June 12, 2016 – Solution has been added to two of OBB’s trains, which cover Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Fast-growing Newcastle firm Nomad Digital has achieved a world first after creating an internet-based television service for train passengers.

The company, which is the global leader in wireless connectivity provision for the rail industry, has introduced the innovation – featuring content from the Austrian broadcaster ORF – on two of OBB’s Railjet fleet of 420 Siemens train carriages.

The launch ties in UEFA’s Euro 2016 kick off, allowing passengers to follow live games.

Nomad, which has grown consistently since its establishment in 2002, is engaged in a strategic 10-year partnership with OBB, Austria’s primary rail operator.

The TV solution forms part of a major upgrade to the firm’s 51-strong fleet of Railjets, with other developments including improved passenger WiFi capabilities and the introduction of a passenger portal with multi-media services.

The North East business, which intends to roll its new service out on a wider scale, now has a technical and customer management team in Vienna to support the OBB partnership. A new passenger experience hub will also be developed there.

Nomad CEO Andrew Taylor said: “Building a local presence in Vienna is part of Nomad’s strategy to provide both centralised and local support to OBB, while establishing a strong presence across the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) to support our current and future customers.

“Improving the passenger experience is a fundamental objective in the work that we do with our customers, and in collaboration with OBB, we are delighted to be delivering the most innovative high-speed connectivity and passenger services in the industry to date.

“Delivering live on-board broadcast TV is a real game changer in our industry, and also coincides with the launch of a major international sporting event.”

The company, which has more than 50 customers throughout the world, also recently completed a first for the North American market, helping create a unique trackside-to-on-board communications tool that enables the delivery and management of critical operational applications such as CCTV and passenger emergency information.

The WiMAX system, for which Nomad designed the components, was developed through a strategic partnership with Xorail (Wabtec Corp).

Damian Bryant, Nomad president and CEO of the Americas division, said: “Through Nomad’s design engineering expertise and utilisation of our R3200 platform, we have delivered a first in America, which sets the benchmark for trackside communications networks and enables the operator to run a safer and more efficient service for its passengers.”

Mr Taylor added: “This is a truly exciting project, which through collaboration with our partners has delivered a global first in the North American market.

“A combination of technical thought leadership, digital and engineering excellence and rail expertise has resulted in a solution which has global strategic relevance to the rail industry.”

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