IVU to host the 18th railML® conference in Berlin

Aim of the conference: to work together in promoting the interoperability of railway data

(PresseBox) ( Berlin, )
19 October 2010, Berlin: Around 25 railML® project partners accepted IVU Traffic Technologies AG's invitation to this year's railML® conference in Berlin. The central focus of the conference is the development of ultra-modern solutions for smooth interoperability of railway data. This is now the 18th time that railway companies, software and consulting businesses as well as international scientific institutes have come together to make data transfer in railway traffic more efficient and system-independent. After all, the seamless exchange of data between the various software systems is decisive in ensuring that passenger information is available quickly and reliably via Internet or mobile phone. In order to solve compatibility problems such as these, the common description language railML® (railway markup language) was developed around ten years ago. Since then, the project partners have met twice a year in order to further promote the shared standard and to develop sustainable solutions.

The focal points of this year's conference were the further development of the railML® 2.0 scheme, preparation of the next release as well as up-to-date reports from the working groups in Germany, Switzerland and Canada. "Following almost ten years of evolution, railML® has developed into a standard for exchanging railway data which is currently being intensively used by numerous railways in the Berlin area and by Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH. Just as passengers today expect perfect, reliable connections for their train every day, so too are railway operators and planners interested in a seamless exchange of data in advance and for invoicing purposes", says Vasco Paul Kolmorgen, coordinator of the railML® initiative. Drawing on the experience gained through use of railML2.0, an improved interface version will be created in the months to come, and made available to the project partners as well as other interested parties free of charge.

The next meeting of the railML® initiative will take place in March 2010 and will be arranged by Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB).

The RailML.org initiative

The railML.org Initiative was founded in early 2001 against the background of the chronic difficulty of connecting different railway IT applications. Its main objective is to enable heterogeneous railway applications to communicate with each other. Today, the connection of various railway software packages is beset with problems. The purpose of the railML.org Initiative has been to find, discuss and present systematic, XML-based solutions for simplified data exchange between railway applications.

RailML® is a joint, evolutionary project of railway companies, software and consulting firms, and academic institutions located in a number of countries. The railML® standard is not the product of central bodies. Instead, it has been developing in a work and discussion process among the involved partners. All interested institutions and businesses are invited to contact us and participate in the railML.org Initiative.
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