Rail, another California business, quality communications showcases the very
essence of the company’s capabilities.
WiFi Rail brings
real-time, high-speed wireless service to train commuters using patented
networking technology. The company’s flagship project is a 20-year contract to
blanket the 104 miles of track and 43 stations in San Francisco’s Bay Area
Rapid Transit (BART) system with public wireless communications.
backbone technology, WiFi Rail depends on various Cisco products to power
applications for BART commuters and WiFi Rail’s operations, including Cisco
Unified Communications and VoWLAN phones. Over time,
WiFi Rail has invested in several Cisco handset
models, most recently upgrading to the 7925G for its Bluetooth connectivity.
WiFi Rail President and CEO Cooper G. Lee, the enterprise handsets are critical
to company operations. “With all the ambient noise in our environment, like
trains flying by, audio quality is key,” he says. “The audio quality on Cisco VoWLAN phones is higher than traditional desk phones.”
benefits include the ability to withstand harsh environments, radio
interoperability with the BART radio system, cost containment compared with
cellular plans, and control over quality of service.
everyone on our internal network, we don’t have monthly recurring
telecommunications costs,” Lee says. “And, we manage the QoS,
so we don’t have dropped calls, black holes or service outages. We get true and
full audio quality everywhere our network is.”
Cooper says the VoWLAN phones help make the company
“Plus,” adds Cooper, “we’ve improved productivity by tens of man
hours every pay period because people no longer need to leave their worksites
to get a signal just to order a part.”
• December 2011