On 5th July, Frédéric Cuvillier and Fleur Pellerin visited the SNCF’s new digital installations at Montparnasse station. Frédéric Cuvillier, French Deputy Minister for Transport and the Maritime Economy, and Fleur Pellerin, French Deputy Minister for the Digital Economy, visited Montparnasse station in order to discover the new digital systems launched by the SNCF. Called “Gares & Connexions” (Stations & Connections), the SNCF’s new digital plan is intended for the 22.6 million people who will travel through French rail stations this summer. Des services à destination des voyageurs. On site, four main services were presented to the Ministers. – Firstly, new Wi-Fi terminals giving travellers free Internet access in stations. – Interactive terminals providing useful travel information as simply as possible. – The ‘Playing wall’, which lets travellers download multimedia content for free, as well as charging sockets for mobile phones, tablets and laptops. – And finally the “Gares 360°” application that allows travellers to prepare and view their journey, but also to find information regarding the location of shops and services and on how to access other means of transport (underground, buses, taxis, bikes, etc.). Station digitisation: evidence of constant innovation in transport services The Ministers praised the different initiatives put in place by the SNCF, such as the “station guarantee”. The latter can link station equipment and services to a QR code and a free SMS number. If a traveller notices that something is not working, they can simply flash the QR code with their smart phone (or send an SMS) in order to report it. The French Government and the SNCF have also announced their intention to have an Internet connection in all TGV high-speed trains by 2016. Source: