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Nomad Jumps On Board With Train Cargo Company

(20 Sep 2016, BWCS Staff)
UK on-train technology company Nomad Digital has been signed up to a five year deal to supply on-board remote condition monitoring systems to DB Cargo, the company formerly known as DB Schenker Rail. The condition monitoring units will be installed across a DB Cargo fleet of 90 locomotives operating internationally, with completion targeted for the end of this year. According to Nomad, the deal follows on from a successful one-year trial of the technology by DB. The Newcastle-based company said that the ROCM system will provide access to real-time condition and diagnostic-based information ......

Pakistan Railways Heading for Free WiFi

(19 Sep 2016, BWCS Staff)
Pakistan Railways has revealed some more detail about its plans to introduce WiFi on its long-distance passenger trains.  Speaking at the weekend, Rail Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, reported that he has formed a committee to thrash out the details of the scheme over the next few weeks. In addition to putting free WiFi on the trains, the Minister said that Pakistan Railways will also be installing hotspots at all major stations. As part of its modernisation drive, the train company is also planning to introduce e-ticketing services. According to reports in the local press an agreement ......

New Midlands Trains to get Free WiFi

(31 Aug 2016, BWCS Staff)
The UK Department for Transport has announced a raft of new services, including on-train WiFi, will be offered by the yet-to-be-announced new train operator for the Midlands region. The current incumbent, London Midland, is expected to be moved on by October of next year. However, the new free WiFi is not mandated to appear until 2019. An extra 300 Sunday services are also slated to appear by 2021, as part of a major shake-up to services across the region. Changes will also see Wolverhampton Station transferred from Virgin Trains to another company. Councillor Daniel Warren, who sits on ......

Pakistan Expands WiFi on Trains

(09 Aug 2016, BWCS Staff)
Some four years after the first trains fitted with WiFi appeared in the country, Pakistan looks set to roll out services nationally on long-distance trains. In what some commentators see as a break-through move, Pakistan’s Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, yesterday directed that provision for Internet access and WiFi facilities be made available on trains and at all railways stations. Speaking after a high-level meeting in Lahore, Rafique said he was instructing Pakistan Railways to prepare a model for implementation as soon as possible. The Minister issued directives to ......

Seamless WiFi System Introduced by Chiltern

(25 Jul 2016, BWCS Staff)
Chiltern Railways has today launched what it is calling “seamless” passenger WiFi. The new service, provided by long-time collaborator Icomera and new partner WiFiSpark, enables passengers to skip from train WiFi to station WiFi (or vice versa) without missing a beat, or having to reconnect their devices. According to the Arriva-owned train operator, passengers using any of the 28 stations along the Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone route can now log onto the WiFi service whilst waiting for their train and not have to go through the process again once on-board. When the ......

Stadler Plumps for Nomad to Supply Kit for New International Trains

(13 Jul 2016, BWCS Staff)
On-train WiFi company Nomad has been signed up by Stadler to supply kit for the new EC250 ‘Giruno’ high-speed trains being built for SBB. As reported last week, the Swiss state rail operator will use the new trains on the routes linking Zurich, and nearby cities, to Italy via the soon-to-open Gotthard Base Tunnel. SBB says it also plans to install WiFi on the former Cisalpino trains which run between Geneva and Italy via the Simplon Pass in Valais. However, it is not clear if the UK-based supplier will also provide the WiFi and infotainment system for these trains.   Nomad ......

Moscow Expands WiFi Transport Footprint as RADWIN Launches New System

(06 Jul 2016, BWCS Staff)
In a clear nod to the popularity of the free WiFi-on-trains network available deep below the ground in Moscow, Yevgeniy Mikhailov, head of the Mosgortrans state-owned public transportation, has announced that it will be merged with ground public transport WiFi services. This means that from the end of the summer, passengers will be able to move “seamlessly” from one system to the other without dropping a signal. Mikhailov also plans to have power sockets for charging mobile devices and tablets installed in Metro stations and later on trains. The WiFi and mobile signals on what is ......

Swiss Put WiFi on International (but not Internal) Trains

(05 Jul 2016, BWCS Staff)
Swiss Train Operator, SBB, has confirmed that it will offer WiFi services on board two major inter-city routes into Italy. The move comes in spite of a previous decision by the company not to install on-tran WiFi on its domestic fleet.   The WiFi equipment will be installed in the new Giruno trains linking Zurich, and nearby cities, to Italy via the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. SBB says it will also bow to public pressure and put WiFi on the former Cisalpino trains which run between Geneva and Italy via the Simplon Pass in Valais. The Giruno trains, to be supplied by Stadler Railo, are ......

Fluidmesh Mulls Results of Trackside Tests in Italy

(30 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
US/Italian company Fluidmesh Networks has been evaluating the results of a recent series of tests conducted along the high-speed train corridor between Milan and Turin. The technology outfit worked with local –partner Sirti to deploy a wireless train to ground system using 5GHz radios alongside the tracks between the two northern Italian cities. According to Fluidmesh, the wireless system was initially tried with a high speed test train ETR500 owned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI, a Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group Company) travelling at 300kmh. Additional test-runs with a ......

Government Scheme (Slowly) Helping Cover Train-line Blackspots Down Under

(29 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
As if Australians, still reeling from a 3-0 loss in the recent rugby series with England, didn’t have enough to worry about. It now appears that the Coalition Government’s AU$220 million (US$163.3 million) mobile blackspot programme, which would help alleviate train line coverage, is also failing to deliver. The re-elected Turnbull administration previously pledged it would allocate money to spend on improving cellular coverage in areas nominated by the community and along major transport routes. However, critics point out that only a very few of the 100s of promised new base ......

All Aboard for Video-on-Demand as Deutsche Bahn Joins the Action

(24 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
In a further major development in the on-train entertainment market, German video-on-demand supplier Maxdome has signed a content supply deal with Deutsche Bahn. Under the terms of the contract, passengers on the train company’s high-speed Inter-City Express (ICE) fleet will get access to some of Maxdome’s extensive catalogue of 50,000 film titles. In total, this will provide the content company with a potential audience of around 80 million passengers a year. The new in-train entertainment service will be delivered from the ICE multimedia portal and stored on the train to avoid ......

Panasonic Buys UK Rail-Telecoms Integrator

(23 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
In a move designed to boost its capabilities in the rail technology sector Panasonic Europe has acquired Alan Dick Communications. The UK-based company, which will now trade as ADComms, specialises in technology integration and provides telecoms-based services to the transport and mobile communications industries. Part of the once-sprawling Japanese industrial giant known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Panasonic Europe, has previously focused on CCTV-based solutions in the rail industry. More recently, however. it has made a play to add information and entertainment systems to ......

Big Thank You from BWCS

(17 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
Dear Subscriber, BWCS would like to extend a big thank you to all the speakers, sponsors (Icomera, Nomad, 21Net, RADWIN and BAI Communicaitons) and attendees who helped make last week’s WiFi on Trains Conference – Train Communications Systems 2016 such a success. We thoroughly enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing you all again next year, if not before. In the meantime, remember we cover new developments in this niche sector in our Free Online News service – please sign up to this at www.Traincomms2016.com . In addition, you can follow us on Twitter via @Traincomms ......

Nomad Delivers Live IP TV to ÖBB Trains – in Time for Traincomms 2016 (… and Regional Football Tournament)

(10 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
Live at the annual WiFi on Trains Conference in London yesterday, Nomad Digital, announced the “world’s first” ” terrestrial broadcast TV solution over IP for the rail market. The new service is part of a package of measures introduced by the Newcastle-based tech company which is delivering a fleet-wide passenger WiFi upgrade to ÖBB (the largest Austrian rail operator). In addition to the on-train internet connections, Nomad has introduced a comprehensive passenger portal with multi-media services on 51 ÖBB Railjets. The UK train connectivity company has been a ......

Major announcement at TrainComms2016

(09 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
Release written by Arriva and Icomera Arriva and Icomera announce next steps towards the digital train Arriva UK Trains and Icomera have announced the signing of a new framework agreement for the provision of onboard Internet connectivity solutions. This long-term agreement reaffirms Arriva’s commitment to providing an industry-leading onboard passenger experience. As one of the largest providers of both rail and road public transport in the UK, Arriva passengers have been enjoying Icomera passenger Wi-Fi across Arriva’s Chiltern Railways and Grand Central services as well as ......

Nomad Partners with Virgin Trains on the West Coast to deliver WiFi Upgrade Together with Infotainment and Media Platform

(06 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
Nomad Digital has revealed it has successfully partnered with Virgin Trains on the West Coast of the UK to deliver a fleet-wide passenger WiFi upgrade and portal-based infotainment and media platform, offering video-on-demand. Building on a long-term strategic partnership with Virgin Trains, which dates back almost ten years, Nomad has led the design, development and delivery of an end-to-end connectivity solution, which has been implemented on Virgin Trains, delivering significantly improved on-board WiFi and overall passenger experience. Additionally, in partnership with GoMedia, a ......

Next-Generation Passenger WiFi Launching on Amtrak Trains

(06 Jun 2016, BWCS Staff)
Icomera has announced that it has executed a contract with Amtrak to supply next-generation passenger Wi-Fi to select trains in the United States of America. The contract is for five years with the option to extend for an additional two years. The first Task Order focuses on 20 trainsets on the popular high-speed Acela Express route which runs from Washington, D.C. to Boston via Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. Icomera’s Proof-of-Concept was implemented on the first train in early March, and installation on the remaining vehicles will begin later this month. Amtrak is the ......

St Petersburg Metro to get Free WiFi

(31 May 2016, BWCS Staff)
Russian news agency TASS has claimed that the St. Petersburg Committee for Investments is in talks with Maxima Telecom to supply free WiFi for the city’s Metro system. In doing so the City will be following in the footsteps of Moscow, which launched a similar system last year. According to reports, the proposed network in St Petersburg will cover all 67 stations and 1,600 carriages across five lines in what is one of the deepest subway systems in the world. TASS says the project could be completed by late 2017. The estimated cost of covering the entire 380km of track, at depths of up ......

Two Weeks to go Until Train Communications Systems 2016 …

(25 May 2016, BWCS Staff)
With only a fortnight to go until this year’s WiFi on Trains Conference – Train Communications Systems 2016 (London, June 8th and 9th) there are literally only a handful of tickets left – so please contact us now, if you have not already reserved your place.  There is more information and a full list of speakers at www.Traincomms2016.com . As ever, we have focused on getting train operators, from all over the world to share their real-life stories of putting WiFi onto their trains, fighting to keep the customers happy and struggling to add new services and increase ......

WiFi on the Fly …

(19 May 2016, BWCS Staff)
In a move that echoes recent suggestions to use drones to supply on-train WiFi, a zoo in the UK has reportedly trained parrots to effectively become mobile WiFi hotspots. Chessington World of Adventure says it has enrolled two colourful Macaws to carry WiFi routers around the park. Dubbed “FlyFi” the birds are seen as an effective way to get Chessington’s new WiFi system off the ground. The idea has echoes of suggestions, made last year that one way of covering track-side “not-spots” along UK and European rail systems would be to employ drones to relay mobile ......

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