Deutsche Bahn (DB) has awarded mobile connectivity pioneer Icomera the contract to supply onboard Internet to its fleet of high speed long distance ICE (Intercity-Express) passenger trains in Germany. The agreement includes approximately 260 trains in the existing ICE fleet, plus a new fleet of more than 100 trains being delivered over the next few years.
Work on test trains will begin this summer, with the installation project for the existing fleet planned to be completed in 2016. Deutsche Bahn’s ICE trains will benefit from the Internet connectivity solution built on Icomera’s X-Series open application and connectivity platform, supporting passenger Wi-Fi requirements.
Headquartered in Gothenburg, Icomera is one of the fastest growing Swedish technology companies operating globally today. Its mobile Internet solutions connect tens of thousands of vehicles and millions of passengers to the Internet every week.
Karl-Johan Holm, President and CEO of Icomera, said: “We are very pleased that, through a rigorous procurement process, Deutsche Bahn has chosen Icomera to provide its onboard passenger Wi-Fi. Our solution will extend the high quality passenger experience that Deutsche Bahn is known for, while also establishing the framework and foundations required for developing a truly interconnected eco-system of onboard services and systems in the future. This will ensure that passengers are more productive, better entertained and better informed when they travel.”
Michael Peterson, Member of the Board of DB Fernverkehr said: “Our goal is to provide an excellent service and on-board experience. We measure ourselves against the high standards set by our passengers, and fast reliable Wi-Fi with high performance mobile Internet connectivity is now a key requirement. After a thorough assessment of available and future technologies, we are confident that Icomera is the best partner to support us in this endeavour.”
Icomera is the world’s leading provider of open Internet connectivity and application platforms for passenger transport and public safety. Its award-winning products are deployed on rail, road and sea, serving millions of Wi-Fi users every week across the globe and providing high-speed access for fleet tracking and mission-critical onboard systems.
Icomera is headquartered in Sweden with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, France and channel partners worldwide. For more information visit www.icomera.com.
About Deutsche Bahn AG
Deutsche Bahn is one of the leading transportation and logistics companies worldwide with a turnover of 40.5 billion Euros in 2015 and 2.055 billion passengers in Germany alone. Furthermore, about 24,200 Deutsche Bahn passenger trains run daily on its approximately 33,300 kilometre long, modern rail network. The fleet of ICE high-speed trains currently consists of 265 trains.
With 260 direct connections to 120 foreign cities, Deutsche Bahn can be considered not only as a national rail carrier, but also as an international service provider.