Fluidmesh Networks partners with 21Net to deliver fast broadband to trains

Integrating Fluidmesh trackside wireless technology to 21Net solutions will allow train operators to deliver up to 100Mbps to a train travelling at 300Km/h, leveraging the GSM-R infrastructure already in place

Fluidmesh Networks partners with 21Net to deliver fast broadband to trains

Fluidmesh Networks, a provider of wireless systems for mission critical and high-speed broadband applications, announced a partnership with on-board multimedia rail systems specialist 21NET during the BWCS conference in London yesterday (12.06.13).

21Net’s new Telematics 2.0 architecture will integrate Fluidmesh track-side wireless technology to support data rates of between 40 and 100Mbps. Critically, the 21Net-Fluidmesh track-side solution will leverage the massive investment in GSM-R already made across Europe by using the same poles and infrastructure for the Fluidmesh base stations that can provides up to 100Mbps to the trains and can be co-located with the GSM-R BTS.

‘We are very pleased to partner with 21Net and introduce fluidity to their customer base,’ stated Umberto Malesci, Fluidmesh co-founder and CEO. ‘Today, high-speed trains passengers demand a real on-board broadband Internet connection. The 21Net solution integrating Fluidmesh patented track-side wireless technology is the only way a train operator can deliver 100 Mbps to a train travelling at 300Km/h in a cost-effective manner.’

The new 21Net-Fluidmesh solution will deliver more than 10 times the bandwidth currently achieved with cellular-based solution, meeting the demand of high-speed train passengers everywhere in the world.

‘Today, most high speed train operators rely on cellular-based technology that is unable to deliver more than 4-5 Mbps to the entire train,’ explained Alessandro Erta, Fluidmesh CTO. ‘But passengers now carry two or three devices and want to use them during their journey to stream video and data at all times. 4-5 Mbps is not enough for a train with hundreds of passengers.’

Fluidmesh Networks provides wireless systems for security, industrial, and mission-critical applications. Its range of solutions covers point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, mesh and mobility networks.

The company is focused on the development of wireless products for security, video-surveillance, condition monitoring and data communication in large areas at risk. The company is headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and has a European office based in Italy.

See also: 21Net provides double digit broadband speeds on board high-speed trains

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