BAI Canada’s latest project has made cellular service available throughout every station in the Toronto Transit Commission. Now the team is working on expanding that connectivity into the TTC tunnels: it is already operational in tunnels between Bloor Yonge and King Street and on the 9km York-Spadina subway extension.
When speaking to commuters on the TTC recently, we found that many of them didn’t know cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity was there at all or had some misconceptions about how it works. So we decided to separate fact from fiction by explaining how the network functions and how we can all take advantage of this exciting new service.
We’re proud to be part of delivering a connected future for Toronto through our work with the TTC. Here we look closely at our experience of building in underground transit environments, the challenges faced and the future planning involved, the unique nature of the Toronto project, and the results delivered to date.
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.
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.
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.
Freedom Mobile customers are first to use BAI Canada network to call, text and surf while in transit underground at all 75 subway stations and in nine kilometres of subway tunnel across the new Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.
“Passengers want to experience the same connectivity on their commute as they do everywhere else, whether at work, at home or on the move. They also want to travel safely and easily above and below ground, accessing the information they need reliably and without interruption.”
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has launched a bold campaign and mobile app as part of its commitment to combat harassment in all forms and enhance public safety while riding the TTC.
BAI Communications is pleased to collaborate with the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and many other industry players in endorsing World Wi-Fi Day – June 20, 2016.