Queensland Rail selects Wi-Fi shortlist

Summary:Queensland Rail said yesterday that it expected to select a vendor in August to roll-out Wi-Fi services on its suburban Citytrain network, with trials of the technology to start in October.

Queensland Rail said yesterday that it expected to select a vendor in August to roll-out Wi-Fi services on its suburban Citytrain network, with trials of the technology to start in October.

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(Citytrain Vending Machine, Wilston, Brisbane image by Emma Wallace, CC BY-SA 2.0)

"We have received substantial interest from companies working in this field; 29 submitted proposals which were highly detailed and technically complex," Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said in a statement.

Three suppliers have already been shortlisted: Dimension Data, Wellard Technologies and Fujitsu.

"By July we will be asking these companies to submit an offer which will allow us to properly compare the proposals; from there one company will be selected to roll-out the trial," she said.

The wireless internet service will provide coverage to commuters and allow streaming of on-board CCTV cameras. However, getting the network up and streaming CCTV images are the priority, with Wi-Fi coverage to be tackled afterwards.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government : AU, NBN, Networking, Wi-Fi

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