Peplink Solution for Transportation

Station with Real-Time Passenger Information

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi internet at station reduces perceived wait time and increases passenger satisfaction. It is also needed for real-time passenger information system, to display timetable, expected departure and arrival information.

Transit Bus and Motor Coach

Passengers these days expect fast and reliable Wi-Fi internet, on transit bus and motor coach, for media-rich content, video, social networking as well as mobile voice and video over IP. It has become a must for an enjoyable journey.


Internet On-The-Go and Peplink Technology

A wireless internet backhaul is needed to provide passenger Wi-Fi internet on a moving vehicle. Traditionally this can be a single 4G LTE internet connection, or in some cases, a VSAT.

The problem with a single 4G LTE or VSAT is, however fast the technology is advancing, bandwidth is limited. It may be sufficient for a single user, for a coach bus of passengers however, it is inadequate to deliver the media-rich content, video, social networking as well as mobile voice and video over IP that passengers demand.

Coverage and installation space are also important considerations. While VSAT has a rather comprehensive coverage on land, it requires a bulky satellite antenna which in most cases requires more room than a coach bus can afford. Not to mention that the setup, and recurring data and maintenance costs of VSAT are prohibitive to most bus and coach operators. 4G LTE, on the hand, requires little space for installation compared to VSAT and is much more affordable in all aspects. However, every 4G LTE carrier has coverage dead spot and performance may vary drastically from one area to the next.

Single 4G LTE VSAT
Coverage Fair Good
Bandwidth Fair Low
Cost £ £££££
Installation Miniature Bulky VSAT Antenna

Peplink Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) provides a solution to these problems, by allowing bus and coach operators, to use multiple 4G LTE internet connections, of different carrier providers, instead of a single 4G LTE or VSAT.

This provides a high-bandwidth, affordable, and resilient – because 4G LTE carriers often ensure good coverage at competitors’ coverage dead spots – mobile internet backbone for the passenger Wi-Fi, that requires little installation room on the moving vehicle.

Single 4G LTE Peplink SD-WAN
on Multiple 4G LTE
VSAT
Coverage Fair Good Good
Bandwidth Fair High Low
Cost £ ££ £££££
Installation Miniature Miniature Bulky VSAT Antenna

MediaFast Content Caching can be used hand in hand with SD-WAN to further reduce the bandwidth usage and cost of providing passenger Wi-Fi. Peplink Balance or Pepwave MAX SD-WAN router with MediaFast Content Caching can seamlessly cache video, iOS and app updates, and other content, in its built-in SSD storage. These cached contents will then be available for uninterrupted playback and unlimited access anytime without additional bandwidth usage and cost.

Bus and coach operators can also leverage InControl 2 Social Wi-Fi and Cloud Advertising available on Peplink InControl 2 cloud management platform, to learn about their passenger demographic information and to promote to passengers new product or services for new revenue.

With the same Peplink InControl 2 cloud management platform, your entire deployment, whether on a bus or coach, or at a station or a stop, can be monitored and managed remotely from anywhere you have an internet connection, or from your existing in-house or third-party system via the InControl 2 API.


Product Recommendation and Reference Network Design

Pepwave MAX HD2 with MediaFast SD-WAN router, equipped with 2x embedded 4G LTE/3G modems, built-in Wi-Fi as well as MediaFast Content Caching technology, is an ideal SD-WAN router for transit bus.

It will connect and distribute passenger Wi-Fi internet traffic to the 2x 4G LTE/3G internet connections, while switching seamlessly between them as they come in and out of coverage in the bus journey, to ensure a fast and reliable passenger Wi-Fi.

The MAX HD2 supports also redundant SIM slot. This means for every 4G LTE connection, you can insert one extra SIM as backup. It will use the backup SIM when the primary SIM is out of coverage or is out of bandwidth quota.

With MediaFast Content Caching technology, the MAX HD2 will seamlessly cache video, iOS and app updates, and other content, in its built-in SSD storage for uninterrupted playback and unlimited access anytime. This saves bandwidth usage while accelerating access.

Learn more about the Pepwave MAX

Pepwave MAX HD4 with MediaFast SD-WAN router, equipped with 4x embedded 4G LTE/3G modems, built-in Wi-Fi as well as MediaFast Content Caching technology, is an ideal SD-WAN router for motor coach.

It will connect and distribute passenger Wi-Fi internet traffic to the 4x 4G LTE/3G internet connections, while switching seamlessly between them as they come in and out of coverage in the coach journey, to ensure a fast and reliable passenger Wi-Fi.

The MAX HD4 supports also redundant SIM slot. This means for every 4G LTE connection, you can insert one extra SIM as backup. It will use the backup SIM when the primary SIM is out of coverage or is out of bandwidth quota.

With MediaFast Content Caching technology, the MAX HD4 will seamlessly cache video, iOS and app updates, and other content, in its built-in SSD storage for uninterrupted playback and unlimited access anytime. This saves bandwidth usage while accelerating access.

Learn more about the Pepwave MAX

Pepwave MAX BR1 SD-WAN router, equipped with one ethernet WAN port and one embedded 4G LTE/3G modem, as well as built-in Wi-Fi, is an ideal SD-WAN router for station or bus stop.

It will use 4G LTE as backup to the Fibre/DSL landline internet available at the location to connect the real-time passenger information system and to provide passengers with Wi-Fi internet while waiting. With a backup 4G LTE internet, passengers will still have access to internet and will be informed of latest expected departure and arrival information even if the Fibre/DSL landline internet fails.

The MAX BR1 supports also redundant SIM slot. This means you can insert one extra SIM card as backup to the primary SIM. It will use the backup SIM when the primary SIM provider is out of service or is out of bandwidth quota.

Learn more about the Peplink Balance

See our blog for more on choosing the right Peplink or Pepwave SD-WAN router model.


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