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Secure Passenger WiFi: A guide to staying safe on public networks

| Cyber Security, Passenger Wifi, Safety, Secure passenger WiFi | No Comments
It seems like every day there’s another story about the dangers of connecting to public WiFi networks. From hotel hackers to shopping centre snoopers, users of public WiFi face many…
Using passenger WiFi on demand-responsive bus services

Fleet management made easy with the Sygnal Portal

| Coach hire, Coach operator, Onboard advertising, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
At the risk of stating the obvious, the bus and coach industry is undergoing a period of rapid change. The growth in onboard technologies, coupled with new vehicle emission standards,…
Running coach travel for sports events

Coach travel for sports events: The ultimate guide for coach hire firms

| Coach hire, Onboard advertising, Sports events, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
Running coach travel for sports events is a great source of revenue, but it can be a lot more challenging than you think. Not only are you transporting large groups…
Man using bus WiFi on coach journey

Keep it simple: The secret to reliable onboard WiFi

| Coach hire, Onboard advertising, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
Onboard WiFi doesn’t need to be complicated, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Operators looking to install passenger WiFi on their vehicles are confronted with a myriad of…
Woman using motorhome WiFi outside

Motorhome WiFi: A guide to retrofitting your campervans

| Campervans, Sygnal Bites, Technology | One Comment
To say transport has changed dramatically in the past decade would be an understatement. Onboard innovations like GPS, analytics, IoT and onboard WiFi (coupled with the ubiquity of the smartphone)…
Woman using smart bus stop to call CAV

What does the growth in CAVs mean for the future of mass transport?

| CAV, Feature, Infrastructure, Multimodal transport, Public Transport, Smart transport | One Comment
How things change. Just a decade ago, the majority of people wouldn’t even know what a ‘Connected vehicle’ was. The past few years, however, have seen several transport technologies shift…
Couple chatting enjoying the onboard technologies

Festival coach hire: The ultimate guide for operators

| Coach hire, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites | One Comment
It’s springtime and that means the festival season will soon be upon us. Whether you’ve offered festival coach hire for years or you’re just starting out, it’s important to stay…

Could demand-responsive bus services save passenger transport?

| Accessibility, Feature, Public Transport | No Comments
Cities across the world are facing a quandary. The very nature of travel has undergone a massive rethink in recent years, but urban infrastructure has not. As a result, public…
Using onboard analytics to track impact of weather patterns

5 achievable steps to bring passengers back to public transport

| Infrastructure, Multimodal transport, Public Transport | One Comment
Ridership of public transport is in freefall. In the UK, local bus passenger journeys outside London decreased by 63 million (2.9%) in 2018. And despite holding steadier numbers than the…
Two coaches on coach tour holiday driving along empty road

The biggest travel trends of 2019 for the coach tour industry

| Coach Tour, Feature, Holiday, Travel | No Comments
As we near the end of the decade, travel is shifting to offer a more personalised experience. Fuelled by the rise of social media and a new appreciation for unique…

Sygnal partners with Prentice of Haddington

| Coach hire, News, Press release | No Comments
Sygnal is proud to announce a new partnership with award-winning bus and coach hire operator Prentice of Haddington to provide onboard WiFi to passengers in and around East Lothian. The partnership represents…
Using onboard analytics to improve services in coach hire

Onboard analytics: The secret to enhancing your transport services

| Analytics, Feature, Passenger Wifi, Technology | No Comments
As industry leaders call for mobile phone location data to be used to plan out new bus and rail routes, we look at why it’s not just governmental transport bodies…
Woman smiling using in taxi WiFi

5 reasons in-taxi WiFi is essential for modern taxi firms

| Passenger Wifi, Smart transport, Sygnal Bites, Taxi | No Comments
As every taxi firm knows, new technologies promising to ‘revolutionise the journey’ are ten to a penny these days. However, that’s not to say there aren’t valuable technologies out there.…
Providing festival coach hire

Finding the right onboard technologies for your coach fleet

| Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites, Technology | No Comments
For any coach operator, identifying the right onboard technologies requires time and a careful appraisal of your requirements. That’s why operators tend to opt for an eclectic mix of solutions,…
Sygnal at the Euro Bus Expo

Sygnal returns from successful Euro Bus Expo debut

| Coach operator, Euro Bus Expo, News, Transport | No Comments
Sygnal showcased a range of new and exciting transport technologies during its first Euro Bus Expo visit at the NEC Birmingham, including the new Sygnal Portal. The team behind Sygnal’s…
Using dashcams for coaches to monitor driver habits

Dashcams for coaches: The future of commercial transport

| Coach operator, Dashcams, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
Commercial transport technology is changing at a rapid pace. Wireless charging roads, autonomous coaches on our streets and flying taxis above us; these developments are now within our reach. But…
Women using secure public WiFi on a bus

Cost or connection? Modern bus passengers shouldn’t have to choose

| Coach operator, Feature, Passenger Wifi | No Comments
At the risk of stating the obvious, we live quite the connected existence in 2018. These days, connectivity is deemed as essential an amenity as electricity, running water and gluten-free…
Sygnal onboard WiFi technology at Euro Bus Expo 2018

Sygnal to exhibit passenger WiFi solutions at Euro Bus Expo 2018

| Euro Bus Expo, News, Transport | No Comments
Sygnal, the passenger WiFi and integrated security system provider for the bus and coach industry, will exhibit their new range of onboard technologies at this year’s Euro Bus Expo 2018.…
In-journey information screen as part of a centralised onboard technologies package

The power of centralised onboard technologies

| Coach operator, Sygnal Bites, Technology | No Comments
These days, almost every transport network has some kind of onboard technology. Be it onboard WiFi, CCTV, dashcams or GPS. But the steady evolution of new innovations has led operators…
Sygnal's new wave of transport technologies

New Sygnal site marks a new era for transport technologies

| News, Passenger Wifi, Transport | No Comments
So you might have noticed, Sygnal has a new website design. Don't worry, we still offer the same cost-effective transport technologies and high standard of service. We felt it was…
Retrofitting your public transport

5 ways onboard WiFi increases brand loyalty

| Coach hire, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
Onboard WiFi is a near-ubiquitous amenity for transport networks today. Passengers expect connection as a standard feature on their journey, and companies that are unable or unwilling to provide it…
Increasing accessibility for passengers on transport

A guide to increasing accessibility on your coach service

| Accessibility, Coach hire, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
The past few years have seen some major improvements in accessibility on transport. The Equality Act guarantees that transport providers will make reasonable adjustments for disabled passengers, while a 2017…
Creating your own onboard transport technology package

Domestic tourism is on the rise: How can coach tour companies capitalise?

| Coach hire, Sygnal Bites, Tourism | No Comments
According to recent World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) figures, UK travel and tourism grew at four times the rate of the country’s economy in 2017. Likewise, small businesses catering…
Passengers on their smartphones

A guide to protecting passenger data using onboard WiFi

| Data protection, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites, Technology | No Comments
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be aware that data laws in Europe are changing with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The past few years have…
Retrofitting your public transport

Making public transport ‘smarter’ through retrofitting

| Feature, Retrofitting, Technology, Transport | No Comments
The modern road vehicle, be it a car, motorbike, lorry or bus, is a vastly different animal to one even just twenty years ago. As advances in transport technology gain…
Optimising your coach hire website to increase bookings

Streamlining booking through your coach hire website

| Booking, Coach hire, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
Your coach hire website is often the first port of call for new customers. It’s essential you make a powerful first impression and, above all, make the booking process as…
Using Hong Kong Octopus card for multimodal transport

Where does coach travel fit in to the multimodal transport model?

| Feature, Infrastructure, Multimodal transport, Technology | No Comments
Although still in its infancy, multimodal transport ticketing - the integration of multiple modes of transport into one centralised platform - is already finding purchase in the UK transport market.…
Using your mobile smartphone device on public transport

Integrating mobile ticketing on your transport service

| Passenger Wifi, Public Transport, Sygnal Bites, Technology | No Comments
Mobile tickets, otherwise known as mTickets, are fast becoming a popular onboard technology for transport networks. But what are the benefits of switching to mobile ticketing, and can they be…
Using onboard WiFi to improve accessibility on transport

Increasing your bottom line through passenger WiFi

| Coach operator, Onboard advertising, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
Aside from providing additional value to your coach hire company, onboard WiFi provides a direct line to your passengers through their personal devices. This connection comes with its own obligations,…
Man using his smartphone on a coach hire service

Using your bus WiFi abroad: The smart guide

| Coach operator, Coach Tour, International travel, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
As a coach operator, it’s important to ensure passengers can always access their favourite sites. This often leads to questions from customers about what happens when their vehicles leave the…
Retrofitting your public transport

Using passenger WiFi in your international coach tours

| Coach Tour, Passenger Wifi, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
If you run a tour company in the UK, you’ve probably grappled with the question of how best to accommodate overseas visitors. It’s a tricky task. Tour guides must be ready…
Using onboard wifi & GPS to navigate traffic

How can onboard WiFi assist in traffic navigation?

| Smart transport, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
One of the biggest challenges facing mass transit today is effective route management. Traffic navigation is subject to so many influences, it might seem impossible to accurately predict how best…
Traffic at night long exposure on a smart road

What does smart road technology mean for the future of transport?

| Feature, Infrastructure, Smart transport, Technology | No Comments
The past decade has seen a huge number of advances in vehicle technology, while technologies for our roads have taken somewhat of a backseat. Congestion in London alone costs £4bn…
Using technology to improve accessibility on transport

Improving accessibility on transport with onboard WiFi

| Accessibility, Sygnal Bites | No Comments
The past decade has seen a monumental shift in attitudes to accessibility in transport. After the launch of the Equality Act 2010, which stated that transport must be accessible to…
Public transport vs. ride-sharing in London

How can public transport survive in the ride-sharing generation?

| Feature, Public Transport, Ride-sharing, Transport | No Comments
After a recent study found ride-hailing apps are leading to increased in congestion in our cities, public transport networks have begun to examine how to get passengers back onboard. The…
Smartphone in travel

How has the smartphone changed the way we travel?

| Feature, Mobile, Technology, Travel | No Comments
The advent of the smartphone has given the world any number of new innovations. Constant connectivity, new networking opportunities and endless avenues of distraction - the smartphone has changed almost…
Passengers sat on public transport

What kind of passenger are you?

| Feature, Rail, Road, Transport | No Comments
Travelling can be a stressful experience - doubly so when you’re sharing your transport with multiple strangers. Over time, cultures develop their own form of travel etiquette. Sadly, not everyone…
Increasing accessibility on transport through staff awareness

How can we do more to support accessibility on transport?

| Accessibility, Feature, Technology, Transport | No Comments
With travel technology rapidly changing the way we get around, it’s never been easier to get around than right now. The growth of the smartphone, ubiquitous connectivity and endless access…
A passport and camera laid across a map

Travel optimisation: The secret to making the most of a short-stay trip

| Feature | No Comments
Travel is great. Even if the journey is tiring or stressful, knowing there’s a world to explore on the other side makes it all worthwhile. But what about when the…
Looking down bus aisle in need of new transport technology

5 technologies to revitalise your coach hire service

| Coach hire, Feature, Technology, Transport | No Comments
The commercial coach hire industry has weathered its fair share of obstacles in the past 50 years, including increasing costs, fluctuating demand and increasingly stringent safety and security regulations. But…
Using your smartphone on a bus with onboard streaming server

5 mistakes coach hire must avoid in replacement services

| Coach hire, Feature, Transport | No Comments
Delays and cancellations are a fact of life. For those in the transport industry, however, disruptions can mean stranded passengers, negative reviews and even a damaged brand image. The only…
Using big data in aviation to increase efficiency

How is big data in aviation transforming the industry?

| Data protection, Feature, Technology | No Comments
What does the introduction of analytics mean for the future of air travel? Despite the recent growth in homegrown holidays, air travel is still big business in 2017. As more…
Exploring a country by rail

5 reasons to explore a new country by rail

| Feature, Holiday, Rail, Travel | One Comment
As short haul flights get cheaper and countries become more urbanised, you could be forgiven for thinking that the once great train journey is a relic of a bygone era.…
Seatback screens

What happened to social seating on airlines?

| Business trip, Feature | One Comment
Because the current seating system for planes, trains and seat-allocated bus journeys entails a largely randomised selection process, you always run the risk of sitting next to someone who will…
Man optimising journey looking down aisle of plane

How optimising your travel time makes long journeys worthwhile

| Feature, Travel | No Comments
OK, so let’s be honest. Nobody really enjoys travelling more than they enjoy reaching their destination. The rigmarole of packing, checking (and most likely double and even triple-checking) your travel…
Seatback screens

Is it time to say goodbye to seatback screens on airlines?

| Feature, Technology | No Comments
2017 marks a pivotal moment in travel. Not only is the smartphone now the number one travelling companion, but this year also marks the beginning of the end for a staple…
Using your mobile device to book flights

Is in-flight WiFi really the next frontier in air travel?

| Feature, Technology | No Comments
The world is changing. For one, we now see an internet connection as a basic human right. Despite being a relatively new technology, mobile connectivity has developed hugely in the past two…
Using your smartphone while flying

Can an official airline app really increase flight bookings?

| Feature, Holiday, Technology | No Comments
The smartphone is changing the way we travel, but what does it mean for the airlines? New commercial technology can be both magnificent and terrible. At its best, new technology…
Low angle shot down bus aisle featuring smart technology

5 ways coach companies can increase fleet security

| Road, Safety, Sygnal Bites, Technology | No Comments
Running your own commercial transport fleet can be a stressful experience. Whether it’s a local bus service or an international airline, some features of travel are essential to ensure happy…

10 handy travel hacks for the business traveller

| Business trip, Feature, Travel | 2 Comments
Travelling on business can be a stressful experience. You’re not going to soak up the sun or sample the local delicacies, you’re there to land a client, attend a conference…
Woman using virtual reality headset on blue sky

Is VR technology really going to revolutionise the travel industry?

| Feature, Technology, Travel | One Comment
It may sound like a redundant statement, but technology is changing every aspect of how we live our lives. That's doesn't just mean in the way smartphones have become an extension…
Data on a computer screen used in transport Technology

The transport tech that will revolutionise the next generation of travel

| Feature, Technology, Travel | No Comments
Technology and, by extension, the mechanics behind travel, are perpetually evolving, but the rate of new developments can be hard to keep up with. The growth in mobile computing, GPS and…