In 2002, UIC’s Combined Transport Group, made up of 22 European railway companies, produced a model that made it possible to follow in real time combined transport block trains on three pilot routes.
As the system gave satisfaction, CTG decided to extend the project and to design an information system that would make it possible for customers to trace trains (international combined transport unit trains) in real time over the internet or by directly tapping into their own IT tracking systems.
Access to this system - called USE-it USE-IT Uniform System for European Intermodal Tracking and tracing , for Uniform System for European Intermodal Tracking and tracing - will be encrypted.
Through USE-it, exchanging information will be done thanks to the setting up of IT interfaces between the present systems of railway companies as well as between their networks and and the USE-IT application.
After a tendering process at the end of 2003, a provider was chosen to develop the system.