Tag Archives: transdev

Transdev use Sierra Wireless for On Board WiFi and IoT Applications

Transdev selects QoS Telecom to provide Internet on-board services using Sierra Wireless AirLink LTE gateways

AirLink LTE gateways enable WiFi on Transdev buses to improve operations and customer satisfaction
Sierra Wireless have announced that Transdev, a leading international transport operator, has selected QoS Telecom to deploy and operate WiFi Internet on-board services in buses using Sierra Wireless AirLink® LTE gateways. QoS Telecom is also using the secure, cloud-based Sierra Wireless AirLink Management Service to monitor the gateways in real time and remotely manage the deployment.

Transdev is a world leader in mobility, guiding and supporting local transport authorities from pre-project phase, to project support and development, to everyday operation of transport networks. The liberalization of long-distance passenger transport, as seen in France last year, is an important industry development that will improve mobility, complementing existing transportation services with new, more attractive mobility services.

Transit authorities such as Transdev are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect transit buses and support new applications that improve the passenger experience on-board. All of these capabilities are enabled by highly reliable, intelligent IoT solutions connected through public cellular networks.

QoS Telecom is a leading French WiFi operator for transit operating companies. QoS Telecom’s WiFi On Board solutions provide value-added services (location-based services, real-time marketing), custom login pages and a pooling solution with business applications (e.g. traveler information system, ticketing and video surveillance). Today, WiFi hotspots managed by QoS Telecom provide WiFi on-board services to more than three million people in Europe.

“WiFi On Board is a major asset for transit operators because it improves passenger satisfaction, and we’re pleased to provide the best on-board Internet experience for Transdev’s passengers,” said Jean-Luc Volcovici, CEO of QoS Telecom. “QoS Telecom provides a complete turnkey package, from feasibility study to day-to-day operations with the highest quality of service. We are also pleased with our long-standing relationship with Sierra Wireless. We’ve been integrating AirLink cellular gateways into many European deployments because they deliver rugged, reliable, leading-edge LTE performance designed for a vehicle environment.”

Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways can be deployed out-of-the-box with no programming requirements and are built with embedded intelligence to always stay connected. Customers rely on AirLink gateways every day in remote outdoor locations, in-vehicle applications, and distributed retail chains, where cellular gateways securely gather and transmit data to people, assets and enterprises. With solutions for a range of applications, including multi-network use cases, nearly two million Sierra Wireless gateways are deployed globally in transit, first responder vehicles and commercial fleets.

“Sierra Wireless AirLink LTE gateways are designed to make it easy for customers to deploy mobile networking solutions in many environments, including in-vehicle networking applications,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “Managing a fleet of mobile gateways can be a challenging task. You need to maintain multiple configurations, update software, and remotely diagnose reported issues. With our cloud-based AirLink Management Service, customers can easily handle all of these tasks, while efficiently managing operating costs.”

Co-Star supply the Sierra Wireless AirLink LTE gateways please click here for more information> or call us on: +44 (0) 1423 340066

Source: Sierra Wireless

MaaS Finland to revolutionise the global transportation market


The world’s first mobility operator sees the light of day in Finland

MaaS Finland, the world’s first mobility-as-a-service company, commenced operations on 1 February raising a total of EUR 2.2 million in its first call for funding from private investors and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

Sampo Hietanen, MaaS Finland’s CEO and the original developer of the concept, has set a clear goal for himself: to reshape the world’s transportation markets. Globally, transportation is the largest consumer market in the world, second only to housing.

“Next, digitization will reshape the transportation industry. Our grand goal is to pull a ‘Finnish Netflix’ in transportation and change the way people use transport services. In a couple of years, MaaS will either be Finland’s new Nokia and a major employer or I’ll be out of work,” remarks Hietanen.

The Government’s ambition is to turn Finland into a pioneer of smart digitized transportation and make it a major export product.

“We need to seize this opportunity and move ahead quickly before somebody else beats us to it with a competing concept,” warns Hietanen.

Excitement among international investors

Hietanen was pleasantly surprised by the keen interest in MaaS shown by international players with the number of potential investors exceeding the stock available.

“With the funding we’ve now secured, we want to finalize the product and demonstrate in three countries that it’s possible to create personalised mobility services plans and that people are willing to buy them.”

A second investment round will be launched in late autumn this year in an attempt to raise hundreds of millions. “Global expansion calls for bigger muscles. We’ve got several shareholders who’ll be able to help us along.”

The biggest single owners in MaaS Finland with a 20 per cent interest are Transdev, a French transportation giant offering land, rail and passenger transport services and Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii and Ticaret AS, a leading car-industry family of Turkey. Sampo Hietanen holds a ten percent stake in the company. Other shareholders include InMob Holdings of Cyprus; Neocard; Korsisaari; GoSwift; MaaS Australia; Goodsign; IQ Payments; and Delta Capital Force.

Since its announcement, the MaaS concept has attracted a great deal of international attention. Originally, MaaS (Mobility as a Service) was one of the concepts to improve the traffic flow, safety and environmental performance in transportation developed by ITS Finland, a consortium of experts developing information and communications technology solutions. Previously, Sampo Hietanen served as the executive director of this non-profit organization. Now, MaaS Finland has commenced operations as a independent company focusing on the international market.

Unlimited access to transport services for one hundred euros?

MaaS Finland intends to serve as an operator between transport services providers, users and third parties. It will combine all the existing transport services into a single mobile application on the ‘single-ticket principle’ and offer personalised transport plans tailored to customer needs.

Hietanen stresses that far from trying to destroy any existing businesses, the company seeks to generate more sales for them. The service promise is to deliver better transport services for consumers in mutual collaboration. “If the MaaS ecosystem fails to contribute to the business of all the companies and parties involved, the concept won’t work,” Hietanen says.

Currently, there are three mobile service options available to consumers: one that combines several modes of transportation for a single trip; one that combines private car use with an extensive range of public transport services; and one that offers a comprehensive service for all transportation needs at a monthly rate.

“You should ask yourself: ‘What would happen if I gave up my car?’ For one hundred euros, you could have unlimited access to public transport services plus limited access to taxi rides and a rented car for a given number of kilometres. A wide range of services at different rates would be available, for example for families and businesses,” explains Hietanen.

He maintains that transportation must be an experience for people: “On average, people use 90 minutes per day to move from one place to another. We want to give this time back to them.”

ITS Finland estimates that by 2020, the new transport services could give work to 20,000 people in Finland.

Source: Maas Finland