RuggedCom introduces wireless broadband solution for mass transit
First publishedITS America
Sean Fraser with the RuggedMAX wireless solution
RuggedCom, a Siemens company, is adding new features to its RuggedMAX portfolio enabling mass transit companies to extend persistent broadband connections to fleets of vehicles, buses or trains.
RuggedMAX is a wireless solution based on 4G technology designed extend IP networks over large distances to fixed and mobile users. RuggedMAX is a high-performance, long range, secure family of products, fully compliant with the WiMAX 802.16e Wave 2 (MIMO) mobile broadband wireless standard.
The new functionality extends multi-megabit IP connectivity to moving vehicles, allowing them to send passenger information, monitoring and status, ticketing, or streaming video surveillance back to a network control centre.
RuggedMAX technology, called Standalone mobility, makes the new capabilities possible, enabling seamless handover between different base stations regardless of the underlying applications. Mobile WiMAX solutions based on 802.16e typically already support this solution, but Standalone mobility is unique in that it does not require a centralised router, called an ASN gateway, and therefore improves performance and reliability while decreasing cost and complexity. The solution is currently available in 3.65, 4.9 and 5.8 GHz.