West-Coast US train operating partnership, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), has awarded Nomad Digital a “Next Generation WiFi Services Contract." The CCJPA, which encompasses the six local transit agencies in Northern California, says it chose the UK-based technology company as its partner in the future installation, testing, operation and maintenance of a next-generation WiFi network on board Capitol Corridor trains.
Making the announcement at the recent BWCS’ WiFi on Trains Conference, Train Communications Systems 2019, Jim Allison, the Manager of Planning at CCJPA and one of the most respected voices in the world of on-train WiFi, welcomed the move as his organisation looks to move forward with its ambitious technology plans.
John Voyatzis, Nomad’s director of Sales North America said, “The purpose of the solution is to deliver open internet access over WiFi for passengers, and a secure on-board network to support business operations including a potential on-board and platform-based passenger information system, all delivered from a service-based model on the Nomad Connect platform”.
Nomad says that the solution will ensure that CCJPA’s wireless infrastructure and supporting systems provide sufficient capacity, performance and operational reliability over the initial five-year contract through the application of a robust technical roadmap. The roadmap will evolve over the term of the contract, allowing upgrades to be sequenced onto the train fleets replacing obsolete systems.
These services are directly intended for the California Intercity Passenger Rail fleets (existing and future rolling stock) comprised of California-owned and Amtrak-owned rolling stock. The Solution includes a service-based delivery model for all hardware, software, facilities, utilities, and labour necessary to meet the project requirements.
“Being in the technology hub of Northern California and directly serving five major universities, Capitol Corridor passengers expect their time on the train to not only be enjoyable, but also productive,” said CCJPA Board Chair Rebecca Saltzman. “WiFi has been a game-changer for us, but it’s important we stay on top of the latest, greatest, and fastest technology. This partnership with Nomad allows us to deliver the next-generation WiFi that sets our service apart and keeps our passengers happy.”
The WiFi solution is built on Nomad’s latest router technology platform, the R5001, and uses the new Nomad Connect software.
Reece Donovan, Nomad’s CEO said, “I’m delighted to be extending our long-term partnership with CCJPA, working together to drive both technical and commercial innovation in the market.”
The Capitol Corridor route connects some of the most economically vibrant urban areas in Northern California – from the Sacramento capital, to the tech hub of Silicon Valley, and including San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley.
On-train WiFi services, trackside networks, the growing market for passenger WiFi and on-board entertainment were the main subjects of BWCS’s recent WiFi on Trains Conference 2019 on the 4th and 5th of June.
For more information on the conference please see www.Traincomms2019.com and for more detailed country-by-country data on how the market for on-train WiFi services is developing please see www.Internet4Trains.com or contact Ross.Parsons@BWCS.com .
The 2019 conference (www.Traincomms2019.com ) was sponsored by Icomera, Nomad Digital, Fluidmesh, RADWIN and BAI Communications. For information on the 2020 event, please contact Ross.Parsons@BWCS.com.