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The Third European Mobility@Transport Summit Showcased the Latest Wireless Broadband Technologies


Utrecht, April 12, 2006 – The third annual European Mobility@Transport Summit was held on March 29th and 30th in Utrecht, The Netherlands, bringing together 129 participants from major public transportation operators across Europe. The summit, organized by @Anyplace Access, a consortium of Capgemini, Cisco, Intel, Aptilo, and Appear Networks, was supported by Dutch Rail and the ContactLess User Board (CLUB).

Public transport companies are increasingly adopting Wi-Fi and WiMax technology, and the summit provided an important forum to share best practices for improving operations, security and customer service using these new technologies. The summit featured several high profile Wi-Fi deployment case studies from leading transportation operators that highlighted both the business strategies for deploying wireless broadband technologies as well as the impact of the deployments on employees and passengers. It was the “best fusion between mobility, IT and railways,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Manager of IT Operations & Telecommunications Systems at Metro de Madrid.

“The Mobility@Transport Summit was the perfect occasion to hear about the business benefits of wireless mobility solutions directly from customers”, said Niels Feldthus, Executive of IT Development at DSB (Danish Rail). “It was also an ideal forum in which to meet peers within the industry who are actively benefiting from these solutions and exchange ideas.”

The summit included demonstrations, presentations and networking opportunities. The global mobility team from Capgemini, in collaboration with the @Anyplace Access partners, has been working together for several years to help transportation companies dramatically reduce costs by mobilizing their employees and increase revenues by offering wireless services to their clients. As Markus Hardtke, Security & Services Department at Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr in Germany, commented “This was an interesting, exciting presentation of information systems in public transport.”

The summit featured a visit to the Utrecht Central Station, where guests saw a live demonstration of Appear Networks’ production deployment for a fleet of 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled Pocket PCs and travelled on NSL@B, the new wireless connected train from NS. NS employees showed how they use the NS Desktop in their daily work - both in the stations and on board trains - to access traffic information such as disruptions, connections, travel planners and ticketing, and their daily roster. The NS Desktop, powered by the Appear Context Engine, enables the push and synchronization of personalized real-time information over the local Cisco wireless network to handheld devices whenever the user enters or moves between authorized wireless zones depending on the context of the user, for example user profile, specific location, and connection type.
“Using both Wi-Fi and GPRS, the innovative deployment of this technology is estimated to improve Dutch Rail’s efficiency by 25 minutes per day, per employee, saving 8 million euros per year,” said Leonard de Roos, Head of Communication Devices at NS Reizigers Production Services.
The event also included a visit to Capgemini’s headquarters in Utrecht, where Philippe Vappereau, President and Chairman of CLUB (The ContactLess User Board) used the opportunity to demonstrate their interest in enterprise mobility solutions and highlight the innovative deployments currently in place across Europe. RATP and Trenitalia, among others, presented an overview of the Mobility@Transport market and related projects.

“This event showcased how wireless broadband technology can improve both the employee and customer experience, and increase profitability. Leaders within mobility in Europe were able to discuss how wireless solutions can solve key issues facing transportation companies today,” said Xavier Aubry, Chief Operating Officer of Appear Networks. “We see this as a major step towards the development of a Wireless Broadband<


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