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Co-Star to Showcase the latest Cradlepoint Wireless Technology at Coach & Bus Live

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Co-Star will be showcasing the latest Cradlepoint wireless technology at the Coach & Bus live exhibition which starts on the 30th of September.

  • WIFI HOTSPOT FOR PASSENGER CONNECTIVITY
  • REAL-TIME LOCATION TRACKING
  • ELECTRONIC & MOBILE TICKETING1100-hero-img (1)
  • POINT OF SALE
  • CCTV MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT
  • DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Co-Star will be showcasing the latest Cradlepoint wireless technology at the Coach & Bus live exhibition which starts on the 30th of September.

Public transport organisations are rapidly expanding their on-the-road technology in order to deliver improved efficiencies and to expand customer service capabilities. From passenger WiFi, to improved scheduling notifications, connectivity is a key enabler of this. Offering simple installation and integration with existing network infrastructure, 3G/4G solutions can deliver superfast, reliable and secure connectivity anywhere – a perfect solution for mobile applications.

WiFi Hotspot for Passenger Connectivity

From commuter to tourist services, public transport organisations now look to deliver advanced technological services across the board to improve their customers’ experience – with the most in-demand of these services being passenger WiFi. A 3G/4G cellular networking solution provides the perfect answer to this requirement.
Delivering powerful WiFi passenger hotspots both in and around the vehicle, Westbase solutions can also incorporate content filtering, portal sign in, and other security measures to protect both you and your passengers.

Real-time Location Tracking

Many Co-Star solutions feature active GPS and easily integrate with other 3rd party hardware and software to provide the connectivity required to help track the fleet’s movement, delivering real-time information about its whereabouts. This can be used to enhance vehicular security and to provide real-time passenger information, so that customers remain informed about expected arrival and departure times, including up-to-date information on any delays.

Electronic and Mobile Ticketing

Improving the ease with which passengers can book and carry their travel tickets, electronic and mobile ticketing is a fast growing trend across public transport but requires a reliable scanning solution which can check that the customer’s ticketis valid. By implementing a cellular solution the connection required to instantly check ticket information is easily established – both for contactless or paper-based tickets.

Point of Sale (PoS)

Many public transport operators, from trains to taxis, now accept credit card payment and between this and the shift to centralised back-office payment systems, a connection between the vehicle’s PoS equipment and the core network is essential.
A 3G/4G mobility solution provides the connectivity required anywhere, anytime.

CCTV Monitoring and Management

Public transport vehicles now frequently feature in-vehicle CCTV equipment to improve passenger and driver safety. They also use it for factual verification in potential insurance disputes where a road traffic accident or personal injury has occurred.
Using a 3G/4G networking solution, transport companies can:
Electively retrieve footage over cellular
Instantly access and retrieve incident footage from in-vehicle CCTV equipment, perfect for critical situations where footage needs to be accessed quickly or when the vehicle is prevented from returning to depot.
Daily retrieval of footage using WiFi
A mobile connectivity solution can also continue to support daily retrieval of footage over WiFi as WAN when the vehicle returns to depot – helping to reduce data costs.

Digital Signage

Public transport is the ideal advertising location and by installing a digital signage solution operators can further monetise their routes, while improving customer experience by also using the signs to provide information and entertainment.
A mobile connection enables remote control of the digital signage solution, for example hardware updates and content delivery, and can also support the use of location-based advertising.

Cradlepoint
The Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 is a fully-ruggedised, compact 4G router, designed specifically for in-vehicle connectivity. It also features active GPS and has ignition sensing technology.
Offering the latest 802.11ac WiFi it can connect up to 128 devices at high speeds and offers an increased WiFi footprint.
Also in the COR series, the COR IBR600 is a semi-ruggedised, compact 4G router which can connect up to 64 devices.

Please visit Co-Star (stand number C25) at the Coach & Bus Live exhibition for more information on the latest Mobile Communication Technologies.

 

Sierra Wireless new IoT Acceleration Platform

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Sierra Wireless provides new IoT Acceleration Platform to simplify deployment of connected products and services

New comprehensive IoT platform is industry’s first to combine cloud, hardware, and managed connectivity services to support worldwide deployments
Sierra Wireless today announced the industry’s first integrated service platform that combines cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, and managed connectivity services to support worldwide deployments. The new IoT Acceleration Platform is unique in that it provides global multi-operator coverage by combining Sierra Wireless and third-party network operator SIMs, all managed from a single unified connectivity platform.

The new IoT Acceleration Platform from Sierra Wireless also provides connectivity to Google Cloud Platform, giving customers the benefits of using Google BigQuery, Google’s analytical service, with data collected from connected devices.Sierra Wireless can now provide customers with a comprehensive end-to-end solution including the hardware, AirVantage® cloud platform, and managed connectivity – vastly simplifying the sourcing, management, and administration of multi-region IoT deployments.

“Reducing the complexity in building and deploying IoT connectivity solutions is critical for our customers in getting their products and services to market quickly, and delivering real value to their organizations,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Connectivity Services for Sierra Wireless. “Our fully integrated IoT Acceleration Platform is designed to empower customer innovation and get IoT solutions to market faster with the ability to scale and grow quickly.”
Integration of Google Cloud Platform makes it quicker and easier to get value from data

In addition to the integration of connectivity, Sierra Wireless has also natively connected AirVantage to Google Cloud Platform, a set of modular cloud-based services that support the creation of anything from simple websites to complex applications.

Customers can collect and store their sensor data in Google Cloud Platform and use the tools provided in the platform to build custom analytics, big data, or IoT applications, enabling them to leverage the data collected from the devices and their connected assets in a broader context – increasing its value.

For organizations already operating on Google Cloud Platform, this makes integration into other applications and services quick and easy. With the platform pre-connected, the process of doing this is vastly simplified and the resulting applications are flexible and scalable to support future growth.

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Co-Star supply Cradlepoint AER3100 4G LTE Networking Platform

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Co-Star have added the latest Cradlepoint AER3100 4G LTE Networking Platform to our range of Wireless Routers.

The Cradlepoint AER3100 is an all-in-one networking solution that combines routing, multi-WAN support (wired + 4G wireless), dual modems, advanced security (UTM), private network support, and high performance WiFi in a platform that can be deployed, managed, and optimized via the cloud.

Administrators can extend best-in-breed management and security applications to remote branches with a solution that is customizable and lowers the total cost of ownership in a single deployment.

The Key features of the Cradlepoint AER3100 Advanced Edge Router include:

* Integrated 4G LTE (with 3G failover)
* Dual integrated modem option
* Dual SIM slot in each modem
* Support for active GPS WiFi as WAN
* Failover/Failback
* Load Balancing
* Advance Modem Failure Check
* WAN Port Speed Control
* WAN/LAN Affinity
* IP Passthrough

For more information on the Cradlepoint AER3100 click here>

About Co-Star

Co-Star are a global distributor to the Mobile Communications Industry supplying a range of specialist networking & communications products for critical network coverage including; Antennas, Wireless Routers, RF Cable Assemblies and other related products.

RapidRide uses Cradlepoint to provide WiFi access to commuters in the US

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SUMMARY

King County, Washington has become one of America’s major technology hubs. Large companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have major offices there, and hundreds of smaller technology companies have started up in the greater Seattle area. With so many hi-tech employees using public transportation, King County decided that it could serve its ridership better by providing WiFi access on its RapidRide commuter bus lines. After an extensive search and in-depth testing, the County’s Metro Transit Division’s System Development & Operations department implemented Cradlepoint LTE networking solutions in its fleet of high-end commuter buses.

COMPANY PROFILE

In 2006, King County voters passed an initiative calling for the creation and continued funding of a new high-tech, high-speed commuter transportation system. RapidRide buses, which serve approximately 30,000 passengers per day, have introduced a number of high-end features to the county’s transit system. The buses send signals to traffic lights so green lights stay green longer and red lights switch to green faster. To provide convenient service, the buses are scheduled to run at least every 10 minutes during the busiest morning and evening travel hours. Bus passengers have access to real-time route information at stops and on board the buses. By providing services that encourage residents to take advantage of this affordable, energy-efficient alternative to private vehicles, King County hopes to relieve road congestion and contribute to cleaner air.

BUSINESS NEEDS

According to King County Department of Transportation (DOT) IT project manager Greg Debo, studies show that between 2000 and 2012, the percentage of adults who own cell phones increased from 53% to 88%. As such, the County knew that providing WiFi access on the buses would be well received by a highly “wired” ridership. But the county had to be very cost conscious about providing WiFi access to these devices. They needed a solution that was affordable and “bullet-proof.” Installing a system that did not provide a consistent, high level of service would only result in customer/rider complaints.

We service an area that includes Seattle, Redmond, and Bellevue [the center of the Microsoft campus], so there’s no question; it’s a service a lot of people are taking advantage of,” says Debo. “Whether it’s just to socialize or check work email, now people can use the time they spend on their bus ride more productively.”

The DOT’s IT Department conducted extensive research to establish criteria for the solution it needed. Then it selected a small group of devices from various manufacturers that met baseline criteria. Criteria included durability, serviceability, compatibility, expandability, remote manageability, and cost. The few devices that met the criteria were physically setup and configured to perform a road test. Based on the results, the System Development & Operations team selected Cradlepoint IBR600LE-PWD. The team concluded that Cradlepoint would give King County the greatest benefit in terms of time, cost, and quality.

The county’s Vehicle Maintenance Electronics division installed the devices in 113 buses, and then implemented Cradlepoint Enterprise Cloud Manager so that the team could monitor and manage all the devices from one central location.

BENEFITS

Remote Access: As a government entity answerable to tax payers, King County is continually trying to find ways to do more with less. IT project manager Debo’s challenge was to find a way to oversee the county’s mobile wireless network with a limited number of staff.

“A key element in our decision was that Cradlepoint has a method to remotely manage the devices through the cloud. I needed to make sure that we could efficiently execute the right firmware updates, the right patch updates, and hot fixes on all 100-plus devices—without our staff having to physically travel to each bus.”

Real-Time Control: Enterprise Cloud Manager also enables Debo to be proactive, to see problems as they develop, and to put solutions in place to keep the devices up and running.

“If a device has an issue, I can go in and stop it and restart it. Or I can remove it from a group, reconfigure it, and then push it back into service. And I can do all of this from my desk, instead of having to find the bus, physically remove the device, and make passengers go all day without having WiFi access. Enterprise Cloud Manager simplifies and streamlines our ability to manage our mobile wireless network.”

Peace of Mind: Part of King County’s fiduciary responsibility is to protect its investments. B y purchasing Cradlepoint CradleCare for its devices, the county benefited from extended warranties as well as from enterprise support agreements, installations, and site surveys to optimize WiFi and 3G/4G/LTE signal strength to increase performance and uptime.

“We’ve invested a lot of money to provide WiFi access on our RapidRide buses. If something happens to the devices, we can just rest a little easier knowing that we’ve bought the CradleCare services.”

Small Footprint: Even on a large bus, space can be at a premium. The Cradlepoint COR IBR600LE-PWD takes up very little space while still delivering WiFi to as many as 64 passengers at a time.

Passenger Support: According to King County, recent customer surveys show that approximately half of all RapidRide riders have taken advantage of on-board WiFi. Twenty to thirty percent say that they use WiFi every time they travel on a RapidRide bus. The county’s analytics show that passengers made more than 5,500 connections in October 2013 alone, and it expects this number to grow as RapidRide passengers become aware of this fast, new Cradlepoint-enabled WiFi connection.

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Source: Cradlepoint

 

International Airport Measures critical runway conditions using sierra Wireless Airlink

Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia’s center for international air traffic and main transfer point amongst the many national and regional airports in Scandinavia and the area south of the Baltic Sea. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Business challenges

To ensure maximum safety for all passengers, Copenhagen Airport operations regularly measures weather-related runway conditions, such as temperature and moisture, to store and analyze data and provide status information to incoming flights. However, measuring variables like runway traction cannot be accomplished using typical sensor solutions, and the VHF datalink being used by Copenhagen Airport’s Runway Observation System (ROS) provided poor coverage. For the system to be truly mission critical, the runway area coverage issues needed to be addressed.

Sierra Wireless Airlink™ solution

Copenhagen Airport implemented a sophisticated solution upgrade consisting of a specialized vehicle fully loaded with advanced detection instruments and a ruggedized, 3G Sierra Wireless AirLink™ MP880W mobile router operating over broadband HSUPA networks.

”We contacted Sierra Wireless distributor Daimler Mobile Partner who recommended we use the AirLink MP880W router,” explained Thomas Lantz-Pedersen, project manager for Copenhagen Airport. ”We are very fond of the product’s durability, speed and functions, and it works – as it was supposed to – under even the most difficult conditions. Even the installation, with the PC, was done quickly and easily”

The MP880W ultra-rugged in-vehicle GPS router comes equipped with an 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi chip to increase flexibility and enable mobile hotspots with enhanced WAP security. The MP880W also meets US Military and SAE specifications for vibration, shock, drop and more. With the specialized Saab 95 Combo vehicle driving on the runway at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour, the driver depends on the consistent, reliable broadband communication provided by the MP880W to detect and relay even the smallest details that can affect flight security.

Copenhagen Airport’s specialized measurement system using the AirLink MP880W ultra-rugged in-vehicle GPS router produced the following benefits:

• Enabled remote vehicle management with high precision GPS tracking
• Facilitated seamless installation and deployment with advanced remote management tools and automatic system connection
• Built to rugged specifications for the harshest environmental conditions
• Provided uninterrupted, reliable connectivity for mission critical apps through ALEOS intelligence and added Wi-Fi support

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Source: Sierra case Study

Nestlé Nespresso Improves Coffee Performance With Connectivity

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Challenge

Nestlé Nespresso, the pioneer and market leader in highest-quality portioned premium coffee, has selected Sierra Wireless to provide a comprehensive machine-to-machine (M2M) cloud platform and hardware solution to provide connectivity for Nespresso coffee machines used in restaurants, hotels, offices, and luxury retail boutiques.

Solution

The solution, developed on the AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform and using the Sierra Wireless GL6100 programmable modem, allows Nespresso to excel in the dedicated professional services it provides to its business customers. The solution also enables Nespresso to deliver extended after-sales services by ensuring that the machines are maintained in excellent condition; that they operate at the optimum pressure and temperature to produce the highest quality coffee, cup after cup that its consumers have come to expect; and that customers are well-supplied with their coffee of choice.

“Highest quality coffee and a personalized service are at the core of the Nespresso brand,” said Marco Zancolo, Head of B2B Channel, Nestlé Nespresso. “We continuously seek to innovate in our business-to-business offerings, providing solutions to meet the needs of the most discerning business customers and hosts in the hospitality business. We expect that this innovative solution, powered by the Sierra Wireless AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform, will further ensure that Nespresso will consistently deliver simplicity, reliability and a rewarding coffee experience for our clients’ customers and colleagues.”

The solution includes the GL6100 programmable modem, which monitors the Nespresso coffee machines and transmits operational and business data to the AirVantage Platform via the wireless network. The GL6100 modem, equipped with a built-in Embedded SIM, ensures that the modem has the durability and performance required to withstand the vibrations, temperatures, and pressures characteristic of the coffee machine environment.

The coffee machine monitoring applications integrated in the professional Nespresso machines are built on the Sierra Wireless AirVantage Platform. The applications remotely retrieve operational and performance data from each machine, keep track of descaling and other maintenance procedures, and alert technical staff if servicing is required. The applications can also be used to remotely adjust the equipment settings, such as water temperature and pressure.

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* Case Study courtesy of Sierra Wireless