October 15th 2014 – Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram (RET) has awarded mobile connectivity pioneers Icomera the contract to supply onboard Internet to their fleet of trams and metro vehicles. Installation work will begin in December and is expected to be completed in 2015. In total 258 vehicles in RET’s fleet (113 trams and 145 metro vehicles) will benefit from the Internet connectivity solution build on Icomera’s X-Series open application and connectivity platform, supporting both RET’s passenger Wi-Fi requirements and communications for their passenger information system.
The Icomera X-Series platform also provides RET with the framework and foundations required for developing a truly interconnected eco-system of onboard applications. The modular nature of the X-Series platform will allow the Dutch operator to integrate with newer technologies as they become available, passing service enhancements on to their passengers at the earliest opportunity and future-proofing their fleet.
Speaking on the subject of the contract win, Dave Palmer, Senior VP of Sales and Business Development for Icomera commented: “RET are an exciting customer for us to work with. They have a great understanding of technology trends in the public transport industry and appreciate how these developments can be utilised to deliver an outstanding passenger experience that keeps pace with ever-increasing passenger expectations. They have ambitious plans and we are looking forward to supporting their strategy to deliver a real-time smart transportation system and creating truly end-to-end passenger journeys”.
Onno Donkervoort, ICT Manager for RET added: “As part of RET’s ongoing strategy to deliver the best possible travelling experience for our passengers we are working towards having a single communication platform for all systems across our fleet. This approach really plays to the strengths of Icomera’s X-Series platform and we are eager to integrate with this technology, enhancing our operational efficiency so that we may continue to offer a service that our passengers can be proud of”.
Icomera launched the world’s first high-speed Internet solution for trains in September 2002 and is today 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.
Established in 1999, Icomera is headquartered in Sweden with offices in the United States and United Kingdom and channel partners worldwide. For more information visit www.icomera.com.