Dublin, Ireland , June 2013– FleetConnect, Irelands leading provider of On Board Wi-Fi Solutions has announced that Bus Eireann has selected FleetConnect toprovide the award-winning Moovbox M310 Mobile Broadband Gateway to provide
Wi-Fi connectivity for their passengers on all their routes throughout Ireland.
The free Wi-Fi hotspotservice will provide passengers with Internet access which will offer passengers LTE (4G) when it is available in Ireland. The system currently offers up to 7.2 MB’s per second, using a 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ networks.
Following a thorough Technical and Commercial tender process FleetConnect clearly showed themselves to be the strongest supplier with the best technical solution. After an initial trial of our solution and now over 200 vehicles installed with passenger Wi-Fi we are delighted that Bus Eireann see the value Wi-Fi brings to Commuters. The user stastics from current users and feedback made this a must have for Bus Eireann .
Launching the service, Andrew Mclindon, Business Manager at Bus Eireann said “It’s an exciting time for the company. Providing internet connectivity tour fleet introduces a technology platform on which we can build new and innovativeservices that not only benefit our passengers but also improve the way our fleetoperates”. “Wi-Fi has become a must have on public transport and we are delighted to team up with FleetConnect using their current experience to deliver the best Wi-Fi service possible.
The Moovbox M310 Mobile Broadband Gateway acts as a bridge between a vehicle
and high-speed cellular data networks including 3G/HSPA, LTE (4G)providing Wi-Fi access and an Ethernet-based local area network (LAN) forconnecting on-board systems such as CCTV and passenger information systems.
The M310 also has integrated GPS receiver for real-time automatic vehicle location
(AVL) via the web-based MoovManage service.
“We’re delighted that Bus Eireann has selected FleetConnect toprovide the on-board Internet technology for their full fleet of Coaches,” said Patrick Cotter, ManagingDirector at FleetConnect.” With the proliferation of Wi-Fi enabled portable devices such as the iPhone, IPAD, Blackberry and netbooks, free on-board Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming expected by rail, bus and coach passengers, especially on commuter routes and inter-city transport services says Cotter.”Also the high numbers of people logging on to Social Network sites requires 24/7 Internet Access these days”
“So Bus Eireann customers will soon be able to tweet, Poke and update their status whilst they commute”, added Cotter
FleetConnect is the leading Irish provider of award-winning wireless communications products and services, with a specific focus on passenger transport, public safety, and indoor and outdoor network applications. The company has already established itself as the leading provider of industrial-grade in-vehicle systems for fast broadband access, delivering passengers Wi-Fi (free Internet access) and GPS vehicle tracking – as well as connectivity to enable live CCTV and e-ticketing. Customers include Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Aircoach and Matthews Coaches.