ENGIE announces the acquisition through its subsidiary ENGIE Ineo of the Swedish company Icomera, specialist of onboard communications solutions for public transport. Icomera’s consolidation fully complements the strategy of transformation of ENGIE, the energy revolution pioneer working for a smarter and greener mobility.
ENGIE, pioneer of the energy revolution, is able today to offering customers an ecosystem of solutions adapted to their needs to make mobility more fluid, cleaner and smarter. Public transport (buses, tramways, subways and trains) constitutes a proven and time-honored answer for regional planning and development and a strong pillar for mobility solutions. It provides accessibility for the largest number of users, discovery of optimal infrastructure use and least significant environmental impact. Therefore, to facilitate the operation of public transport services, ENGIE, through its subsidiary ENGIE Ineo, has already outfitted 12,000 kilometers of railroads, 1,800 light rail tramways with electrification, signal and telecom systems, as well as 35,000 buses with onboard operational assistance and passenger information systems. In this way, ENGIE Ineo is supporting the rapid evolution of buses, tramways, subways and trains via devices that are more digital, smarter and more connected. Through this acquisition, ENGIE Ineo strengthens its position in the field of transport, serving the strategy of ENGIE and its French and international clients.
Founded in 1999, Icomera is specialized in developing onboard communication multi-service Wi-Fi solutions for passengers and transportation operators, in particular in transport Wi-Fi connectivity and by-products (information, data-collection, communities…). With 150 employees throughout the world, Icomera is today the world’s leading Wi-Fi provider for public transport, connecting millions of users and tens of thousands of vehicles each week in more than forty countries. The company’s headquarters are in Göteborg, Sweden, with main subsidiaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and in France.
Wi-Fi installation promotes the development of digital services both for passengers (safety, real-time information, Internet access…) and for transport operators (including surveillance, network management, and cyber security). Recognized for its installed hardware expertise, Icomera provides among others onboard Wi-Fi connection devices and an open digital platform with high potential for services. “For several years we have been strongly focusing our transport solutions on digitalization and onboard solutions,” explains Yann Rolland, CEO of ENGIE Ineo. “Icomera provides a smart, connected and innovative complement to our current range of solutions, with in addition an enhancement of service for the operator, an unparalleled diversity of applications and optimal user convenience for passengers. With this acquisition, ENGIE Ineo completes and enriches its offer and reinforces its ambition in the technological environment of transport.”
Karl-Johan Holm, President and CEO of Icomera Group, adds: “Icomera and ENGIE share a common vision for a new world that is safer, with more appealing public transport. Given today’s challenges, that has never been as important. By marrying our organizations and joining our efforts, we are fast bringing closer achievement of connected journeys in the world.”
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, CAC 40 Governance, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).