Metrolinx Selects Icomera to Deliver World-Leading Internet Connectivity Solution Across GO Transit Fleet
Metrolinx, the transportation authority serving the province of Ontario, has chosen Icomera Canada to install its powerful solutions on GO Transit's fleet of vehicles operating in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. This extensive project, totalling 1,475 installations across GO Transit’s entire fleet (943 train cars and 532 buses) will begin later this year, with the Wi-Fi enabled fleet starting to roll out in spring 2020 and final completion by the end of 2020.
Icomera is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENGIE, a multinational green energy and mobility player. Icomera and ENGIE were the obvious choice for this large-scale fleet installation and the provision of ongoing support. ENGIE’s global scale and reach enables Icomera to deliver this project to GO Transit, with undisputed experience, a strong local presence, and significant resources.
Icomera will supply an end-to-end Wi-Fi solution that provides GO Transit’s passengers with an elevated onboard experience. In addition to onboard Internet connectivity, passengers will be able to spend time on a media channel featuring a wide variety of curated entertainment content – making their trip on GO Transit more productive and enjoyable. Operationally, media content is hosted locally on the vehicle and not streamed directly over the Internet, reducing the cellular data costs typically associated with similar solutions. This channel also opens new revenue streams through which GO Transit can offset operational expenditures, for example through corporate sponsorship, ads, and regularly updated free media content from selected partners.
" Icomera is proud to be working with Metrolinx and GO Transit to provide this large-scale, passenger-focused solution. With 20 years of experience in Internet connectivity solutions for transit, we will enable GO Transit to deliver a Connected Journey that reduces Ontario's carbon footprint as it closes distances. This is in line with the ambition of Icomera and the ENGIE group to be the world leader in the zero-carbon transition "as a service" for our customers. "
Magnus Friberg, Icomera’s SVP for the Americas
" On-board connected services, such as Wi-Fi for passengers or on-demand entertainment, are encouraging more and more people to use public transport, which means an important lever towards the zero-carbon transition of which ENGIE is one of the main players. "
Yann Rolland, CEO of ENGIE Ineo