18 September 2018

“TV to go” – new on-board entertainment for travellers in regional traffic

DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung and DB Regio subsidiary Westfrankenbahn are presenting a new service for the first time at InnoTrans 2018 on the open-air site, track 11/400, together with the partners HOTSPLOTS and dailyme TV

DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung (Vehicle Maintenance) and the Westfrankenbahn will be presenting further developments in on-board entertainment for regional transport at this year’s leading international trade fair for rail technology, InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin (18.09 to 21.09.).

 

Together with the dailyme TV video platform and the WLAN provider HOTSPLOTS, a new entertainment service for travellers in regional traffic has been developed: “TV to go”.


How the new entertainment service works: First, HOTSPLOTS “TV to go” stores series and movies on the vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot. In a second step, these are then brought onto the ad-supported app “dailyme TV” on passengers’ terminals such as tablets or smartphones.


For this purpose, the app uses the Wi-Fi hotspot of the train. The special thing about it is that, even after the end of the journey, the films can be watched offline. Through the app, it is possible to download movies and series onto a device.


The daily updated contents of dailyme TV are transmitted to the vehicles via “WLAN petrol stations” in the vehicle depot or via LTE en route.


The Colibri platform developed by DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung is used for this entire process. This platform consists of various IT components such as WLAN, video surveillance, or passenger information systems. As part of a redesign, Colibri will be installed in 35 VT642-series vehicles by the end of 2019.


“For us, WLAN on the train is more than just a cheap way to get Internet. Our passengers are accustomed to being able to access a wide variety of media,” says Melvin Zinngrebe, project manager at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung. “I am glad that we have the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art IT products even off the beaten track, and to offer our customers contemporary and attractive content.”


Sascha Schaub, Business Development Manager at HOTSPLOTS adds: “We offer passengers a cost-effective solution for on-board entertainment. Especially on routes where there is only a limited mobile reception, we increase the satisfaction of the passengers. The app opens a direct communication and marketing channel to the passengers. That’s how we create a win-win situation for passengers and transportation companies.”