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Mobile reception not up to scratch on UK trains


Mobile reception train-hack-featured-1not up to scratch on UK trains

Study reveals half of UK train commuters face poor and unreliable mobile connectivity

Cobham Wireless, providers of mobile communications systems, reports that commuters are frustrated with the state of mobile signal reception on train journeys up and down the UK. Results of a national online survey indicate that 52% of passengers are prevented from working some of the time during their commute, potentially stopping them from being able to check emails, stay in touch with clients and colleagues or access files remotely.
The survey, conducted by YouGov, which polled over 2,000 consumers across Britain revealed passengers’ frustrations about the lack of mobile connectivity during their commute or business trip, which was preventing them from working on train journeys. The survey canvassed the opinions of commuters that use train routes throughout the UK, with half of their journeys lasting longer than 30 minutes.

Despite the option to use Wi-Fi on some train services the results of the survey clearly indicated a strong preference among respondents (51%) to connecting to the internet via their mobile provider compared to connecting to a public Wi-Fi network (36%). When asked why they prefer to connect to the internet using their mobile service, a resounding 63% expressed concerns about the security of Wi-Fi networks on trains; also 41% disliked having to share personal information to connect to train Wi-Fi.

The survey also revealed that the quality of mobile phone reception on trains up and down the UK varies.

  • Only 33% of passengers felt that mobile signal reception was good enough to connect them to the internet.
  • Up to a quarter (24%) didn’t rate their service at all, stating that mobile phone coverage was poor.

Even train Wi-Fi doesn’t make the grade:

  • Only 13% of commuters stating that the service was any good.
  • Another 22% stated that Wi-Fi wasn’t available at all on their train route.

Ingo Flömer, Director of Product Management, Cobham Wireless said: “The research has revealed that in these hyper connected times the majority of commuters expect to be able to connect to the internet on trains via their mobile service provider. Unfortunately, because of a lack of mobile phone coverage passengers find it difficult to work during their business commute, unable to browse the internet, send emails, or even make phone calls.

“On-board Wi-Fi doesn’t live up to expectations either. Rail passengers would much rather stay connected to the internet via their mobile service because it’s more secure and more convenient to use. This is good news for mobile operators and the rail companies looking to improve the standard of service they offer to their customers, giving them the opportunity to satisfy the demand for better quality mobile coverage on trains,” added Flomer.

He concluded: “Passengers are already frustrated with disruptions to rail services caused by delays, industrial action and maintenance, with major works taking place at Waterloo station in London and on services between Cardiff and Newport. These frustrations are compounded by train fares increasing year on year. The results of the study are clear, more investment in mobile phone coverage would go a long way to improving passenger’s train journey experience and ensure they stay connected to work during their busy commute.”

Source: Cobham Wireless/YouGov

Toronto selects HERE for smart city and traffic mitigation initiative


HERE location technology enables Toronto to analyze traffic patterns and further establish the City’s data-driven approach to improving transportation network performance

HERE, the global leader in mapping and location services, is providing the City of Toronto with real-time and historical traffic data to support the city’s efforts to reduce road congestion and improve transportation services.

“Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America, and as the population grows so does our effort to create a smarter traffic management system. We are pleased to have HERE on board to help Toronto’s citizens get around the city quickly, efficiently and safely,” said Barbara Gray, General Manager, Transportation Services, at the City of Toronto.

With HERE’s solution, which includes an analytic and reporting tool provided by Iteris, a global leader in applied informatics for transportation, the City of Toronto is developing a new understanding of transportation issues including the impact on traffic of weather conditions, construction works and infrastructure changes. Based on these observations, the city’s Big Data Innovation Team can manage the traffic in real-time and in a smart manner for the benefit of all Torontonians.

HERE’s extensive coverage creates visibility to speeds on every single road including arterial roads in the city centre. Not only do arterial roads represent a huge chunk of the road network and are therefore key to a smart network management strategy, their analysis is also complex. Many arterial roads, for example, must accommodate a wide range of users, such as pedestrians, bicycles and cars, with different needs.

“We are excited to work with the City of Toronto to turn big data into smart insights that can help alleviate congestion, enable safe road networks and reduce pollution,” said Monali Shah, Director of Intelligent Transportation Solutions at HERE.

In North America and globally HERE serves as a vital partner to smart cities and the broader public sector, helping them make decisions that improve the quality of life for citizens. For example, HERE supplies traffic information to several Department of Transportations across the United States, including Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio and New York, and is also supporting intelligent transportation initiatives in Colorado, Iowa and Michigan.

Source: HERE

Controlling shipping traffic in the Dutch canals with wireless sensors


In t the Netherlands there are many waterways, small inland harbors and canals that are used by citizens in their daily routines. Each city has a water infrastructure with high-density shipping traffic. For municipalities, provinces and other potential canal authorities such us Ministry of Infraestructure, it is essential to provide a system able to control the amount of boats that sails in an area an also automate the opening and closing systems of the bridges.


Vicrea is a dutch company specialized in Smart Integrated Information and Geographic Systems and Smart City solutions. The company has developed a wireless sensor network with Libelium technology to manage canals traffic in the Netherlands by controlling the flow of boats.

Innovative laser solution to detect ships

This solution arises with the objective to know the amount of ships that sails in the canals and also their direction to plan the water infrastructure. It has been already deployed in some of the most touristic and well-known cities from the Netherlands: Delft, The Hague, Leiden, Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda.

There is a wide range of boats that sails on the canals: cargoboats, commercial passenger ships and recreational ones. Although it was known by public authorities and citizens that in specific times there was heavy traffic, there was not any knowledge and neither control to solve this problem. “Libelium helped us in an innovative and professional way to help our project to become a success”, affirms Erkan Efek, Business consultant & Architect GIS of Vicrea.

Vicrea deployment in a canal

Vicrea and Libelium have worked in developing a new and innovative laser solution that is able to monitor direction, distance and speed. This sensor allows to detect any ship that is crossing by a concrete point and also to know the direction towards the ship is sailing.

Vicrea deployment functioning diagram

Vicrea deployment functioning diagram

The shipping traffic data monitored by the sensors added to Waspmote Sensor Platformsis sent out through Zigbee to Meshlium. 868 Mhz wireless technology is used to connect the gateway with Vicrea Cloud Platform based on Microsoft Azure SQL Database. From there, data can be further distributed to a live monitor or can be stored for later analysis and prediction.


The solution developed between Libelium and Vicrea will help public institutions to manage the water infrastructure and also control other issues. With this deployment, there will be possible to know if the maintenance level of canals is at par with traffic density in a canal. Bridge opening and closing will be automated to improve cars and ships experiences and also to reduce waiting times. The platform will control if a boat is entering in a private or prohibit area.

This monitoring system will be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to give public authorities a holistic view about what is happening in their water infrastructures. Erkan Efek, Business consultant & Architect GIS of Vicrea, has highlighted that “the solution incorporates cost-effective elements and eco-friendly parts. We use solar panels for our power supply and send data wirelessly”.

Vicrea platform to monitor shipping traffic

Vicrea platform to monitor shipping traffic

Sensors can be placed anywhere so each government can choose depending on the needs and the urban planning of each city. Knowing in real-time information about traffic congestion or predicting maintenance for bridges are just some of the improvements that councils can apply in their strategies for water infrastructures management.

The deployment has reached the goals that the companies settled since the beginning. Data related with passing ships and also frequency will be monitored with high accuracy, costs will be drastically reduced, about 80.000 euros each year per bridge, and the system will be working with no interruption.

Source: Libelium

mytaxi and Hailo join forces to create Europe´s largest taxi e-hailing company

mytaxi and Hailo join forces to create Europe´s largest taxi e-hailing company

  • mytaxi and Hailo create Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company with 100.000 drivers in over 50 cities in nine countries
  • New company to use mytaxi brand with head office in Hamburg, Germany
  • Andrew Pinnington, currently Hailo CEO, to lead newly formed company
  • mytaxi founder becomes Managing Director of Daimler Mobility Services and strategic advisor
  • Daimler Financial Services continues strategic investments in innovative mobility services


mytaxi and Hailo, two innovative leaders in the field of taxi e-hailing, are joining forces and creating Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company with 70 million passengers and 100.000 registered taxi drivers in over 50 cities across nine countries.

The geographic footprint of the two companies is very complementary. Hailo operates in the UK, Ireland, and Spain, while mytaxi is available in Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

The newly formed company will operate under the mytaxi brand and will rebrand all Hailo operations in UK, Ireland, and Spain by mid 2017. Andrew Pinnington will be appointed CEO of the new company. Niclaus Mewes, founder of mytaxi, is taking a seat on the supervisory board and in addition he will become Managing Director of Daimler Mobility Services GmbH. He will play a central role in the integration and strategic development of the new mytaxi company.

“The joining of mytaxi and Hailo is another strategic step in making us a leader of mobility solutions and platforms. By providing mobility at your fingertips, customers can enjoy various forms of mobility with a transparent overview and easy to pay services. This investment is in addition to the nearly 500 million Euros we’ve already invested in building mobility platforms and services over the last years. We are prepared to make further strategic investments as we continuously build our mobility eco-system.” said Klaus Entenmann, Chairman of Daimler Financial Services AG.

“By combining Hailo and mytaxi, we have created the largest European taxi e-Hailing company. We bring together world class technology, an iconic brand, high quality people and the financial backing of our shareholders”, said Andrew Pinnington, CEO designate of mytaxi.Niclaus Mewes, founder of mytaxi, said: “Hailo and mytaxi are both market leaders in the countries we operate. Together we are even stronger and we look forward to further innovative transport and mobility solutions as we provide compelling offers for both drivers and passengers.”

The announcement of the proposed combined business is subject to the approval of the European Regulatory Authorities and a decision is expected in the next weeks.

Source: Daimler

AeroMobile provide 3G Connectivity to Singapore Airlines


First A350 installed with AeroMobile Inflight Connectivity

First A350 installed with AeroMobile Inflight Connectivity 

AeroMobile expands inflight 3G connectivity with Singapore Airlines  

Leading inflight connectivity provider, AeroMobile, is delighted to announce the launch of its first connected Airbus A350 with Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines’ inaugural long-haul flight for the newly-connected aircraft flew from Singapore to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Through this partnership, Singapore Airlines’ customers will be able to use their own mobile devices inflight just as they would on the ground.  Further A350s entering the Airline’s fleet will be fitted with the 3G inflight connectivity service.

Singapore Airlines already offers inflight mobile connectivity on selected A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs and this shows their commitment to offering customers connectivity on board.

“We’re excited to be expanding our current connected fleet with our first ever A350. Asia is a key area of growth for us and we’re pleased Singapore Airlines continues to see the value of facilitating inflight connectivity for its customers,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.

AeroMobile is a registered mobile network operator which provides technology that allows the safe use of passengers’ own mobile phones onboard aircraft. The company has roaming agreements with over 335 network operators globally in more than 145 countries.

The service is easy to use; passengers simply turn on their mobile device to connect to the network and are billed directly by their mobile operator in the same way as roaming abroad.

Source: Aeromobile



Gotthard base tunnel the longest railway tunnel in the world operating with Polycom radio system


Gotthard base tunnel the world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel, Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel was inaugurated in the first week of June. It uses the Polycom radio communication system, which is based on Tetrapol technology from Airbus Defence and Space. Due to the tunnel’s length of 57 kilometres, a secure and stable radio communication system is vital to coordinate the work of emergency services in the event of a technical failure or fire incident.

The police, first responders and ambulance services use the system in the Gotthard tunnel, along with firefighters and Swiss Federal Railways rescue trains. Polycom is a secure nationwide radio communication system for public rescue and safety organisations as well as for operators of critical infrastructures. Polycom covers Switzerland and Liechtenstein.


Before the inauguration, the two single-track tunnels were equipped with the Polycom system. Each tunnel tube has a Polycom radio communication system consisting of two overlapping cells for both tubes. Each cell works independently and is based on nine radio transceiver stations. Coverage in the tunnel is ensured by a radiating feeder cable that receives the radio signal from two directions. This makes communication possible on both sides even if parts of the system were damaged by fire.

Trains run at high speed through the tunnel which is located up to 2,300 meters below the surface and took 10 years to build. The Gotthard Base Tunnel system connects Northern and Southern Europe and is the heart of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA).

The construction of the tunnel is managed by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, while engineering, installation and commissioning of the Polycom system was managed by Atos Switzerland.


Source: Sam Fenwick-TETRA Today