Fluidmesh and Cisco Join Forces to Help Improve WiFi on Trains and Subways

Fluidmesh Networks, a worldwide leader in fast-roaming wireless systems, and Cisco, a worldwide IT leader, are pleased to introduce a joint wireless solution to bring Wi-Fi access to passenger trains, metros and rail operators. The solution is designed to help put an end to the frustrating and widespread problem of sporadic on-board Wi-Fi and facilitate on-board video security, infotainment, ticketing and vehicle diagnostics.

Anyone who rides public transportation, whether it’s trains, subways, or other modes of transport, understands that 
Wi-Fi access while on board these systems doesn’t always work. Wi-Fi on public transportation systems has had a bit of a history and even a reputation for being unreliable, spotty or just unavailable altogether.

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The collaboration between Fluidmesh and Cisco is the result of months of in-depth field testing on trains and locomotives that certified the performance of the Cisco Connected Rail solution in conjunction with Fluidmesh train-to-ground wireless technology. Fluidmesh patented fast-roaming Multiprotocol Label Switch (MPLS) trackside technology that can deliver more reliable Wi-Fi to trains. 

Riding in to Safety and Satisfaction

Ridership, safety, and tighter operating budgets are pushing rail operators and mass transit agencies to deliver Wi-Fi on their trains. Such a trend is creating an opportunity for the rail industry that Cisco estimates to exceed $27B in the next 15 years through increased ridership, economic and safety benefits.

Passenger satisfaction today is directly correlated to their productivity during their journeys. Therefore, on-board Wi-Fi has become a priority for most passengers. Furthermore, the recent acts of terrorism on passenger trains make security a major worldwide concern and are driving demand for real-time video to be available on all  transit systems.

Connected trains are safer trains because the ground staff can be made aware of potential on-board threats or dangerous situations. On-board connectivity is also creating an opportunity to improve railways and their rolling stock operations. By installing sensors and pervasive networking capabilities, train operators can run more efficiently thus reducing their operating costs.
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