requested by TSI TAF and by the sales & purchase model, Consignment Order Message is being developed in ORFEUS.
ISR is the tool to exchange wagon status information between Railway Undertakings. ISR event types map perfectly towards the TAF Wagon Movement and include all the data content required by TAF. EUAR evaluated the compliance of the wagon event messages exchanged with ISR and concluded that „RAILDATA may use the results of the assessment as a proof of the soft compliance of its own ISR wagon event messages against the TAF TSI data catalogue“.
RailData receives Train Running Information from the TIS application of RailNetEurope, using the TAF TRI message and the TAF Common Interface. Train run data are enriched with wagon data and used for wagon status purposes and for train run information for the Railway Undertakings. As part of this service, translation between TAF CRD location codes and the UIC location codes is done using the look up table.
RailData also actively represent views of member Railway Undertakings in TAF related bodies, like TAF-TSI Steering Committee (observer), Joint Sector Group, Telematics Cluster expert groups. RailData submits several Change Requests for the ongoing revision and improvement of TAF. There is own TAF working group established to perform these activities.