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WiFi in the tram: Alstom makes it even better

Nice's Alstom Citadis trams are fitted with Wifi for customers which is also being used for vehicle diagnosis and preventive maintenance I Foto: Alstom

Since 2012, the yellow trams of Baselland Transport AG (BLT) in Switzerland have been equipped with a free Wifi access for passengers. Alstom is now moving and equipping not only the vehicles but also the stops of tram line 2 in Nice with Wifi. So far, eight vehicles of this line between the stations CADAM and Jean Médecin will be equipped with this system. This will make Nice the first French agglomeration to provide end-to-end connectivity, according to Alstom with a new technology called Wifi Mesh with an availability of over 99 %. At the same time, this system also provides an improved monitoring of the vehicles by the operations control centre by allowing vehicle diagnostic, operational and ticketing data, as well as control centre information such as traffic data and safety information, to be exchanged in real time. This is intended to improve preventive operational measures and maintenance programs. The on-board security cameras also deliver their images to the urban surveillance centre in real time, which improves the safety of passengers and staff.