4G Metro, a privately owned wireless services company, today announced that it has signed a contract with Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a Dallas-Fort Worth-based cooperative public railway service, to offer onboard Internet access and a range of entertainment services to passengers beginning in early summer 2007.
TRE carries approximately 5,000 passengers daily on its 36-mile route that links downtown Fort Worth, downtown Dallas and DFW Airport.
The wireless deployment will provide Internet access and enable delivery of video content to 27-inch LCD screens on each railway car. These screens will display “infotainment,” such as local advertising, breaking news and sports updates, enabling passengers to stay fully connected during their commutes.
- Nortel’s fully integrated Municipal Wireless Solution along the railway tracks between Dallas and Fort Worth to provide voice, multimedia and data services.
- Colubris Networks’ Intelligent WLAN Mobility System is being deployed inside each train, enabling Internet access and other services. The Wireless Client Bridge (WCB) will provide seamless connectivity to Nortel Wireless Access Points along the outdoor track and MultiService Access Points (MAPs) inside each train station. Colubris MultiService Controllers (MSCs) provide centralized, simple and secure user access and QoS services.
- Airpath Wireless’ RoamBoss, will be used to simplify the deployment and operation of the Wi-Fi system. RoamBoss’ features include user authentication, e-commerce, billing and customer provisioning, which will ultimately enhance the end users’ experience.
- Zstream’s Digital Signage System, which includes semi-rugged LCD display screens positioned throughout the train cars and at designated train stations, will display advertising, sponsorship and current information, as well as special events, news, weather, sports and alert notifications.
“By installing a carrier-class wireless broadband system for TRE, we are potentially redefining the economic development for the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. We look forward to further expanding this deployment and establishing similar deployments across the country,” said Don Lanham, chief marketing officer at 4G Metro.
In other connected transportation news; some San Francisan bus commuters are getting WiFi on Lynx buses serving Contra Costa County. Lynx buses run every 15 to 30 minutes during the weekday morning and evening rush hours between the Hercules-Rodeo line and the San Francisco Transbay terminal. The one-way Lynx fare is $4.
LA’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, last month, directed the transit agency’s staff to do a feasibility study by April of how to provide the technology on its rail lines. All buses in the MTA’s fleet could be next in line for the service.
Construction is under way for the Washington County Commuter Rail, the first commuter rail in Oregon. It is expected to open in September 2008. WiFi may be a required amenity by then.
Related DailyWireless articles include; Buses Get WiFi.