China has a huge number of daily railway passengers, and majority of these commuters are all armed with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. With an increasing demand for free and reliable WiFi to get connected to the Internet while on the go, there is an apparent need for a smarter WiFi network infrastructure to provide more reliable service across China's massive railway system.
Leveraging on this need, Ruckus Wireless announced today its partnership with Smartac Group China Holdings Limited to upgrade the wireless networks across China's vast passenger railway transportation system.
As part of the emerging global trend to create smart cities, this long-term project is designed to make China's railway passenger stations 'smart'. This concept involves using communications technology that improves municipal operations and services to enhance the lives of residents and visitors of major urban centres.
According to Ruckus, its Smart WiFi networks not only provide a high-performance wireless Internet access experience for railway passengers; but also offers comprehensive, real-time passenger data for railway station operators.
Ruckus Smart WiFi networks are now being deployed by Smartac at over 300 passenger stations for three major railroad systems in China - Beijing, Guangzhou and Lanzhou.
It has also completed deployment of Ruckus Smart WiFi networks at one Beijing Railway Bureau station, 100 Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation stations, and at four Lanzhou Railway Bureau stations.
Moving forward, Smartac said that it plans to deploy 70 additional Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation stations, in addition to more Lanzhou, and Beijing Railway Bureau passenger stations. Other future deployment plans also include adding the Ruckus virtual SmartZone (vSZ) controller for highly scalable network management in the cloud.
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