NORTH AMERICA Long-distance bus travellers with Megabus in the US and Canada will be able to surf the internet, shop online or watch popular movies because of Velimo supplied by Lufthansa Industrial Solutions. The infotainment solution allows passengers to access a varied range of digital content as well as relevant information and services for their trip.
Users can use their own smartphone, tablet or laptop by connecting their device of choice to a secure local network. In addition to the internet connection, they can access the onboard choice of content. Based on easily configurable parameters, the Velimo app enables passengers to retrieve current information before and during the trip, and then enables users to complete a satisfaction survey immediately after the trip. The app will be made available in three languages, English, Spanish and French-Canadian.
Lufthansa Industry Solutions is re-launching the ‘Velimo Road & Rail’ onboard entertainment system specifically for long distance buses with a robust architecture and highest possible level of investment protection. The hardware, for example, is particularly sturdy and resilient to road conditions, says its supplier, and can interface with onboard systems and screens.
Velimo has a very small but powerful ‘footprint’ onboard comprising of the Velimo SmartBox – including the server, an access point for the WLAN connection and a router for the internet connection. Lufthansa Industry Solutions facilitates everything from support in securing content and licenses through onboard installation by working with bus operators to establish roll-out processes designed around their particular needs including ongoing support and maintenance services as well as feature and product enhancements.
“Megabus is excited to be working with Lufthansa Industry Solutions on further enhancing our customer experience,” said Colin Emberson, Commercial Director at Megabus. “Our customers already appreciate the ability to be connected and powered while travelling. The addition of the Megabus RIDE onboard entertainment system to our existing suite of amenities is an important enhancement to our goals of providing safe, affordable and reliable travel.”