A railway is first and foremost a business, with the ability to exploit commercial and technological opportunities to meet the demand of its customers. Like all businesses, a railway cannot operate independently of other businesses within its own and in related sectors.
Railways as a successful commercial operation depend critically upon a stable, robust, cost-competitive and interoperable IT infrastructure. An individual railway cannot meet all the cross border requirements for ICT on its own.
Hit Rail’s strategy is to build the Hermes Ecosystem as a network of stakeholders including customers, business partners and other interested parties in each of the railway markets (passengers, freight and infrastructure).
Another important pillar of Hit Rail strategy is building business alliances with major railway and transport related services players, organisations and institutions. In this context, Hit Rail is collaborating with other Railway International Organisations such as Raildata and the UIC, with EU institutions such as DG Move and ERA and with other transport players such as Amadeus and ETTSA in order to bring true Interoperability to the Railways. These partnerships add value to the Hermes Ecosystem, leveraging on Hit Rail’s unique position and capabilities in the European Railways environment.
The Hit Rail’s team combines railways specific expertise and extensive experience in railway ICT projects. The current Hit Rail’s management structure is compound of the Executive team and the Supervisory Board.
Antonio E. López. Managing Director
Mick Haynes. Technical Director
Hans van Walsem. Corporate Director
Ugo Dell’Arciprete. Commercial Manager
Enrique Ruiz López. Technical and Service manager
Helmut Grohmann. Chairman
Christine Valentyn. SNCB
Frédéric Novello. SNCF
Gianfranco Laganà. FS Italiane
Henk Bothof. Prorail
Petr Cervinka. CD Cargo