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Caltrain high-speed Wi-Fi test a success

Posted on August 1, 2006

California commuter rail system, Caltrain, became the first to successfully test high-speed wireless Internet access in a railcar traveling at speeds up to 79 mph. The testing (proof of concept), held in conjunction with Intel Solution Services and Nomad Digital Ltd., was conducted along 16 miles track between the Millbrae and Palo Alto stations. It was deemed a success when multiple people surfed the Internet simultaneously, watching streaming video, answering e-mail and completing a large file download all while maintaining continuous connectivity at broadband speed. With the testing complete, Caltrain plans to continue its work on engineering required before the wireless access can be implemented along the entire rail mainline.

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