Transdev Sydney Ferries has completed a trial using Cradlepoint’s 5G in-vehicle solutions operated by service partner Australian Sentinel.
CCTV and Help Point data was uploaded from the ships to the operations control office while providing connectivity for public announcements, display of passenger information and corporate Wi-Fi.
As part of a broader Transdev program aimed at equipping ships, docks and offices with renewed and modern information technology, Transdev has deployed Cradlepoint R1900 5G Rugged Routers on board ships and at docks, to provide IP video surveillance and emergency help point services, which operate across Sydney Harbour.
“There were two key elements of this technology that impressed us: the 5G connection to the ship’s CCTV systems, which allowed near real-time review of footage, and the speed at which we were able to get the live connection.” , said Transdev Sydney. General Manager of Ferries Loretta Lynch.
“Our newest fleet, the River Class, produces up to 330 GB of video surveillance per day. That’s the equivalent of 100 Netflix movies. And yet, our survey team are now able to download hours of CCTV in minutes, which is significantly faster than what we could get with 4G,” added Transdev Sydney Ferries’ Chief Financial and Commercial Officer. . Eric Cinnamon.
The high bandwidth of the 5G solution means that when streaming CCTV footage in real time, images are clear and crisp.
Compared to 4G, 5G significantly reduced the effort and repeated attempts to gain visibility and access to all data, and the new solution was up and running within days.
Australian Sentinel provides a managed service to Transdev, using NetCloud Manager to ensure that network endpoints stay connected, protected and always on, available and constantly up to date with router and modem software.
“This project is a great demonstration of what can be achieved using 5G wireless connectivity and culturally aligned organizations, who have focused on accelerating technology adoption and maximizing benefits,” said the chief executive of Australian Sentinel. Tim Crouch.
“One of the key benefits we identified is that 5G is more reliable compared to 4G and we haven’t seen any 5G black spots on strategically important ship routes.”
The project required a rugged solution that could withstand heat, cold, salt and movement, with a durable metal form factor.
The Cradlepoint 5G R1900 Router is optimized for in-vehicle networks and offers a compact, purpose-built design.
Using location-based services in NetCloud Manager, administrators can track and plot vessel locations and routes in real time and determine LTE and 5G cellular coverage over a traveled area.
Additionally, NetCloud Manager offers pre-built connectors that share location data with popular fleet management solutions.
“Australian Sentinel’s work with Transdev is an example of the huge impact 5G connectivity can have on an organization’s operations. The Australian Government has invested in this very exciting grant initiative and Cradlepoint commends the grant recipients for their innovative applications and 5G trial executions,” said Cradlepoint’s Senior Vice President. Nathan McGregor.
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