benerail and Sqills join forces to further implement standardisation

benerail and Sqills are proud to announce a new partnership and a commitment to further roll out and optimise the OSDM (Open Sales and Distribution Model) standard. 

The partnership between benerail and Sqills means all 40+ operators currently using S3 Passenger, and those that will implement it in the future, are able to distribute their tickets through the benerail platform.  The InterCity Brussel Amsterdam is now part of the list of operators to use S3 Passenger and available through the benerail platform.

It also means benerail distribution partners can obtain offerings from S3 Passenger through configuration rather than development. This helps to promote standardisation, which means a better experience for everyone in the rail industry. 

longstanding support for OSDM

Both Sqills and benerail strongly support the OSDM initiative. Benerail has a longstanding commitment to the OSDM standard and its precursor, the Full Service Model. Having worked extensively on both,  benerail is on the brink of introducing their own OSDM sandbox. Similarly, Sqills recognises the value of OSDM and has long been a proponent of the standard. After joining the initiative late 2020, Sqills contributed to the technical standard to promote interoperability.

This resulted in the first working OSDM implementation for any inventory management system. Sqills also provided the OSDM community with a first sandbox environment and automated tool that stakeholders use to verify if their OSDM API endpoint complies with the jointly agreed implementation scenarios.

This partnership reflects our shared vision for the future of the railway industry. We have worked extensively in multiple working groups to focus our efforts on a standardised approach, which is crucial given the European significance of this issue.”

Raimond de Nijs, co-director benerail

The benerail platform combines cross-country train journeys from different carriers in one single ticket. As benerail becomes an increasingly important distribution partner, the partnership with Sqills adds value for passengers because of the ability to purchase multi-operator journeys. 

The partnership also adds value for operators that are now able to offer a wider network and journeys across international borders. This makes the partnership an important step in terms of the standardisation of multi inventory and international collaboration.

By working closely together with benerail, we combine the best inventory management platform available with a highly respected international distribution platform. This will further empower passenger transport operators and increase ticket sales.

Bart van Munster, CEO at Sqills. 

about benerail

Benerail is your trusted partner for seamlessly booking international train journeys through Europe. We combine national and international railway carriers from various countries to create one virtual railway system. By connecting them all, we make the booking process quick, simple, stress-free, and crystal clear.

about Sqills

Sqills is a subsidiary of Siemens Mobility and has developed the leading mainline inventory, reservation and ticketing software for the public transport industry – ‘S3 Passenger’. Customers use S3 Passenger to manage their rail and bus inventory, distribute it and support operational procedures and after-sales. 

Thousands of out-of-the-box features allow rail and bus operators to benefit from proven technology, a short time to market, and powerful self-services. S3 Passenger is a fully scalable and modular platform. 

With more than 40 operators across 10 countries, the S3 Passenger community continues to grow as S3 Passenger quickly becomes the public transport industry’s system of choice. S3 Passenger supports the public transport industry’s goal of becoming the customers’ preferred mode of transport.