DXI is a new service provider for data exchange in combined transport 

Hupac and Kombiverkehr, in collaboration with transport companies Hoyer and Paneuropa, railway undertaking Lokomotion and Kombiterminal Ludwigshafen, have launched DX Intermodal to transform data sharing processes and build a cloud network for the combined transport sector. 

DXI is a new service provider for data exchange in combined transport

The company, founded at the end of June 2022, emerged from the research project ‘Digitalisation of intermodal supply chains – KV4.0’, which created a cross-system data platform for combined transport in 2017-2021.  

DXI GmbH aims to develop the system further and enable all players in the intermodal transport chain to access the data hub. The managing directors are Christoph Büchner, head of IT at Kombiverkehr, and Aldo Puglisi, head of digitalisation at Hupac. 

Future customers include transport companies and intermodal operators, terminals and railway undertakings.

Exchange all data of intermodal units

“With the help of the DXI hub, transport operators can exchange all data of their intermodal units between the combined transport operators and their system, including railway undertakings and terminal data,” said Aldo Puglisi.  

The system is based on the #EDIGES data exchange standard and allows access to timetables, bookings, terminal status and train journeys, and pre-and post-carriage on the road. The data exchange is real-time and barrier-free but always within an authorised distribution circle.  

The one-time technical connection to the data hub enables the exchange of data with the participating intermodal companies. For example, timetable data, tracking data or bookings from one’s own IT application will be visible to other participants in the future.  

Higher reliability and productivity 

“An open-data approach that brings benefits for all the players involved,” says Christoph Büchner.  

Timely knowledge of the expected volume of consignments improves the planning of terminal slots. Railway undertakings can schedule locomotives and drivers more flexibly if they know about delays. Truck movements to and from the terminals can be optimised by providing information ahead of time. 

 “Ultimately, data transparency leads to higher reliability and productivity and thus also to higher customer satisfaction,” said the DXI directors.