Israel Railways is finally joining the 21st century and installing WiFi on its cars and in its stations. Israel Railways announced today that Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) had won a tender to provide Internet services on the entire railway system.
According to the tender terms, by this March a pilot will be in operation at the Tel Aviv Central and Tel Aviv University stations, and on two double-decker trains, with the possibility of extending the pilot to six further trains. The project is due to be completed by October, giving passengers Internet access in all 53 railway stations and in 620 rail cars.
The contract is worth NIS 23 million over ten years, during which Motorola Solutions will set up, maintain, and operate the service, which will be free to users.
Israel Railways has also announced an application for iPhone and Android that enables passengers to check rail timetables and fares. It also includes an alarm that alerts the passenger when the train is entering the destination station.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 30, 2012
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