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Jun 5, 2019

NetModule equips Abellio vehicles with passenger WiFi

NB3800 MediaRail Router as basis for many applications

A ground-breaking project for the rail operator Abellio began in December 2018, in the run-up to the commissioning of the diesel network Saxony-Anhalt (DISA). The trains used were to be equipped with WiFi for passengers for the next 14 years. For the first time in Germany, an operator is taking responsibility for this form of communication solution instead of the vehicle manufacturer. Such a task requires strong partners.

NetModule therefore played a major role in this project. The manufacturer of innovative communication technology built its own rail-certified wireless routers into the 54 brand-new ALSTOM Coradia Lint trains ex works as the heart of the communication solution. The used NB3800 MediaRail routers offer wireless Internet access via LTE and extensive media server functionality. The up to 1TB large integrated memory and fastest WiFi enable data-intensive applications such as passenger WiFi and entertainment on the move. Thanks to the latest wireless technologies and the bundling of four different mobile networks, the best possible availability of the Internet and a high bandwidth are guaranteed.

"In addition to NetModule's many years of expertise, it was above all the products tailored to our needs that were decisive. The offer was also financially attractive for us. We attach great importance to the fact that the routers are easy to install and can be integrated into WiFi solutions," says Andreas Schymura, responsible project manager at Abellio. "With the NetModule railway router, we have the ideal solution in the vehicle - it couldn't be easier or more cost-effective."

Abellio sees an additional benefit in the fact that the NetModule routers can easily be combined with WiFi solutions from the mass business (e.g. hotel/restaurant, tourism). This makes it possible, for example, to insert regionally limited advertisements of places of interest or advertising companies along the railway line. This can be used to partially offset the running costs of the system. A win-win situation for everyone involved.

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