Delivering Shared Mobile Broadband Communications To Bus Operations Systems

At many transit agencies, fleet wireless data communications has been implemented by installing separate modems and antennas to serve each onboard system. This piecemeal approach to bus network design inevitably results in duplication of costs associated with network equipment, network services, system management, ongoing maintenance and future wireless technology upgrades. This duplication in investment on the bus began with Wi-Fi modems and antennas. More recently, at some agencies, multiple cellular service subscriptions have been purchased for the bus. 

Sierra Wireless manufactures a bus-mounted mobile data communications platform to provide depot Wi-Fi and wide-area cellular access for multiple onboard systems. Broadband cellular service can provide the increased capacity needed for live video access, fare payment transactions, passenger internet access and precise reporting of bus location to advanced passenger information systems. 

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