BAI Communications: Technology Driving Connected Transport Network, Foundation for Smart Cities

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    • Smart cities using digital intelligence stand to improve quality of
      life, making happier and more productive citizens
    • Connected transport networks create city-wide networks that enable
      greater efficiency, safer commuter experiences and broader smart city
      applications

    SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAI Communications, a global leader in communications infrastructure,
    today published the results of its global survey, ‘The Continuous
    Connectivity Research Report
    to understand how a digitally
    connected public transport system can impact citizens lives and
    expectations around a city.

    The research study, which surveyed over 2,500 rail commuters in five
    global cities, revealed that transport systems already play a vital role
    in creating smart, world-class cities, with 83% of respondents stating
    that innovative transport systems are a feature of a smart city and
    almost half (45%) believe a city can’t be considered world-class unless
    it has good digital connectivity.

    “Everyday tens of millions of people worldwide use public transport;
    this critical infrastructure is the backbone of cities and more than
    ever citizens are expecting digital innovations that improve their
    commute. Digital connectivity is changing our ideas of what makes a city
    ‘world class’ and regardless of where they are in the world, people want
    to live in a city that allows them to work and live better, and
    technology is emerging as a key enabler to help citizens reach this
    aspiration,” said James Woodhams, Chief Strategy Officer, BAI
    Communications.

    “The modern commuter isn’t just looking to get from A to B, they are
    expecting more from transport networks and want technology to enrich
    their journeys. A smart-city commuter will use digital connectivity to
    work smarter, live better and reduce stress to create more mindful
    trips.”

    Continuous connectivity on the public transport system can deliver
    significant gains in productivity and liveability, as city dwellers are
    able to work more effectively on their commute journeys. Respondents
    stated that they could use their travel time to complete work so they
    spent less hours in an office (56%), offer the potential for career
    improvement (46%) and they would be open to location and housing changes
    (45%).

    “Imagine the commute experience of a citizen choosing to live in the
    outer suburbs but still working in the city. On any given day, they can
    stream a video tutorial on the morning commute while downloading a
    presentation. Then, they can leave the office early to take a conference
    call on the train so they’re home for dinner, arriving relaxed and
    happy; this is all made possible with a connected public transport
    network,” said Mr Woodhams.

    “As we look to improve services and create modern, data-driven cities
    that enrich the lives of citizens, seamless digital connectivity is the
    foundation needed to achieve this goal.”

    Connected transport systems create city-wide networks that enable
    greater efficiency, safer commuter experiences and broader smart city
    applications. Commuter expectations of their rail network are
    increasing, and many of these expectations require continuous
    connectivity to enable innovative technology solutions. These
    applications include sensors, Machine2Machine learning, Big Data, cloud
    computing or other emerging technologies and we are already seeing how
    this approach can deliver connected, data-driven transport systems to
    unlock new value for both operators and passengers.

    Other notable findings from the study included:

    Innovative transport systems are a defining feature of smart,
    world-class cities

    • 99% of rail users expect public transport to do more than just get
      them from A to B.
    • 81% of users believe advances in transport-related technology is
      already increasing their use, or changing the way they use public
      transport.
    • 83% of rail users think innovative transport systems are features of a
      smart city.

    Commuters require continuous connectivity to realise the benefits of
    living in a smart city

    • 95% of rail users would be more likely to use rail if it deployed
      technology-driven solutions.
    • 94% of rail users believe all rail networks should offer digital
      connectivity.

    Continuous connectivity transforms cities, helping citizens to be
    happier and more productive, and organisations to innovate and prosper

    • 96% of rail users believe transport innovation is an important part of
      modern cities.
    • 92% of commuters would benefit if they could better enjoy their
      journey if the rail network of the future evolved.
    • 73% of rail users say their ideal rail journey would encompass
      logistical improvements.

    Mobility Futures Consultant and Transportation Researcher, Adam Cohen
    believes that urban transportation is on the verge of rapid
    transformation and the convergence of shared mobility, electrification,
    and automation will transform how people travel and how cities are built.

    “What is clear is that public transportation, cities, and society are on
    the cusp of changing rapidly and dramatically as advancements in
    mobility technology converge in the marketplace,” said Adam.

    “Travellers are leveraging mobile devices and data to make real-time
    choices based on factors such as convenience, connection, cost, travel
    time, and wait time. They are part of the experience economy’,
    they don’t need to take public transportation and agencies need to look
    at technology solutions to make travellers want to. Technology can
    improve the effectiveness of public transportation by enabling
    transportation providers to know their riders’ preferences while
    simultaneously enhancing rider convenience.”

    For more information and to download the BAI Continuous Connectivity
    Research whitepaper, click here.

    About BAI Communications

    BAI Communications designs, builds and operates communications
    infrastructure – cellular, Wi-Fi, broadcast, radio and IP networks –
    connecting communities around the world. With a heritage of over 90
    years, BAI creates networks that unlock new services and revenue streams
    for our customers, enabling them to deliver better connected and
    enhanced experiences for people, communities and economies, every day.

    With operations in Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong and the USA, BAI
    also owns Broadcast
    Australia
    and has a majority stake in Transit
    Wireless
    (New York).

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