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News & Events  UK’s smart train on track thanks to new university collaboration

Published on: 24/11/2016


UK’s smart train on track thanks to new university collaboration


An ambitious project is underway to provide high-speed rail communication systems which will help create the UK’s first ‘smart’ train to meet the needs of future rail passengers and operators.


The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex is working with Saffron Walden-based LPA Connection Systems after securing significant funding from Innovate UK - the UK's innovation agency.


The 36 month collaboration will look to improve ‘train-to-shore’ communication speeds using cutting-edge wireless technology. LPA Connection Systems is a leading UK innovator in the sector and has ambitious plans to develop systems to support the UK’s first smart train. Managing Director Greg Howell said: “We are looking to deliver very high speed internet for passengers and at the same time want to ensure trains in the future are equipped to exploit the developing ‘Internet of Things’ – enabling different technologies to easily communicate with each other.


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