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On 29 Jul 2022, at 21:20, Juhani Pirttilahti <juhani.pi...@gmail.com> wrote:During recent days I've seen quite a few enthusiastic sites go in the open showing freight headcodes as is. Are these sites accessing feed from NR directly or how is this possible? What should one do to get access?
Also, I've noted that some freight services have now appeared unobfuscated on the open data feeds but not all.
There is work underway to build a new infrastructure for NROD. We’re finally at the stage where it’s gone live - for some of the most visible sites such as OTT, RTT and Railcam. There may well be others at this early stage.I’ve already given the new platform the seal of approval from my side, and the plan is to make the same code live on a separate and unconnected platform. Think of it like a production and development environment - the data coming in is identical, but the production environment only has ‘production' systems connected to it. I think we can all agree that the amount of damage you can do by having rogue or wonkily-coded Stomp client - or a downstream system that processes messages one by one rather than de-queueing messages locally, has resulted in NROD falling over a lot before.
What’s not been worked out yet is how to identify what systems are ‘production’ - but I understand the process for giving a user access to the ‘production’ platform is going to be straightforward and I hope, well-publicised and easy to do. My feeling is that when communication, generally, about the new platform goes out to all users, there will be a “How do I get qualified for the production system?” section to it.
Also, I've noted that some freight services have now appeared unobfuscated on the open data feeds but not all.There was some work done in the last week or two about obfuscation - do you know what’s changed? Is it more GBRf services being un-obfuscated? If so, that is likely because the de-obfuscation of FOC data is done by train service code, and if that list of services codes isn’t regularly updated, it’ll result in trains running under new service codes being obfuscated by default.
As an aside, I was told that there was no obfuscation on the new platform - but there is. I’m using my standing to actively challenge this, by putting more data out in the clear in an attempt to get the data in the clear for everyone, not just me. From what I’ve heard so far, we might be winning.