World Bank Project Gathers Peruvian Transit Data for Buses
Monday, March 04, 2019 | Comments

Kymeta and its partners Intelsat, Cubic Telecom and Cradlepoint worked with Airbus to create SmartBus, a project in partnership with the World Bank and with the support of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru (MTC). The project aims to gather data on road safety and other statistics to improve Peru’s transportation while connecting people in difficult geographical areas of Peru.

Buses owned by TEPSA, an interprovincial bus line, were outfitted with Kymeta satellite terminals that leveraged satellite capacity from Intelsat, cellular coverage from Cubic Telecom and a software-defined wireless WAN solution from Cradlepoint. This enabled information to be gathered and transmitted in real time across a 742-kilometer (km) route through urban and rural parts of Peru.

Utilizing Kymeta’s hybrid satellite-cellular solution, the SmartBus is enabling uninterrupted connectivity in the country’s most rugged and isolated terrain, while gathering and transmitting essential data with unprecedented precision. This will accelerate research into new technologies to provide connectivity to remote areas, along with satellite images provided by the Peruvian Space Agency (CONIDA).

The project will collect information about the state-of-the-road network between Lima and several cities at the edge of the jungle and enable communications in rural areas, which are easily isolated in the event of a natural disaster.

“This project is making a tangible contribution to development by connecting people in an extremely difficult geographical region of Peru,” said Alberto Rodríguez, director of the World Bank for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. “The critical insights we unearth from this trial will be used by research centers, universities and leading technology companies, helping them to identify problems and possible solutions relating to road safety, meteorology and transport logistics.”

“Kymeta has strong partnerships that, collectively, have provided Airbus with a one-source connectivity solution: cellular and satellite access, a platform for integration, plus solution management. This is the complete hybrid network services offering we needed to make this project a success,” said Emmanuel Sauzay, SmartBus project manager within Airbus Defense and Space.

The SmartBus pilot lays the foundation for a variety of industry applications for Kymeta’s mobile connectivity platform, including commercial agriculture, fleet management, public transportation and critical access for first responders. Each use case requires uninterrupted connectivity and reliable access, data collection and communications.

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