Swiss-cheese Wi-Fi on buses and trains

February 21, 2017 | 00:00
Swiss-cheese Wi-Fi on buses and trains
Swiss-cheese Wi-Fi on buses and trains
Today’s connexion anxiety and hunger for data may soon put proper Wi-Fi at number one on the wishlist for public transport in general, pushing seating and on-time service to third and second place. And in fact Wi-Fi on many trains and buses is either nonexistent or abominable.
 
To meet the rising demand for wireless connectivity to passengers’ smartphones and other electronic devices, communications devices manufacturer NetModule AG from Switzerland (a great railway-ing country) has developed an out-of-the-box PWLAN (Public wireless local area network) kit that, they say, “enables bus and train operators to provide fast internet access in trains and public transportation.”
The kit contains a certified wireless router as well as two antennas – one each for the connection to the interior and to the outside world. The suited certified cables also come with the kit. As an option, an additional WLAN access point is available.

NetModule says it adds its extensive expertise in installing such equipment in the scope of multiple major contracts. The demand for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for buses, trains and trams is growing at a pace of 7.2% annually from currently 1.03 billion euros to 1.46 billion euros in 2016 according to market researcher Berg Insight. The market penetration of on-board computers with GPS and wireless communications will grow from 45.6% in 2014 to 58.2% in 2019.

Catch22: you can only file a complaint on poor Wi-Fi range through a proper Wi-Fi link.
 
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