The typical expectations of a rail passenger have changed significantly in recent years. While the old certainties of the train being on time, the ticket being at a reasonable price and the service running on time remain, a new demand is now there. And that is for a strong, and consistent Wi-Fi network to enable passengers to work and relax whilst on-board. Studies have proved that a rail operator that offers Wi-Fi is viewed more positively that one that doesn’t and as a result is able to gain bigger levels of ridership.
And it’s not just passengers that have growing demands, rail and metro operators are also needing a better network for live video, Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) applications and to be able to take advantage of the huge potential that Internet of Things (IoT) offers the rail industry.
New demands require new solutions and now Fluidmesh Networks, a worldwide leader in wireless systems for IoT applications, has responded with the release of its 4500 MOBI and 3500 ENDO products. This innovative radio offering is dedicated to delivering mass transit and railway communications including train-to-ground wireless projects with Gigabit per-seconds requirements.
Fluidmesh ( @ ) was founded in 2005 by a team of researchers and visionaries from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Politecnico of Milan. And in the last decade has been delivering reliable, fiber-like performance via unlicensed wireless spectrum, providing connectivity for mission critical video, voice, and data.
“The rail industry needs to deliver in excess of 1 Gbit/sec to their trains in the coming years,” says Umberto Malesci ( @ ), Fluidmesh CEO. “Passengers are loudly demanding the need to dramatically improve the experience on-board in terms of Wi-Fi and security. The Fluidmesh 4500 MOBI in conjunction with our Fluidity patented protocol is a future-proof solution that allows a railway to connect their train in a way that can finally satisfy for real the connectivity needs of both passengers and train operators."
The Fluidmesh 4500 MOBI and Fluidmesh 3500 ENDO are designed for high speed train-to-ground communications to enable the next generation of broadband WiFi on board, live video security and CBTC applications. The Fluidmesh 4500 MOBI is designed and manufactured to meet all the requirements of rail applications and it is compliant with all the specification of the EN50155 and EN50121 international standards for rail applications.
The Fluidmesh 4500 MOBI and Fluidmesh 3500 ENDO are license-free products and operate on the 5150-5350 and 5470-5850 MHz frequency bands. Both products can operate on channels that are up to 80 MHz wide employ multiple coding schemes including the impressive 256-QAM modulation and they can reach a bit-rate up to 866.6 Mbit/sec leveraging 80 MHz wide channels and 256 QAM encoding. Through a new high-power silicon radio front-end, both products support trackside radio base station spacing exceeding 7 Km (5 miles).
Fluidmesh 4500 MOBI and 3500 ENDO are the fastest train-to-ground technology currently available in the marketplace. Both the Fluidmesh 4500 MOBI and 3500 ENDO embed multiple Fluidmesh proprietary and patented technologies such as:
- MPLS protocol support with label switching
- Fluidmesh Make-Before-Break patented algorithm allowing seamless handoff (0ms) at 350 Km/h (220 mph)
- Layer 3 backhaul and WAN support.
- The products come with a two-year warranty and extended warranty options.
For more information, please visit www.fluidmesh.com.