There are two important reasons for the implementation of the new system, according to the company. First, the current BRAVO system, which dates from 1993, is reaching the end of its service life. Second, Applause is designed to support all the various contract forms within the framework of the new COTIF (Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail).
This makes it ready for new market developments in the deregulated international rail freight market. The first phase of Applause started on July 1, 2006, coinciding with the introduction of the new COTIF.
Implementation of the second phase will take place during a relatively quiet period, with a limited number of trains. As a result, customers are expected to suffer only minimal disruption while the new system is bedding in.