Nomad’s multi-gigabit ‘Digital TrainLine’ ™ – a world first

(Newcastle upon Tyne, 22 September 2016)  Nomad Digital, the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the rail industry, has successfully designed and deployed an innovative wired Ethernet ‘Digital Train Line’ (ND DTL™) solution.

It marks the first time a robust, flexible and standardised multi-Gigabit-capable connectivity system has been installed for a major train operator on a “dynamic” train consist.  The deployment of ND DTL™ has helped to create a national standard for the US rail industry, with approval from FRA for rail applications and also meeting EN50155 standards.

ND DTL offers rail operators the following benefits to support their passengers:

  • Significant improvements in connection reliability compared with wireless allowing the infrastructure to be used for several high bandwidth applications simultaneously
  • Infrastructure capable of up to 40Gbps end-to-end through the train which is a significant improvement over current wireless technology that practically limits to 300Mbps in ideal conditions or 1Gbps for most wired applications
  • Future-proofed backbone capable of integrating applications such as TV and video-on-demand
  • Providing an open backbone to aggregate several services and data from diverse systems to enable the train operator to improve maintenance and availability of trains.

Reinforcing Nomad’s “networked train” philosophy, the launch of the ND DTL solution has been the result of a collaborative product development approach, involving a number of Nomad’s key customers and partners, where Nomad has led the design and development of the product, coupled with the configuration, installation and management of the overall solution.

The ND DTL solution has been successfully deployed across a large North America fleet, involving a mixed consist, comprising both bi-level and single-level cars. The new technology has been seamlessly integrated into the existing operational and vehicle maintenance regimes with minimal change to current practices. Other rail operators and rail technology partners have completed initial tests and are planning to use ND DTL as a standard technology solution to improve their fleet connectivity.

Damian Bryant, Nomad President & CEO Americas Region, said “Providing a highly stable connectivity platform offering a reliable, high-bandwidth passenger WiFi experience is extremely challenging with a dynamic train consist. This ground-breaking solution has great versatility and can be scaled up to offer customers a whole host of additional applications to future-proof their requirements.

“We’ve seen this successfully working in North America. Our innovative R&D, combined with our on-the-ground resource in America, has enabled us to deliver this successfully and there is huge scope for wider roll out internationally.”

Andrew Taylor, Nomad Group CEO, said “This is another great success where in collaboration with our customers and partners across the industry, Nomad has pioneered the creation of a highly innovative solution, which delivers significant benefits, including performance improvements to our customers, and ultimately their passengers."

Nomad Digital
David Bootle Marketing Communications Manager
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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.

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