The author, Director of General Studies, Head of the Information Processing Department, recalls the different articles published on this subject since 1961 in the Revue Generale and refers to the ones appearing in the special issue on information processing. After giving a brief historical background, he makes a number of more general and more synthetic reflections than those found in the articles on the important place now taken by information processing in the management of the SNCF, as well as in the most varied and advanced research on railway techniques. He mentions that ideas and achievements have evolved rapidly in a rather "explosive" atmosphere; he deals in turn with SNCF information processing equipment and its conditions of use, material and staff, the teleprocessing network, and finally the very diverse information processing applications: ordinary business management, operational research, applications of the technical, scientific and cybernetics kind. He then considers the international aspects of railway information processing and describes the new SNCF information processing organisation, which became operative on 1 January 1972 and marks the end of the first stage, as well as the objectives. In conclusion, he explains the many important lessons learnt by the S.N.C.F. from its experience, one of the major ones being that the undertaking must remain master of such a powerful tool with so large potentials.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais

    92 rue Bonaparte
    75 Paris 6e,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Fioc, A
  • Publication Date: 1972-11


  • French

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  • Accession Number: 00047792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Union of Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM