Icomera UK, the British subsidiary of the global provider of passenger Wi-Fi for public transport, has acquired London-based GoMedia, which provides on-board entertainment and passenger information.
The synergy is obvious. GoMedia was founded in 2015 and is now a world’s leading provider of onboard infotainment for public transport. It has developed a range of customer facing digital solutions for transport operators, ranging from on-board entertainment with Hollywood movie content, to industry leading passenger information and customer messaging offerings. Most recently, GoMedia has been working with transport operators to deliver a number of COVID solutions for passengers.
Icomera, a subsidiary of Engie Solutions, connects millions of users and tens of thousands of vehicles to the Internet every day around the globe. In addition to Wi-Fi for passengers, Icomera’s connectivity offering is part of the digitalisation of public transport, which is key to improving the appeal of green mobility and reducing operating and maintenance costs.
So, the acquisition of GoMedia, through Icomera, enables Engie Solutions to deliver a complete and competitive end-to-end passenger information and entertainment offering to transport operators for enhanced passenger engagement, increasing passenger satisfaction.
Wilfrid Petrie, executive vice president of Engie, said: “ENGIE Solutions has identified the digitisation and improvement of passenger information as a vital component of shifting society’s travel habits back towards sustainable forms of transport, developing the transport industry of tomorrow to improve the living environments of users.”
Magnus Friberg, CEO of Icomera, added: “Passenger confidence must be restored if public transport ridership is to return to pre-COVID usage levels. The communication channel between operator and passenger, now offered by Icomera and GoMedia, is yet another component in our Digital Vehicle solution for the industry’s Internet-enabled recovery plan.
“Icomera and GoMedia have previously collaborated on multiple projects in Europe and North America. We’ve seen the team’s talent, their impressive technology and the high quality of their services first-hand and know that their positive reputation in the industry is well-deserved.”
Matt Seaman, CEO of GoMedia, commented: “Our goal remains to improve the onboard passenger experience – whether it’s sitting down to a movie on an inter-city train or checking the status of your onward journey during the commute home – we’re keeping people entertained and informed.
“By joining Icomera and the wider Engie Solutions group, we will be able to offer an increased range of solutions to passengers around the world”.
GoMedia will operate as a business unit of Icomera UK and its team of 28 employees will continue to work from London.