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January 29, 2014

Westell Solutions Selected by BAI Canada for Wireless Communications Network

BAI Canada, a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BAI Group has selected Westell Technologies (News - Alert), a company of intelligent site and outside plant solutions, to provide a comprehensive enclosure and monitoring solution for the initial phase of the cellular and Wi-Fi network. This solution will be installed within the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) subway stations.

BAI (News - Alert) Canada collaborates with Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to provide high-speed Wi-Fi and cellular service to TTC’s 1.7 million daily riders. This announcement can be considered as prominent milestone in a larger wireless installation projects around the world.

Westell was selected critical components for the Wi-Fi and cellular service solution including IP66 compliant equipment enclosures and managed Ethernet switches.

Westell is presently offering seven enclosure configurations to fulfill the multiple requirements that are required for network architectures. The eSmartAccess ESP8200 series managed Ethernet switches will provide network connectivity and power via Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the wireless radio equipment.

Rick Gilbert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westell Technologies said in a statement, “Wireless access is being demanded in harder to reach places such as subways, and we are pleased to be working with BAI Canada on this exciting project, BAI was looking for an integrated and cost effective solution for the edge of their network to improve network connectivity and receive early warnings on environmental issues, and Westell’s offering is a perfect fit.”

BAI Canada is using Westell’s Custom Systems Integration (CSI (News - Alert)) services to provide a complete enclosure solution. The Westell service includes material procurement including non-Westell products, assembly, and compliance testing. This simplifies BAI’s installation process and improves deployment time.

Brian Jacks, Chief Executive Officer of BAI Canada commented, “Our sister company, Transit Wireless, is utilizing a similar Westell solution in the New York City Transit Authority’s system. Once we reviewed their solution, efficient design, assembly capabilities and competitive costs, it was an easy decision.”




Edited by Cassandra Tucker
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