WAAV's President to Speak at International Train Communications Conference

  • London, UK
  • June 11, 2009

WAAV's President Brian J. Smith has been invited to speak at the International Train Communications Systems Conference, dubbed the “WiFi on Trains” conference, to be held at the Royal Horseguards Hotel on June 10th & 11th. The private audience consists of executives from rail operators around the world.

Most train systems today use private networks for communications, but extending these networks for broadband applications is not always feasible. Private broadband networks have a high total-cost-of-ownership, and they must be maintained and upgraded at the expense of the transit agency. Mr. Smith will address using the latest advancements in cellular technology for these types of train communications and discuss the new concept of "outsourcing the network" to cellular providers as communication partners. Because using these commercial cellular networks has now become more economical than agencies deploying their own network along their right of way, they can be leveraged to provide broadband services in a range of applications. Live video security feeds or offering WiFi on trains are perfect examples of the types of applications that can be easily outsourced to these network providers. Some applications which require additional coverage area, more bandwidth, or redundancy may necessitate the use of multiple carriers. WAAV’s AirBox cellular router, known for its reliability and robustness, provides such a platform for transit agencies.

Additionally, many cost-saving benefits can be realized from instantaneous information and alerts from real-time sensors using these latest on-board communication platforms. “Transit agencies want to run trains, not communication networks”, Mr. Smith said. “WAAV is the first company to offer broadband WiFi connectivity for passengers on trains through the use of multiple cellular connections, allowing the agency to focus on what they do best and while bringing the best user experience to their passengers.”

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.