Sittingbourne, UK (PRWEB) October 16, 2007
Moovera Networks, a leading developer of fixed and mobile wireless broadband technology, and National Express, the UK's largest scheduled coach travel company, have announced the expansion of on-board Wi-Fi Internet services to additional routes following the success of earlier deployments between London and Cambridge. The latest route to be upgraded for Wi-Fi access is the popular commuter service between the city of Milton Keynes and the heart of London's business district in Canary Wharf. National Express have deployed Moovera's Moovbox M Series mobile broadband gateway that provides Wi-Fi access to passengers, connecting to the Internet over cellular data networks.
"We're delighted that National Express have chosen Moovera's market-leading mobile broadband solution for the Milton Keynes to London service", said Jim Baker, CEO and founder of Moovera Networks. "Passengers clearly benefit from Internet connectivity during a long journey, and the Moovbox M Series is the perfect solution for delivering mobile hotspots for public transport." National Express has selected Vodafone UK as the mobile data service provider for the deployment, taking advantage of Vodafone's next-generation 3G network that utilizes HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet Access) for download speeds up to 3.6Mbps.
The new Wi-Fi service is the latest feature for National Express's fleet of business-class luxury coaches equipped with air conditioning, leather sheets, free newspapers and 240V power sockets for laptops. "The Milton Keynes to London route is particularly popular with business commuters," said Cathryn Jeeves, Project Manager at National Express. "The journey takes a little over two hours, and we want to deliver services that enable our customers to make best use of their time. Internet access at broadband speeds is a natural choice and the success of our initial Moovbox Wi-Fi installations between Cambridge and London proved the concept. Moovera's experience with delivering robust and reliable mobile broadband technology meant they were the right partner for our expansion to further routes."
The Moovbox M Series mobile broadband gateway provides a bridge between Wi-Fi access and carrier networks including 3G UMTS/HSPA, WiMAX and TD-CDMA and features built-in GPS. Moovbox also offers secure Ethernet for in-vehicle systems such as IP-CCTV, DVR and telematics equipment. Using the Moovbox gateway, fleet operators have remote in-bound access to their vehicles' systems while in motion. Furthermore, the Moovbox management suite provides real-time vehicle tracking, remote device configuration, and Wi-Fi usage statistics. More information is available online at http://www.moovera.com.
About Moovera Networks:
Based in the United Kingdom, Moovera Networks is a privately-held manufacturer of industrial-grade fixed, mobile and portable wireless communications products that bridge Wi-Fi access with carrier-class networks including WiMAX, TD-CDMA, HC-SDMA and 3G UMTS/HSPA. Applications include commercial hotspots, municipal and in-vehicle wireless, public safety, construction, events, and secure corporate communications.
About National Express:
National Express is the largest scheduled coach service provider in Europe. In the UK the distinctive white National Express coaches operate to 1000 destinations and carry over 19 million customers a year. Eurolines coaches additionally operate to over 500 destinations within Europe and Ireland. National Express Ltd is part of a leading international transport provider, National Express Group (NEG), with over 40,000 employees. In addition to train and bus companies within the UK including Gatwick Express, Midland Mainline and Travel West Midlands, NEG's overseas operations include student transportation and public transit in the USA & Canada, ALSA bus and coach services in Spain and the management of Stewart International Airport near New York. In total National Express Group now carry more than 1 billion passengers a year.