Motion Technology announced the launch of the onBoard Mobile Gateway, the industry’s first in-vehicle 3G-based wireless HotSpot. The onBoard Mobile Gateway is really an 802.11b hotspot with a cellular backbone. The ruggedized wireless platform combining the mobility of third generation (3G) cellular data networks with the ease and ubiquity of Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) resulting in seamless connectivity to the Internet for vehicle passengers.
Designed specifically for use in challenging vehicular environments, such as buses, streetcars or light rail, the patent-pending onBoard Mobile Gateway and associated service management software creates a sophisticated passenger area network. This wireless passenger area network allows in-transit professionals to use their own off-the-shelf, WiFi-equipped notebook computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to web browse, check email and instant messaging as well as use virtual private networks (VPNs) and corporate collaboration software in exactly the same manner they do at home and in the office.
“By creating a proprietary, accelerated bridge between 3G and WiFi, our objective is to allow WiFi-centric consumers to seamlessly benefit from the newly deployed 3G cellular data network while traveling in vehicles,” said Kirk Moir, President and CEO, for In Motion Technology.
It’s not a new idea. UCSD’s Cybershuttle uses Wi-Fi Inside and Qualcomm’s EV-DO for the backhaul. Amtrak Wi-Fi uses a satellite backbone. Navy Seals use autonomous aircraft. The ultimate Electronic Field Trip.