Netherlands-based information and data communications firm HIT Rail has launched a multichannel interconnected information system which will provide integrated rail message brokering services across Europe.

HIT Rail’s new service strategy is designed to meet the demands of a wider European railway community of interconnected information systems across the Hermes rail data network.

HIT Rail managing director Antonio Lopez said HIT Rail’s key goal is to assist with the value added utility services needed to link European railway business organisations together.

"In the current climate of change within the European railway landscape and with communications technologies opening new possibilities of integrating and interconnecting systems, we are working towards greater information-sharing to the benefit of passengers and businesses," added Lopez.

The company noted it will also create improved services for freight and logistics organisations seeking to use the railways for the movement of goods.

HIT Rail stated its new message brokering services employ open software standards and security applications to allow end-to-end connection between business partners who want to exchange information to better support passenger sales, timetabling, freight management and a host of other infrastructure services.

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The services will be delivered through a new multichannel business strategy, using new communications technologies, from the internet to mobile phones, handhelds and other communications.

HIT Rail is a private Dutch company owned by 12 European railway companies and is responsible for managing international private data communications infrastructure and message brokering services.

The interoperability plans of railway companies will be supported by a service oriented architecture (SOA) approach, based on web services, message brokering, translation and publish-subscribe services that are designed to meet specific needs for utility information. Pilot tests are already underway from the test platform with international tests scheduled for summer 2012.