Netherlands Railways (NS) Makes High Speed Move to XML Publishing

Single-source drives rapid reuse of course material to multiple mobile platforms used by conductors and train drivers.

Single-source drives rapid reuse of course material to multiple mobile platforms used by conductors and train drivers                   

Boulder, CO; January 28, 2010 Xyleme® Inc., the leading provider of 100% XML, open and standards-based learning content management solutions today announced that the Netherlands Railways (NS), one of the largest train operators in Europe, has selected Xyleme LCMS for development and delivery of rolling stock operating manuals and training materials. The project is being implemented by The Courseware Company, a leading integrator of learning technologies in the Netherlands and will focus on the real-time delivery of customized mission critical information to eLearning and mobile performance support platforms.

With over 27,000 employees, and one million passengers daily, the Netherlands Railways (NS) required an XML-based, single-source solution that allowed them to more efficiently manage, easily reuse and rapidly customize existing operating manuals and training materials and deploy these materials through multiple modalities to different divisions, functions and job roles. A critical initial focus of the Xyleme LCMS implementation is a Netherlands Railways Electronic Performance Support application that is deployed to thousands of conductors and train drivers working for the Netherlands Railways (NS). The Xyleme solution will publish, in a web-based format, real-time point-of-performance information to mobile platforms used by these railway employees.

“We’ve evaluated numerous learning content management solutions over the past ten years we’ve been in business,” commented Coen Flach, Founder and CEO of The Courseware Company. “The level of customization and reuse of mission-critical information across modalities required by Netherlands Railways (NS) could not have been efficiently and cost-effectively met with traditional learning content solutions that are proprietary and based on closed systems. Xyleme is the clear leader in open and XML-based publishing solutions for the training industry and it quickly became clear they were an exact fit for the Netherlands Railways (NS) enterprise initiative.”

“The ability of Xyleme LCMS to meet our need of efficiently developing new training materials and seamlessly transitioning to Web-based courses and mobile performance support applications from a single source of XML content made Xyleme immediately stand out from other LCMS vendors,” commented Vincent Boeschoten, Educational Designer at Netherlands Railways (NS). “The combination of Xyleme’s leading-edge technology with the deep expertise of The Courseware Company has resulted in a pragmatic and quick execution of this critical project.”

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