Amtrak is to join the roster of train operators from all over the world speaking at this year’s WiFi on Trains Conference – Train Communications Systems 2014 (London, 11-12 June). The US company has become one of the most innovative in this sector as it strives to deliver high-speed broadband to trains running on the American East Coast corridor.

As the US and Europe vie for leadership in this fast-moving area, trackside delivery and higher data capacity have become the current focus. The insatiable demand for increased bandwidth from passengers, once connected, is forcing operators and rail administrators to re-think wireless and satellite delivery options.

One of the most keenly awaited presentations at the conference will be from Network Rail who will discuss their plans for the future of trackside wireless systems in the UK.

Said Graham Wilde, MD of BWCS, "WiFi on trains has been proven to drive up passenger numbers, the question now for operators is what else they can do with the connections in terms of driving new services and cutting operating costs?"

Amtrak, which in line with all other train companies, has had issues in keeping its passengers happy with the speed of on-train connections, said of the conference: "We look forward to attending this event each year as it attracts operators and suppliers from around the world, allowing us to learn about others’ latest advances and plans in the passenger rail wireless arena. We truly rely on this forum to make key contacts and stay abreast of the fast-changing technologies."

The event has already attracted train operators and suppliers from France, Germany, India, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Russia, the US, the Ukraine, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Korea, Norway and elsewhere, all keen to join in the discussions about the latest developments in this fast-moving sector.

The conference, sponsored by Icomera, Fluidmesh, 21Net and The GBS Group, will be dominated by real case studies presented by train operators who have launched WiFi on-board services. With more train companies than ever before getting involved in this large and growing sector, a bumper audience is expected.