Ruckus Wireless has announced that its Wi-Fi technology meets test requirements for use by various US railway systems in their commuter train and subway stations and platforms across the country.
For the tests, Ruckus deployed its its ZoneFlex 7982 indoor three-stream (3x3:3) 802.11n access point (AP) and ZoneFlex 7782 3x3:3 dual-band outdoor AP series with Ruckus BeamFlex technology
The tests, used by railway systems across the US, are overseen by CENELEC, through its close collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). They involved subjecting the Ruckus APs to shock and vibration, random vibration, and long-life vibration, and measuring supply surge, transients, radio frequency (RF) susceptibility, and RF emissions.
Meeting these test requirements means that Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology can now be deployed to enable high-performance wireless LANs (WLANs) trackside on railway systems nationwide. This is especially important for those who commute on a daily basis and demand Wi-Fi access both while on and off their trains.
Smart Wi-Fi inside the station
Ruckus says its ZoneFlex 7982 is the only three-stream, dual-band 802.11n access point to combine dynamic polarization diversity with adaptive antenna arrays and transmit beamforming to give customers up to a 4 x improvement in Wi-Fi performance, signal gain and reception with BeamFlex+. It is capable of supporting up to 500 clients per device, and is described as ‘ideal for use in high-density public venues such as train and subway stations’.
Smart Wi-Fi outside the station
The Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782 outdoor AP Series is a family of four high-capacity Wi-Fi access points designed to give service providers unprecedented capacity and performance. The APs support omni-directional antennas, 120º sectorized, and provide 30x30º narrow-beam coverage through integrated internal antennas, as well as external antenna options.
Each Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 AP is a dual-band, three stream (3x3:3) 802.11n access point enabled for high throughput approaching 900Mbps. ZoneFlex 7782 APs with integrated antennas support Ruckus-patented BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology for greater signal gain and interference mitigation.
The ZoneFlex 7782 family also integrates a GPS receiver, allowing service providers to begin providing location-based services as well as continuous spectrum monitoring features.
Additional certifications for train stations and subway platforms in other regions, including Europe and Asia-Pacific, and for additional Ruckus ZoneFlex APs, are underway and anticipated to be completed throughout 2013.
Pricing and availability
Available immediately, the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 indoor Smart Wi-Fi access point is priced at US $1,099 and the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782 outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points are priced at US$2,999.