Category Archives: Blog

Neutral host: reaching the places other networks cannot?

In 2019, with the telecommunications world gearing up for 5G, the question I’m asked most often is not about the latest advances in technology, but something simpler: why can’t I get a signal? With so much of modern life dependent on our connection it is no surprise. You could be commuting by train and unable […]

Platforms for change: how transit connectivity offers so much more than an internet connection

London in 1863, Paris in 1900, New York in 1904 and even what feels like a new network, Hong Kong in 1979. You know the cities. But what do the dates signify? They represent the years that their respective transit networks first went into operation. Yes, there have been upgrades and extensions in rail and […]

BAI in Rail Professional UK: Mobile connectivity offers potential rail industry boost

A BAI Communications survey of 1,000 UK rail users discovered that passengers only have ‘usable mobile signal’ for 56% of their journey and less than 10% of passengers experience usable mobile signal for their entire journey. If passengers haven’t downloaded anything to read, watch or do in advance – just under half fall into this […]

Improving connectivity in the Pacific Islands

Connecting people in regional and remote areas is something that we’re very passionate about at Broadcast Australia. This is especially important in the Pacific Islands, where broadcasters play a key role in culture (delivering daily news and programs) and safety (generating public awareness in times of emergency). In April, I had the opportunity to have […]

How safety culture is keeping pace with the digital rail revolution

On a recent visit to a rail construction site in London, I noticed a sign in the staff room. It was a picture of a happy work crew and above them in big bold letters it said, ‘Safety is a State of Mind’. Its goal was to emphasize how safety is now more than just […]

The future of public transport is connected, integrated and intermodal

Population growth and rapid urbanisation, combined with the rise of the digital economy, has changed our patterns of work and play, while advances in data gathering and analytics has made ‘mass personalisation’ a reality. This has significant implications for the provision of infrastructure, utilities and services like public transport. Significantly, it is now possible to […]

Five minutes with Josh Mackinnon, Director, Wi-Fi Technologies, BAI Communications

Josh MacKinnon has been working at BAI Communications in Toronto since early 2013 as Director of Engineering Systems, where he is directly responsible for the engineering and implementation of the networks in Canada. Josh also represents the wider BAI Group as the Director of Wi-Fi technologies where he is involved in the strategic direction and […]

Will connected trains be safer trains?

Operating heavy trains travelling at high speeds, and transporting thousands of people every day, ensuring the safety of staff and passengers is the highest priority for rail operators across the UK. Increasingly, the application of innovative new digital technologies is helping to drive higher safety standards than ever before. And as we begin to see next-generation […]

Five minutes with Ken Ranger, Chief Executive Officer, BAI Communications Canada

“The ways in which passengers use transportation networks (and their expectations) are rapidly developing, particularly in a city like Toronto. Everyone is busy and using the transit system to get somewhere else, and while doing so they want to stay informed, be productive and be entertained.” Over the last decade, the rail and metro industry […]

Transport infrastructure: connectivity is the key

Connectivity is transforming public transport. As urban areas expand, and as demands for ‘anywhere, anytime’ data connections grow, digital infrastructure is being rolled out alongside physical infrastructure. This ensures commuters can connect to the internet and that transport operators can access reliable, real-time data about their services. But that’s just the beginning; the full implications […]