Transportation

Awireless-transportationlliance Corporation has partnered with industry-leading vendors to bring you a complete wireless solution for the transportation industry.

We will help you design a wireless network and supply you with everything you need from the wireless routers and bridges to the cable, antennas and towers.

Not only have we chosen the best products, we work with the best wireless specialists, companies that will work with you to design and build your wireless network if you need it.

Some of the challenges that our customers have solved using broadband wireless networks include:

  • Traffic management and traffic monitoring
  • Automated parking meter management
  • Public transit vehicle management and dispatch systems

Watch a recording of a webinar that was presented by Alliance partner, Redline Communications on their wireless network solutions for transportation.

 


 

Resources

Case Study: Wireless Connectivity brought to Caltrain trains (Redline) Click here

Case study: Video surveillance on public transit in Indianapolis improves City of Indianapolis promotes customer service by deploying a city-wide wireless audio and video surveillance network on its entire transit fleet (Airaya) Click here

Application Note: Motorola -- Building to Building Connectivity Click here

Application Note: RAD Ethernet Service and Transport Demarcation Click here

Application Note: RAD Backhauling Surveillance Video for Transportation Networks over Wireless Infrastructure Click here

Application Note: RAD Service Assured Networking for Railway Operators Click here


Contact Alliance Corporation today for help with your wireless project.

Atlantic Aviation

After years of dealing with erratic Wi-Fi performance, dropped connections, spotty coverage and general instability, Atlantic Aviation (Atlantic) was fed up. The nation’s largest provider of aviation services for owners and pilots of commercial and personal aircraft, Atlantic had seen poor Wi-Fi connectivity become their number one client complaint.

Across its nationwide network of 65 fixed based operations (FBOs), the company had installed legacy Wi-Fi equipment using standard reference designs and omni-directional antenna systems that simply couldn’t keep up with an increasing number of concurrent wireless connections and RF interference, which only exacerbated flaky Wi-Fi connectivity. At many of these FBOs, broadband circuits were unavailable, so the legacy Wi-Fi system integrated support for cellular data services (3G) to backhaul traffic. But as traffic, clients, devices, and interference increased — this model didn’t scale.

Like many companies, Atlantic is unable to have IT expertise at every location, yet needs complete control over and visibility into its Wi-Fi network. Because airport terminals and hangars are highly mobile environments, deploying a reliable, high-speed wireless infrastructure was no longer an option — it was an imperative — to keep operations running smoothly and travelers happy.

Another concern was that each facility varied in layout, construction, and sheer size — ranging from smaller facilities to its massive 22-acre space at San Jose Mineta International Airport in California. Atlantic also needed to use Wi-Fi to extend broadband connectivity to remote hangars as well as to provide dependable Wi-Fi connectivity outside to airplane ramps, where pilots are able to obtain updates and Wi-Fi can be used to power new applications such as Atlantic’s custom JetStream point-of-sale fueling and aircraft services system.

“Given the growth of mobile devices and applications, we viewed Wi-Fi as a ‘must have’ to improve the customer experience and streamline operations,” said Joel Collins, project manager for Atlantic Aviation. “We needed Wi-Fi to be a reliable utility within an inherentlymobile environment.” But for Collins, finding a carrier-class wireless system that could meet all of their capital and operational requirements seemed like an impossible task.

Soaring to New Heights

Atlantic needed an affordable/full-featured Wi-Fi system with a range of capabilities, including:

• indoor and outdoor service,

• long-range bridging to remote locations,

• wired and wireless connectivity indoors,

• adaptive signal controls to deal with interference,

• reliable wireless meshing to extend service in areas where no Ethernet cabling was present, and

• unified management that could be easily administered remotely.

So Collins began polling different integrators and solution providers to see what Wi-Fi technology would best fit their needs. Ultimately Collins selected

Blueprint RF, one of the country’s leading experts in delivering integrated networking solutions and wireless services. “When it comes to connectivity our clientele is extremely discerning,” said Collins. “We needed a partner with experience in dealing with demanding users and providing premium services.”

Blueprint RF recommended a mix of Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11n indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi equipment ranging from wall switches to midrange dual-band APs to long-range 5GHz bridges and ZoneDirector WLAN controllers. “We wanted to deploy the fewest number of APs at each site, yet deliver the most reliable, high-capacity, and most pervasive coverage,” said Ron Peterson, president of Blueprint RF.

Unlike conventional APs, ZoneFlex integrates patented adaptive antenna array technology that extends signal strength and automatically adapts to changes within the environment that otherwise degrade performance. By focusing and directing Wi-Fi signals over the best signal path, Ruckus ZoneFlex APs automatically avoid interference to ensure consistent performance and maximum throughput.

Blueprint RF is also deploying a number of ZoneFlex 7731 point-to-point bridges, to expand coverage and connect private hangars spaced several acres apart to the central network.

From a single dashboard, Blueprint RF is able to administer Atlantic’s entire network operations across all 65 locations through a simple Web interface, found in the ZoneDirector 1100 controller. ZoneDirectors provide advanced features such as smart meshing, AP groups, WLAN groups, guest access, client throughput thresholds, time-of-day radio broadcasting, client load balancing and sophisticated security capabilities.

Since deploying the ZoneFlex system, Atlantic has seen Wi-Fi complaints effectively evaporate and can now consider new ways to leverage Wi-Fi to improve operations.

Keeping Their Eyes on the Horizon

Collins plans on using the Ruckus Wi-Fi networks to support back office POS and VoIP applications indoors, while outdoors using Wi-Fi to support pilots and their jet fuel suppliers. Many of the jet fuel companies, such as Liquid Management Systems, conduct wireless recordings of fuel transactions that automatically generate and transmit a receipt directly to the front desk — all via Wi-Fi.

“Over half of the FBOs will have Wi-Fi on the ramps, allowing pilots to provide real-time updates directly from their iPads, while sitting out front,” said Collins. “Honestly, with the Ruckus system, I don’t have to give the Wi-Fi a second thought…it just works. And that’s the way it should be.”

Download the Atlantic Aviation case study

Toronto Transit Commission

Challenge

As the fastest growing urban center in Canada, the City of Toronto’s population has grown from 1.1 million to 5.1 million since the TTC was initially established. Over this time, the TTC has continued to evolve and modernize much of its infrastructure. Unfortunately, the incumbent service provider’s aging copper plant had become increasingly unreliable, leading to network outages. In addition, these legacy facilities simply could not scale to meet the TTC’s communication requirements which include traditional as well as critical public safety communications.

As a result, the TTC commenced a program in 2009 to improve and modernize their communications infrastructure in order to support rapid deployment of public transit applications and to improve the integration of applications and network infrastructure. This new platform had to provide a high level of reliability for their essential systems, including the Communication Information System (CIS) – a real-time, mission-critical Automatic Vehicle Locating tracking system that provides route management and dispatch functions for surface revenue vehicles and is utilized for emergency response, dynamic scheduling, management reporting, and a passenger information system tool.

The TTC was looking for a highly scalable, carrier-grade solution that offered low latency, high security, rapid and flexible deployments, and the lowest total cost of ownership.

The original consideration was to leverage extensive right of way assets, such as subway tunnels, to deploy a fiber network. Yet, despite this advantage, pulling fiber proved to be an extremely costly and time consuming endeavor. This led the TTC to examine a range of wireless solutions including 802.16d WiMAX point-to-point and Ethernet bridges, operating in the 5.4, 5.8 GHz, and public safety 4.9 GHz RF bands as well as licensed and unlicensed microwave Ethernet systems in 18 and 24 GHz spectrum.

Solution

After a thorough evaluation process, the TTC selected DragonWave’s Horizon® Compact packet microwave solution for several 18 GHz licensed links in the 18 GHz band and unlicensed links in the 24 GHz band.

This solution delivered on all of the TTC’s essential requirements including:

A Highly Scalable Packet Architecture

• The Horizon Compact remotely scales up to 800 Mbps per link.

Zero Footprint, All-Outdoor Solution

• An all-outdoor design results in simplified operations, reduced cabling, minimized power consumption and a significant reduction in site leasing costs.

Owned and Managed Infrastructure

• Provides the TTC with much greater flexibility than a leased infrastructure from the incumbent.

Rapid Deployment

• The Horizon Compact can be deployed in days, compared to 6 months or longer for wired solutions.

High Reliability

• DragonWave’s packet microwave systems can be engineered to deliver 99.999% availability

By leveraging and combining the capacity of existing optical fiber assets with the ubiquity, reliability and cost-effectiveness of wireless networks, the Commission is creating a “wireless fiber” platform for the support and creation of emerging and future applications and services. Utilizing the strength and benefits of both fiber-optics and microwave backhaul, this network provides all the performance of wired links – at a fraction of the cost.

Success Story

The DragonWave solution represents a significant improvement in the ROI when compared to fully fiber-based solutions, while providing the scalable level of throughput required by the TTC.

After a successful pilot project, the TTC anticipates moving towards full scale deployment of wireless solutions handling mission critical communications.

Download the Toronto Transit Commission case study