The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides public busing services across a 1,600-square mile service region serving 2 million residents—80 percent of Utah’s entire population. The organization uses Sierra Wireless oMG Mobile Gateways (oMGs) to provide secure, consistent mobile connectivity for its vehicles to support fare collection, mobile communications and other applications.
Using Sierra Wireless technology, the oMG can sense and select the best available wireless network, and roam across commercial cellular, 700 MHz and municipal Wi-Fi networks. So UTA vehicles are always connected using the most reliable network available.
The oMG’s secure, reliable wired and wireless connectivity also enables a variety of onboard systems for transit vehicles. UTA passengers can pay fares with credit cards and validate bus passes, making the transit system more convenient for passengers and improving its overall efficiency. UTA can also provide real-time route, schedule and service information on vehicles and in bus depots, as well as provide firewalled Wi-Fi access for passengers on some routes.