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WiFi Usage Data to Help Passengers Avoid Crowded Stations and Trains

(23 Jul 2021, BWCS Staff)
As passengers take tentative steps back onto trains, transport operators are looking at new ways to provide them with real-time information on how to shun crowded platforms and carriages. Transport for London has become the latest organisation to launch such a service. Earlier this week, it reported that it is using depersonalised data from its WiFi network to provide real-time information on how busy London Underground stations are at any particular time of the day. In the past, TfL has relied on ticketing data to monitor travel patterns. Its estimates of how busy or empty tube stations......

Amtrak Targets New Fleet Complete with WiFi on Board

(08 Jul 2021, BWCS Staff)
US train operator Amtrak is to pour US$7.3 billion into replacing 83 passenger trains. The new rolling stock, which will all feature on-board WiFi, individual power outlets and USB ports, will replace carriages that are up to 50 years old. However, the ambitious spending spree still needs to be approved by Congress. Amtrak CEO William Flynn said that some of the new trains, which will be less polluting than the old stock, will be hybrids - able to operate on diesel and electricity where wires are available. The new trains, to be built int the US, will replace Amfleet, Metroliner and......

Houston – We (No Longer) Have a Problem With the WiFi

(06 Jul 2021, BWCS Staff)
Passengers on all forms of public transport in Houston Texas are to finally have access to free in-vehicle WiFi. The move comes as a result of a contract signed over two years ago between the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) and US telecoms giant AT&T. The Houston Metro area covers some 3,000 square miles and serves a population of over 7 million people. Its services consist of 3 light rail lines (76 carriages), 83 local bus routes and 31 commuter bus routes. According to a statement from the Metro, the new WiFi on-board services will come into effect on its buses, vans and......

Train Innovators Share Funding Award

(05 Jul 2021, BWCS Staff)
A total of 30 different, exciting, rail technology projects have been granted a share of £9 million in funding from the UK Department for Transport (DfT). The new ideas are aimed at encouraging passengers back onto trains and assisting the rail industry by cutting costs, reducing carbon emissions and improving the passenger experience. Plans range from a Loyalty Platform which will reward regular journeys – including the off-train section of the commute, as well as technology could greatly improve last mile travel by presenting passengers with information on changes in......

BART Begins Work on WiFi on Trains System – and Looks to Trouser US$243 Million

(25 Jun 2021, BWCS Staff)
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit has announced the launch the first part of its hugely ambitious four-stage plan to bring WiFi and 5G services to its trains and tunnels. The scheme will see the operator install WiFi along its 131 miles of track and 50 stations and in all of its new 775 train carriages. Other local agencies such as San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will follow suit. According to BART, its Wireless Technology Programme encompasses four projects. The first tranche of work will see 5G cellular services added to all SFMTA (Muni) tunnels, including the new......

DB and DT Combine to Pledge “Radical Improvement” for On-Train Wifi

(24 Jun 2021, BWCS Staff)
German train operator Deutsche Bahn has nailed its colours to the mast and vowed to boost WiFi on Train connectivity by working directly with Deutsche Telekom. The transport company chairman, Richard Lutz, made the promise in a joint press conference with the telco this week. Speaking at the rail company’s Berlin HQ, he announced a new partnership between the two corporate giants. The pair plan to expand mobile track-side coverage and eradicate “funklochs” (notspots) Addressing the assembled members of the press, Lutz, naturally, gave his outfit star billing “Trains......

Deutsche Bahn Boosts On-Board Video Service with Endava

(22 Jun 2021, BWCS Staff)
German train operator Deutsche Bahn has signed up Endava to provide new video-on-demand services on its Intercity Express (ICE) trains. Starting next month, DB passengers will be able to access an improved entertainment offering via the on-board ICE portal. According to Endava, the pair have collaborated to develop a video-on-demand platform that boasts a wider variety of movies and TV shows. Travellers will now be able to access the content on their own devices when connected to the WiFi networks, Wifi@DB or WIFIonICE, on more than 330 ICE high-speed trains. The technical solutions......

TfL Chooses BAI for London Underground Mobile Connectivity Contract

(22 Jun 2021, BWCS Staff)
BAI Communications has won the much-anticipated contract to provide mobile coverage across the entire London Underground Transport. A statement from TfL this morning confirmed that it has awarded a 20-year concession to BAI. The global connectivity provider will now move forwards with plans to install fibre links and wireless connections across the whole Tube network, helping to remove one of the most high-profile mobile ‘not-spots’ in the UK. The contract, which sees Mayor Sadiq Khan fulfil one of his election promises from last month, calls for a backbone of mobile and......

64,000km Track-side Wireless Network Gets Major Boost

(10 Jun 2021, BWCS Staff)
India’s much trumpeted plans to build a national network of track-side LTE masts has moved a step closer to reality. Yesterday, the Indian government approved the allotment of 5Mhz of spectrum in the premium 700MHz radio band for use by the railways. The spectrum will be used to introduce LTE-based Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) along major routes. The new chunk of spectrum will help Indian Railways fulfil its ambitious plan to leapfrog GSM-R technology and plump instead for the more advanced trackside connectivity solution LTE-R. The company is aiming to roll out a network......

More Mobile Operators Move to Cover the Tracks

(03 Jun 2021, BWCS Staff)
Rail Administrators around Europe are beginning to win the battle to ensure greater mobile connectivity alongside train tracks. Or, at least, they are certainly taking the struggle more seriously. In the UK, Network Rail recently announced that it is looking for a £1 billion telecoms partner to help invest in trackside cables and masts. Meanwhile, Denmark and Norway have long developed plans to entice telecom companies to ensure better wireless connectivity on trains (both are projects that BWCS assisted with). Finland now looks set to follow the example of its Nordic neighbours.......

Nomad is not an Island - as it Moves into the Wider World of Connected Vehicles

(25 May 2021, BWCS Staff)
Best-known for its WiFi on Trains offering, Newcastle-based supplier Nomad has announced a new range of “Road Connectivity” products. According to the company the plan is to bring its expertise in the Rail industry to bear on buses, road freight and mining vehicles. Nomad says that its wide range of applications, such as Passenger Information services, On-Board CCTV, Location Tracking and Condition Monitoring, as well as Passenger WiFi, will all be made be available to help non-rail vehicle operators cut costs and enhance their services. A statement from the company said that......

First Group Lives up to its Name and Signs Two New Rail Contracts – Only a Day After Dramatic Shake-Up of UK Rail Announced

(21 May 2021, BWCS Staff)
No sooner was the ink dry on yesterday’s UK rail White Paper, than First Group had signed two of the new National Rail Contracts. While most in the industry were still digesting the implications of the long-awaited, now slightly renamed, Williams-Shapps review, First was putting pen to paper on new deals to continue running South Western Railway and the Transpennine Express. Importantly, the agreements seem to secure First’s plans to roll out 5G passenger WiFi along the main lines served by South Western Railways. In addition, it will deliver a new fleet of Suburban trains from......

London Trackside Connectivity Receives Major Boost

(17 May 2021, BWCS Staff)
Commuters creeping tentatively back to the office this week may notice fewer mobile not-spots on their train journeys in and around London. UK mobile operator EE has today announced “significant upgrades” to its network of track-side masts covering key commuter routes in and out of the capital. With Transport for London due to announce the winning bidder for the contract to provide mobile coverage on the Underground and with Network Rail looking for a £1 billion partner for its trackside telecoms network, the UK is fast becoming a leading light in the train to shore......

Ouigo’s a GoGo with On-Train WiFi at €3 a Go

(13 May 2021, BWCS Staff)
SNCF’s low-cost, high-speed, train company, Ouigo, has begun operations in Spain, giving incumbent operator, RENFE, its first taste of competition. The French company is offering some very low fares, but charges extra for WiFi connections. Ouigo’s trains are now off and running on the Madrid – Barcelona route. Commentators in Spain believe that its ticket prices, as low as €9, will shake up the market as passengers begin to re-board trains in Spain following the easing of restrictions. The ferocity of the pricing battle is underlined by the fact that Ouigo is......

More Money Made Available for Improving On-Train Passenger WiFi, this Time in Finland

(07 May 2021, BWCS Staff)
Finnish state-owned train company VR is to receive euros 4.5 million to boost internet connectivity on its long-distance trains. At the same time, the country’s Ministry for Transport and Communications is pushing to “encourage” mobile operators to improve coverage along the Finnish rail network by building a series of new masts. VR said that is plans to use the new money to provide faster and more consistent internet access on its Intercity and night trains, with the first round of improvements completed by the end of this year. For passengers, the company claims,......

Network Rail Seeks Partner to Help Upgrade Trackside Network

(26 Apr 2021, BWCS Staff)
In what seasoned trackside network commentators are describing as “The big one”, Network Rail has announced it will seek a private investor to help upgrade 16,000km of trackside cable network. The deal could net the company over £1 billion and, NR says, will help improve reliability, performance and safety for its frontline workers and passengers. The move could also help to support the rollout of gigabit broadband and 5G mobile across the UK. However, it remains to be seen how highly an array of likely competing bidders will actually value the asset. NR will retain......

Liverpool Edges Closer to WiFi on Trains

(21 Apr 2021, BWCS Staff)
The much-anticipated arrival of WiFi on Merseyrail trains moved tantalisingly closer to reality yesterday. Liverpool City Council voted through the latest in a series of planning proposals to enable new wireless masts to be erected alongside the tracks. This means that 14 of the necessary 15 permissions have now been granted. The delays have served to highlight the dependency on local planning processes that trackside networks can face. However, it is still unclear when passengers will actually have access to the new fleet of trains purchased by the City or when they will be able to log......

New Passenger Counting App Being Tested on UK Trains

(13 Apr 2021, BWCS Staff)
Passengers on South Western Railway’s normally packed commuter trains will be able to avoid the most crowded carriages if a new app currently under trial gets the green light. While the avoidance of fellow travellers has taken on a different significance under Covid, the app, which has been developed by SW Trains, Icomera and video analytics company POS Insights, should also prove invaluable once commuters start returning to services into and out of London Waterloo. The new app will use on-board CCTV images, analysed by artificial intelligence to count the number of people in each......

And if You’re Going to San Francisco… You Can Now Use WiFi on the Metro

(07 Apr 2021, BWCS Staff)
The San Francisco Metro, due to re-open next month after a Covid-enforced shut-down, will offer WiFi on board its trains and in its stations. Management and maintenance staff at the municipal transport system seized the opportunity to upgrade several services and, with no trains to get in the way, added cellular antennas throughout the tunnels. A spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency confirmed on Twitter that, for the moment, the trains would only offer WiFi and not mobile cellular connections for passengers. In addition to the WiFi installation, the San......

Covid Slows WiFi Expansion on German Trains

(06 Apr 2021, BWCS Staff)
Deutsche Bahn’s impressive investment plans for WiFi on trains have hit a bump in the road. While over 60% of German long-distance trains have now been upgraded for WiFi, the remainder may not be kitted out until 2022 due to Covid restrictions at Deutsche Bahn’s workshops. The impressive number of Inter-City trains currently offering WiFi was recently revealed in Parliament by the federal government's Rail Commissioner, Enak Ferlemann. National train operator, Deutsche Bahn, has been lauded for its investment in on-train WiFi, which is generally viewed as one of the key drivers......

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