NTT Communications says it will offer Wi-Fi service on high speed rail between Tokyo and Osaka . The service will be an extension of the company’s HotSpot service, which already offers access in shops, restaurants, hotels and other locations across Japan.
The service was delayed due to late arrival of their new N700-type trains that offer the fastest rail link between Japan’s two biggest cities of Tokyo and Osaka. The 2M bps service will be provided by a “leaky coax” — a wire travelling alongside the bullet train track. At the same time, NTT will also launch access in waiting lounges on all 17 stations along the route. The service will cost from ¥500 per day to ¥1,680 (US$5.73 to $19.25) for a monthly subscription.
A similar delayed shipment of railcars has slowed the anticipated free Wi-Fi for commuters on Portland’s new communter rail system, reports investigative reporter Les Zaitz of The Oregonian. Construction is finished for the first commuter rail line in Oregon but the cars weren’t ready.
The Westside Commuter Rail (WES) will use a ruggedized mobile router system called the Cira (Cellular Internet Routing Appliance) designed by Eugene, Oregon-based Feeney Wireless. It uses EVDO for the backhaul.
Everything is working as promised and ready to go, reports the company. They just need a working commuter rail service.
The Washington County Commuter Rail will carry passengers between Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville when the line opens in February, 2009. The self-propelled diesel trains, which delayed the opening, will travel 14.7-miles between Beaverton and Wilsonville — with free Wi-Fi.
The CIRA mobile router has been battle tested in New York City taxicabs. Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT) provides New York City taxicabs with credit and debit card processing, media and advertising content, text messaging, interactive passengers maps, GPS and electronic trip sheets. Today, CMT is the nation’s leading provider of total taxi technology solutions across the United States.
Emergency medical vehicles can also use the Cira box to communicate to wifi enabled portable emergency equipment, such as EKG, blood pressure, etc., so first responders can transmit real time patient data to the hospital in transit.
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