Motorola Solutions, in partnership with BAI Canada, is installing a shared Wi-Fi network in Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) underground subway stations.
The network covering St. George and Bloor & Yonge stations uses Motorola’s wireless local area network (WLAN) technology. It will cover all public areas including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells.
BAI Canada is building the Wi-Fi and cellular distributed antenna system (DAS) within TTC’s two busiest stations, creating its TCONNECT Wi-Fi brand with high-speed Internet connectivity.
The deployment has the capability to support cellular connectivity, and the network will eventually cover TTC’s 65 current and planned underground subway stations, serving more than 1.7 million riders daily, the company said.
At the heart of this deployment are Motorola’s ruggedized outdoor wireless access points and controller running Wireless Next Generation (WiNG) technology.
Motorola’s WLAN platform will allow transit riders access to real-time alerts, arrival and departure information, and transit updates from their personal wireless devices.
The networks will also offer high-speed connectivity for the Internet, social media, e-mail and many Web-based applications.
The fiber-optic lines installed for the two-station pilot alone equal three times the height of the 1,815-foot CN Tower in Toronto.
George Krausz, president, Motorola Solutions Canada, commented on this deployment, “The TTC is a transportation lifeline for Toronto, and Motorola has the expertise to provide it with the same reliable connectivity we have demonstrated with similar major transit deployments in the United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East and elsewhere.”