EQUANS, through its subsidiary Icomera, was selected by SunRail, Central Florida’s commuter rail service, to upgrade their onboard technology with an integrated approach to connectivity as part of their digital transformation.
SunRail is a 61-mile commuter rail line, owned and operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties.
As SunRail’s end-to-end solutions partner, Icomera will replace the existing, legacy Wi-Fi system with industry-leading technology aboard twenty-two cars (cabs + coaches).
Keeping passengers connected, engaged and productive while travelling supports both SunRail and Icomera’s mission around green mobility and elevated passenger experiences.
Once onboard, riders will connect their devices to the SSID and receive immediate access to a localized, web-based Captive Portal. This gives passengers an always-online experience with Icomera’s proprietary network communications protocol, SureWAN™ allowing the onboard router to intelligently connect to multiple cellular and other communications networks simultaneously to maximize data capacity, coverage, availability, and redundancy.
“Given the population growth of Central Florida, the availability of a high-quality Wi-Fi network aboard the SunRail fleet will support the flexibility in work hours and locations that the ‘work from home’ transition has introduced,” says Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal.
“If a passenger’s commute can contribute towards their working day, and not disrupt it, then public transit will be the obvious and most effective modal choice.”
Consolidating Onboard Systems
Beyond providing Passenger Wi-Fi, onboard systems will be consolidated, which reduces the infrastructure and minimizes the vendor ecosystem.
Icomera will serve as an extension of the team in every task – from onboard architecture design to delivery, and post-installation support for five years. The Icomera X-Series mobile access and application router was chosen as the central connectivity platform, providing managed Internet access for the Passenger Wi-Fi and serving as the virtual application host for other onboard systems.
Partnership for Efficiency
Florida agencies continue to take advantage of new opportunities to connect the region and explore partnerships – this time with Insight Public Sector (Insight). Insight is a leading government IT solution provider and group purchasing organization.
This digital transformation effort is a partnership between Insight, FDOT, and Icomera – allowing SunRail to focus on meeting operational efficiency goals and streamlining the procurement process.
In 2020, Icomera partnered with Insight to better serve nationwide public sector customers, offer stability in pricing with the best guaranteed price, and address the unique challenges of limited resources and budgets.
Icomera is the world’s leading provider of integrated connectivity solutions for trains, trams, buses and coaches, serving millions of passengers and tens of thousands of onboard systems on a daily basis. We deliver the fastest, most reliable and secure Internet connection available to a moving vehicle, supporting a wide range of digital applications which increase passenger satisfaction, enhance operational efficiency, and improve safety and security. Our solutions make transport more attractive for passengers and part of a smarter, safer, greener future for everyone, accelerating the transition towards a carbon-neutral world.
A wholly owned subsidiary of EQUANS, Icomera is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, with main offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and Canada.
EQUANS is the world leader in multi-technical services with 74,000 employees, in 17 country hubs and an annual turnover of over 12 billion euros. EQUANS designs, installs and provides customized solutions to improve the technical equipment, systems and processes of its clients and to optimize their use through their energy, industrial and digital transitions. Thanks to a strong territorial footprint through historical local brands and an excellent technical know-how in their clients’ businesses, EQUANS’ highly qualified experts are able to support territories, cities, industries, buildings in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), Cooling and Fire protection, Facility Management, Digital & ICT, Electrical, Mechanical & Robotics.
EQUANS is the number one company on the main European markets (France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK) and is also well ranked in the US and in Latin America. EQUANS is a separate entity of ENGIE.
Insight Enterprises, Inc. is a Fortune 500 solutions integrator with more than 11,500 teammates worldwide helping organizations accelerate their digital journey to modernize their business and maximize the value of technology. Insight enables secure, end-to-end transformation and meet the needs of our clients through a comprehensive portfolio of solutions, far reaching partnerships, and 33+ years of broad IT expertise.
Our group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Together with our 170,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are committed to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally friendly solutions. Inspired by our purpose (“raison d’être”), we reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers.
Turnover in 2021: 57.9 billion Euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe, Euronext Vigeo Eiris – Eurozone 120/ Europe 120/ France 20, MSCI EMU ESG screened, MSCI EUROPE ESG Universal Select, Stoxx Europe 600 ESG, and Stoxx Global 1800 ESG).
All images credited to SunRail