The University community can now enjoy a seamless enhanced Wi-Fi experience while travelling between destinations on campus on all the NUS shuttle buses, thanks to the deployment of wireless mesh vehicular technology.
Singapore’s first deployment of mesh network of connected vehicles is the result of a collaboration between NUS and StarHub with ComfortDelGro Bus and Veniam, the company that delivers the Internet of Moving Things, building vehicular networks that expand wireless coverage.
A mesh network of connected vehicles consists of a web of Wi-Fi hotspots integrated onto vehicles which dynamically connects vehicles to one another or to an external access point, so that data can be intelligently routed to reach the Internet.
From June, the entire fleet of 39 NUS’ shuttle buses was progressively fitted with an On-Board Unit each, with 15 access points set up across Kent Ridge campus. The access points, of which six are located at bus stops, are powered by a combination of Dedicated Short Range Communications connected vehicle technology, 4G and Wi-Fi. By converting buses into Wi-Fi hotspots, the buses operate as mobile sensors as well, capturing useful data on users’ physical movements and Internet usage. This disruptive approach expands the University’s existing Wi-Fi network.
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