Ruckus, Smartac build Smart Railway Stations in China

Beijing: China’s passenger railway transportation system is continuously upgrading its wireless network. Its most recent project is aimed at converting passenger stations into smart stations with high-performance wireless Internet access using state-of-the-art communications technology.

Ruckus Wireless is cooperating with Smartac Group China to build Ruckus Smart WiFi networks covering more than 300 passenger stations for three major railroad systems in China—Beijing, Guangzhou, and Lanzhou. The ‘smart station’ deployment is part of a long-term project to upgrade wireless networks across China’s passenger railway transportation system. The Ruckus Smart WiFi networks will provide wireless internet access for railway passengers, as well as real-time passenger data for railway station operators.

Smartac has already completed deployment of Ruckus Smart WiFi networks at one Beijing Railway Bureau station, 100 Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation stations, and at four Lanzhou Railway Bureau stations. Future deployments at 70 additional Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation stations are planned next, in addition to more Lanzhou, and Beijing Railway Bureau passenger stations. Future deployment plans also include adding the Ruckus virtual SmartZone (vSZ) controller for network management in the cloud. For the initial Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation deployment at 100 of its stations, Smartac has deployed more than 1,500 Ruckus ZoneFlex dual-band indoor access points (APs), centrally managed with Ruckus ZoneDirector 5000 and ZoneDirector 3000 controllers. For the Beijing Railway Station and four Lanzhou West Stations, Smartac has deployed 78 and 130 ZoneFlex indoor access points, respectively. Ruckus ZoneFlex APs leverage patented BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology to reduce interference in order to deliver optimal WiFi coverage, especially in high-density environments.

These new smart stations are part of the emerging global trend to create smart cities. China has a huge number of daily railway passengers, armed with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. These commuters are increasingly demanding free, reliable WiFi service to connect to the Internet.

Smartac has already completed deployment of Ruckus Smart WiFi networks at one Beijing Railway Bureau station, 100 Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation stations, and at four Lanzhou Railway Bureau stations.

Future deployments at 70 additional Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation stations are planned next, in addition to more Lanzhou, and Beijing Railway Bureau passenger stations. The plans also include adding the Ruckus virtual SmartZone (vSZ) controller for highly scalable network management in the cloud.

For the initial Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation deployment at 100 of its stations, Smartac has deployed more than 1,500 Ruckus ZoneFlex dual-band indoor access points (APs), centrally managed with Ruckus ZoneDirector 5000 and ZoneDirector 3000 controllers.  For the Beijing Railway Station and four Lanzhou West Stations, Smartac has deployed 78 and 130 ZoneFlex indoor access points, respectively.

According to data from the Guangzhou South Railway Station, during peak hours, the station has approximately 1,300 concurrent users. Highest data usage has been measured at up to 36 Gbps per hour, which has reached 2.2 Terabytes in 24 hours.

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