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December 11, 2013

Motorola Solutions to Deploy WLAN Technology in Toronto Subway System

One of the benefits of having a smart mobile device is accessing a network anytime and anywhere to get online. While there are very few places left without reliable access, subway systems operators around the world are making sure they are not left behind by installing networks and giving their customers access when they are in the stations. The latest subway system to install a Wi-Fi system is the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) by choosing Motorola Solutions and BAI Canada.

Motorola Solutions, provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers will be providing its outdoor wireless access points and controller with the Wireless Next Generation (WiNG) technology. By using this ruggedized system the TTC will be assured they will have a technology designed to endure the harsh underground environment of the subway.

The Motorola technology was chosen by BAI Canada, a subsidiary of BAI Group, which provides experts that design, build, maintain, operate, and own underground communications networks around the world in the most complex subway systems including New York and Hong Kong.

Both companies are collaborating to install the network on two underground subway stations with a Wi-Fi network using Motorola’s wireless local area network (WLAN) technology. The access point will cover both stations including all public areas platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells. This is part of the TTC's plan to cover the 65 underground subway stations, which serves more than 1.7 million riders daily.

When the system is in place the Motorola technology will give customers of the TTC access to real-time alerts, arrival and departure information, and transit updates from their personal wireless devices. They will also have high-speed connectivity for the internet, social media, email and many web-based applications.

The distributed antenna system (DAS) is being built by BAI Canada for the two stations with its TCONNECT Wi-Fi brand, which is capable of providing high-speed internet connectivity that is especially designed for this type of environment.

"Motorola Solutions is eager to work with BAI Canada to launch the initial two-station network and bring much-needed Wi-Fi to the third most heavily used urban mass-transit system in North America. The TTC is a transportation lifeline for Toronto, and Motorola has the expertise to provide it with the same reliable connectivity we have demonstrated with similar major transit deployments in the United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East and elsewhere," said George Krausz, President, Motorola Solutions Canada.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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