Nomad partners with train builder Alstom in Italy used by SBB

(Newcastle upon Tyne, … September 2016)  Nomad Digital, the world’s leading provider of wireless connectivity and ICT solutions to the rail industry, has successfully partnered with train builder Alstom in Italy, on a passenger WiFi and infotainment solution for the ETR-610 New Pendolino high-speed trains used by Swiss state rail operator SBB.

The addition of Nomad’s WiFi and infotainment solution will benefit SBB passengers using their international train services running through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel between Italy and Switzerland, with future plans to also run to Germany. It further builds on Nomad’s growing influence across Europe and particularly in the DACH region, having recently announced a partnership - again with SBB - on their new EC250 ‘Giruno’ train fleet.

A key benefit for the passenger is a seamless WiFi experience delivered by Nomad’s cross-border technology, providing uninterrupted connectivity on high-speed trains for passengers on international journeys.

State-of-the-art new ETR-610 trains will have Nomad’s networked platform built in, while the existing ETR-610s are also being retrofitted with Nomad’s connectivity infrastructure by Alstom at their Savigliano plant in Italy. Nomad’s R3500P on-board server provides a secure, robust technology platform which supports an integrated passenger portal, delivering a full passenger information and infotainment platform, offering fully integrated real-time journey and service information.  Nomad’s networked platform also enables the quick integration of additional operational applications, providing a scalable, future-proofed solution to the customer.

Jean-Philippe Tissot, Nomad Digital EMEAI General Manager, said “We are happy to partner with Alstom, a major European train-building force, while further extending our presence across central Europe and in the DACH region. This partnership also further extends Nomad’s collaboration with SBB, building on our work on their new EC250 ‘Giruno’ train. Passengers on international cross-border journeys will really notice the benefit of seamless internet connectivity.”

Matt Gould Nomad Digital’s Global Sales Director, said “Our innovative solution provides the first passenger WiFi service for a high-speed train in both Switzerland and Italy.

“We are delighted to work with Alstom on this major international deployment of passenger WiFi. It marks another major cross-border service in addition to numerous others we have delivered with European train operators.”


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About Nomad Digital

Nomad Digital (Nomad) is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry. It offers a broad solutions portfolio to both train operators and train builders that facilitates a significantly enhanced passenger experience. The integration of Nomad products and services into the on-train environment improves levels of passenger and train connectivity, provides journey information and entertainment facilities and increases the in-service time and operational efficiency of the fleet.

Nomad is the pioneer of the Networked Train – a shared and secure internet-standards based network infrastructure to which all authorised on-board systems and passenger devices may connect. This networking platform allows on-board devices to communicate with each other and, with the outside world, while maintaining a secure separation between passenger facing applications and those systems responsible for the safe operation of the train. Through the adoption of industry standards, augmented with added-value Nomad interfaces and features, customers can be assured of a functionally rich, future-proofed platform on which to deploy new applications and services.

Nomad’s integrated and scalable solutions include the multi-award winning and patent-protected Passenger WiFi, enabling seamless connectivity with the internet and on-board infotainment.  In addition, its Passenger Information System for live journey, multi-media information and Passenger Portal Framework simplifies the creation of custom portals to on-board services and entertainment. While Nomad’s Remote Online Condition Monitoring, Driver Assist and Power Train products are targeted at more efficient fleet maintenance operations and improving fuel economy.

Nomad Digital is an international business, with sales and service centres in several locations around the world and product development facilities in the UK (Newcastle), Germany (Hildesheim) and Portugal (Porto).

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, the company remains an innovative market leader, providing products, services and solutions - directly or indirectly – across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Currently serving more than 80+ global customers – in more than 40 countries - including train builders such as Alstom, Bombardier and Hitachi, and leading train operating companies, such as ÖBB, Amtrak, Via Rail, Eurostar, GWR, NS, NSB, PKP, Queensland Rail, and Virgin Trains.

Nomad’s technology is used by circa 2 billion passengers annually, with solutions on more than 100 fleets, across 20,000+ vehicles, utilising 37,000+ passenger information screens, carrying 15+ million WiFi monthly sessions.  In the UK, Nomad’s passenger WiFi services are deployed on 75% of all WiFi connected trains and its position as a global player is borne out by almost 50% market share of connected (WiFi enabled) vehicles in the international heavy rail sector.