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MOU between DB Systel and CRIS


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On the 11th of April 2013, an MOU was signed between DB Systel and CRIS at Berlin, Germany. The signing ceremony took place on the side lines of the visit of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India marking the end of year long celebrations of the Year of India at Germany. The Managing Director of CRIS, Mr. Sunil Kumar signed the MOU on behalf of CRIS.
The MOU envisages cooperation and collaboration between these two very similar organizations. The MOU states as under:
The Parties hereto intend to explore joint business opportunities and to cooperate closely in consulting and development of railway IT, on a non-exclusive basis. This includes knowledge sharing and training, as well as the collaboration with associated research institutions and associated consulting companies.
Professional core areas shall be, amongst others, optimization of railway planning and operation processes, including

  • Timetable management (incl. case studies) and Strategic / long term investment planning
  • Infrastructure management, incl. Geographical Information Systems and visualisation solutions
  • Planning and management of maintenance for infrastructure and vehicles
  • Passenger traffic (modern ticketing and passenger information systems, rolling stock/rake planning)
  • Freight logistics (customer and order management
  • Crew Rostering / real time staff dispaching
  • Strategic IT architecture management
  • IT operation and security management

The CRIS delegation comprising of Mr. Sunil Kumar and Dr. R. Badri Narayan held meetings with DB Systel before and after the signing ceremony to take the Understanding forward in a manner that benefits both the organizations and the Railway systems. During these meetings core competencies were discussed and three models of engagement were arrived at. These are:

  • A training model, where one organization will conduct training for the personnel of other organization
  • A collaborative model where both organizations will work together to create a new concept/idea or product or solution
  • A business model where the two would explore joint business opportunities.

Mr. Sunil Kumar stressed that there should be a clear time line for the activities so that we are able to review the benefits and move forward. A more detailed document laying out the framework for cooperation is being prepared along with DB Systel.

Mr. Sunil Kumar, Adviser (Safety) and MD/CRIS, signing the MOU along with Dr. Burkhard Klanke, DB-Systel. In the background from left to right are Mr. Ranjan Mathai, Foreign Secretary, Ms. Sujatha Singh, Indian Ambassador at Germany, Mr. Michell-Aulli, DB International, and Mr. Meuser, DB Systel

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