Alstom Pendolino PKP

Alstom to install Wi-Fi on PKP trains

Polish railway company Polskie Koleje Państwowe (PKP) signed a contract with Alstom for the installation of Wi-Fi in Express InterCity Premium (EIP) trains, which were originally built by Alstom as Pendolino trains. The first EIP trains with access to the free wireless internet will be on the tracks later this year. The contract amounts to 31.7 million Polish Zloty (7.3 million Euros) and includes maintenance for 5 years.

In August this year, pilot tests of Wi-Fi devices in Pendolino were successfully carried out. The installation of wireless internet in the EIP depots will start in September. The carrier plans that by the end of 2018 Wi-Fi will be available in 200 conventional cars and this number will be constantly increased.

User data

As part of the contract between PKP Intercity and Alstom, which simultaneously will provide the service of a telecommunications operator, an appropriate data entrustment agreement will also be concluded. Thus, user data will be secured in a proper and compliant manner with the current law on the protection of personal data.

Alstom teams in Warsaw will be responsible for the installation of Wi-Fi devices in Pendolinos ED 250. Under the agreement, the company will create a Wi-Fi installation project team, as well as will ensure the delivery and maintenance of these devices and training of PKP Intercity staff.

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Author: Carlijn Kruidhof

Carlijn Kruidhof is editor for RailTech.com and SpoorPro.nl. She also writes for the other business-to-business titles of ProMedia Group.

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