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Rapid Transportation

Online underground

Digital cities with rapid transportation systems underground are making the move to wire not only the stations and platforms, but the subway trains as well. With the high number of commuters that ride subways around the world, it only makes sense to keep this popular mode of transportation just as wired as buses, trains, and taxis. Rapid transportation systems service millions of people worldwide every day of the week. Whether going to work, spending the day off in a popular city, or running personal errands, cities with subway systems are trying to accommodate their users with Wi-Fi access. Some implementations have been more successful than others, but the need and struggle to effectively offer commuters reliable Wi-Fi access aboard rapid transportation systems still exists.

Enhancing Commuter Satisfaction

Increased Passenger Satisfaction

Rapid transportation commuters want to check email, surf the web, use social media underneath the ground just as much as they do when they are above it.  Enabling subway passengers to connect and work while commuting is a great benefit to those with with rides lasting 30 minutes or longer. Many feel that the option to work while commuting is a great advantage of rapid transportation. Allowing commuters to take advantage of down time spent on the subways by accessing the Internet will boost satisfaction, retention, and could even possibly provide the opportunity to increase passenger fares. Commuters connecting to a bandwidth connection that has been optimized will provide a superior online experience without the annoyance of an overburdened network or dropped connections.

Service Alerts and Real-Time Location and Arrival Information

Commuters are taking advantage of apps that share up-to-the-minute tracking on transit lines. Passengers are also able to receive alerts and updates on service changes or station closures. Such updates can be transmitted and received quickly if the information is sent over a strong connection. Existing connectivity on rapid transit lines maybe sufficient enough for the transfer of basic operational information, provided that the connection is uninterrupted. Executing Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization will help maximize the potential for rapid transit systems to share reliable data regarding location and arrival time to control stations and passengers without exceeding the bandwidth or slowing the network down.

Developing better transit operations

Compatible with all Connection Types

As cities around the world try to figure out the best method for providing Wi-Fi access within their rapid transportation systems, many different types of connection links have been attempted, with some resulting in better outcomes than others. Some have had small successes with a network of antennas and fiber optic cables, others have tried 3G-4G and WiMAX network services, but it seems as though all connection types implemented for Wi-Fi access for subway commuters have hit a several road bumps. The beauty of Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization technology is that we can improve the performance and speed of any connection type. Seriously, no matter the current connection type, Acceleration Systems will enhance its performance.

Reduced Bandwidth Upgrade Costs        

Rapid Transit systems have attempted many different connection implementations in order to offer Wi-Fi connections, which is costly and routinely provides disappointing and inadequate results. Subway systems upgrading existing bandwidth to adapt for more commuters with mobile devices and provide a better online experience will create a substantial financial burden by increasing monthly service costs and require additional equipment. However, increasing additional bandwidth to under-performing and challenged connections is not effective solution either. Acceleration Systems can optimize current connection performance and accelerate link speed with our new bandwidth optimization technology. Unlike purchasing additional bandwidth or overhauling the existing network, we can improve connectivity for a minimal cost.

Enhanced Safety Measures

Modern applications and software used to monitor and maintain the safety of passengers, employees, and the subway cars to comply with safety regulations all depend on the ability transfer crucial data quickly and reliably. If the connection on board a subway car experiences packet loss, high latency, or a dropped connectivity, the safety of the entire transit system could potentially be jeopardized. Acceleration Systems’ solutions for rapid transit systems can enhance the safety of the train and service by allowing an operations center to monitor real-time train-related information through an improved and more reliable connection.

Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization makes any Internet connection perform better. To learn more about how you can optimize your service or to arrange a free trial, contact an acceleration specialist at 216.468.5200.