Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | 3 9 environmental conditions, such as high heat, moisture and water intrusion, customized equipment was required. ere were also many structural challenges, such as low ceilings and narrow platforms, and 24/7 train traffic restricted the hours during which construction could take place. e constant flow of 5.7 million daily riders was also considered to ensure subway riders' safety while workers constructed and installed equipment. Unbeknownst to the NYC subway riders who enjoy seamless cellular connectivity as they move from street to station, this now expected utility began as a service enhancement. roughout the subway system, more than 3,000 strategically placed antenna connection points allow for uninterrupted phone conversations, media streaming, texting and more. More than 2,500 Wi-Fi access points offer the free Transit Wireless WiFi network, allowing anyone who has an enabled device to connect while waiting for a train. In addition to being an effective communications system, the network is scalable, thus future-proofing the stations for technological advancements to come. Anticipating future needs is critical as New York City looks to bring smart-city applications online. SAFETY AND IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS Transit Wireless does not just provide cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities for riders but also helps enhance public safety in the subway stations. e Transit Wireless network has a dedicated 4.9 GHz band dedicated to first responder communications. is network supports the use of Enhanced 911 (E911), a cellular capability that enables public safety authorities to pinpoint the location of an underground 911 caller in the event of an emergency. Transit Wireless's network also supports more than 1,200 help point kiosks in stations that can provide transit information and emergency services with the push of a button. Furthermore, Transit Wireless WiFi provides connectivity for more than 450 train arrival countdown clocks installed throughout the underground system. e system incorporates train-mounted Bluetooth technology that relays arrival and departure information through the network to the MTA, which can then predict when the next train will arrive based on the collected data. THE SUCCESS OF THE P3 Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of the project is that it was accomplished at no cost to taxpayers. is landmark undertaking was made possible thanks to a public-private partnership (P3) between Transit Wireless and the MTA through which Transit Wireless has made an investment of more than $350 million to date. rough its work and as part of the partnership, it shouldered the financial, scheduling and business development responsibilities of the project. e P3 between Transit Wireless and the MTA succeeded in delivering a highly desirable service to the public without fare hikes or an increased tax burden. In New York City subway riders can now access free Wi-Fi in underground subway stations.

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