Amtrak Selects WAAV's AirBox to Provide WiFi on Obama's Inaugural Train

  • Washington, D.C. & Cambridge, MA
  • January 17, 2009

WAAV Inc., the mobile cellular router company that put wireless Internet on Boston’s commuter trains, Greyhound and other transit operators, announced today that Amtrak chose the AirBox® multiple-connection 3G cellular router for wireless Internet service to President Barack Obama’s inaugural train. Multiple WAAV devices ensured the president, guests, and press stayed connected to the Internet while in transit, to check email, send messages and check for the latest online news stories.

“I’m excited to say our WiFi service worked flawlessly. This could not have been possible without your help,” said Matthew Hardison, Amtrak’s director of onboard systems. “Your quick response to the urgent need for WiFi capability to support the press corps in their coach and café cars led to a project – from systems design, procurement fabrication, installation and test of the WAAV WiFi equipment – of unprecedented speed and quality.”

AirBox cellular routers create a Wi-Fi hotspot by converting 3G cellular signals into a wireless Internet connection. The AirBox X4, uses four cellular connections in parallel to provide maximum performance, bandwidth, and coverage in mass transit applications. Unlike any other router in the industry, AirBox can accommodate multiple cellular carrier networks -- delivering the ultimate in convenience and reliability.

“It’s an honor to have our company’s products chosen for such a momentous occasion in history,” said Brian J. Smith, president of WAAV, Inc. “The team at Amtrak worked diligently to make this happen, and we are grateful to be a part of this historic project.”

WAAV is a leading provider of wireless Internet to the mass transit industry, selected by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to provide wireless Internet on Boston’s commuter rail lines. The company also delivers mobile WiFi services for buses, ferries and other transportation providers. In 2005, WAAV introduced mobile router technology that makes any vehicle an Internet hotspot and has worked with law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and video surveillance companies.

About WAAV:

WAAV (pronounced "wave") offers network communication solutions, applications, and services. WAAV designs, manufactures, and markets the patented AirBox line of rugged cellular routers to provide broadband connectivity, turning vehicles into WiFi hotspots or remote environments into reliable Internet connections. WAAV's Control Room service allows centralized monitoring of all devices in the field. WAAV introduced the first broadband mobile cellular router in 2005 and was the first to offer a multiple-connection cellular router for broader bandwidths, increased coverage area, and redundant connectivity. WAAV continues to develop its product line to improve performance, reliability, and functionality for industry-specific solutions. With world-class reliability, performance, and support, WAAV’s product portfolio covers enterprise, government, fleet, video, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and machine to machine (M2M) markets. Engineering services are available for custom integration and specific industry solutions.