Eurostar chose Google Maps and Google Maps APIs to build the mapping service because Google Maps has the most familiar interface, the most comprehensive information about locations throughout Europe, is available in multiple languages, and provides the best tools for customising map deployments. Eurostar turned to Snowdrop Solutions to build the mapping solution, and Nomad Digital to build the Wi-Fi service with the on-board entertainment platform provided by GoMedia
Eurostar wanted a map with a customised look and feel that would be available to passengers without glitches or delays. This presented unique technical challenges, because Eurostar trains reach speeds of more than 186 miles per hour, and often travel through tunnels, like the 31-mile Channel Tunnel between the U.K. and France. That meant internet access could sometimes be slow or interrupted. Snowdrop Solutions and Nomad Digital created and implemented a customised real-time journey map for Eurostar passengers, built into trains’ seat back entertainment systems.