Go Bus uses RebelRoam to improve performance (in Estonian)

Go Bus uses RebelRoam to improve performance (in Estonian)

Go Bus alustab järk-järgult maakonnaliinide bussidesse uute ja kaasaegsete meediaserverite paigaldamisega, et reisijatel oleks võimalik vaadata filme ja kasutada meediaserveri sisu oma mobiilseadme kaudu.Go Busi meediaserverid erinevad tavapärastest busside ja lennukite istmete seljatugedesse paigutatud ekraanidega lahendustest selle poolest, et esimest korda Eestis on reisijatel võimalik vaadata filme ning kasutada meediaserveri sisu kas oma mobiiltelefoni, tahvelarvuti või sülearvuti kaudu.“Kiire internetiühenduse võimalus bussides on juba ammu elementaarne, ent nüüd astume veel ühe sammu ning pakume omalt poolt inimestele ka kvaliteetse sisu nautimise võimalust,” ütles Go Busi arendusjuht Kaur Sarv. “Meediaserverite kaudu saab vaadata üle 20 filmi, kuulata muusikat, lugeda raamatuid, mängida mänge ja kasutada internetti täpselt samamoodi nagu kaasaegsetes lennukites.”Mõeldud on ka lastega reisijatele – valikust leiab nii anima- kui ka lastefilme. Esimesena võtab Go Bus uued meediaserverid kasutusele Hiiumaa kaugliini bussides. Samuti paigaldatakse meediaserverid novembrist alustavatesse Tallinn-Tartu kaugliini bussidesse.“Go Bus on kaasaegne ja arenev ettevõte ning seetõttu soovime klientidele pakkuda võimalikult kvaliteetset reisimisvõimalust, mille lahutamatu osa on tänapäeval võimalus mugavalt tööd teha ning sõidu jooksul head meelelahutust nautida,” lausus Sarv. “Seetõttu otsustasime valida reisijate jaoks kaasaegse ja paindliku lahenduse, mille abil on võimalik just isiklike seadmetega internetis käia ja filme vaadata.”GoBus’i Wi-Fi lahendus on tehtud koostöös idufirmaga RebelRoam, mis tegeleb mobiilandmeside optimeerimisega, et tagada reisijatele võimalikult sujuv ja hea kvaliteediga internetiühendus. Lahendus võimaldab tavapärasest kuni kolm korda rohkem üheaegseid Wi-Fi kasutajaid viisil, et ühendus pole ülekoormatud.Bussidesse paigaldatud meediaserverid ja kasutajate programmid on tootnud Hispaania ettevõte Azimut ning tulevikus on Go Busil plaan neid lisada veel teistelegi Eesti kaugliinidele.

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Henri Ploom (Co-founder, RebelRoam) selected as Europe’s top 100 emerging technology stars

Henri Ploom (Co-founder, RebelRoam) selected as Europe’s top 100 emerging technology stars

The challengers were selected by Res Publica, Google, Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times

The 2017 New Europe 100 is the fourth annual list of central and eastern Europe’s brightest and best citizens who are changing the region’s societies, politics or business environments and displaying fresh approaches to prevailing problems.

The aim is to raise the profile of the changemakers in emerging Europe and to build connections among those in the vanguard. The individuals from 14 countries were selected by Res Publica, the Warsaw-based journal; Google; the state-supported Visegrad Fund promoting integration within central Europe; and the Financial Times.

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Elron Train Fleet Improves Passenger Wi-Fi Satisfaction with RebelRocket Data Optimization

Elron Train Fleet Improves Passenger Wi-Fi Satisfaction with RebelRocket Data Optimization

The Elron fleet recently upgraded with major network optimization changes. AS Eesti Liinirongid, operating as Elron, is a government-owned passenger train operator in Estonia. The company was separated from Eesti Raudtee in 1998. RebelRoam assists Elron with RebelRocket Wi-Fi Data Optimization.

Service quality degradation resulting from the interference, signal propagation issues and congestion had been familiar to Elron users. RebelRocket Cloud optimizes Elron’s wireless networks by web filtering, traffic shaping and accelerating the data using a combination of rock-solid DNS policy server coupled with a transparent proxy/load-balancer/accelerator. This lowers costs for Wi-Fi providers like Elron, reduces data consumption and improves Wi-Fi speeds.

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How does passenger Wi-Fi for buses really work?

How does passenger Wi-Fi for buses really work?

This post aims to iterate the different resources that may be needed while enabling Wi-Fi for moving vehicles with many concurrent users. Like any Wi-Fi network, the resources are pretty much the same:

  1. reliable hardware (routers),
  2. a network controller (software to mange to your Wi-Fi network),
  3. and an reliable mobile Internet bandwidth (4G LTE SIM cards for Bulk Usage).

However, having seamless Wi-Fi in a bus, train, ship or ferry has more complication involved as DSL/cable cannot be available in a moving vehicle. This makes it difficult to :

  • to maintain connectivity throughout the journey
  • and get sufficient bandwidth to support multiple users.
  • to manage SIM cards across multiple vehicles

This is the reason enabling passenger Wi-Fi services for vehicles in motion use 4g LTE SIM cards with routers. Such SIM cards can be used in routers that follow IEEE 802.11p standards – a special wireless system specifically meant for wireless access in vehicular environments (WAVE).

Some off-the shelf WiFi routers are equipped with a USB port that allows you to directly plug-in a 3G modem dongle. These routers offer a cheap way to experiment with WiFi on-the-move. However, they cannot be relied upon for anything more than family cars with 1-2 Internet users.

New technologies like RR850 routers and RebelRocket SIM cards now make it possible to deliver Internet on-the-go and enable WiFi for buses, trains, ferries and planes. These effortless plug n’ play routers come with cigarette car lighter chargers and pre installed SIM cards that work across European and Scandinavian countries.

One of most notable feature about these SIM cards is that it is specially designed for on-board passenger Wi-Fi usage. It uses a special technology that automatically restricts adult content, HQ videos and torrents. The service is particularly useful for transportation companies as it reduces data consumption and therefore delivers a seamless Wi-Fi experience even if there are many concurrent users on board.

How do we define an awesome passenger Wi-Fi experience? (Part 2 – For Transportation Companies)

How do we define an awesome passenger Wi-Fi experience? (Part 2 – For Transportation Companies)

Note: This blog post has is divided into two parts based on stakeholder interest.This post (Part 2) iterates how the transportation and travel industry consider as an awesome passenger Wi-Fi experience.  (Click here to read Part 1 of the post  – What commuters consider as an awesome passenger Wi-Fi experience)

Providing passengers with Wi-Fi connectivity can be a huge hassle! In this post we listed down how transportation and travel companies can avoid pain points while enabling high quality passenger Wi-Fi experience for commuters.

A. CHOOSING HARDWARE THAT IS EASY TO INSTALL, BUILT FOR HIGH CAPACITY USAGE AND HAS A GOOD FIRMWARE

Many Internet service providers save costs by providing poor quality routers. This can adversely affect your passenger Wi-Fi experience. The

  • Easy to install – Some routers for buses and trains require special holes to be drilled into the deck so that router can fit in. This can be a huge trouble and you might want to stay away from it! Ideally, the router should be a plug n’ play router with a car charger pin for power source. This makes the router portable and you can use the same router in different vehicles within your fleet.
  • Built for high-capacity concurrent usage – The router should not fail when too many passengers try to get on the Wi-Fi network at the same time.
  • Good Firmware with regular upgrades – Having the right firmware can often mean a lot lesser effort while maintain/upgrading your device. Many bus companies now use specially designed routers for buses like RR-850 to get easy maintenance.

B. HAVING THE RIGHT SIM CARDS THAT POOL, OPTIMIZE AND AGGREGATE DATA

  • Data Pooling – Let’s assume you have 10 buses within your fleet. Each bus has a 10GB per month plan that is used for passenger Wi-Fi. It’s almost the end of the month and you still have 2GB data left in 5 of your buses i.e. 10GB of total unused data. These buses are now in parking and don’t have journeys for the next few days. Meanwhile, the remaining 5 buses that are in transit have their data maxed out. How do you carry forward the unused data from one bus to another? The answer is = Data Pooling. At RebelRoam, if we provide Internet service for passenger Wi-Fi in buses and if the company has multiple buses – we pool the unused data from from one vehicle and allocate it to other.
  • Data Optimization – Some SIM cards are specially designed for enabling passenger Wi-Fi. At RebelRoam, our state-of-art traffic filters restrict speeds or blocks adult content, torrents, advertisements and HQ videos. This way you get more concurrent users with upto 50-70% lower data consumption!
  • Data Aggregation (for cross border journeys) – Many transport and travel companies resort use more than one SIM card and from multiple telecom operators to avoid roaming charges during border journeys. In such cases it is a huge effort to change SIM cards every time the vehicle changes borders and enters a new country. It is highly recommended for transport and travel companies to work with specially designed SIM card providers that can aggregate data amidst 2 to 3 mobile operators across different countries. Such SIM cards also serve better for last mile connectivity since they have more access to infrastructure.

C. ENABLING EFFORTLESS MAINTENANCE FOR PASSENGER-WiFi SERVICE

The main job of a transportation and travel company to ensure that passengers commute on time and with comfort. When passengers don’t get seamless connectivity, they have a bad experience and that affects ticket sales and company profitability. Having a dedicated passenger Wi-Fi focused telecom company that offer hardware replacements, software upgrades, pooled billing, pornography blocking to eliminate legal risks and data optimization to reduce traffic would help your business keep your customers happy and not complaining.