GWR Plumps for Nomad on New Trains(11 May 2017, BWCS Staff)
On-train WiFi company Nomad Digital has won a large order to install its systems on new trains being built for Great Western Railway (GWR). The deal will see Nomad install WiFi and fleet connectivity solutions into the 93 new Intercity Express Trains currently being constructed by Hitachi.
The new contract, which builds on an existing partnership with GWR, will see the Newcastle-based supplier’s systems built into the new trains. These will begin rolling off the Hitachi production line by the end of this year. Full delivery is expected by the end of 2019. According to Nomad, the new Intercity Express Trains will boast its next-generation CCU platform and compact WiFi router architecture, as well as, next-generation modems and access points. This means, says Nomad, that GWR will be able to add additional operational applications in the future.
Nomad has been working with GWR, which operates trains and runs stations in the south west of England and south Wales, since 2013. The supplier will also be providing a complete reporting and monitoring solution to GWR, utilising its Fleetview and NDInsight systems which help operators to view the connectivity performance of their fleets in real-time.
The GWR deal follows Nomad’s long-term strategic partnership with Virgin Trains on the West Coast of the UK. Nomad has led the design, development and delivery of an end-to-end connectivity solution, which has been implemented on Virgin Trains, delivering improved on-board WiFi and overall passenger experience.
Additionally, in partnership with GoMedia, a provider of on-board media and infotainment services, Nomad has integrated an exciting package of video-on-demand entertainment services, providing an advanced platform for Virgin Trains’ passengers to enjoy media content, including Hollywood blockbusters and ‘box-set’ specials throughout their journey, in its BEAM package.
On-board entertainment, trackside networks and the growing market for on-train passenger WiFi services will all be fully examined at this year’s WiFi on Trains Conference hosted by BWCS. For more information on the upcoming event please see www.Traincomms2017.com or contact Ross.Parsons@BWCS.com .
This year's Train Communications System Conference is sponsored by Icomera (Gold), Nomad Digital (Silver), Fluidmesh (Bronze), 21Net (Cocktails), LetsJoin (Lunch Day 1) and RADWIN (Lunch Day 2).