Friday, March 12, 2010

Stadler picks Nomad Digital for Norway train gear

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British-based Nomad Digital has signed a £1.5 million ($2.3 billion) contract with Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Bussnang AG to equip 50 new FLIRT trains with its high speed broadband communications system for Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

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Nomad said it already provides NSB (Norges Statsbaner) with services on its existing trains, including passenger Internet access and onboard entertainment.  Numerous innovative applications will beincluded on the new fleet of Stadler FLIRT electric trains, Nomad said. NSB will use Nomad’s system to monitor energy usage, while Stadler will use the system to monitor on-train systems to support on-going maintenance.

Nomad’ssystem provides a seamless broadband connection of up to 5MB per second, allowing a moving train to switch between a number of different Norwegian mobile operators. NSB passengers are able to access a portal page for real time journey and key destination information. The portal also offers a sophisticated passenger information system, access to the Internet, and entertainment such as films, games, and music.

Nomad Executive Chairman Nigel Wallbridge said: “This deal with Stadler and NSB represents another breakthrough for Nomad Digital. We are delighted to be an integral part of anew build train. NSB is a train operator that has a clear policy of using IP data connections to the train for many purposes.  Not only do we offer a range of sophisticated passenger service options but NSB also makes savings on energy usage, maintenance turnaround times, and downtime.”

Kjell-Arthur Abrahamsen, NSB project manager, said “NSB haveevaluated a wide range of suppliers in the market before we concluded that the Nomad was the best overall. In particular, we emphasize Nomad’s expertise to deliver forward-looking solutions based on standardized components.”