This July, Cobham Wireless will reveal the secrets of connectivity during an event at the Magic Circle in London, co-hosted with our partner and glamorous assistant, RFS (Radio Frequency Systems). Cobham Wireless will be presenting and discussing a dazzling array of key rail connectivity topics – an area which has moved centre-stage in recent years. Whilst some global regions and rail operators have pulled the rabbit out of the hat, providing consistent, reliable on-board cellular connectivity remains somewhat of a dark art in the UK.
We’ll be joined at the enchanting venue by press and guest speakers, including network operators and industry solution providers from the UK and further afield. Attendees and presenters will share ideas and in-depth case studies with the aim of conjuring a vision for a more connected future.
This will no doubt include news and views on TfL kicking off the procurement process to bring 4G connectivity to London’s Tubes and Underground stations. This signals a light at the end of the tunnel for the capital’s transport network, and a significant opportunity to those competing for contract; many of whom may well be attending Cobham Wireless’ event – Witness the Magic of Connectivity.
According to a survey we conducted with YouGov last summer, only 33% of rail commuters felt their mobile signal reception was good enough to allow them to connect to the internet, and almost a quarter condemned their mobile service on-board as poor. For those using the train to travel to and from work, unreliable – or a complete lack of – mobile reception can hamper efforts to communicate with colleagues, send work emails or access files remotely; over half of passengers said they were prevented from doing these things due to poor connectivity.
Our survey was followed by an announcement from the UK government that it will work with the industry, to ‘dramatically improve’ connectivity for passengers on all mainline rail routes by 2025. The commitment forms part of the government’s 5G strategy and follows the introduction of minimum standards for mobile connectivity on new franchises.
Even the government itself has admitted that ‘coverage is patchy and in many places, non-existent’, so it’s vital that a solution is found – and implemented. This will not only ensure that passengers get the value and quality of on-board experience to justify ticket price hikes and service disruptions, but also help boost productivity and support the UK’s digital economy.
Cobham Wireless has years of experience in deploying effective cellular and public safety coverage solutions, connecting hospitals, stadiums, hotels, schools, public spaces, offices, major events, airports and – of course – transport systems. We’ve cast our (connectivity) magic on metro systems in the likes of Stockholm and Oslo, as well as pulling off the trick of delivering the UK’s first digital on-board repeater solution for East Midlands Trains.
Our team’s knowledge of the rail industry’s connectivity challenges is unrivalled, and as such, so is the team’s ability to solve these! All will be revealed to those attending the Magic of Connectivity event, and we’ll unveil further details of speakers and presentation topics in the coming weeks.
Registration to the event is now open; we hope to see you there.
When? Thursday 12th July 2018
Where? The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HDBack to blog list