Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Nomad Digital provides platform for Acela WiFi launch

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Amtrak has tapped Nomad Digital for its launch this week of AmtrakConnect service on its Acela service plying the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. Amtrak is offering the service free of charge, at least initially, and has advertised the offering in various media outlets throughout the Northeast.

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Newcastle, England-based Nomad Digital says AmtrakConnect will provide passenger WiFi using a technology platform provided by the company. Amtrak determined that using a single 3G network would not be sufficient to provide the quality of connectivity that Acela passengers expect, and therefore a solution able to aggregate the capacity of multiple 3G networks would be essential.

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Nomad, in cooperation with The GBS Group, Virginia Beach, Va., was selected on the strength of its WiFi platform technology, and its extensive experience in delivering best-in-class WiFi solutions, the company said.

Nigel Wallbridge, Nomad Digital chairman, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Amtrak. Nomad believes in making public transportation more attractive to passengers to reduce road and air traffic and help the environment. We look forward to working closely with Amtrak over the coming years and to continuing to develop our business in North America.”