Staying connected on board

Wi-Fi on public transport has developed at an incredible speed. Internet access on trains and buses is rapidly becoming a core passenger expectation and is popular on journeys as short as fifteen minutes making it suitable for urban commuter routes as well as intercity connections.

With a broadband connection and GPS receiver, a vehicle can be tracked in real-time. Combined with information about cellular network coverage, GPS data can build a map of network availability. It also helps to detect whether a route should get a broadband connection.

Installing Wi-Fi on board involves some challenges for the operators. Only the most advanced networks can handle hundreds of passengers accessing a Wi-Fi system at once. Also, putting Wi-Fi on board trains and buses is still costly. However, by installing advertising revenue programs, in which riders would watch ads in exchange for Wi-Fi access, operators can find potential revenue.

The fact that trains and buses are constantly moving makes it harder to get a consistent signal. Tunnels, buildings, and other obstacles make it difficult to offer consistent Wi-Fi access. Providers solve this problem by partnering with multiple mobile phone providers, so that no matter where the train or bus happens to be, it will find an available signal.

Despite these challenges, we expect to see increasing Wi-Fi access on public transportation in the future. And as a smart integrator, 21st Century technology has teamed up with experts to offer excellent on board Wi-Fi solutions that are compatible with other mobile surveillance systems.