Nomad Digital Ltd. Thursday said it has been awarded a contract with Talgo Inc. to “deliver and operate a high quality wireless broadband and live passenger information system on all Talgo’s train sets servicing its cross-border route from Vancouver, [British Columbia], Canada through Seattle, [and] Portland and Eugene, Oregon.”
The project is part of an equipment refurbishing program Talgo is overseeing for equipment used on Amtrak’s Cascades service linking Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
Nomad says it will make use of the simultaneous bandwidth available on all 3G networks (including a Canadian 3G network for trains en route to Vancouver), to give passengers the best possible quality of Wi-Fi service.
The passenger information system allows passengers to view real-time information about their journey on screens in each car. Passengers will be shown the current train position on a map with updated schedule information such as the time to the next station. The system also provides text feeds, video, and GPS location-triggered content, with audio via the train’s PA system.
Nigel Wallbridge, Nomad’s executive chairman, said: “This is another significant milestone for us in the North American market. In a few short years on-train Wi-Fi has become the norm for rail operators and Nomad’s systems are proving to be the preferred solution to deliver a first class service on all types of route. We are particularly excited to be introducing our next-generation passenger information system for the first time in the North American market.’’
Ferran Canals, capital projects division manager at Talgo Inc., said: “We look at this Wi-Fi system as the way to ensure that Talgo trains running in the Northwest Cascades Corridor will set the standard for providing an exceptional passenger experience.”
Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. is the North American subsidiary of Madrid, Spain-based Patentes Talgo, S.A.