What comes next?
Mike is the first to admit that, no matter what you do right now onboard a train, there are some limits.
“The UK Rail Network does not have the best connectivity in the world. That said, I am confident that will change. In the future, we’re going to see more increased bandwidth being made available thanks to private comms networks – which also provides data connectivity to trains as they drive into hard-to-reach places like cuttings or tunnels.
“And we’re also going to see more satcom solutions – vast Low Orbit satellites ‘mesh networks’ that will send a signal to trains almost anywhere in the world.
“New infrastructure, meanwhile, will also bring with it sophisticated internet technology. One great example of this is what is being done on HS2. Better internet coverage is being built as part of the project.
“Of course, you need a go-to partner to help access these new forms of connectivity, which is what our team at Nomad does very well.
“At Nomad, we are already preparing our solutions to make sure they can take advantage of new systems as they are installed on the infrastructure to replace the old ways of working,” Mike said. “Ultimately, connectivity is one of the biggest enablers of exciting possibilities on the railway. As such, trains, their operators and the passengers they serve will be able to do a lot more, better and faster than before.”