World first: new rail specific global search engine launched
An important step in improving the rail industry’s ability to search for global rail-specific solutions and information was launched this month in Chicago by International Engineering.
RailAdvisor.com is the first rail-specific search engine that was created for the industry by rail professionals, with the emphasis on “solutions”, which vary from products, services, events, people or technical concepts.
The new site is the brainchild of well-known technical expert Ryan McWilliams (formally of Transportation Technology Center Inc. [TTCI], US). McWilliams has spent the past 15 years working around the globe and during his travels (which included regular visits to Australia), the most frequent question he was asked is “do you know someone/something that can…”.
McWilliams realised that a traditional web search could not efficiently handle the railway-specific tasks, partly driven by terminology differences between markets, and he set-off creating RailAdvisor.com to solve the problem.
Through solving the search problem, RailAdvisor inadvertently created one of the most comprehensive rail terminology sources with international aliases, breaking through the international search barriers of conventional search engines.
Once the platform for linking people with solutions was developed, RailAdvisor took on the next rail content challenge – creating one of the most comprehensive Global Rail Calendar of Events available. On a single page, it’s easy to see the conferences around the world being held during each month of the year.
The site created is a one-stop-shop for everything railway with categories for solutions, product/service offerings, contacts, news, railway terminology, and forums. New content and improvements are being made daily with Global Contacts a future feature.
The site has been launched in Australia and already generated the second greatest level of interest globally, just ahead of Canada and the UK.
There have already been thousands of searches performed and railway professionals are adding information at an impressive rate. Content grows daily with solutions from Australia and the rest of the world showcasing the sites benefit to the industry.
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