Ola Cabs deploys Ruckus Wi-Fi network to improve network

OLA cabs in BangaloreOla Cabs has deployed Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network in Bangalore, India, to improve its cab network.

Ola Cabs, an online cab aggregator in India, has a network of more than 200,000 cars across 85 cities. It may expand the use of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network to other cities soon.

The Wi-Fi network deployed by Ruckus Wireless, now part of Brocade, will ensure that Ola Cabs can add new cars from owners at its attachment centers without difficulties and complete operational and functional level audit smoothly. Ola’s employees will experience better connectivity to attach new cabs to the network using their 3G cellular connection. Ola did not share the name of 3G telecom operators.

“The 3G connection we typically use to support our token management system was not providing the speed and reliability we were expecting for connecting to our main server. Signal drop-outs, interference and limited range were creating frustration amongst staff and drivers, as well as slowing down the attachment process,” said Shwetank Singh, network and infrastructure engineer at Ola Cabs.

Ruckus’ smart antenna technologies stood out during the testing phase for selecting the right networking partner. Ola Cabs found that its antenna was a real advantage, particularly over omni-directional antennas, as it provided greater connectivity, performance and stability, while reducing interference on the network.

Ola Cabs has deployed Ruckus ZoneFlex T301 dual-band 802.11ac outdoor APs across its outdoor cab attachment areas to support all the staff using tablets and laptops to log cab attachments. ZoneFlex T301 APs enable focused Wi-Fi coverage in the most challenging outdoor environments by mitigating interference and providing unmatched capacity and reliability.

“BeamFlex Smart Wi-Fi antenna array technology monitors the environment and adjusts the signal to the best performing path, automatically steering around interference and obstacles,” said Sudarshan Boosupalli, managing director at Ruckus Wireless India & SAARC.

Ola Cabs has also deployed the Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 to centrally manage its Wi-Fi network. The ZoneDirector 1200 can be deployed and operated by non-wireless experts. It has been specifically designed for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with limited IT staff and budget, enabling them to create a robust and secure multimedia WLAN in a matter of minutes.

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