Why OpenRail Foundation?
Over the years, many private or commercial initiatives have
resulted in valuable, but mostly "in- house" applications or
frameworks. These disconnected initiatives necessarily
overlap, within a context of constrained IT development
Efficiency and Rationalization of efforts
The objective of the OpenRail Foundation Initiative is to
provide an open space to foster innovation and software
development in the railway sector.
Software development activity is now an inherent part of
rail operations, and all players have IT teams working on
internal projects. Often using tools provided by private
software publishers, these teams continually create value.
They know the needs and constraints of the business. They
can innovate and propose reliable technical solutions. They
are already doing this, but in isolation.
OpenRail Foundation wishes to federate all the efforts
that are made by IT teams around the world in open,
collaborative, scalable and robust software projects.
IT projects by the railways and for the
Meeting Basic Needs
The rail industry collectively needs a set of affordable,
well-understood, reliable, and maintained software tools to
perform basic analyses of their customers' needs, business
assets, or environmental impact of their operations.