Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nomad Digital lands Talgo contract

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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.

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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.’’

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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.