Not all information can be easily sent just by emails. Some information, such as station code lists or user manuals, needs to be distributed automatically to a vast range of users, and the sender needs to be reassured that the receiver has received it. For this purpose the HEROS Publish & Subscribe service has been developed.
The HEROS solution
HEROS Publish & Subscribe supports both publishers and subscribers of documents.
Publishers of documents can:
- Publish a new file on the P&S service
- Update it with a new version or remove it from publication
- Receive and approve or reject subscription requests
Subscribers of the published documents can:
- Discover available files from a list
- Request subscriptions to publishers
- Receive the documents by the selected channel every time a new version of the document is published
Who is addressed
As a publisher: any rail organisation producing files that are frequently updated and which need to be distributed to a large number of users
As a subscriber: anybody, including non rail actors, who wish to receive those documents automatically every time a new version is published.
The HEROS platform manages the automated sending of files to every subscriber every time a new version is available. Email or FTP are supported as the available channels. Subscribers whose companies are customers of Hit Rail can receive their documents via secure FTP, otherwise only e-mail is available.
The P&S interface for both publishers and subscribers is a web application integrated in the HIT Rail website.
Companies are required to fully register as clients with Hit Rail in order to become publishers. Login data is provided after a successful registration.
Subscribers can register to the P&S service, but specific approval by the publisher has to be granted before any document is received.