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How modernizing the commuter experience is at the heart of Toronto’s transit strategy

The rapidly growing Toronto Region is home to 7.8 million people and as well as being the economic engine of both Ontario and Canada, has gained a strong reputation for digital and tech excellence. And at the heart of this development has been the modernisation of the city’s transport network – which includes the delivery of Wi-Fi and cellular services to the TTC subway system.

The global drive for connectivity

In cities across the globe, wireless connectivity is driving the trend towards a transit experience that’s smart, safe, fun and fluid. In Singapore, Wi-Fi data is being used to monitor and improve passenger flow. In Seoul, free Wi-Fi is available across the entire city, streamlining every experience from catching a train to parking a car. Now it’s Toronto’s turn.

Imagine living in a connected and smarter Toronto

The City of Toronto has launched multiple projects that aim to harness the power of cutting-edge technology to better serve its residents, in the quest to become a “smarter city”. These include smart traffic pilot projects that respond to real-time traffic patterns, a mini smart city on the waterfront and the recent completion of a wireless communications network by BAI Canada.

The challenges of bringing Wi-Fi to a large transit system

This week, BAI Communications is attending SmartTransit USA conference in Baltimore. We sat down with Josh MacKinnon, Director, Wi-Fi Technologies, for BAI Communications, based in Toronto, Canada to discuss the challenges of bringing Wi-Fi to a large transit system.

Global Trends: Connectivity in Transport

As we move towards a world of smart cities and ubiquitous high-speed internet connectivity, how do we ensure that passengers aren’t settling for an analogue transport system in the digital age, whilst at the same time leveraging rail and road infrastructure to unleash the full economic benefit of 5G?

BAI Canada brings Wi-Fi to Toronto’s Finch station

BAI Canada is currently building the communication network to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to the Toronto Transit Commission subway. Finch station brings the total number of stations equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity to 58.

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