Swiss railway uses Heros to exchange reservation data

In order to aid interoperability, a Dutch company by the name of Hit Rail, which is owned by 12 European train operators, has launched a set of information technology (IT) solutions. Its first implementation is a translator between XML and bit-oriented versions for the purpose of seat reservations. The first railway to use the XML messages to exchange seat reservations with other train operators is Rhaetian Railway (RhB), a Swiss narrow-gauge railway, as discussed in this article. XML syntax was developed some years ago as a new version of a set of messages and procedures (known as 918 messages) used to standardize the protocol that allowed for an online interconnection between customers in different countries to book services on trains. However, it was not ready to be used until by RhB until another railway was ready to use it, as well. However, Hit Rail has been able to develop a new range of services called Heros (HERmes Open Services) that offer message interoperability, thus allowing RhB to put the XML messaging system into action.


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  • Created Date: Aug 5 2014 3:25PM