International transport operator FlixBus has awarded ENGIE group subsidiary Icomera the contract to provide an advanced onboard Internet connectivity platform to its fleet of intercity coaches. Installation of the initial 1,500 vehicles in Europe and the US will begin in spring 2018, with the roll-out due to be completed in 2019.
The Icomera solution will deliver next generation Passenger Wi-Fi and a powerful onboard entertainment system directly to passengers’ smart devices. FlixBus passengers will be able to enjoy Hollywood movie content, TV shows, games, eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, as well as being kept up-to-date with real-time journey information. The service will be deployed using Icomera’s new X³ multi-radio and applications router, the latest release for the flagship X-Series platform. Supported by powerful cloud-based configuration, monitoring and reporting management tools, and capable of running multiple, resource-intensive applications simultaneously, the X³ hardware is ideally suited to providing FlixBus with scalable, future-proof Internet connectivity.
Karl-Johan Holm, CEO of Icomera, said: “We welcome the opportunity to partner with FlixBus for the next stage of their journey to deliver a best-in-class travel experience through advanced mobile Internet connectivity. As a forward-thinking operator, FlixBus naturally complement our own long-standing dedication to providing Connected Journeys and green mobility for all.”
Daniel Krauss, CIO and founder of FlixBus said: “Having worked together since 2013, we are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Icomera. This agreement reaffirms FlixBus’ vision to deliver the best possible passenger experience and to provide a sustainable, convenient alternative to private transport.”
About Icomera – www.icomera.com
Icomera, a wholly owned subsidiary of ENGIE, 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 Gothenburg, Sweden, with subsidiaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
About ENGIE Ineo – www.engie-ineo.fr
As a creator of solutions for connected urban areas and neighbourhoods (electrical solutions, communications and information systems), ENGIE Ineo has more than 15,000 employees working to meet the needs of a changing world. In 2017, it reported revenues of €2.3 billion.
With a network of 300 facilities in France and abroad, ENGIE Ineo’s teams innovate to support their customers in the energy and digital transition. They support them in transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructures projects, service sector and industrial projects, as well as security and defence projects. From design through to production, maintenance and operation, ENGIE Ineo’s experts imagine and anticipate tomorrow’s needs by developing solutions combining technical and cost-effective performance. ENGIE Ineo is part of the ENGIE Group, one of the leading energy companies worldwide.
About FlixBus – www.flixbus.com/
FlixBus is a long-distance mobility provider and brand of the FlixMobility group. The start-up was founded and launched in Germany after the deregulation of the national market in 2013. With 250,000 daily connections to 1,400 destinations in 26 countries, FlixBus provides Europe’s largest inter-city bus network.