French state-owned railway operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF) has chosen Klas Telecom and its partner Seolane Innovation to deliver an onboard connectivity solution.

The firms will install the TRX R6 Connected Transportation Platform on trains managed and operated by SNCF.

TRX R6 is capable of supporting 6 cellular modems, Wi-Fi and GPS. It also supports third-party virtual machines for information and entertainment, hotspot management, and operational data processing.

SNCF project manager Julien Baratier said: “Through this tender process, we sought to develop our onboard technical solution to fulfil our customer requirements in terms of train connectivity and onboard services.

“Although new partners for us, Klas Telecom and Seolane have demonstrated their technical commitment by offering a modular, flexible and performing solution. We are very excited to now be working together on a first rollout on regional trains to support a CCTV service.”

Klas Telecom CTO Frank Murray added: “The focus of TRX R6 from the outset was to provide a flexible, open architecture for Train Operating Companies.

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“This allows new technologies and new applications to be added to their on-board systems throughout the programme lifecycle. Leveraging class-leading compute power allied to the Keel operating system, TRX R6 supports a range of applications including PIS, CCTV and Passenger Wi-Fi on a single easy-to-use and easy-to-manage platform.”

Last year, Klas Telecom launched a new deep learning computer vision solution for the railway industry at the InnoTrans 2018 event in Germany.