Smart Connectivity.

Smart Connectivity

Smart Connectivity.

Smart cities generate data. Smart Connectivity refers to the networking of various sectors and infrastructures (e.g. transport, energy, communication, supply and disposal). All data is exchanged in a secure, neutral and economical manner at an adequate speed. All networked elements can also be managed efficiently. Smart connectivity is a key enabler for smart digital applications in urban areas.

The networking of things (Internet of Things – IoT) in particular allows for a more differentiated approach to managing the components of a city in both a physical and digital sense. The use and networking of sensors to manage previously isolated components will also make it possible for these components to communicate with one another in future. For example, they will be able to report on their current status and specific events and thus improve our ability to monitor and analyse their operation. In this sense, communication between people and things will form the foundation of the cities of the future.

New wireless and cable-based solutions are needed both for interaction between SBB and its customers and for the exchange of information within the smart city ecosystem. In order to ensure true added value for all stakeholders, all relevant data protection provisions must be strictly complied with during the collection and processing of the large amounts of data generated with these network technologies. Cities will benefit from optimised processes and infrastructure, while residents and companies will be able to enjoy new services and a higher degree of transparency.

Objective. 

SBB creates the technical conditions necessary to help design digital networking systems. The company enables simple and personalised access to digital services. 

Contribution.

  • SBB cooperates with its partners to enable seamless and secure Web accessibility along the entire mobility link.
  • SBB is exploring possibilities for participating in one or more digital smart city platforms that combine data from different sources as well as various services.
  • SBB is committed to the principles of Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default and also expects its partners to adhere to these principles.

The new reality: SBB WiFi at 80 locations in Switzerland.

SBB offers its customers free Internet access at 80 railway stations. SBB WiFi allows customers to use their wireless devices to surf the Web for 60 minutes after a quick registration process.

Rapid and secure Internet access in a high-coverage area forms the basis for the provision of numerous products and services in a smart city, which is why ensuring optimal wireless coverage throughout the entire mobility chain is a top priority at SBB. Together with mobile network providers, SBB has equipped more than 1,000 coaches in long-distance trains with signal boosters. As a result, reliable Internet access has been a given in all long-distance trains since the end of 2014.

The number of passengers who use SBB WiFi shows that the company has met a real need here, as the system now has more than 1.5 million registered users and records around 80,000 logins every day.