Fog Computing Feature
October 06, 2014

Cisco's New Transportation Solution Helps Train Commuters Travel Safely, Connected

Many rail operators today are looking for ways to improve passenger and employee safety while also providing mobility to passengers, staff and systems.  In response to such demands, Cisco recently released the new Cisco-connected Transportation Solutions, which promises to help transportation operators improve passenger experiences in a variety of settings.

The new Connected Transportation Solutions leverages the advancements in the Internet of Everything (IoT) to ensure security of train commuters and also make sure that they are well connected and have a productive travel experience.

The transportation solutions for rail lines complies with government and industry safety standards and are capable of uniting multiple networks into a single IP network for greater interoperability, improved communications, simplified management, and lower costs.

Operators can also rely on Cisco’s Cisco fog computing to avoid accidents. Fog computing systems enable operators to examine and decide, in real time, what data should be transmitted back to the cloud and what can be discarded or stored.

The main components of these transportation solutions is the Cisco Transportation Smart Solution (TSS) which is built on a high-performance unified mobile and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, the foundation for consolidating older networks into a single powerful IP network.

The Cisco Connected Station leverages network and GPS data to deliver precise train locations to help commuters plan their trips effectively. The Cisco Connected Trackside is a ruggedized IP infrastructure platform that will bring down network operation costs and minimize the complications involved in using older, disparate proprietary networks.

Wim Elfrink, chief globalization officer and executive vice president of Industry Solutions at Cisco, said that the Cisco Connected Transportation Solution delivers an application-centric infrastructure to enhance commuter safety, and communication and transport efficiency by connecting the unconnected, such as people, mobile devices, GPS tracking systems, sensors and data.

This type of converging capability lets rail passengers stay connected to a single network instead of switching networks whether they are moving on a train or waiting at a station. Passengers also enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity speeds and need not rely upon the reach of their cellular data networks.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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