Ruckus Wireless is cooperating with Smartac Group China to build Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi networks that will cover more than 300 passenger stations for three major railroad systems in China, including Beijing, Guangzhou and Lanzhou.
The ‘smart station’ deployment is part of a long-term project to upgrade wireless networks across China’s passenger railway transportation system.
The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi networks will offer wireless internet access for railway passengers and also real-time passenger data for railway station operators.
The new smart stations involves use of communications technology to upgrade municipal operations and services, which in turn will improve the way of life for residents and visitors of major urban centres.
Smartac provides new-generation mobile Internet gateway providers in China and its business includes 379 of the busiest stations in two municipalities, Beijing and Tianjin.
Additionally, Smartac also offers network services to 11 other provinces and autonomous regions, including Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shandong, Shaanxi, and Shanxi.
Smartac Group executive director Jason Kwan said: "The quality, performance and reliability of Ruckus products and technology were the most important reasons Smartac chose Ruckus as its partner.
"Ruckus access points have a proven track record of successfully handling high levels of concurrent RF traffic in environments with strong interference, such as China’s railway stations.
"We were very comfortable and satisfied in choosing them to help us deploy these new wireless networks across the country."
Already, Smartac has completed deployment of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi networks at one Beijing Railway Bureau station, 100 Guangzhou railway stations and at four Lanzhou Railway Bureau stations.
In addition to Lanzhou and Beijing, future deployments are planned at 70 additional Guangzhou railway stations.
Plans also include addition of the Ruckus virtual SmartZone (vSZ) controller for network management in the cloud.
Smartac has deployed over 1,500 Ruckus ZoneFlex dual-band indoor access points (APs), centrally managed with Ruckus ZoneDirector 5000 and ZoneDirector 3000 controllers, for the initial Guangzhou railway deployment at 100 of its stations.
For Beijing railway station and four Lanzhou West stations, the company has deployed 78 and 130 ZoneFlex indoor access points, respectively.