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 resources.
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 railways.
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.